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Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos

 King of the West Series

 Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster

Jason Meyers Dominates Civil War Season Finale in Stockton, CA While Andy Forsberg Clinches Ninth Career Title

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Stockton, CA)- On an absolutely beautiful November afternoon in Stockton, CA on Saturday where a total of 79 winged Sprint Cars checked into the pit area for the combined Prentice Motorsports Group season finale, two-time World of Outlaws Champion, Jason Meyers, made a rare series start and simply dominated the 30-lap feature event to grab his first career Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster feature event win.

“We don’t get to do this nearly enough, but I have to thank H.P. Myatt and these guys for giving me a great racecar,” Jason Meyers said to an overflow crowd. “These guys are the best of the best and it is fun to come out and race with them, and to grab the win is just awesome.”

Though Meyers was able to dominate the feature event, Andy Forsberg also took care of business on Saturday night, as his fifth place finish was good enough to give him his ninth career Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Championship.

“It is very cool to come out here and get another Civil War Series Championship,” Andy Forsberg said. “This C&M Motorsports car was a blast to drive all year and this is a great way to end our season.”

With 49 of the 79 cars competing with the Civil War Series, it would be a pair or notable names leading the field to green as Rico Abreu and Jason Meyers made up the front row.

On the extremely slick track conditions, Abreu would get off to the early lead with Meyers falling suit as Sean Becker, Andy Forsberg, and DJ Netto gave chase. The opening laps would click off quickly until the race’s only stoppages came on lap six and seven.

Back underway; Abreu would continue to lead the way though as he approached traffic, Meyers would close in. On the 16th lap, the crowd would come to their feet as Meyers and Abreu race side-by-side with Meyers able to get the advantage and assume the race lead.

As Meyers got away, Abreu still had his hands full as Sean Becker would soon overtake him for the second spot.

On the slick and abrassvie newly configured Stockton Dirt Track, Meyers would waste no time opening a sizeable lead, as Becker continued to run in his wake until mechanical issues would force him into the infield.

Still green on the speedway, the best battles on the track would be for second through fifth as those drivers continued to fight in traffic. Late in the event, DJ Netto was able to overtake Abreu for the second spot, and Dominic Scelzi would pick up a couple of positions as he moved into fourth on the 28th circuit.

Up front though, it was all Jason Meyers as he was able to score the win by an impressive 8.231 seconds over DJ Netto, Abreu, Scelzi, and Forsberg. Finishing sixth was Shane Golobic, seventh Cory Eliason, eight, Justin Sanders, ninth, Roger Crocket, and 10th was the nights Hard Charger, Gio Scelzi. With his charge from 18th, Scelzi took home a seat of seat belts courtesy Chris Kenner of Security Race Products.

With 49 cars attempting to qualify at Stockton Dirt Track, the series would use a split-qualifying format though Sean Becker would be the overall fastest qualifier and establish a new 360ci track record with a lap of 15.088 seconds.

A four-heat race program was in play on Saturday night and wins would go to Becker, Dominic Scelzi, Rico Abreu, and Andy Forsberg.

In preliminary mains Cody Hodgson would win the C Main and move to the B Main along with Colby Johnson. Oregon driver, Roger Crocket, would win the B Main and would move to the feature along with Shane Golobic, Kenny Allen, Geoff Ensign, Greg DeCaires, and Justyn Cox.

An entertaining Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster dash would be would won by Rico Abreu, which gave him the right the start on the pole for the 30-lap feature event.

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster has wrapped up its 2016 campaign and the last piece of business for the season is the Night of Champions that is scheduled for November 19th. For more information click over to http://racepmg.com/2016/11/01/online-banquet-tickets/.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway), Kyle Hirst (July 15th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (August 6th Placerville Speedway), Justin Sanders (August 20th Ocean Speedway), Mitchell Faccinto (September 7th Silver Dollar Speedway), Sean Becker (September 17th Marysville Raceway), Sean Becker (September 24th Petaluma Speedway), Jason Meyers (November 5th Stockton Dirt Track).

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

Tim Kaeding claims exciting late race shootout at the Tribute to Gary Patterson while Kyle Hirst wraps up third King of the West title

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – November 6, 2016…A green-white-checkered restart set the stage for a thrilling late race finish in which San Jose’s Tim Kaeding fended off Rutherford’s Rico Abreu to claim victory during the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series portion of the Tribute to Gary Patterson.

A packed house of fans took in the final Northern California race of the season on Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track, in what was the fourth straight year we’ve honored the late great GP at the facility. A combined 79 Sprint Cars with the King of the West Series & Civil War Series also filled the jam packed pit area.

For Kaeding the hard fought win aboard the Roth Motorsports/ HR Livestock Transportation No. 83 marked his 66th career series victory, which ranks second all-time. It was also his second triumph at the Tribute to Gary Patterson, with his first coming during the 2008 season at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico.

“That was one great finish battling with Rico (Abreu) and I couldn’t be happier to get another win at the Tribute to GP,” Kaeding commented in victory circle. “I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth enough for giving me the chance to come home and finish the season in this Roth Motorsports car. We’ve had a lot of success together over the years and I always love having the chance to get back in the 83. I’m definitely feeling pretty happy & emotional right now that I was able to win the main event with my new baby at the track for the first time.”

Kaeding had his way out front for much of the 30-lapper, but a couple yellows in the later going set things up for yet another closing laps shootout at the Stockton Dirt Track. Abreu fought his way past Mount Vernon, Washington’s Jason Solwold just prior to the final caution of the night waving on lap 29. King of the West rules stipulate that we must finish with a green-white-checkered restart and during it the Kaeding vs Abreu show took place, with two of the most exciting Sprint Car drivers in the world going back & forth to decide the winner.

The duo traded the lead a couple different times and as they rounded the final set of corners Abreu tried to drive around on the high-side, but room ran out and Kaeding was able to cross the stripe first to claim victory by 0.668 seconds. Abreu’s runner up finish continued his solid string of success in Stockton, a track he’s won at four times before. It’s always a pleasure to have the 24-year-old on hand with the King of the West Series. Mount Vernon, Washington’s Jason Solwold had a strong run in the feature to round out the podium. It was great having the Mike Anderson owned team make the long trip down from the Northwest.

Fresno’s Cory Eliason & Campbell’s Bud Kaeding completed the top-five after having a nice battle at times in the main event. The remainder of the top-10 was comprised of Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst, Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid and Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox. Grass Valley’s Jason Statler earned the Hard Charger Award coming from 21st to 11th and went home with a set of seat belts courtesy of Chris Kenner & SRP.

The eighth place finish was enough to wrap up the 2016 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series title for Hirst, making him just the third driver to reach at least three career championships with the tour, joining Brent Kaeding & Jonathan Allard. It was also the second straight owner title for Tarlton Racing after winning last year’s championship with driver Carson Macedo. Hirst had a fantastic season overall, scoring six wins aboard the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x machine.

“It feels great to lock up the King of the West championship tonight here in Stockton,” Hirst said after the race. “I want to send a big thanks to Roth Motorsports & Tarlton Racing for allowing me to drive the 21x this year. We had a great season on the whole and picked up some big wins, especially during the summer months. Being able to join Jonathan Allard as a three-time KWS champion is pretty special. It’s great to see all these fans come out and pack this place tonight as well. I can’t wait for next year to roll around.”

The 12-lap B-main was captured by Hirst, with the six-lap dash going to Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan. The four 10-lap heat races were picked off by Rico Abreu, Chase Johnson, Bobby McMahan and Cory Eliason. Abreu kicked-off the night by setting his third King of the West fast time of the year, topping the 30-car field with a lap 14.376 around the Stockton Dirt Track.

A-main finish: 1. 83 Tim Kaeding, 2. 24 Rico Abreu, 3. 18 Jason Solwold, 4. 00jr Cory Eliason, 5. 0 Bud Kaeding, 6. 22 Shane Golobic, 7. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 8. 21x Kyle Hirst, 9. 4s Buddy Kofoid, 10. 31c Justyn Cox, 11. 00 Jason Statler, 12. 69 Brent Kaeding, 13. 5v Dominic Scelzi, 14. 98 Sean Watts, 15. 2 Brad Furr, 16. 29 Willie Croft, 17. 3c DJ Netto, 18. 12p Scott Parker, 19. 25 Bobby McMahan, 20. 20 Copeland, 21. 68 Chase Johnson, 22. 75 Sean Becker

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series would like to thank all of the teams & fans that came out to support us this season. We want to wish everyone the best of holiday seasons. For schedule updates in the off-season stay glued to www.racepmg.com

 

 

Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster to Crown Champion Saturday Night in Stockton, CA

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- All season long the battle atop the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster point standings has been extremely hard fought between Andy Forsberg and Mason Moore, and Saturday night in Stockton, CA the battle will come to a head during the 2016 season finale.

The battle for the title is coming down between the series’ most decorated driver, Andy Forsberg with his eight series championships and nearly 30 career series feature event wins, and Moore who is seeking his first series crown.

Though polar opposite in accolades, both drivers have been handling their business on the track as Moore has one Championship under his belt in 2016, and Forsberg heads into Saturday night boasting 13 wins this season.

Heading into Saturday night’s finale, Forsberg has the edge on Moore by just 16 markers, but with a swollen car count expected at the newly configured Stockton Dirt Track, anything could happen on the green surface.

The Championship Spectacular that pays homage to Gary Patterson and shares the spotlight with the King of the West Series is currently in its 33rd year of existence, but just it’s third year including the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster. During the previous two events wins have gone to Rico Abreu (2014) and Andy Forsberg (2015), and both drivers will look to become the first repeat winners of the Civil War Series portion of the ‘Tribute to Gary Patterson’.

In most recent Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster action, Sean Becker has proven to be nearly unbeatable. After dominating the September 17th event at Marysville Raceway, Becker capped off a season sweep of Petaluma Speedway series events the following week, and will look for his fifth win of the year on Saturday night.

With the King of the West series running alongside the Civil War Series on Saturday night, many drivers will compete in both classes making this an extremely entertaining program.

Aside from Forbserg, Moore, Becker, and Abreu, other drivers expected to be on hand Saturday night include newly crowned Trophy Cup Champion Shane Golobic, DJ Netto, DJ Freitas, Michael Ing, Justin Sanders, Bradley Terrell, Chase Majdic, Robbie Price, Dominic Scelzi, Cory Eliason, Mitchell Faccinto, Matt Peterson, Mitchell Faccinto, Justyn Cox, Geoff Ensign, Colby Copeland, Buddy Kofoid and a host of other drivers from the surrounding area.

Tickets continue to be on sale for the Tribute to Gary Patterson, with reserved upper deck seats $30 & general admission bleacher tickets $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. The front gate is scheduled to open at 4pm, with will call & at track ticket sales beginning at 2pm. To pre-order tickets visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/33rd-annual-tribute-to-gary-patterson---king-of-the-west--civil/dates/Nov-05-2016_at_1200PM

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster has one final event remaining in 2016 when they invade the Stockton Dirt Track on November 5th.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway), Kyle Hirst (July 15th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (August 6th Placerville Speedway), Justin Sanders (August 20th Ocean Speedway), Mitchell Faccinto (September 7th Silver Dollar Speedway), Sean Becker (September 17th Marysville Raceway), Sean Becker (September 24th Petaluma Speedway).

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

 

Stockton Dirt Track showdown finishes off the 2016 King of the West Sprint Car Series season this Saturday November 5 Kyle Hirst looks to wrap up third career title

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – November 1, 2016… What started in late-April will come to a conclusion this Saturday when the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series puts a cap on the 2016 campaign with the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track.

The Tribute to GP has traditionally been one of the prestigious showcases on the King of the West schedule over the years and this weekend marks the fourth consecutive season it will be held in Stockton. Names such as Kaeding, Gurney, Sills, Kent, Green, Tiner, Swindell, McMahan, Abreu, Allard and numerous others are scattered among the former winners list of the event, which is held in memory of National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Gary Patterson, who lost his life in a racing crash during the 1983 season.

During the day on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm a car show, driver autograph session & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands. Make plans to arrive early and enjoy the day, as we finish off the season in grand style. Friday evening also has an event with the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Cars, Dwarf Cars, Dirt Modifeds and Vintage Cars taking to the track. Camping is available on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds for a price of $33 per night.

Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst goes into Saturday night with a 28-point cushion over Campbell’s Bud Kaeding. The 28-year-old won the King of the West championship in 2013 & ’14 and looks to become just the third driver in series history to reach at least three career titles. Hirst has driven the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x to a career high six victories so far this year and will be gunning for his ever Stockton Dirt Track triumph on Saturday. He claimed the Tribute to GP in 2009 at Silver Dollar Speedway.

Kaeding has finished runner up in the standings each of the last two seasons and will be hoping for a strong run, plus a little luck to avoid doing so again. No matter what happens the three-time USAC Silver Crown champ has had a strong campaign with a career high four wins, including the Jimmy Sills Classic on June 18 in Stockton. The wheel-man of the Williams Motorsports/ Alviso Rock 0 has also earned a number of podium finishes throughout the season.

Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox will wrap up his inaugural King of the West season at the Tribute to Gary Patterson. The driver of the Berco Redwood/ Trex Outdoor Living No. 31c has been impressive in recent weeks and has put together back-to-back top-five efforts with the series.

Hanford’s DJ Netto has been the most consistent competitor over recent weeks. The 20-year-old has driven to the Tri-C Manufacturing/ Shell Rotella No. 3c to five straight top-five finishes. Netto will look to cap the season with a victory in Stockton, which is what the Clyde & Marion Lamar team did last season.

Rounding out the top-five going into the season-finale is former King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Jason Statler. The Grass Valley driver came extremely close to winning the Tribute to Gary Patterson a couple years ago and will look to seal the deal on Saturday aboard the DF Motorsports/ YAK Graphics 00 machine.

Past Tribute to Gary Patterson winners Rico Abreu from Rutherford, Tim Kaeding of San Jose and Fremont’s Shane Golobic will all look to add another GP trophy to their possession on Saturday.

Abreu has won the event twice before and captured the most recent King of the West show held in Hanford on October 15 aboard his familiar Abreu Vineyards No. 24. The two-time Chili Bowl champion has captured four career Stockton Dirt Track wins, including a triumph with the World of Outlaws in 2015. Kaeding earned his Tribute to GP win at the Silver Dollar Speedway in 2008 and will be back aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83 on Saturday. The two-time King of the West titlist has one career Stockton victory.

Golobic is just over a week removed from his big $20,000 victory at the Trophy Cup and will be gunning for his fourth King of the West win of the season at the helm of the Keith Day Trucking No. 22 mount on Saturday. The former World of Outlaws winner claimed his Tribute to GP gold in 2014 and has also raced to big victories this year with the USAC National Midget Tour & the National Sprint League.

More drivers expected on Saturday will include Stockton Salute to LeRoy Van Conett winner Cory Eliason of Fresno, former series champion Sean Becker of Roseville, track record holder Mitchell Faccinto from Hanford, recent Trophy Cup main event winners Willie Croft of Sacramento & Buddy Kofoid of Penngrove, along with Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Mount Vernon, Washington’s Jason Solwold, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

Also in action alongside KWS this Saturday will be the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster. It marks just the third time ever that both series compete on the same night at the same track. Auburn’s Andy Forsberg is in search of an unprecedented ninth series title and goes into the night with a 16-point lead in the standings over Princeton’s Mason Moore. Forsberg won last year’s Civil War portion of the Tribute to GP and swept the 360 weekend alongside the World of Outlaws in March at the track.

Tickets continue to be on sale for the Tribute to Gary Patterson, with reserved upper deck seats $30 & general admission bleacher tickets $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. The front gate is scheduled to open at 4pm, with will call & at track ticket sales beginning at 2pm. To pre-order tickets visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/33rd-annual-tribute-to-gary-patterson---king-of-the-west--civil/dates/Nov-05-2016_at_1200PM

This weekend is also your last chance to purchase tickets for a chance to win the special Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial Quilt. All money raised goes to the Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund. The winning ticket will be drawn in victory circle this Saturday.

A reminder to teams the Flowmaster Muffler rule is in effect this Saturday.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

 

 

Two-time Chili Bowl champ Rico Abreu races to King of the West victory at the 31st Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic in Hanford on Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA – October 15, 2016…Returning to the Golden State this past weekend, Rutherford’s Rico Abreu was able to complete a two-night sweep at the Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic, scoring his first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win of the season on Saturday night.

Abreu had made his first ever Sprint Car start at the Keller Auto Speedway in 2011 and on Friday night captured his first career victory at the track, before coming back on Saturday to put together another impressive performance aboard the Abreu Vineyards No. 24 mount. It marked his 10th career King of the West triumph, moving the 24-year-old into a tie with Tommy Tarlton & Sean Becker on the all-time series win list.

“It feels great to come back home and sweep the Cotton Classic here in Hanford,” Abreu commented after the race. “It was a lot of fun early in the main event racing with the guys up front. I really want to thank Paul Silva, Trevor Canales and the entire 24 team for giving me such a great car every time we hit the track. Thanks also to everyone with the King of the West Series and Keller Auto Speedway for putting on the event. We’ll be back on November 5 in Stockton running the 410 & 360 so hopefully all the fans will come out and see us.”

The 30-lap Cotton Classic feature started out with San Jose’s Tim Kaeding grabbing the lead after winning the night’s dash. The two-time King of the West champion held command until Hanford’s DJ Netto scooped up the top-spot on lap six. The 20-year-old wheel-man was in search of his first series victory of the season and looked very strong, until making one minor miscue in turn two, which allowed Abreu the opportunity to get by with 14-laps complete. Netto tried to keep Abreu in his sights, but would settle for a runner up finish at the checkered.

The second place effort continued the strong string of constancy that Netto has put together since taking over driving duties of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c machine. Dating back to August 27 he has now earned five consecutive top-five finishes with the King of the West Sprint Car Series.

“I definitely wanted to win this race in front of my hometown crowd, but it was still another great night for us to end up on the podium again,” Netto said. “I can’t thank Lee Lindgren, Shane Hopkins & the whole Tri-C team enough. Big thanks to my owners Clyde & Marion Lamar for the chance to drive this car. We have a lot of momentum going into the Trophy Cup next week in Tulare so I can’t wait for Thursday to roll around.”

Fresno’s Cory Eliason won out in a late-race battle with Tim Kaeding for the third spot, getting by on the final lap to round out the podium in the Reitz Almond Harvesting 00jr Sprint Car. It marked his second straight podium finish in King of the West Sprint Car Series competition.

“I’m happy to bring home a third place finish after starting from the fifth row tonight,” Eliason said. “We had a good battle with TK later on in the feature and luckily I was able to make the pass on the last lap. It’s been a really strong year overall and I want to thank everyone that supports us. We’ll now go on to the Trophy Cup and hopefully have a solid weekend. There’s lots of money on the line and we’ll give it our best shot.”

Tim Kaeding ended up fourth in the Roth Motorsports No. 83, with Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox rounding out the top-five at the helm of the Berco Redwood No. 31c Sprinter. The first year King of the West regular was fresh off a career best third place finish the week before and came back to put together another strong performance at the Cotton Classic. Completing the top-10 were Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Altoona, Iowa’s Terry McCarl, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto and Campbell’s Bud Kaeding.

The night’s 12-lap B-main went to Mitchell Faccinto, with Tim Kaeding as noted winning the six-lap Dash. The four 10-lap Heat Races were won by Rico Abreu, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson and DJ Netto. Abreu kicked-off the evening by setting fast time in the 31-car field with a clocking of 14.031 around the 3/8 mile oval. Full results will be available at www.racepmg.com

A-main finish: 1. #24 Rico Abreu, 2. #3C DJ Netto, 3. #00JR Cory Eliason, 4. #83 Tim Kaeding, 5. #31C Justyn Cox, 6. #4S Buddy Kofoid, 7. #56 Ryan Bernal, 8. #88 Terry Mccarl, 9. #37 Mitchell Facinto, 10. #0 Bud Kaeding, 11. #69 Brent Kaeding, 12. #88V Jace Vanderweerd, 13. #21X Kyle Hirst, 14. #25 Bobby McMahan, 15. #20 Colby Copeland, 16. #98 Sean Watts, 17. #72W Kurt Nelson, 18. #9S Landon Hurst, 19. #3 Craig Stidham, 20. #68 Chase Johnson, 21. #12P Scott Parker, 22. #41 Dominic Scelzi

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now close the season with the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 5. The night of racing also features the championship finale for the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster for the third consecutive year. Friday November 4 showcases the season-finale for the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints. Camping can be reserved by calling 916-370-9417.

Tickets are on sale for the King of the West & Civil War championship finale, with reserved upper deck seats $30 & general admission bleachers $20. Kids 10 & under are FREE in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. To order tickets online visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/…/dates/Nov-05-2016_at_… - During the day on Saturday November 5 a car show & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands from noon-4pm.

 

 

 

The 31st Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford marks penultimate King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event of the year this Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA – October 11, 2016…Paradise, California’s Kyle Hirst enters the start of two races to go in his bid at becoming the second driver in King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series history to reach three career titles, with this Saturday’s penultimate round taking place at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford.

Saturday’s outing marks the 31st annual Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic, which is part of a two-night weekend at the Keller Auto Speedway, with Friday featuring a $2,000-to-win/ $500-to-start Winged 360 Sprint Car show. The event has been one of the long standing & prestigious showcases in the Central Valley over the years. With the exception of 2014 the Cotton Classic has been held at the Kings County Fairgrounds venue every season since the mid 1980’s.

Fresno’s Cory Eliason is the defending winner of the Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic and will be gunning to make it back-to-back on Saturday. The ultra talented driver captured the only King of the West visit to the Keller Auto Speedway so far this year on July 9. Eliason also wheeled his Reitz Almond Harvesting/ Driven Performance 00jr machine to a series win at the Stockton Dirt Track on July 10, along with a runner up effort at Calistoga in June.

Two-time King of the West champion & current point leader Kyle Hirst goes into the Cotton Classic on the strength of his sixth win of the season last weekend in Tulare aboard the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x mount. The Paradise, CA driver holds a 31-point lead at the top of the standings with just two events remaining in the 2016 season. Hirst is looking to join Jonathan Allard & Brent Kaeding as the third driver to reach at least three titles.

Still looking to chip away at the point lead Campbell’s Bud Kaeding enters the Keller Auto Speedway on Saturday hoping to put together a solid night. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champion ran second to Hirst last week in Tulare at the helm of the Williams Motorsports/ Alviso Rock ZERO machine. Kaeding has raced to four King of the West victories this season and over the years has always been a threat in Hanford.

Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox comes into the Penny Newmany Grain Cotton Classic on the heels of a career best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish last weekend. The first-year KWS competitor led laps & earned a solid third place finish in the feature behind the wheel of the Berco Redwood/ PM Truck Repair No. 31c Sprinter. Cox ranks third in the standings going into the penultimate event of the season on Saturday.

One of the most consistent drivers as of late has been Hanford’s DJ Netto, who has tallied four straight top-five finishes in the Tri-C Manufacturing/ Shell Rotella No. 3c machine. The 20-year-old claimed a runner up finish last Friday at Ocean Speedway and will look for his first win of the season at the Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic. Netto stands fourth in the points going into his home track of Keller Auto Speedway.

Rounding out the top-five going into the 31st annual Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic is Grass Valley’s Jason Statler. The 2004 King of the West champion scored finishes of seventh & eighth last weekend aboard the familiar DF Rios Motorsports/ YAK Graphics 00 Sprinter. Completing the top-10 in points going into the penultimate race of 2016 are Atwater’s Sean Watts, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Fremont’s Shane Golobic and Penngrove’s Chase Johnson.

San Jose’s Tim Kaeding has hoisted the cotton bale trophy three times before in his career and will look to make it number four on Saturday in the Roth Motorsports/ HR Livestock Transportation No. 83jr Sprinter. The two-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion claimed his Cotton Classic triumphs in 2002, 2012 & ‘13, with two of those featuring last lap passes for the win.

More drivers expected to tackle the Keller Auto Speedway on Saturday will include Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, who earned a King of the West victory in Hanford last season, along with Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Oakdale’s Shawn Conde, Riverdale’s Landon Hurst, Madera Ranchos’ Dalton Hill, Cottonwood’s Lucas Ashe, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

Tickets for the 31st annual Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic on Saturday will cost $20 for adults, with students 6-18 and seniors 55 & over $17, kids 5 & under are free. On Friday night for the King of Kings Winged 360 Sprint Car event adult tickets will be $18, with students/seniors $15. A two night adult weekend pass at the gate on Friday will be available for $30 and a student/senior weekend pass will be $25. All seating is general admission during the weekend.

The pit booth will open at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 4:30pm each day. Cars will be on track for wheel packing around 5:30pm, with qualifying & heat races to follow. The Keller Auto Speedway is a 3/8 mile clay oval located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The physical address is 801 S. 10th Ave. Hanford, Ca 93230. More info can be found at http://www.racekingsspeedway.com/

After the Cotton Classic the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will then close the season with the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 5. The night of racing also features the championship finale for the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster for the third consecutive year. Friday November 4 showcases the season-finale for the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints. Camping can be reserved by calling 916-370-9417.

Tickets are on sale for the King of the West & Civil War championship finale, with reserved upper deck seats $30 & general admission bleachers $20. Kids 10 & under are FREE in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. To order tickets online visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/33rd-annual-tribute-to-gary-patterson---king-of-the-west--civil/dates/Nov-05-2016_at_1200PM - During the day on Saturday November 5 a car show & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands from noon-4pm.

Remaining King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events in 2016

Saturday October 15: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (31st Penny Newman Cotton Classic) Saturday November 5: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (33rd Tribute to Gary Patterson plus Civil War 360 Series)

Winners of the Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic since the year 2000

2000- Blake Robertson 2001- Tim Shaffer 2002- Tim Kaeding 2005- Jonathan Allard 2006- Jason Meyers 2007- Jonathan Allard 2008- Stephen Allard 2010- Kyle Larson 2011- Jonathan Allard 2012- Tim Kaeding 2013- Tim Kaeding 2014- James Mcfadden 2015-Cory Eliason

 

 

Justin Sanders scores first career King of the West win on Friday in Watsonville while Kyle Hirst races to sixth series victory of the season on Saturday in Tulare at the KRC Safety Fall Shootout

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – October 8, 2016…Watsonville’s Justin Sanders & Paradise, California’s Kyle Hirst brought home victories respectively during the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series double header outing this past weekend at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville & the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.

Sanders victory on Friday night marked his career first with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and came aboard the Joe VonSchriltz Racing No. 121 Sprinter. His previous best result had also come at the Ocean Speedway back in 2011 when he ran second to San Jose’s Tim Kaeding. Sanders ended up winning the final five Winged Sprint Car events at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds venue this season.

“I can’t thank Joe VonSchriltz enough for giving me the opportunity to drive such a fast car and all my guys for working so hard all week to make it happen,” said an excited Sanders in victory lane. “I’m pretty pumped to finally get my first King of the West win and for it come at my home track makes it even sweeter. It’s been a great last couple months at this place. It was definitely a wild main event and I had a lot of fun racing with those guys up front. Once I got into the lead I focused on hitting my marks and luckily we’re standing up here in victory lane.”

The first 22-laps in the feature clicked off non-stop and featured some fantastic racing on the quarter-mile, which had widened out considerably once the main event got underway. The first half of the race saw Campbell’s Bud Kaeding lead the way with Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid following along closely as they weaved in & out of lapped traffic. The lead pack tightened up around the midway point and Fremont’s Shane Golobic began to show his muscle, making his way past Kofoid on lap 17. He then charged around Kaeding off turn four to take the lead as they clicked off lap 18.

After that Golobic rocketed away from the field and looked to be untouchable, until getting into a spin on lap 22, which saw the yellow flag wave. He was able to keep going, but was forced to start from the rear of the field. A thrilling restart was then seen in which Justin Sanders went from third to the lead by the time the field exited turn two. Things then began to slow down immensely, as various yellows & reds occurred during the final laps.

Golobic had battled his way forward from the rear, but got upside down on lap 28, putting an end to his race. A big melee was also seen on the restart when Tim Kaeding & Colby Copeland both flipped in turn one. Kofoid also had a piece of the action and put an end to what was a very impressive run for the youngster.

Despite the stoppages nothing fazed Sanders up front as he took the checkered flag by just over one-second back to Hanford’s DJ Netto, who earned his best finish of the KWS season by claiming the runner up spot. Fresno’s Cory Eliason crossed the stripe in third, with Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst & Bud Kaeding rounding out the top-five. Hirst started 16th on the grid and was able to maneuver his way forward to maintain the series point lead.

Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Benicia’s Billy Aton and Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares completed the top-10. Aton started 21st in the feature and drove forward to earn a solid finish during his Winged 410 Sprint Car debut.

Penngrove’s Chase Johnson captured the night’s B-main, while Bud Kaeding scored victory in the Dash. The three 10-lap heat races were picked off by Buddy Kofoid, Justyn Cox and Tim Kaeding. Justin Sanders opened the night by earning his second fast time of the King of the West season by touring the Ocean Speedway in 11.399 seconds.

A-main finish Friday at Ocean Speedway: 1. 121 Justin Sanders, 2. 3c DJ Netto, 3. 5h Cory Eliason, 4. 21x Kyle Hirst, 5. 0 Bud Kaeding, 6. 31c Justyn Cox, 7. 00 Jason Statler, 8. 69 Brent Kaeding, 9. 26 Billy Aton, 10. 12 Jarrett Soares, 11. 19 Adam McCarthy, 12. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 13. 98 Sean Watts, 14. 9j Dustin Golobic, 15. 99 Skyler Gee, 16. 4s Buddy Kofoid, 17. 68 Chase Johnson, 18. 83jr Tim Kaeding, 19. 20 Colby Copeland, 20. 22 Shane Golobic, 21. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 22. 72w Kurt Nelson

On Saturday in Tulare Kyle Hirst scooped up the lead on a lap 12 restart and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way, en route to his sixth King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win of the season. By doing so the 28-year-old set a new personal high for victories in a single year with the series. It was also his third straight triumph at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway aboard the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son Inc. No. 21x machine.

“The track turned out to be really fun in the main event, right up on the wall like I prefer,” said Hirst after the feature. “To get our sixth win of the season and set a new high for me personally is pretty cool. I really want to thank Dennis & Teresa Roth, the entire Tarlton Racing team and everyone that makes it possible to drive this car. I’m really looking forward to the Trophy Cup now and hope all the fans are too. We’ll be back next week in Hanford at the Cotton Classic with KWS looking to get another win. We have two races left in the season and hopefully they go smooth so we can bring home this championship.”

Positions changed regularly over the course of the 30-lap contest, as drivers moved back & forth throughout the field. The night of racing was also the first since work had gone on to help widen the track surface, which seemed to work out well in the feature. The best battle over the final 10 or so laps was the fight for second between Bud Kaeding & Justyn Cox. The drivers that rank second & third respectively in the King of the West standings traded the position numerous times in an exhilarating slide fest.

At the checkered flag Kaeding was able to claim the runner up spot. It marked the third consecutive race in Tulare he has finished second to Hirst.

Cox crossed the stripe in third to record his best career King of the West finish after leading a number of laps early on. Cox looked very impressive in the main event and continues to gain speed with the season wearing on. Roseville’s Colby Copeland had a nice rebound from the previous night to score a solid fourth place finish, while DJ Netto rounded out the top-five despite a broken shock after making contact with the wall. Netto has raced to four consecutive top-five finishes since joining the Tri-C Motorsports team.

Completing the top-10 in the main event were Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Leduc, Alberta’s Skyler Gee and Fresno’s Steven Kent. Kyle Hirst won the night’s dash, while heat race wins went to Hirst, Justyn Cox and Tim Kaeding. The night started out with young Buddy Kofoid earning his first career King of the West fast time award by clocking a 13.218 around the Thunderbowl Raceway.

A-main finish Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway: 1. 21x Kyle Hirst, 2. 0 Bud Kaeding, 3. 31c Justyn Cox, 4. 20 Colby Copeland, 5. 3c DJ Netto, 6. 69 Brent Kaeding, 7. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 8. 00 Jason Statler, 9. 99 Skylar Gee, 10. 7 Steven Kent, 11. 88 Jace Vanderweerd, 12. 12p Scott Parker, 13. 72 Kalib Montgomery, 14. 98 Sean Watts, 15. 12 Jarrett Soares, 16. 96 Luca Romanazzi, 17. 22 Cori Andrews, 18. 3 Craig Stidham, 19. 83jr Tim Kaeding, 20. 4s Buddy Kofoid

Next up for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be the 31st annual Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic this coming Saturday October 15 at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. On Friday night the track will also hold a Winged 360 Sprint Car event, making for a double header weekend.

Tickets for the Cotton Classic on Saturday will cost $20 for adults, with students 6-18 and seniors 55 & over $17, kids 5 & under are free. On Friday night for the King of Kings Winged 360 Sprint Car event adult tickets will be $18, with students/seniors $15. A two night adult weekend pass at the gate on Friday will be available for $30 and a student/senior weekend pass will be $25. All seating is general admission during the weekend.

The pit booth will open at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 4:30pm each day. Cars will be on track for wheel packing around 5:30pm, with qualifying & heat races to follow. The Keller Auto Speedway is a 3/8 mile clay oval located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The physical address is 801 S. 10th Ave. Hanford, Ca 93230.

 

 

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series continues end of season stretch with an Ocean Speedway/Thunderbowl Raceway two-step this Friday & Saturday KRC Safety Fall Shootout Saturday in Tulare marks first race on new wider surface

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – October 4, 2016…The march towards championship night continues for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series with a double header weekend of competition, kicking-off this Friday at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, followed by Thunderbowl Raceway’s KRC Safety Fall Shootout in Tulare on Saturday.

It will be the final stop of 2016 at each track respectively and the beginning of four races to go. The series has visited Watsonville twice so far this year and Tulare on three previous occasions. Saturday’s KRC Safety Fall Shootout will also be the first night of racing on the new Thunderbowl Raceway surface that has been widened 15-feet at the bottom of the track. Each facility always provides great competition and this weekend will no doubt be much of the same.

Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst gets his bid at a third King of the West title back underway and goes into the double header sitting 34-points ahead of Campbell’s Bud Kaeding in the series standings. Three of Hirst’s five wins this year have come between Ocean Speedway & Thunderbowl Raceway, two tracks he has been very strong at the last few seasons. The 28-year-old swept both nights at the Peter Murphy Classic in July and looks to add more this weekend aboard the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21.

Kaeding is fresh off his fourth victory of the season during the most recent King of the West event in Placerville on September 24 and hopes to cut the point lead down even more this weekend. The Campbell racer ran second to Hirst both nights at the Peter Murphy Classic in Tulare and finished third at Ocean Speedway in July. Kaeding has certainly had a successful year at the helm of the Williams Motorsports ZERO machine, but still has unfinished business with the season winding down.

Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox continues his rookie season with the King of the West Series and goes into the weekend sitting third in points. One of his best nights of the year came at Ocean Speedway in June when he set fast time & ran top-five in the feature. Hanford’s DJ Netto goes into the double header ranking fourth in points. The 20-year-old captured victories at both Ocean Speedway & Thunderbowl Raceway last year. Netto is also coming off an impressive runner up finish at last weekend’s Fall Nationals in Chico.

Rounding out the top-five in points heading into the Watsonville/Tulare two-step is former King of the West champion Jason Statler. The Grass Valley driver has won at both tracks in the past and sits just 17-markers behind Netto for fourth going into the weekend. Completing the top-10 in the standings going into the double header are Atwater’s Sean Watts, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Fremont’s Shane Golobic and Penngrove’s Chase Johnson.

Golobic has raced to three King of the West wins this season, including his home track of Ocean Speedway in June at the Pombo/Sargent Classic. The two-time Watsonville track champion is fresh off a big win with the National Sprint League this past weekend in Missouri. Golobic has also been solid in his Thunderbowl Raceway starts this year, bringing home a third place finish in May at the Faria Memorial, along with a fourth at the Murphy Classic.

Two-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Tim Kaeding will make his first starts of the season aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr machine this weekend. The San Jose wheel-man has had much success over the years driving for Dennis & Teresa Roth and has had a solid season in 2016, which includes winning a preliminary night at the Knoxville Nationals. Kaeding is always a driver to beat at both Ocean Speedway & Thunderbowl Raceway.

More drivers expected to take part in some of this weekend’s action will include two-time KWS main event winner this season Cory Eliason of Fresno, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Craig Stidham, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Riverdale’s Landon Hurst, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Gilroy’s Kurt Nelson, Salinas’ Jeremy Chisum, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

The front gate at Ocean Speedway this Friday will open at 4:30pm with hot laps at 5:30pm, qualifying around 6pm and racing to follow. The pit booth will open at 2pm. Adult tickets for Friday night cost $25, with kids 6-12 $15. Children 5 & under are free. All seating is general admission.

The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California with the physical address 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076.

Reserved grandstand seats for the KRC Safety Fall Shootout on Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway cost $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. To reserve your seats contact (559) 688-0909. The front gate will open at 4pm with opening ceremonies & heat races expected to get underway around 7pm. Also on the card are the USAC Western Midgets & the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars.

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. More info can be found at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com

KRC Safety was established in 1978, having less than 100 barricades in inventory. Originally known as Kaweah River Construction, the name was later changed to KRC after its founder Ken Ray Castro. Ken “Chief” Castro passed away on January 13, 1985. Today, KRC is owned and operated by Ken’s son Gary Castro. KRC continues to grow year after year and many of the original employees are still with KRC, who are just like family.

KRC now offers many services including, Traffic Control, Construction Area Signs, Custom, Permanent and Street Signs, Temporary Chain Link Fence Panels, Roadway Markers, Delineators, Traffic Control Plans, Message Boards, K-Rail, all types of Equipment Trucking, Generators, Light-Towers and many other services for rent and sale. Even from their humble beginnings they still know their customers by name. More information on KRC Safety Company can be found at http://krcsafety.com/wordpress/

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series

Remaining King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events in 2016

Friday October 7: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA Saturday October 8: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (KRC Safety Fall Shootout) Saturday October 15: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (31st Cotton Classic) Saturday November 5: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (33rd Tribute to Gary Patterson)

 

 

Becker Completes Petaluma Season Sweep With Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Petaluma, CA)- Winning a no-stop affair at the Petaluma Speedway back in June, Sean Becker completed the season sweep with the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster at the bay area facility after fending off series point leader, Andy Forsberg.

With Trent Canales and Becker leading the field to green it would be Canales getting out to the early lead while Becker, Michael Ing, and Dominic Scelzi gave chase.

Following a couple of early stoppages, Canales would continue to fend off a strong group of challengers until the seventh lap when Becker was able to win the drag race into turn one and take over the race lead.

While the top three got away from the field, the battle for fourth through seventh was extremely entertaining on the lightning fast Petaluma Speedway surface as Scelzi, Mason Moore, Bradley Terrell, and Andy Forsberg all raced wheel-to-wheel exchanging track position lap after lap.

After a caution at the halfway point, Becker would continue set a torrid pace as he looked to be nearly untouchable out front. Behind him though, Dominic Scelzi was coming as would get into the third spot.

On the 24th lap a car would spin in front of the leaders and Ing and Scelzi, who were running second and third, would get collected and bring all three drivers night’s to an end.

With the field lined up for a six-lap shootout, Becker would continue to lead the way but would now have his hands full with Andy Forsberg who was now in the second spot. The fans were treated to a thrilling final six laps that saw two of best at the Petaluma Speedway go after the win, with Becker fending off Forsberg to become the winningest driver at the Petaluma Speedway with the Civil War Series as Forsberg finished second, and Mason Moore third.

“I can’t thank Dan Monhoff and his guys enough for giving me a fast racecar,” Sean Becker said in victory lane. “We were really good last week in Marysville, and to win two of these races in a row and four overall is really a tough thing to do.”

Kalib Henry would cap off a solid night with a fourth place finish while Jake Haulot rounded out the Top-Five. After a nice showing at the Marysville Raceway DJ Freitas picked up a sixth place finish while Trent Canales finished seventh, Justin Sanders eight, Koen Shaw ninth, and Michael Kofoid rounded out the Top-10.

Saturday night heat race winners were Andy Forsberg, Bradley Terrell, and Trent Canales, while Canales also claimed the Dash. Aside from picking up the feature event win, Sean Becker also kicked the night off with fast time honors as he laid down a 12.356 second lap.

2016 Schedule

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster have one final event remaining in 2016 when they invade the Stockton Dirt Track on November 5th.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway), Kyle Hirst (July 15th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (August 6th Placerville Speedway), Justin Sanders (August 20th Ocean Speedway), Mitchell Faccinto (September 7th Silver Dollar Speedway), Sean Becker (September 17th Marysville Raceway), Sean Becker (September 24th Petaluma Speedway).

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

Penultimate 2016 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Event Takes Place Saturday Night In Petaluma, CA

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- A furious month of September for the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster comes to a close on Saturday night with the series’ penultimate event of the 2016 season taking place at the Petaluma Speedway.

An extremely busy stretch in the schedule concludes at one of the most exciting tracks on the schedule, Sonoma County’s Petaluma Speedway. Known for its sticky gumbo surface, Petaluma Speedway can often times wreak havoc with drives and teams with a surface that can change at the blink of an eye.

During the most recent Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster event at the speedway, Roseville, CA’s Sean Becker bested Cordelia, CA’s Zack Lynskey in a non stop affair that lasted just a tick over seven minutes.

Tied atop the list for all time series wins at the speedway, Becker comes into Saturday’s event as the series’ most recent winner on the strength of a flag to flag win at the Marysville Raceway on Saturday night.

With just two events remaining on the calendar in 2016, the championship race is far from over as Andy Forsberg leads Mason Moore by just 16 digits. Forsberg, who is tied with Becker for all time series wins at the Petaluma Speedway is seeking his ninth series championship, while second running Mason Moore is hot after his first career series title.

Both drivers have had success at ‘The Bay Area’s Baddest Bullring’ over the years, but Moore will need to shine if he wants to tighten things up for the season finale later this Fall.

With Moore and Forsberg still battling it out for the series crown, other drivers expected to be in attendance on Sataurday night include Chase Majdic, Koen Shaw, Justin Sanders, Sean Becker, Dj Freitas, Bradley Terrell, Kurt Nelson, Riley Matson, John Clark, Klint Simpson, and many more of the regions top 360ci drivers.

Saturday night, Petaluma Speedway has graciously offered to cover all driver pill draw fees.

Tickets for Saturday’s event will be on sale at the Petaluma Speedway front gate starting at just $15 for juniors and seniors, while adult tickets will be on sale for $18, and kids 5 and under will be admitted for free.

As always, Petaluma Speedway gets the action kicked off by opening the front gates at 4pm with drivers on the track for warm ups and time trials by 5pm, with qualifying scheduled for 6pm.

2016 Schedule

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster are right back to it this coming Saturday night where the series make their final appearance at the Petaluma Speedway.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway), Kyle Hirst (July 15th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (August 6th Placerville Speedway), Justin Sanders (August 20th Ocean Speedway), Mitchell Faccinto (September 7th Silver Dollar Speedway), Sean Becker (September 17th Marysville Raceway)

 

 

Sean Becker Soars To Third Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Win Of Season

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Marysville, CA)- For the third time in 2016 Roseville, CA driver, Sean Becker stood in Civil War Series presented by Flowmaser victory lane. Getting by Shane Golobic on the race’s opening lap, Becker would fend off both Golobic and Andy Fosberg to score the win on a very rough and tumble Marysville Raceway on Saturday night.

“It is awesome to get our third Civil War Series feat event win, and to do it at three different tracks makes it that much more special,” Becker said in victory lane in regards to his previous two wins at the Placerville Speedway and Petaluma Speedway. “Dan Monhoff gave me a great car, and the pill draw worked out in our favor for the Dash, and here we are.”

Lining up on the front row alongside fellow former series champion, Shane Golobic, it would be Golobic getting the jump, but Becker would ride the rim around turns one and two and take the lead as the field headed down the back stretch.

The first 10-laps would be hampered by stoppages, but a lap 10 restart would set up a 19-lap green flag run that featured action all over the speedway. With Becker getting the jump on the aforementioned restart, Andy Forsberg would work his way into the second spot as Shane Golobic and DJ Freitas raced for position behind the lead duo.

With bikes and wheelies thrilling the crowd, Becker would be tough up front as he would slice through lapped traffic, though it would allow Forsberg to close in on Becker at times. With Becker looking to be well on his way to the win, the caution flag would fly on the 29th lap setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

Since the race had less than five laps remaining in it, the restart would be single file which allowed Becker to mash his throttle and race away to score his third victory of the season.

Behind him, Andy Forsberg would finish in the second spot, and extend his series point lead with just two races to go, while Shane Golobic took the final spot on the podium. DJ Freitas would turn in very strong showing as he held down the fourth spot at the finish line while Justyn Cox completed the top-five.

Mason Moore would finish in the sixth spot, Chase Madjic seventh, Justin Sanders would charge from 14th to finish eighth, while Bradley Terrell would overcome issues on the opening lap to charge form the back to finish ninth, and Koen Shaw would round out the Top-10.

Cody Lamar would continue to dominate time trials at the Marysville Raceway as the newly crowned track champion earned his 11th fast time award of the season at the speedway.

A three-heat program was in affect on this night and wins would go to Mason Moore, Justyn Cox, and Shane Golobic, while Sean Becker won the Dash.

2016 Schedule

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster are right back to it this coming Saturday night where the series make their final appearance at the Petaluma Speedway.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway), Kyle Hirst (July 15th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (August 6th Placerville Speedway), Justin Sanders (August 20th Ocean Speedway), Mitchell Faccinto (September 7th Silver Dollar Speedway), Sean Becker (September 17th Marysville Raceway)

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

Ultra Tight Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Championship Battle Takes Center Stage at Gold Cup Race of Champions

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster is once again amidst a very tight championship battle and as the action picks up with the calendar changing to September, all eyes will be on the series as they raise the curtain on the 63rd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions in Chico, CA on Wednesday, September 7th.

“The Wednesday night Civil War Series race has been a great opener at the Gold Cup Race of Champions over the years,” Silver Dollar Speedway Director of Communications, Troy Hennig said. “The last few seasons the series has had a great championship battle and this season is no different, and we are fortunate to watch it unfold on one of the biggest stages of the year.”

Looking for his ninth Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster series championship, Andy Forsberg comes into the highly anticipated Wednesday night show with a very slim two-point lead over the newly crowned Placerville Speedway champion, Mason Moore.

All season long, Moore and Forsberg have shadowed each other on the track, and with just four races remaining on the 2016 schedule, Moore is still in search of his first series win of the 2016 season, and would love to pick it up at his home track.

Alongside the tight points battle, this show is expected to get a little more wild as Wooster, OH driver, Jac Haudenschild, is expected to be on hand aboard the always potent Silva Motorsports No. 57 in search of his first ever Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster feature event win.

Back in March, the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster opened their season up at the Silver Dollar Speedway, and that race did not disappoint as it was talked about for weeks on end. During that night, Kyle Hirst and Willie Croft went toe-to-toe on an immaculately prepared Silver Dollar Speedway surface with Croft getting the better of his brother-in-law and picking up the win.

During the series’ most recent event, Justin Sanders was the class of the field as he flexed his muscle at the Ocean Speedway and captured the 56th Annual Johnny Key Classic. The 50-lap race had many drivers’ running hot when the checkered flag waived and the Wednesday night show should be a very eventful reunion.

Besides Forsberg’s and Moore’s battle for the series crown, other drivers expected to be on hand include Steven Tiner, Michael Ing, Bradley Terrell, Koen Shaw, DJ Freitas, Justin Sanders, last year’s race winner, Sean Becker, Shane Golobic, Cory Eliason, Seth Nunes, Kyle Hirst, DJ Netto, Cody Lamar and many, many more of the regions top drivers.

2016 Schedule

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will take a couple of weeks off before taking to the Silver Dollar Speedway on Wednesday September 7th as the curtain raises on the 63rd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway), Kyle Hirst (July 15th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (August 6th Placerville Speedway), Justin Sanders (August 20th Ocean Speedway).

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

 

 

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series resumes action this Saturday with lone visit of the season at Petaluma Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Petaluma, CA – August 22, 2016…Following a three-week break the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is eager to return to action this Saturday night August 27 with a visit to the cool confines of Petaluma Speedway.

The 3/8 mile clay oval has been a welcomed stop over the years for teams with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. The tacky & hooked-up speedway has often produced exciting competition, as lapped traffic can create some of the most hectic racing towards the front of the field of any track on tour.

The Petaluma Speedway had been a staple on the Northern Auto Racing Club/ Golden State 410 Sprint Car Series schedule over the years, but a multiple-season hiatus from the track occurred during the late 1990’s to 2004.

In 2005 the series returned to Petaluma and ran each season through 2010, until another hiatus was seen, before the King of the West 410’s returned a few years later. In total there have been 14 Winged 410 Sprint Car events held at the Petaluma Speedway since ‘05. The early season event this year fell victim to rain, so Saturday will be your only chance to catch Winged 410 Sprints at the track in 2016.

“We’re definitely looking forward to having the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at the Petaluma Speedway 3/8 on Saturday,” commented track announcer, statistician & co-founder of the California Dream Team Ron Lingron. “The King of the West Series brings some of the best drivers from around the Western United States and it’s a joy to watch them try to tame the sticky adobe. It’s always a great show and we hope everyone is looking forward to it.”

Two-time King of the West 410 champion Kyle Hirst leads the field back into action on Saturday. The Paradise resident has captured a season-high five main event victories aboard the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x machine. Hirst will be gunning to set a new personal record for wins in a season with the series in Petaluma on Saturday.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding goes into Saturday ranking second in the standings and is the most recent winner in series action at the Petaluma Speedway. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ led all 30-laps last season to earn his second career KWS triumph at the track. Kaeding has claimed two victories so far this season.

First-year full-time driver Justyn Cox has moved to a season-best third in the standings going into Petaluma. The Clarksburg driver will be searching for his first career series win this weekend. Grass Valley wheel-man Jason Statler has also battled his way up to fourth in points. The 2004 champ is coming off a podium finish at the most recent event on July 29 in Placerville. Rounding out the top-five going into Saturday is Hanford’s DJ Netto, who is coming off a trip to the Midwest recently.

More drivers expected Saturday will include Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Los Angeles’ Tyler Walker, Sebastopol’s Geoff Ensign and others.

During the night we will honor long time KWS pace truck driver Chuck Burt, who passed away recently. Known as Pace Truck Chuck, the Petaluma resident was a long time staple with the series and a friend to all. In addition to a memorial lap his familiar red ford ranger will also pace the field one last time on Saturday.

The front gate opens at 4pm this Saturday August 27 with adult tickets $22, seniors & juniors $16 and children five & under free. The pit gate will open at noon.

The Petaluma Speedway is located in the southern part of the wine country at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds just off Highway 101 in Petaluma, California. Fans are recommended to bring a jacket and warm clothes if you have never been to the Petaluma Speedway, as temperatures usually do chill off once the sun goes down. More info on the track can be found at www.petaluma-speedway.com

A-main winners this season: Kyle Hirst (5), Bud Kaeding (3), Shane Golobic & Cory Eliason (2), Willie Croft (1)

The all-time 410 track record at Petaluma Speedway is held by 2009 KWS titlist Tyler Walker, who set the mark on August 1 of his championship year. “T-Dub” toured the 3/8 mile oval for the track record in 11.990 seconds aboard the Scott Chastain owned NMI Industrial Contractors No. 24 machine.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos, the All Star Modified Tour and Ocean Speedway.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series

Remaining King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events in 2016

Saturday August 27: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA Saturday September 24: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA Friday October 7: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA Saturday October 8: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (KRC Safety Fall Shootout) Saturday October 15: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic) Saturday November 5: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (Tribute to Gary Patterson)

 

 

Justin Sanders Wins Explosive Johnny Key Classic With Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- After 50 laps around the Ocean Speedway on Saturday night, tempers flared and emotions ran high, but one man with a smile on his face was Justin Sanders as he claimed his first career Johnny Key Classic and first Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster win of the 2016 season.

Starting on the front row of the feature event by way of his Dash for Cash win, the Watsonville, CA driver jumped out to the early lead over fellow front row starter, Sean Becker at the start of the grueling feature event.

With Sanders quickly gapping the field over Becker Tommy Tarlton, and Andy Forsberg, Kyle Hirst would make noise from his seventh row starting spot as he quickly worked his way forward and into the top-seven.

Sanders quick pace would become his own worst enemy as he would quickly encounter traffic on the immaculately prepared Ocean Speedway surface and allow Becker to close in on him.

On the 12th marker, Sanders would be forced to check up, and behind him Becker would overtake the top spot with a full head of steam just before the caution flag flew one lap later.

As Ed Entz showed the green flag to the field, Becker would look strong in open track as he opened up a sizeable lead and set a quick pace out front as the action picked up behind him with drivers doing anything they could to race their way forward with dive bomb moves and daring passing attempts the norm on this night.

With two and three wide racing in the back of the pack thrilling the crowd, Becker would run have the same fate Sanders did on the 20th lap, as he would take evasive action in traffic and give Sanders the lead.

Lap 25 would see the mandatory red flag fly with Justin Sanders leading the way over Becker, Tarlton, Mitchell Faccinto, and Shane Golobic rounding out the top-five.

Following a quick five minute stop where crews could make any changes they saw fit, the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster feature would come back to life with Sanders continuing to flex his muscle out front.

The battle for second would heat up, as Becker and Tarlton would exchange blows as the duo began to run wheel to wheel.

On the 30th lap, the duo would fight for the same piece of real estate and it would result in Becker getting upside down. With Becker flipping, fourth running Kyle Hirst would get a piece of the action and Willie Croft would too get involved in the mess.

With Becker and Hirst both on the shelf, Croft would be able to restart from the tail end of the field.

A couple of caution flags on lap 37 and 40 would set up an exciting 10-lap shoot out to the finish. The restart on lap 40 would see Shane Golobic storm out to the lead in turns one and two, but as the rest of the field got through the corner, Klint Simpson would get upside down and force a single file restart.

Sanders would get the jump, but Golobic would hang right with him, as Cory Eliason was able to get around Tommy Tarlton to take over the third spot, as Mitchell Faccinto and DJ Netto began to battle.

With Sanders leading the way, traffic would come into play with just a few laps to go in the wild feature event. Golobic would get close to Sanders on a pair of occasions, but in the end it was the local product picking up his first career Johnny Key Classic win.

Golobic would hang to finish second, Eliason third, Tarlton fourth, and Faccinto rounding out the Top-Five. DJ Netto would finish sixth, Brent Kaeding would have a strong showing as he advanced from 22nd to finish seventh, Logan Seavey eight, Jason Statler ninth after starting 23rd, and Michael Kofoid would round out the Top-10.

Saturday night would see a total of 38 cars check into the pit area, with 34 drivers vying for 18 spots in the Johnny Key Classic feature event.

Shane Golobic would get the night started off with quick time honors, and heat race wins would go to Cory Eliason, Andy Forsberg, Mitchell Faccinto, and Willie Croft.

Twin B Mains were ran on this night with wins going to Klint Simpson and DJ Netto. The special Johnny Key Classic format also offered a Last Chance Qualifier and Scott parker would win that to punch his ticket into the feature event.

The eight lap Dash for Cash made up of the four Johnny Key Classic lock in drivers and four heat race winners would be won by Justin Sanders.

2016 Schedule

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will take a couple of weeks off before taking to the Silver Dollar Speedway on Wednesday September 7th as the curtain raises on the 63rd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway), Kyle Hirst (July 15th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (August 6th Placerville Speedway), Justin Sanders (August 20th Ocean Speedway).

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

Terry Schank Wires The Field During Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos Portion Of Johnny Key Classic

(PETERSEN MEDIA-Aptos, CA)- After winning two of the first Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos feature events to open the 2016 season, Terry Schank returned to victory lane on Saturday night in impressive fashion as he led flag-to-flag to pocket his third triumph of the season during the Johnny Key Classic at the Ocean Speedway.

Starting on the pole of the feature event alongside Klint Simpson, Terry Schank would get out to the early lead as Tommy Laliberte would quickly overtake Simpson for the second spot.

On the second lap, Laliberte would erase Schank’s early lead as he looked to take over the top spot of the feature event.

Pulling alongside of Schank on the third lap, the 2016 HK Classic winner would make a bid for the top spot only to be denied, as Schank would keep him at bay.

Possibly showing his hand too early, Schank would leave Laliberte in his wake as Simpson and Bryan Grier would fight for the third spot behind the lead duo, with Greir getting the spot.

Up front, Schank was in cruise control as he opened up a comfortable lead, and Laliberte ran unchallenged in the second spot.

As Schank took the checkered flag, Laliberte would finish in the second spot and Simpson would take the final spot on the podium as he made a final corner move to driver around Grier and claim the third spot.

With Simpson getting third, Grier would hang on to finish fourth with Brian Grosenheider rounding out the Top-Five.

2016 Schedule

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Petaluma Speedway

November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will take a couple of weekends off before they take to the Silver Dollar Speedway on Wednesday September 7th.

WINNERS: Klint Simpson (June 11th Petaluma Speedway), Terry Schank (June 25th Calistoga Speedway), Terry Schank (July 11th Stockton Dirt Track), Tommy Laliberte (July 16th Ocean Speedway), Klint Simpson (August 13th Petaluma Speedway), Terry Schank (August 20th Ocean Speedway).

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

WINGLESS SPRINT CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY JOE HUNT MAGNETOS- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand in 2010. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2016, the series will again operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 11 races scattered at five different tracks.

 

 

56th Annual Johnny Key Classic Featuring Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Set For Saturday Night in Watsonville, CA

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- The most grueling race on the 2016 calendar is upon us as the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster is set for the 56th Johnny Key Classic at the Ocean Speedway on Saturday night where $5000 awaits the winner of the 50-lap feature event.

Making the second and final appearance of the year at the Ocean Speedway, the stage is set for one of the Golden State’s most prestigious events, the 56th running of the Johnny Key Classic featuring the Civil War Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster.

Heading into Saturday night’s event the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster is amidst a torrid battle for the series championship for the second year-in-a-row. Eight time and defending series champion, Andy Forsberg comes into ‘The Key’ with a slim 13-point advantage over Mason Moore and both will be gunning for one of the 18-spots up for grabs in Saturday night’s 50-lap feature event.

The Johnny Key Classic offers a unique format to competitors as four drivers have already locked into the $5000-to-win feature event. Through two Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster events and two Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo events, Steven Tiner, Sean Becker, Tommy Tarlton, and Justin Sanders will await four heat race winners and take part in the Dash for Cash, where they will chase after the $500 put up by Jason Newton of 35 Industries, and set the first four rows of the feature event.

Drivers looking to race into the feature event will have a couple of chances to do so. Saturday night’s format will feature a time trial session that will line up drivers into four heat races with no inversion. Each heat winner will move into the Dash for Cash, and the Top-3 finishers will earn a spot in the Johnny Key Classic feature event.

The remaining balance of the field will take part in the B Main, (or twin B mains depending on car count) with four transfer spots available for the feature event. Drivers that are not locked into the feature following heat races and B Main(s), will take part in a Last Chance Qualifier, with two final feature event berths up for grabs.

Once the 22-car field is set a 23rd spot will be available for a past Johnny Key Classic Champion who was unable to race their way into the feature event. Saturday night’s feature event will be a grueling 50-lap affair with a red flag scheduled somewhere in the middle of the race where crews will have 10-minutes to do whatever changes they are able to do on the front stretch.

With just four drivers locked into the 2016 event ahead of time, the action on Saturday night should be great with a stout field of drivers expected to be on hand looking for a way into the 50-lap feature event.

Aside from the four drivers locked in, drivers expected to be on hand are 2015 Key winner, Andy Forsberg, Mason Moore, 2016 HK Classic Champion, Kyle Hirst, Bradley Terrell, Michael Ing, Koen and Kyler Shaw, Geoff Ensign, 2014 Series Champion, Shane Golobic, Willie Croft, Tyler Walker, Jason Statler, DJ Netto, Chase Majdic, Michael Kofoid, Brad Furr, Kurt Nelson, Dustin Golobic, Lucas Ashe, Jason and Jeremy Chisum, DJ Freitas, Cole Macedo, and many more of the regions top drivers.

Saturday night at the Ocean Speedway, the front gates are slated to open at 330pm with the driver’s meeting scheduled for 430pm. Tickets can be purchased on racepmg.com or will be available at the entrance. Adult tickets will be available for $22, Kids for $15, and children five and under will be admitted for free.

2016 Schedule

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will returns to action on August 20th as they return to the Ocean Speedway for the Johnny Key Classic.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway), Kyle Hirst (July 15th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (August 6th Placerville Speedway).

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

50-Lap Soares Classic On Tap For Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos Saturday Night in Petaluma, CA

(PETERSEN MEDIA-Aptos, CA)- Saturday night at the Petaluma Speedway, the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos is set for the most grueling race on the schedule as the 50-lap Soares Classic takes center stage.

The Petaluma Speedway has hosted some hair raising Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos events over the years, and the annual 50-lap Soares Classic has become a marquee event for the series over the years.

During the series’ season opener back on June 11th, it was an all out war between Terry Schank and Klint Simpson, with Simpson rebounding from a lap one spin to pick up the win.

While Simpson has been red hot at the Petaluma Speedway thus far in 2016, he will look for his second series win of the year after finishing a close second during the most recent event at the Ocean Speedway back in mid July.

While Schank has won two of the series’ four events, and Simpson and Tommy Laliberte each notching a win to their credit, Berry Pries, Jr will look to close in on the two championship point leaders as he hopes to rebound from a nasty flip during the series last event.

On top of a grueling 50-lapper at the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday night, drivers will also have the chance to win a Hoosier Tire courtesy of Hoosier Tire West at the drivers meeting. This program will be in place for the remaining Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos in the 2016 season.

Saturday night at the Petaluma Speedway, the front gates are slated to open at 4pm with hot laps and time trials to hit the track shortly after. Tickets can be purchased at the front gate with adult tickets available for $16, juniors and seniors available for $12, and children five and under admitted for free.

2016 Schedule

August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Petaluma Speedway

November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will return to action on August 13th at the Petaluma Speedway as they take part in the coveted Soares Classic.

WINNERS: Klint Simpson (June 11th Petaluma Speedway), Terry Schank (June 25th Calistoga Speedway), Terry Schank (July 11th Stockton Dirt Track), Tommy Laliberte (July 16th Ocean Speedway).

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

WINGLESS SPRINT CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY JOE HUNT MAGNETOS- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand in 2010. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2016, the series will again operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 11 races scattered at five different tracks.

 

 

The Shark Scores at Placerville; Scores Third Career Mark Forni Classic Win With Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- In 2015 Sean Becker looked to be well on his way to claiming his third career Mark Forni Classic triumph until a late race brake issue dashed those hopes. Saturday night, Becker returned to the Placerville Speedway with the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster looking for redemption and found it as he claimed the 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic.

A very technical Placerville Speedway surface greeted the field for the 30-lap contest, and in the early goings it was pole sitter, Kyle Hirst, leading the way aboard the Josh Ford Motorsports No. 73 entry.

Hirst, the most recent Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster winner, set a very nice pace early as he fended off Sean Becker who had moved into the second spot after starting the race in the fourth spot.

As the leaders got into traffic as early as the seventh lap, Becker would close in on the race lead and make his move on the ninth lap before the caution flag waived on the 10th lap.

The ensuing restart would see Hirst take the top spot back, but the caution would waive for Justyn Cox and the move would be negated, as Becker would remain the race leader.

With Becker getting the jump when the race came back to life, the battle for third and fourth and was just as entertaining as the battle for the lead, as the two lead championship contenders, Mason Moore and Andy Forsberg, battled lap after lap.

A 10-lap green flag run would see Becker open up a sizeable lead over Hirst only to see the lead shrink in traffic. With laps clicking off, Hirst would pull up on Becker’s rear bumper and bring the crowd to their feet only to see his progress halted on the 23rd lap when the red flag would fly for Matt Peterson who made contact with the turn four wall, and got his machine over on its side.

Following the race’s final stoppage on lap 25, the final five laps would see Becker open up a nice lead as he raced on to score his third career Mark Forni Classic win as Hirst would settle for second with Mason Moore rounding out the podium.

Forsberg would finish in the fourth spot, Jake Morgan fifth, Greg DeCaires sixth, Seven Tiner seventh, Kalib Henry eighth, Michael Kofoid ninth, and Andy Gregg would round out the Top-10.

With 27 cars on hand Saturday night, the action would get kicked off with Kyle Hirst setting quick time during qualifications.

A three-heat program would be utilized for the 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic with wins going to Justin Johnson, Becker, and Mason Moore.

The B-Main would be won by Steven Tiner, with Andy Gregg, Koen Shaw, CJ Humphries, Matt Peterson, Jared Ridge, and Kenny Allen all racing their way into the feature event.

2016 Schedule

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will returns to action on August 20th as they return to the Ocean Speedway for the Johnny Key Classic.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway), Kyle Hirst (July 15th Ocean Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster Set For 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic at Placerville Speedway

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- The second half of the 2016 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster season get underway in a big way Saturday night as the series invades the Placerville Speedway for the $5,000-to-win 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic.

In the Summer of 2005 Mark Forni succumbed to Multiple Myloma at the age of 45 years old. For generations The Forni family has a great history in El Dorado County and deep ties to the El Dorado County Fairground and much of the land on which it sits.

Much like his forefathers, Mark Forni had a great passion for the county fair and its attributes, especially the race track. From his childhood up until his passing racing played a special role in Forni’s life so it was a natural fit for his family and the local community to band together to establish this race in his honor back in 2006.

A successful run sees this race move into it’s 11th year of existence, and will attract some of the very best 360ci sprint car drivers that this region has to offer.

Heading into Saturday night’s event, two-time Mark Forni Classic Champion, Andy Forsberg leads the 2010 event champ and current Placerville Speedway point leader Mason Moore by a slim 17 digits.

Moore currently has three wins at the speedway, and will look to pick up his first series win of the season and his second career Forni Classic triumph as he attempts to cut into Forsberg’s point lead.

Forsberg, who has been a staple at the Placerville Speedway until recent years, will come into Saturday’s event hungry for his third career Mark Forni Classic win, and looking to extend his lead as he chases an unprecedented ninth career Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Championship.

With big money on the line Saturday night, a who’s who of drivers is expected to be on hand including previous Forni Classic Champions Kyle Hirst (2006), Greg DeCaires (2007, 2014), Sean Becker (2008, 2009), Andy Gregg (2013), as well as the aforementioned Moore (2010) and Forsberg (2011, 20012). Other drivers expected to be on hand are Bradley Terrell, Michael Ing, Geoff Ensign, Steven Tiner, Chase Majdic, Seth Nunes, Koen and Kyler Shaw, Michael Kofoid, Matt Peterson, Justyn Cox, Tyler Walker, and many more top drivers from around the area.

On Saturday night, Russell Motorsports, Inc. will cover the driver pill draw fee, and will also offer a Happy Hour in the main grandstands from 4pm-6pm.

The front gates are scheduled to open at 3pm with qualifying expected to go green at 6pm. Tickets for the 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic will be available at the front gate starting at 6$ for children 6-11, $15 for juniors and seniors, and $18 for adults, while children five and under will be admitted at no charge.

Previous Mark Forni Classic Winners

2006- Kyle Hirst

2007- Greg DeCaires

2008- Sean Becker


2009- Sean Becker (2)


2010- Mason Moore


2011- Andy Forsberg


2012- Andy Forsberg (2)


2013- Andy Gregg


2014- Greg DeCaires (2)


2015- Carson Macedo

2016 Schedule

August 6th- Placerville Speedway (Mark Forni Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will head to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night for the 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway), Kyle Hirst (July 15th, Ocean Speedway).

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

 

Shane Golobic turns the tables to win a wild one on the final corner with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on Saturday at the Placerville Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – July 30, 2016…Willie Croft’s misfortune was certainly Shane Golobic’s gain on Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway, in what was a wild & crazy 30-lap King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series main event on the high-banked bullring.

Over the years Golobic had been oh-so-close to winning a 410 Sprint Car feature at the Placerville Speedway, even getting passed for the lead on the final corner during one occasion in 2013. On Saturday the Fremont driver looked to be settling for yet another runner up finish in King of the West action at the track, until Croft, who was leading the race, banged the cushion just hard enough to send him sideways coming down to the checkered flag.

His familiar Holy Smokes BBQ No. 29 then tipped over in turn four and allowed Golobic, who was running in second, the chance to just squeeze by underneath and steal the win away in amazing fashion. The improbable ending left the crowd on hand stunned, after what was a very entertaining main event all race long. It marked Golobic’s second win of the season aboard the Keith Day Trucking/ Gabilan Ag Service No. 22 machine.

It was also his fourth career King of the West victory, tying him with Peter Murphy, Andy Forsberg, Chuck Miller & Darrell Hanestad for 26th on the all-time series win list.

“It feels really good to finally get a King of the West win at Placerville,” Golobic commented following the race. “I’ve been close before, but it always seemed like something would happen late in the race to us, so for it to finally happen like this is kind of ironic. I hate to see that happen to Willie though because he was really fast, but I’ll definitely take them how I can get them. Big thanks to this entire Keith Day Trucking team for all their support and hard work.”

It was the second KWS event in a row at Placerville Speedway and the third overall this season that Croft had suffered through misfortune late in the race. At the season-opener in Placerville on April 23 he led the first 26-laps in the feature, until getting caught up in a lapped traffic incident. On Saturday night he battled with his brother in law Kyle Hirst back & forth, before Hirst ended up banging the turn four cushion/wall with just about 10-laps remaining, which left his right rear packed with mud.

After that Croft held command out front, until the final corner issue cost him his second victory on the season in limited starts. Roseville’s Sean Becker crossed the stripe in second to cap a solid run in the Menne Motorsports No. 75 Sprinter. The 2005 King of the West champ made some great moves throughout the race to claim his second runner up of the season with the series. We always love having the easy going driver compete with KWS whenever possible.

Grass Valley’s Jason Statler had a strong rebound from last week to finish third aboard the DF Rios Motorsports 00 mount. Statler’s team worked long & hard all week, putting a new car together after the incident in Tulare the previous Saturday and were rewarded with a podium effort. The 2004 series champ has shown lots of speed in recent outings, which bodes well for the remainder of the season.

Hirst did a great job to maintain a fourth place finish despite the right rear wheel being packed with the thick Placerville red clay. The current point leader officially led laps 1-13, before Croft was able to get by to lead 14 & 15. Hirst then got back by on a double file restart, before the fourth corner hiccup allowed Croft to charge past on lap 20. Campbell’s Bud Kaeding rebounded nicely to claim fifth after going to the rear midway through the race.

The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Citrus Height’s Kalib Henry and Wilton’s Matt Peterson. Full results will be available at www.racepmg.com

Kyle Hirst captured the six-lap dash, while Shane Golobic, Bobby McMahan and Kalib Henry claimed the three 10-lap heat races. Sean Becker kicked-off the night by setting fast time in the 20-car field. The “Shark” toured the quarter-mile in 10.550 seconds to set the standard.

The most serious incident of the night occurred on lap 15 when Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. got upside down in turn three. The veteran was transported to a local hospital and suffered compression fractures of the T2, T3 & T4 vertebrae. Brace has been one of the biggest supporters of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series over the last handful of years and we want to send our best get well wishes.

A-main finish: 1. 22 Shane Golobic, 2. 75 Sean Becker, 3. 00 Jason Statler, 4. 21x Kyle Hirst, 5. 0 Bud Kaeding, 6. 31c Justyn Cox, 7. 4s Buddy Kofoid, 8. 98 Sean Watts, 9. M21 Kalib Henry, 10. P37 Matt Petersen, 11. 91c Shawn Conde, 12. 93 Stephen Ingraham, 13. 12 Jarrett Soares, 14. 29 Willie Croft, 15. 45 Jake Morgan, 16. 25 Bobby McMahan, 17. 42 Chase Majdic, 18. 3c Tyler Walker, 19. 2r Richard Brace Jr., 20. 16x Andy Gregg

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now take a few weeks off before resuming action at the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday August 27. After that the tour will then return to the Placerville Speedway for the final time this season on Saturday September 24.

 

 

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finishes off month of July with a visit to the Placerville Speedway this Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – July 26, 2016…With the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars venturing to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday the question of the day will certainly be, is there anyone that can stop two-time series champion & current point leader Kyle Hirst?

The 28-year-old Paradise, CA resident has captured the last three King of the West events and goes into the Placerville bullring with a commanding lead in the series standings. The wheel-man of the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x has won five features overall and looks to set a new personal high for wins in a single KWS season this weekend. Last year Hirst also swept both series events at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds facility.

Overall this Saturday’s event marks round 13 in the battle for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series championship. It finishes off a busy month of July that has seen the tour compete throughout the Central Valley and the South Bay, before finishing up in the Sierra Foothills with the second of three season appearances at the Placerville Speedway. It’s also the last race before an extended three week break for the Knoxville Nationals and the Johnny Key Classic.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding claimed the first King of the West event at Placerville Speedway and goes into Saturday sitting second in the series standings. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ finished runner up both nights to Hirst last week at the Peter Murphy Classic and hopes to change that on Saturday aboard the Williams Motorsports 0 machine. Kaeding has earned three total victories so far this season.

Hanford’s DJ Netto ranks third in the standings, but is expected to be absent for other obligations on Saturday. First year full-time King of the West competitor Justyn Cox of Clarksburg goes into Saturday ranking fourth in the points and looks to move up. Cox will be gunning for a strong run at a track that he has a number of laps at aboard the Berco Redwood No. 31c Sprinter.

Grass Valley’s Jason Statler rounds out the top-five in the standings at the helm of the DF Rios Motorsports 00. The 2004 King of the West champ looks to rebound after a tough ending to a solid run at the Peter Murphy Classic last week. Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto and Chico’s Jonathan Allard complete the top-10 in the standings going into Placerville.

Fremont’s Shane Golobic has been one of the most consistent drivers over the last couple months and will be a favorite on Saturday. Golobic is always a driver to beat at the high-banked quarter mile clay oval and has been close to a KWS victory there before. Past King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Tyler Walker will be another driver to reckon with this weekend. The Los Angeles pilot typically runs strong at the Placerville Speedway and has won multiple series events at the track in the past.

More drivers expected will include Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Roseville’s Sean Becker, Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Sacramento’s Stephen Ingraham, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

Adult tickets this Saturday cost $22, seniors 62 & over and juniors 12-15 will be $15 with kids 6-11 being $6. Children under 6 are free. The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 3pm and racing anticipated to begin around 7pm.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more on Placerville Speedway log onto http://www.placervillespeedway.com

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos, the All Star Modified Tour and Ocean Speedway.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series

Remaining King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events in 2016

Saturday July 30: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA Saturday August 27: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA Saturday September 24: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA Friday October 7: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA Saturday October 8: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (KRC Safety Fall Shootout) Saturday October 15: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic) Saturday November 5: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (Tribute to Gary Patterson)

 

 

Blazing hot Kyle Hirst sweeps the Peter Murphy Classic at Thunderbowl Raceway to bring the familiar 1nz back to victory lane

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – July 23, 2016…In a true storybook ending on Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway two-time King of the West Sprint Car Series champion Kyle Hirst was able to complete a weekend sweep of the third annual Peter Murphy Classic, taking home over $14,000 for his efforts at the double header.

Hirst spent the weekend driving the usual Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son machine, but adorning a scheme identical to the final one Murphy had driven during the 2013 season. It was the third year in a row he had manned the familiar No. 1nz at the event, but the first time he was able to bring home the big money after coming oh-so-close before.

Adding in his two nights of main event winnings, plus fast time on opening night, the 28-year-old from Paradise, CA walks away with $14,500 total for the weekend.

“To be able to sweep the weekend at the Peter Murphy Classic is just incredible,” said an exuberated Hirst after executing some donuts on the front stretch. “I can’t thank Peter Murphy enough for all his hard work on this event. The money is an awesome thing, but to win this race driving the 1nz really makes it something special. Huge thank you to my crew chief Paul Baines, the entire Tarlton family & team, as well as Dennis & Teresa Roth for making it possible to drive this car. Thank you also to the fans that came out this weekend. It’s great to see a good crowd here supporting this event and we hope to see it continue growing each year.”

The main event started out with pole sitter Jason Meyers jumping into the lead, but things came to a halt immediately when the red flag came out for Chico’s Jonathan Allard, who got upside down in turn four. When getting back underway it was Meyers once again shooting into the top spot, as Hirst & Campbell’s Bud Kaeding battled for the second spot. Great racing was seen all throughout the field on the slicked off one-third mile clay oval, with fights for position occurring frequently.

A caution flag waved on lap 11 for a stalled Colby Copeland, but after that things were clean and green to the end. On the restart Hirst found life and made a wild move to get by both Kaeding & Meyers shortly after to grab the lead in exciting fashion. Hirst then had his way out front, with the attention turning to the battle between Meyers & Kaeding. A close and hard fought tussle was eventually won out by Kaeding, who then methodically tracked down Hirst as the race wound down.

With a few laps left Kaeding rapidly closed in while racing through traffic, but would come up just short, as Hirst took the checkered flag by 0.845 seconds. For Hirst it marked his third straight King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory and fifth overall this season, which matches a personal high that he set last year.

Kaeding’s runner up was the second night in a row he finished in the second position aboard the Williams Motorsports 0. Peter Murphy began his California racing career driving for car Morrie Williams from late 1997-2002. Meyers came home in third to score his best finish since returning the seat of the Meyers Constructors No. 14 a couple weeks back.

Fremont’s Shane Golobic had a great run in the feature to finish fourth aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr, with Tyler Walker of Los Angeles also showing lots of speed to claim fifth in the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c. DJ Netto, Mitchell Faccinto, Justyn Cox, Bobby McMahan & Copeland rounded out the top-10.

Grass Valley’s Jason Statler got upside down coming to the checkered while running in the sixth spot and was given the $500 hard luck award. Jason Meyers won the Pole Shuffle, with the three 10-lap heat races during the night captured by Shane Golobic, Jonathan Allard and Justyn Cox. Fresno’s Gio Scelzi was the hard charger and highest finishing 360, earning $500 bonuses for each, meaning he goes home with $2100 for one night’s work. Results will be available at www.racepmg.com

The $500 longest tow award for the weekend went to Copeland's Bandit Racing team, who made the trip from Arizona.

A-main finish: Kyle Hirst, Bud Kaeding, Jason Meyers, Shane Golobic, Tyler Walker, DJ Netto, Mitchell Faccinto, Justyn Cox, Bobby McMahan, Colby Copeland, Giovanni Scelzi, Sean Watts, Jason Statler, Steven Kent, Scott Parker, Koen Shaw, Jarrett Soares, Michael Cunningham, Cori Andrews, Jonathan Allard, Kalib Henry, Craig Stidham

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series now heads for the Placerville Speedway next Saturday July 30 to cap the busy month of July.

 

 

Long awaited Peter Murphy Classic on tap for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this Friday & Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway Saturday’s A-main to pay $11,000-to-win & $1,000-to-start

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – July 19, 2016…The busy and exciting month of July continues for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this Friday & Saturday with the much anticipated and extremely lucrative Peter Murphy Classic at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.

Over the last couple years the Peter Murphy Classic has quickly become one of the marquee events in all of California and for the third annual edition it expands to a double header weekend for the first time. Friday’s opener will feature a full King of the West point’s event, while Saturday awards special event show up points, with no qualifying taking place. Also in action both nights will be the always exciting USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprint Car Series, giving fans the best of both worlds.

Opening night feature’s the standard $3,000-to-win/ $500-to-start KWS purse, while Saturday ups the ante to $11,000-to-win/ $1,000-to-start. The Australian/ New Zealand style Pole Shuffle will be utilized both nights, with the top-four in Friday’s feature locked into Saturday’s shuffle. Where a driver finishes on Friday will place them in Saturday’s starting lineups. The opening night winner is automatically positioned number one in the final night’s Pole Shuffle.

Two-time King of the West champion Kyle Hirst of Paradise leads the series into the Thunderbowl this weekend, fresh off his Howard Kaeding Classic victory last week. The 28-year-old driver of the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x machine has been close to winning the Peter Murphy Classic the last couple years and hopes to seal the deal this weekend. Hirst has three wins thus far in 2016 and is always worth the price of admission at the Tulare based one-third mile clay oval.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding has also captured three King of the West wins this season and goes into the Peter Murphy Classic ranking second in the standings. The wheel-man of the Williams Motorsports 0 captured one of the biggest wins of his career at the Thunderbowl last October when he brought home the $20,000-to-win Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup. Peter Murphy of course notably drove for car owner Morrie Williams when he first came to California from late 1997-2002.

Hanford’s DJ Netto sits third in the standings and is coming off a solid run from 12th to fourth at the HK Classic aboard the Netto Ag No. 88n mount. The 20-year-old captured his first career King of the West win at the Thunderbowl last season. First-year series driver Justyn Cox ranks fourth in points going into the Murphy at the helm of his Berco Redwood No. 31c Sprinter, with Grass Valley’s Jason Statler rounding out the top-five in the DF Rios Motorsports 00. Statler was last year’s Hard Charger Award winner at the Peter Murphy Classic.

Two-time World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers will make his second King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series appearance of the season this weekend. The Clovis veteran ran sixth in his debut a couple weeks back with KWS at the Keller Auto Speedway. Former series champion Tyler Walker will make his first Thunderbowl Raceway start since joining the Tri-C Motorsports 3c team. The Los Angeles driver has had immense success at the Tulare County Fairgrounds track over the years, including a King of the West win last October.

More drivers set to be at the Peter Murphy Classic will include Fremont’s Shane Golobic, who returns to the seat of the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr after driving it to a podium finish in Hanford two weeks back, along with Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Citrus Height’s Kalib Henry, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Fresno’s Steven Kent, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews, Australian Michael Cunningham and others.

Friday night following the races on the fairgrounds there will be a post race party with live music from the Midnight Wine Band, plus food & drinks available. Cover charge is simply a donation at the door to the Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund, which aided Murphy immensely following his accident in 2013. Everyone is encouraged to stop by and enjoy the evening with us. Camping is available on the fairgrounds with info found by calling 559-686-4707 or at www.tcfair.org

Murphy will once again have a special victory podium made up with champagne to help celebrate the winners in style. It will certainly be a victory lane presentation that fans want to stay for and are encouraged to come down to check out front & center. Special Peter Murphy Classic event shirts will also be available with proceeds going to the NARC Benevolent Fund. The last couple years has seen the event raise over $14,000 for the fund.

Reserved grandstand seats for the Peter Murphy Classic cost $20 each night; with general admission bleacher tickets $18. To reserve your seats contact (559) 688-0909. The front gate will open at 4pm with racing expected to get underway around 7pm.

The Williams Roofing of Fremont, CA Royal Fan Draw will also take place both nights. A trivia question will be asked from the announce booth and the fan that answers correctly will pull a random number (1-22) out of a bag. The fan automatically wins $100 and if the driver wins the feature from the starting spot drawn, the driver receives a $1000 bonus. There has still been no driver that has taken home the bonus, although Michael Ing came within one lap of doing so on June 4 in Chico.

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. More info can be found at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Upcoming King of the West Series events

Friday & Saturday July 22 & 23: Thunderbowl Raceway (Third annual Peter Murphy Classic) Saturday July 30: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA Saturday August 27: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA Saturday September 24: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

 

 

Hirst Hustles To Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Win During Sixth Annual Howard Kaeding Classic

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- Climbing aboard the Josh Ford Motorsports No. 73 machine on Friday night, Kyle Hirst would fend off both Brent and Bud Kaeding as he picked up his first Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster feature event win during Friday night’s Howard Kaeding Classic at the Ocean Speedway.

Staring on the front row of the feature event, Hirst was hard on the throttle as he beat fellow front row starter, Jerry Bonnema into turn one. Setting a nice pace for the first six circuits of the race, Hirst would have his hands full on a lap seven restart.

When the action resumed, Hirst found himself in a dogfight with Hall of Famer, Brent Kaeding. As the duo exchanged the top spot and raced wheel to wheel, Bud Kaeding would soon enter the fray until the caution flag flew on the 14th lap.

The racing would briefly resume for one lap before a wreck involving both Tyler Walker and DJ Freitas forced the red flag to fly, and would ultimately be the final stoppage of the race.

Back underway, Bud Kaeding would now take his shot at the top spot in a the race honoring his grandfather, but Hirst was having none of it, as he continued to fend off the challenges and lead the way.

With Hirst breaking away from the pack, action behind him got exciting as Brent and Bud Kaeding fought for the second spot, as Chase Johnson, Steven Tiner, and Ryan Bernal worked their way forward.

Bernal would make a late move to get by BK for the third spot, and both Tiner and Johnson would work well into the Top-10 after staring 15th and 19th.

Up front, Hirst was on cruise control as he picked up the win, giving the JFM team their first ever winged sprint car win.

“I really have to thank Jimmy May and his JFM team for giving me the chance to come out here and have some fun on a Friday night,” Kyle Hirst said. “They are a great group to race with, and I am happy to give them a win with a wing bolted on their car.”

Bud Kaeding would finish second, while Bernal would finish in the third spot after taking the green flag from 10th. Justin Sanders would finish fourth, Brent Kaeding fifth, Steven Tiner sixth, Andy Forsberg seventh, Chase Johnson eighth, Mason Moore ninth, and Bradley Terrell would round out the Top-10.

Friday night at the Ocean Speedway, a total of 37 cars would check into the pit area to take part in the Howard Kaeding Classic. During time trials, it was Tyler Walker earning quick time honors to start the night off.

Heat race winners on this night were Shane Golobic, Bud Kaeding, Justin Sanders, and Jerry Bonnema.

Kyle Hirst would win the Dash and earn the right to start on the pole for the feature event, while Steven Tiner would win the night’s B Main event. Joining Tiner in the feature event after the B main event would be Michael Kofoid, Chase Johnson, DJ Freitas, Bradley Terrell, and Kyler Shaw.

2016 Schedule

August 6th- Placerville Speedway (Mark Forni Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will take an extended break before returning to action on Friday, July 15th for the Howard Kaeding Classic at the Ocean Speedway.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway), Kyle Hirst (July 15th Ocean Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

 

War Wages On Friday Night at Ocean Speedway For Sixth Annual Howard Kaeding Classic

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- After a month hiatus the stars and cars of the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster are set to return to action at the Ocean Speedway as they will battle the Ocean Sprints during the Sixth Annual Howard Kaeding Classic on Friday night.

Marking the third year that the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster has taken part in this great event, 2015 Johnny Key Classic winner, Andy Forsberg leads the series into action as he searches for his first HK Classic Triumph.

Forsberg has been tough at the Ocean Speedway over the years, but hot on his trail and also looking for his first ever Howard Kaeding Classic triumph, and first series win of the year is Mason Moore.

Moore and Forsberg have been the class of the field thus far in the 2016, but Friday nights show looks to be like a star-studded affair in what will mark the sixth round of action for the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster making it the series’ halfway point.

With Forsberg and Moore leading the way other drivers expected to be on hand include 2015 HK Classic Champion, Justin Sanders, 2014 winner, Brad Furr, 2014 Series Champion Shane Golobic, former King of the West Champions Kyle Hirst, Brent Kaeding, and Tyler Walker, DJ Netto, Bud Kaeding, Bradley Terrell, Steven Tiner, Koen and Kyler Shaw, Tony Gualda, Michale Ing, Chase Majdic, Seth Nunes, Buddy Kofoid, Jeremy, and Jason Chisum, Dustin Golobic, and many more stars from around the state.

Tickets for the evnet event will be $22 for adults, $15 for kids 6-12, children five & under free. The front gate will open at 4:30pm with hot laps at 5:30pm, qualifying around 6pm and racing to follow. All seating is general admission.

The Howard Kaeding Classic has morphed into one of the premier weekends of racing in the Golden State and the weekend will kick off with the annual HK Classic Car Show on Thursday night from 4pm-8pm at the Martial Cottle Park located at 5283 Snell Ave. in San Jose, CA.

Following the race on Friday night, High Five Pizza and Catering by Five will put on an after party located just outside of the pit area off of turn four. Appetizers, and drinks will be served with donations being accepted in support of the NARC Benevolent Fund.

Prior to Saturday’s King of the West/Wingless Sprints presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos event, the High Five Pizza and Catering by Five group will be back at the track for the HK Classic Luncheon, that is being offered up for $20, with proceeds to going to the NARC Benevolent Fund.

2016 Schedule

July 15th- Ocean Speedway (Howard Kaeding Classic)

August 6th- Placerville Speedway (Mark Forni Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will take an extended break before returning to action on Friday, July 15th for the Howard Kaeding Classic at the Ocean Speedway.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

Red hot Cory Eliason gets out the broom & sweeps King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Hanford/Stockton double header

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – July 11, 2016…So far this season Fresno’s Cory Eliason has been one of the most talked about drivers in the Golden State and this past weekend he certainly reminded everyone why that’s the case, by impressively sweeping the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series double header weekend in Hanford & Stockton.

Things began with the first visit of the season to Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds on Saturday, where Eliason battled with Hanford’s DJ Netto in the early stages of the feature, before having his way the final half of the race in an expert drive aboard the Reitz Almond Harvesting/ Driven Performance No. 00jr machine.

Eliason had earned his first career King of the West win at the same track last October at the Cotton Classic. “This is an awesome feeling to get another KWS win here in Hanford tonight,” he commented. “That was a great battle with DJ early on and after that I focused on running my own race. I know it was wild behind me, but I had a great seat where I was at. I want to thank all the people that support our race team. It’s been a great season and I’m pretty pumped up right now.”

The action behind Eliason was certainly intense with positions changing on a regular basis and drivers jockeying for position. Current King of the West point leader Kyle Hirst of Paradise was able to get by Fremont’s Shane Golobic on a late race double file restart to claim second at the finish. Golobic rounded out the podium while making his first ever start in the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr mount. Fresno’s Craig Stidham & Campbell’s Bud Kaeding rounded out the top-five. Two-time World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers of Clovis made his season debut coming home in sixth.

Netto made a nice rebound to finish seventh after getting over the edge of the track in turn two and having to go to the rear of the field. Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders and Tipton’s Danny Faria Jr. complete the top-10. Netto captured the dash, with heat race wins going to Hollister’s Ryan Bernal & Kyle Hirst. Los Angeles driver Tyler Walker opened the night by setting his first fast time of the season with a clocking of 13.769 around the Keller Auto Speedway.

Sunday night at the Stockton Dirt Track then saw one of the most exciting races of the season during the rescheduled Salute to LeRoy Van Conett. An expertly prepared track for the main event allowed drivers to race high, low and everywhere in-between on the 3/8 mile clay oval. Eliason continued his torrid pace and came out on top of a thrilling race-long battle with Kyle Hirst. His third career series triumph ties him with Shane Golobic, Dominic Scelzi, Roger Crockett, Robert Ballou, Stephen Allard & Brad Sweet on the all-time win list.

“I hope all the fans enjoyed that race because it sure was a lot of fun in the car,” commented Eliason. “It was an absolute blast racing like that with Kyle Hirst. He’s one of the best in the business and always tough to beat. On that final corner I saw him and just held on hoping we’d get to the finish line first. Thankfully we did and we’re standing up here again tonight in victory lane. Having the chance to win two King of the West races in one weekend is pretty special and again I really want to thank my entire team that supports me. I look forward to heading back to the Midwest now with Harley Van Dyke.”

The 30-lap contest started out with first-year King of the West driver Justyn Cox jumping into the lead, before Kyle Hirst was able to power his way by and grab the top-spot on lap two. Eliason then made his presence known while running the ragged edge of the Stockton Dirt Track and charged to second with three laps complete. He continued running the high-side to perfection and rocketed around Hirst off turn four on lap six. The racing throughout the field was fantastic all feature long, with passing prevalent all over.

The scintillating battle for the lead would then continue on as the race wound down, with Eliason & Hirst exchanging positions through traffic. When the white flag was unveiled it was Eliason out front, but Hirst would give it one more shot. As the pair went into the final set of corners Eliason went to the high side, with Hirst shooting to the inside, pulling even with the leader. The drag race to the checkered flag saw Eliason cross under it ahead of Hirst by just 0.324 seconds. For Hirst it was yet another consistent finish in the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x mount. The two-time champ has finished on the podium in six of the nine races held.

Chico’s Jonathan Allard had a great run to come from the back of the field and charge forward to claim third at the finish while driving the Van Lare Racing No. 5v machine. The three-time series titlist made a final corner pass of Jason Statler to round out the podium. Statler also had a fine run to cross the stripe in fourth, with Tyler Walker rounding out the top-five. All three drivers were fun to watch all race long. DJ Netto also made a great charge after going to the rear of the field to come home sixth, followed by Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Cox, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares and Atwater’s Sean Watts completing the top-10.

Bud Kaeding won the night’s dash, before rear end issues knocked him out the feature. The three 10-lap heat races were picked off by Cory Eliason, Jonathan Allard and Ryan Bernal. Justin Sanders began the night by setting his first fast time of the season with a lap of 13.626 around the Stockton Dirt Track. Full results will be available at www.racepmg.com

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will head next for the sixth annual Howard Kaeding Classic this Saturday July 16 at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville. There is more than $10,000 in extra cash & prizes on the line during the night. In addition to the beefed up $4,000-to-win/ $700-to-start A-main, each heat race winner Saturday will receive a right rear tire courtesy of Hoosier! Norm Martin Motorsports has also donated a front wing, 4 sleeves of tear offs & 10 gallons of fuel to be awarded during the night.

Special thanks to Buster & Ziggy Enterprise, Alviso Rock, Kyle Larson Racing, Rico Abreu Racing, Riley Collins Body Shop, Emadco Recycling, Swift Metal, Williams Roofing, Roth Motorsports, Maxima Oil, High Five Pizza and FK Rod Ends for all their support of the HK Classic. Pre-sale tickets for the weekend are available at http://racepmg.com/tickets/

 

 

Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos Set For Sunday Showdown In Stockton, CA

(PETERSEN MEDIA-Aptos, CA)- The Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos is set to take part in a rare Sunday night show in Northern California as the series will take part in the Salute to Leroy Van Conett at the Stockton Dirt Track alongside the King of the West Series.

With the original date postponed due to weather earlier this year, the Salute To Leroy Van Connet will fill the schedule as the series’ third event with two exciting races already in the books.

Weather played havoc to the early part of the series schedule, and when the long awaited season opener finally took place on June 11th at the Petaluma Speedway, it was Klint Simpson putting on a thrilling show. After being involved in an early spin, Simpson would storm through the field and make a late race move to grab the first win of the season.

On June 25th, the series took to the Calistoga Speedway for only the third time ever in the series’ brief history. From his front row starting spot, Terry Schank, Jr took command of the race early and looked to be on his way to an easy win. Behind Schank though, Matt Streeter would put up a fight as he made things exciting in the race’s closing laps, but it would be Schank adding another win to his laundry list of achievements.

Sunday night, both Schank and Simpson are expected to be on hand as is a full field of drivers looking to grab their first series win of the season. Other drivers that are expected to be on hand include Barry Pries, Zack Kavert, Korey Combs, Eden McCormick, Shayna Sylvia, Nick Larsen, Jared Morrison, and many more wingless drivers.

Sunday night’s show will start an hour earlier and the front gates will open promptly at 4pm. Tickets will be available for $20 (lower deck) and $25 (upper deck). For more information on tickets please click over to www.stocktondirttrack.com.

2016 Schedule

July 10th- Stockton Dirt Track

July 16th- Ocean Speedway

August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Petaluma Speedway

November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will be back in action for a Sunday night show on July 10th at the Stockton Dirt Track.

WINNERS: Klint Simpson (June 11th Petaluma Speedway), Terry Schank (June 25th Calistoga Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

WINGLESS SPRINT CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY JOE HUNT MAGNETOS- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand in 2010. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2016, the series will again operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 11 races scattered at five different tracks.
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The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series kicks-off big stretch of racing with Hanford/Stockton double header this Saturday & Sunday Weekend includes rescheduled Salute to Leroy Van Conett

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA – July 5, 2016….One of the most exciting stretches of the season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series fires-off with a big double header of action starting this Saturday at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, followed by the Stockton Dirt Track’s rescheduled Salute to LeRoy Van Conett on Sunday.

The event this Saturday marks the first of two season appearances at the Keller Auto Speedway 3/8 mile clay oval, located on the Kings County Fairgrounds. The series has a rich history competing at the “King of the Dirt Tracks” in the month of July, which dates back to the days of the Pombo/Sargent Classic that was held every summer in Hanford. Following this weekend’s outing the King of the West 410’s will also return on Saturday October 15 for the prestigious Cotton Classic.

The special showcase honoring LeRoy Van Conett at the Stockton Dirt Track then gives fans something they’ve always asked for in California, Sunday racing! The event came about following a rainout on May 21 of the previously scheduled attempt of the show. Instead of canceling the night all together, track & series officials decided to give Sunday July 10 a try. It will certainly be a trial run to see if Sunday racing is a viable part of the landscape in Northern California.

Things will begin one hour early on Sunday in Stockton, with drivers meeting at 3:45pm and opening ceremonies/ heat races at 6pm.

LeRoy Van Conett was born in Stockton and would go on to become one of the very best to ever sit behind the wheel of a Sprint Car in California. The driver simply known as the “Dragon from Galt” is the all-time leader in wins at the famed Calistoga Speedway half-mile, with 31 total victories to his name. He also ranks second in all-time Northern Auto Racing Club wins & championships. T-shirts will be available and Van Conett will be on hand during the night for autographs, plus a meet & greet.

Going into the weekend two-time King of the West 410 champion Kyle Hirst sits atop the series standings by nine-markers over Bud Kaeding of Campbell. Hirst has two victories to his credit so far this year and has been a mark of consistency, finishing on the podium in four of the seven events held thus far aboard his Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x machine. After another solid tour of Australia in the off-season the 28-year-old has been ultra sharp since the start of the U.S. campaign.

Kaeding is fresh off his King of the West leading third win of the season on June 25 in Calistoga at the helm of the familiar Williams Motorsports/ Alviso Rock 0 Sprinter. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ also captured the recent series event at the Stockton Dirt Track on June 18. Kaeding will look for a strong weekend to try and close even further on the point lead. Last season’s King of the West championship battle was also between the Tarlton & Williams Motorsports teams and looks to be the same again.

Hanford’s DJ Netto goes into his home track on Saturday sitting 72-points out of the lead and within striking distance going into a busy stretch. The driver of the Netto Agriculture No. 88n will be gunning for his first victory of the 2016 season this weekend. Continuing his first full King of the West campaign Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox rounds out the top-five going into weekend. Cox is coming off his first career King of the West fast time & a top-five finish in the feature on June 24 at Ocean Speedway behind the wheel of the Berco Redwood No. 31c mount.

One of the new combinations that has come to fruition since the last King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event is Los Angeles driver Tyler Walker taking over controls of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c machine. Walker, the 2009 series champion, captured three main event wins last season in KWS competition. During his championship year in ’09 he also set the King of the West single-season win record by capturing nine features overall.

More drivers expected to take part in the weekend will include Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Fresno’s Craig Stidham & Steven Kent, Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Sacramento’s Stephen Ingraham, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

The pit gate opens at 1:30pm this Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, with the front gate opening at 5pm and first heat scheduled for around 7pm. Adult tickets cost $20, with students & seniors $17 and kids 5 & under free. All seating is general admission. Box seats are available for reservation. Box includes 8 folding chairs. Cost to reserve is $200.00. Call 559-651-1990.

The Keller Auto Speedway is a 3/8 mile clay oval located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The physical address is 801 S. 10th Ave. Hanford, Ca 93230. More info can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com

Fans that pre-purchase their Sunday tickets for Stockton by Wednesday at 5pm can save $5 as opposed to buying them at the gate. To pre-order your tickets for will call pickup starting at 3pm simply contact 916-370-9417. Fans that pre-buy their tickets will be allowed to enter the grandstands one hour early at 3pm through a special gate. Seating is first come first serve. The front gate for tickets bought the day of will open at 4pm.

Pre-sale lower deck tickets for Sunday cost $15 & pre-sale upper deck tickets cost $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower deck. Adult tickets on the day of the race will cost $20 for the lower deck & $25 for the upper deck. All the info you need to know can be found at www.stocktondirttrack.com

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Upcoming King of the West Series events through July

Saturday July 9: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford Sunday July 10: Stockton Dirt Track (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett) Saturday July 16: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville (Sixth annual Howard Kaeding Classic) Friday July 22: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare (Third annual Peter Murphy Classic) Saturday July 23: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare (Third annual Peter Murphy Classic) Saturday July 30: Placerville Speedway - Placerville

 

 

Terry Schank Becomes First Repeat Winner at Calistoga Speedway with Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Calistoga, CA)- Saturday night at the Calistoga Speedway, Terry Schank became the first repeat winner for the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos at the Calistoga Speedway as he fended off Matt Streeter during Saturday night’s non stop feature event.

Leading the field to green, Schank got off to a great start as he worked around the scenic ½ mile speedway nestled in the heart of the Napa Valley. While Schank was out front behind him, Klint Simpson, Matt Streeter, and Nick Larsen would battle amongst themselves for the second spot.

As the trio battled, Schank continued to set a torrid pace as he opened up a sizeable lead on the field, with the race clicking off laps at a quick pace. With Streeter able to clear Simpson for the second spot, he would let it all hang out as he sought out Schank.

The crowd would be entertained as the two wingless series standouts battled for the top spot, but on this night, Schank was just too good as he picked up the win, as Streeter settled for the second spot, and opening night winner, Klint Simpson, finished in the third spot.

Larsen would hang on for fourth, Angelique Bell would finish fifth, John Clarke would finish sixth, Shayna Syliva seventh, Barry Pries eighth, Zachary Kavert ninth, and Brian Grosenheider 10th.

Klint Simpson would get things started off on Saturday night by timing his car in with the fastest time during qualifications, as he laid down a lap of 20.797 seconds.

Two heat races were ran on this night with wins going to Streeter and Schank.

2016 Schedule

July 10th- Stockton Dirt Track

July 16th- Ocean Speedway

August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Petaluma Speedway

November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will be back in action for a Sunday night show on July 10th at the Stockton Dirt Track.

WINNERS: Klint Simpson (June 11th Petaluma Speedway), Terry Schank (June 25th Calistoga Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

WINGLESS SPRINT CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY JOE HUNT MAGNETOS- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand in 2010. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2016, the series will again operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 11 races scattered at five different tracks.

 

 

Shane Golobic & Bud Kaeding pick up entertaining King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series wins over double header weekend in Watsonville & Calistoga

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – June 26, 2016…Fremont, California’s Shane Golobic & Campbell, CA’s Bud Kaeding shared King of the West Sprint Car Series victory lane this past weekend, with Golobic claiming the annual Pombo/Sargent Classic at Ocean Speedway on Friday, while Kaeding capped the weekend by winning an exciting Wine Country Classic at Calistoga Speedway on Saturday.

Golobic’s triumph on Friday in Watsonville marked his third career King of the West victory, which moves him into a tie on the all-time win list with Dominic Scelzi, Roger Crockett, Robert Ballou, Stephen Allard and Brad Sweet. He also earned his first ever series win at Ocean Speedway during the 2008 season.

“It feels great to give my guys a win tonight so I couldn’t be happier,” said Golobic, who had spent the previous few weeks competing with the USAC National Midget & Sprint Car Series. “This event has been going on for a long time and to be able to add my name to the win list is pretty special. We’ve built a great team with this Keith Day Trucking 22 and I really want to thank each and every person that helps us out. Thanks to all the fans as well for coming out and supporting us.”

Early on it was dash winner Willie Croft who set a torrid pace out front, before Golobic moved his way to second after dispatching of Jonathan Allard on lap seven and then Kyle Hirst on lap 11. The home track favorite kept the leader within sight and then got the break he needed with just seven circuits remaining, when Croft caught the infield tire marker, resulting in his 29 machine suffering front end damage. After that it was all Golobic up front, who took the checkered flag with just over a one-second advantage back to second place Hirst.

Penngrove’s Chase Johnson had the finest night of his KWS career by crossing the stripe in third. It was really nice to see the Thomas Family Racing team have a strong outing. Allard and Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox completed the top-five. It was also a career night with the series for Cox, who began the night by setting fast time and just missing a new King of the West track record. Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler and Auburn’s Andy Forsberg rounded out the top-10.

Pombo/Sargent Classic A-main finish: 1. 22 Shane Golobic, 2. 21x Kyle Hirst, 3. 68 Chase Johnson, 4. 3c Jonathan Allard, 31c Justyn Cox, 6. 0 Bud Kaeding, 7. 88n DJ Netto, 8. 17 Justin Sanders, 9. 00 Jason Statler, 10. 92 Andy Forsberg, 11. 18w Colby Copeland, 12. 4s Buddy Kofoid, 13. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 14. 72w Kurt Nelson, 15. 98 Sean Watts, 16. 12 Jarrett Soares, 17. 29 Willie Croft, 18. 69 Brent Kaeding, 19. 17s Derrick Overkamp, 20. 9j Dustin Golobic, 21. 73 Steven Tiner, 22. 8 Jeremy Chisum, 23. 33 Lucas Ashe

Kaeding’s win on Saturday marked his third career Calistoga Speedway victory and the second time he has tasted glory with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at the half-mile. It came following an entertaining and close battle with Cory Eliason, who was in search of his first Calistoga win. The action during the main event was as good as it gets at the picturesque Napa County Fairgrounds based facility. The triumph moved Kaeding into a tie for seventh on the all-time KWS win list with Tim Green.

“Whenever you can win a race at Calistoga Speedway it’s a special feeling and to do it like that makes it even better,” Kaeding commented following his third King of the West win of the season. “I hope everyone up there enjoyed that one. Cory Eliason gave me a great race and the work they did before the main event on the track helped big time. I can’t thank Morrie & Katie Williams enough for the opportunity to drive this car and all the guys that help us out. It’s been a great start to the season for us.”

The first few circuits in the 25-lapper saw some great racing up front and featured Kaeding out front, until sixth starting Eliason was able to power his way to the lead on lap four. The heated competition continued throughout the field, before a caution period on lap 14 created a double file restart. Eliason chose the outside lane, but Kaeding was able to get a great run off the bottom and shot into the lead heading down the long front straightaway.

Now in second, after a few laps Eliason regained his composure and with the race winding down would begin to reel Kaeding back in. Eliason closed in on the Williams Motorsports 0 little by little and with the white flag waving it became a battle for the top spot. Going into turn one Eliason attempted to get underneath for the lead, but would lose momentum and that was all she wrote for Kaeding up front. At the checkered flag it was Kaeding that crossed it first by 0.697 seconds over Eliason.

Kyle Hirst would claim third at the finish to earn his second straight podium effort in the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x, which was good enough to give him the point lead by nine-digits over Kaeding. He also started the night by just missing out on a new KWS track record at the Calistoga Speedway. Friday’s winner Shane Golobic had a solid run to come home fourth, with Roseville’s Colby Copeland also having a nice outing to claim fifth. The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by DJ Netto, Brent Kaeding, Jason Statler, Jonathan Allard and Chase Johnson.

Wine Country Classic A-main finish: 1. 0 Bud Kaeding, 2. 00jr Cory Eliason, 3. 21x Kyle Hirst, 4. 22 Shane Golobic, 5. 18w Colby Copeland, 6. 88n DJ Netto, 7. 69 Brent Kaeding, 8. 00 Jason Statler, 9. 3c Jonathan Allard, 10. 68 Chase Johnson, 11. 29 Willie Croft, 12. 31c Justyn Cox, 13. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 14. 17 Justin Sanders, 15. 98 Sean Watts, 16. 12 Jarrett Soares, 17. 5v Josh Blakely

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will have the 4th of July weekend off, before resuming action with a big double header weekend on July 9 & 10. The two-night outing begins at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford on Saturday July 9 and will be capped with the re-scheduled Salute to LeRoy Van Conett at the Stockton Dirt Track on Sunday July 10. More info can be found in the coming week at www.racepmg.com

 

 

History & excitement packed into Watsonville/Calistoga weekend for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this Friday & Saturday
Annual Pombo/Sargent Classic kicks-off weekend at Ocean Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – June 21, 2016…Two-time King of the West champion Kyle Hirst of Paradise & Campbell’s Bud Kaeding lead the series into a big double header weekend at a pair of the premier racing facilities in California, opening with the 31st annual Pombo/Sargent Classic at Ocean Speedway on Friday, before culminating at the famed Calistoga Speedway half-mile for the annual Wine Country Classic on Saturday.

The Pombo/Sargent Classic honors California racing icons Al Pombo & Marshall Sargent, with this season marking the 31st anniversary of the event that originally started at Kings Speedway in the 1980’s, before moving to Thunderbowl Raceway from 2006-’11. In 2012 the event returned to Kings Speedway where it was held for three additional years, until finding a new home at the Ocean Speedway last season and beyond.

Al Pombo began his career in the 1940’s and is credited with more than 500 main event victories, including multiple wins in the Gold Cup at West Capital Raceway, the same event that is now held at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. He also won five San Jose Speedway titles, seven NASCAR super-modified championships, nine titles at Kearney Bowl and six at Clovis Speedway. Pombo was a fixture at the event each year until his passing.

Early in his career Marshall Sargent won a pair of San Jose titles, which included two wins in the Johnny Key Classic. He also captured the Australian championship in 1964. A pair of crashes unfortunately cut his career short and he enjoyed retirement until his passing in 1990. His legend and memory is kept alive each year as part the Pombo/Sargent Classic and on Friday June 24 we’ll once again pay homage to a pair of legends, who helped set the foundation for the sport in our state.

When it comes to history in Northern California it doesn’t get much richer & fuller than the Calistoga Speedway, site of this Saturday’s Wine Country Classic. Over the last couple years the Calistoga Speedway has seen a total transformation thanks to the hard work of some dedicated individuals. In addition to the various facility upgrades that include a booming new sound system, fencing & scoreboards, lots of work went into the racing surface, which is now wider with smoother transitions into the corners.

Along with the Vermeil Classic over Labor Day weekend the King of the West sanctioned Wine Country Classic is the only other event scheduled to take place at the half-mile this season. In addition to the King of the West 410 Sprints on Saturday, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will also be in action. The Hunt Series made its Calistoga debut last season and thrilled the crowd during both of their events.

If you haven’t been back to the track in a while come out & take in a night of racing at the new Calistoga Speedway on Saturday. This weekend’s showcase opens the 79th season of racing at California’s only true half-mile dirt oval. This Friday & Saturday as a whole is also a definite piece of Golden State heritage for long time racing fans and one that we hope to continue for years to come.

Going into the weekend Hirst & Kaeding sit in a dead heat at the front of the standings with five races complete. Both drivers have won twice so far this season and are always threats at Watsonville & Calistoga. Chico’s Jonathan Allard sits just 11-points back of those two going into a pair of tracks where he always excels at as well. Last season’s Pombo/Sargent Classic winner DJ Netto ranks fourth in the standings, while first-year full time contender Justyn Cox of Clarksburg rounds out the top-five.

Completing the top-10 in points going into the Ocean/Calistoga double header are Atwater’s Sean Watts, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders and Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto.

The front gate for the Pombo/Sargent Classic at Ocean Speedway will open at 4:30pm this Friday night with hot laps at 5:30pm, qualifying around 6pm and racing to follow. The pit booth will open at 2pm. Adult tickets for Friday night cost $25, with kids 6-12 $15. Children 5 & under are free. All seating is general admission. Tickets can be pre-bought at http://racepmg.com/tickets/

The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California with the physical address being 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076.

Tickets for the Wine Country Classic at Calistoga Speedway on Saturday can be acquired by contacting (916) 773-7225. Adult reserved seats cost $30, with general admission tickets $25. Children 6-12 cost $10. Kids five & under are free.

Will call/ ticket sales & pit gate will open at 1pm, front gate opens at 4pm, with cars on track around 5pm. Teams are welcome to arrive early and set up in the infield pit area, which will then be swept at noon. The pit area age minimum is 14, with anyone under 18 being required to have a parent sign a release.

A new fan pit pass is also being offered. Those that purchase advance reserved tickets can upgrade to a pit pass for an additional $20. The fan pit pass allows the opportunity to go back & forth between the infield pit area and the grandstand area. The Calistoga Speedway is located on the scenic Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, California at 1435 North Oak Street and has been in existence since 1937.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series

 

 

 

 

Shark Sighting In Petaluma, CA; Becker Wins Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Round No. 5

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Petaluma, CA)- It only took seven minutes and four seconds to complete the 30 lap feature event on Saturday night, but fans did not get cheated as Sean Becker made a late race move over Zack Lynskey to win his sixth career Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster feature event at the Petaluma Speedway, and lock himself in the August 20th Johnny Key Classic.

With Becker and Lynskey on the front row of the feature event, the packed crowd was a buzz as the feature went green. Lynsky, a local at the Petaluma Speedway who just kicked off his 2016 season two weeks ago, jumped out to the early lead with a pair of Civil War Champions on his tail.

Out front, Lynsky would set a quick pace on a tricky Petaluma Speedway surface that offered the 22 car field a little bit of everything. Lynskey would soon feel pressure from Becker and Andy Forsberg, but the Suisun, CA wheelman didn’t let them intimidate him as he continued to work through traffic.

With the crowd glued to the three-headed fight for the top spot, Sebastopol, CA driver and current Petaluma Speedway point leader, Bradley Terrell was weaving his way through the field from his 15th starting spot, as he was simply going where he found open real estate.

In heavy traffic amidst the non-stop feature event, Becker and Forsberg would both make their moves on the 17th lap, but Lynskey was able to counter and reclaim the top spot, as the crowd erupted with approval.

Lap 22 saw Sean Becker make his move in turns one and two, as he took the lead down the backstretch and officially led the 23rd lap. Able to open up his lead just ever so much, ‘The Shark’ would lead the final seven laps to move into a tie with Andy Forsberg at the top of the Civil War Series’ all time wins list at Petaluma Speedway, and also earn a spot in the Johnny Key Classic.

“I really have to thank Dan Monhoff for putting me in his car, and coming out to race,” Sean Becker said in Victory Lane. “I had other plans, but in racing things happen and Dan was eager to do this. We were fast all night long, and that was an exciting race to win.”

Lynskey would see his great night culminate with a second place finish as Andy Forsberg, Bradley Terrell, who charged from 15th, and Mason Moore rounded out the Top-Five.

Finishing sixth on back would be Geoff Ensign, Brett Rollag, Jake Haulot, Cody Lamar, and Michael Ing completing the Top-10.

Saturday night saw 27 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster cars check into the Speedway and Sean Becker would get things opened up by laying down the fastest lap during qualifying time trials.

Three heat races were ran with wins going to Becker, Michael Kofoid, and Lynskey, while Day Day Lindt won the night’s B Main over Cody Lamar, Koen Shaw, Justin Henry, Roberto Kirby, John Clark, and Eli Deshaies, who all transferred to the feature event.

Zack Lynskey won the Dash and earned the right to start on the pole.

2016 Schedule

July 15th- Ocean Speedway (Howard Kaeding Classic)

August 6th- Placerville Speedway (Mark Forni Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will take an extended break before returning to action on Friday, July 15th for the Howard Kaeding Classic at the Ocean Speedway.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

Bud Kaeding wins a final lap thriller at the Jimmy Sills Classic in Stockton on Saturday with the King of the West Sprint Car Series

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – June 18, 2016..In a race fitting to honor the legendary Jimmy Sills on Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding was able to get by Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto on the final lap of the main event en route to his second King of the West victory of the season.

Kaeding & Sills happen to be the only three-time champions in the storied history of the USAC Silver Crown Series and in another ironic tie in, Kaeding also passed Sills to win his very first 410 Sprint Car race at the Pombo/Sargent Classic in 1997.

The win was Kaeding’s very first at the Stockton Dirt Track and the 14th of his King of the West career, moving him into a tie with Jason Meyers for eighth on the all-time series list. After finishing runner up in points the last two-years he is currently locked in a tight three-way battle with Kyle Hirst & Jonathan Allard with five races complete.

“That sure was a fun one right there,” said a joyful Kaeding after executing some donuts and leaping from the familiar Williams Motorsports 0 Sprinter. “It means a lot to win the Jimmy Sills Classic and to do it like that makes it even sweeter. Jimmy was one of my favorites growing up along with my dad. I still remember racing & passing him to win my first 410 race back in the day. I can’t thank this whole ZERO team enough for all their hard work. I’m glad we could give Morrie & Katie Williams another win tonight.”

The 30-lap Jimmy Sills Classic started out with pole sitter Faccinto jumping into the lead, while in search of his first ever King of the West win. The second generation driver did a fantastic job in holding off the relentless charges of Fresno’s Cory Eliason over the first half of the race. Eliason was looking for his second career series win and looked very strong in hounding Faccinto’s rear bumper, but would drop to third on lap 17 when Chico’s Jonathan Allard made the move to get by. At that time you could throw a blanket over the top-five as the action intensified over the later stages.

On lap 21 Kaeding then shot by Eliason to claim third, before dispatching of Allard for second one circuit later. He then slowly closed in on Faccinto while driving hard to the high side through turns three & four. Kaeding continued to get a huge launch down the front stretch with the higher line and when the white flag waved he made his move. As the pair raced into one & two for the final time he motored to the inside of Faccinto and inched his way to the lead down the back stretch. That was all she wrote for Kaeding, as he charged through the final corners to take the Ed Entz checkered flag for victory.

Although disappointed Faccinto matched his career best King of the West finish in second aboard the Western Metal Company No. 37 mount. “That one definitely hurts right there,” he commented. “I hate it for all my guys, because I feel like I let them down on the final lap. But it was still a really good night for us and I want to thank everyone that makes it possible to drive this 37 car. We’ll now move on to a couple of tracks that I really like next week with KWS and try to get a win there.”

Allard crossed the stripe in third to cap a solid night in the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c machine. “I really wanted to give my team a win tonight, so I’m a little bummed to come home in third, but we’re continuing to get better & better,” he said. “Jimmy Sills was a hero of mine growing up and I think it’s really cool that we have an event in his honor here at Stockton. I want to thank Clyde & Marion Lamar and all my guys. We are looking forward to Watsonville & Calistoga next week.”

Sacramento’s Willie Croft made some nice moves to come home fourth at the conclusion, as did Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, who tallied his second top-five finish of the season. The top-10 was completed by Paradise, Ca’s Kyle Hirst, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Eliason and Penngrove’s Chase Johnson.

Mitchell Faccinto won the dash, while the three 10-lap heat races were picked off by Jonathan Allard, DJ Netto and Bud Kaeding. Willie Croft opened the night by pacing the 20-car field in qualifying with a lap of 13.522 around the Stockton Dirt Track.

A-main finish: 1. 0 Bud Kaeding, 2. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 3. 3c Jonathan Allard, 4. 29 Willie Croft, 5. 17 Justin Sanders, 6. 21x Kyle Hirst, 7. 88n DJ Netto, 8. 3 Craig Stidham, 9. 5h Cory Eliason, 10. 68 Chase Johnson, 11. 31c Justyn Cox, 12. 7 Steven Kent, 13. 98 Sean Watts, 14. 12 Jarrett Soares, 15. 93 Stephen Ingram, 16. 00 Jason Statler, 17. 49 Mike Monahan, 18. 54 Bill Hopper, 19. 2r Richard Brace Jr.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be right back in action this coming week. Friday night will find the tour at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway for the 31st annual Pombo/Sargent Classic, before heading to the famed Calistoga Speedway half-mile on Saturday for the Wine Country Classic.

 

 

Klint Simpson Stays Hot In Petaluma, CA; Wins Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos Opener

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Petaluma, CA)- Klint Simpson has been a forced to be reckoned with at the Petaluma Speedway in the non winged division, and he stayed true to form on Saturday night with the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos as he made a late race move to secure the series’ opening night win.

With 17 cars on hand at the always tricky Petaluma Speedway, perennial series favorite, Terry Schank, Jr would lead the field to green as he looked to add another series win to his resume.

While Schank go out to lead the first marker, the caution would fly for Simpson who would lose the handle on his machine while making a bid for the top spot. With Simpson now at the tail end of the field, Schank would continue to lead though the race would be plagued by a myriad of cautions, that would ultimately play into Simpson’s favor.

Up front, Schank would lead the way until lap seven when Nick Larsen over took the spot with Schank falling to the second spot, and Shayna Sylvia occupying the third spot.

With yellows still hampering the race’s flow Simpson had worked his way back up into the top-five and had become a factor again the race’s halfway point. Getting past Berry Pries and Syliva, Simpson over took the third spot and began battling Schank for the second spot.

On the 17th lap Schank and Simpson would make contact and Schank would find himself with a flat left front tire, and would be forced into the work area.

When the race resumed, Simpson would set his sights on Larsen, and would surge to the lead with just seven laps to go. Out front, Simpson would drive away from the field bad pick up the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos feature event win with Sylvia working her way forward to take the second spot and Pries rounding out the podium.

The rest of the Top-10 would be made up of Schank who was able to work his way back through the field, Larsen, Korey Combs, Ryon Silverling, Keith Calvino, Eden McCromick, and Jared Morrison.

Simpson would open the night up by earning quick time honors in qualifications, while heat race wins went to Schank and Pries, with Schank also winning the night’s dash.

2016 Schedule

June 25th- Calistoga Speedway

Jul 10th- Stockton Dirt Track

July 16th- Ocean Speedway

August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Petaluma Speedway

November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will take to the track on June 25th at the Calistoga Speedway.

WINNERS: Klint Simpson (June 11th Petaluma Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

WINGLESS SPRINT CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY JOE HUNT MAGNETOS- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand in 2010. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2016, the series will again operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 11 races scattered at five different tracks.

 

 

The San Joaquin County Fair & Stockton Dirt Track play host to King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series round five this Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – June 15, 2016…Following a rain out last month the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to make its first visit of the season to the Stockton Dirt Track for the inaugural running of the Jimmy Sills Classic, as part of the San Joaquin County Fair this Saturday June 18.

The event will be the ninth ever appearance by the King of the West Sprint Cars to the centrally located venue that opened in the spring of 2013. It marks the first of three stops this season, with the rescheduled Salute to LeRoy Van Conett coming up in less than a month on Sunday July 10. The series will also end the year at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 5 with the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.

This Saturday’s King of the West showcase at the track honors Hall of Famer Jimmy Sills, who accumulated 44 total wins during his Northern Auto Racing Club/ Golden State King of the West career. He also captured a number of events that are still taking place today with the series, including the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial, the Pombo/Sargent Classic and the aforementioned Tribute to Gary Patterson. Shirts will be on sale & Sills will be available for autographs under the main grandstand.

Going into the Jimmy Sills Classic a three-horse race has developed towards the front of the standings, with two-time King of the West champion Kyle Hirst holding a 12-point advantage over second place Bud Kaeding & a 17-digit advantage over third running Jonathan Allard. Hirst has captured two of the four events held thus far in 2016 and will be gunning for his first Stockton Dirt Track win on Saturday. Last season the 28-year-old came close in August, only to have Tyler Walker sneak under by on the final corner.

Along with Sills, Bud Kaeding is the only other three-time champion with the national touring USAC Silver Crown Series and hopes to chip away at the KWS point lead on Saturday. The reigning Trophy Cup winner, like Hirst, will be looking for his first victory at the Stockton 3/8 mile clay oval. Allard ended last season by winning the Tribute to GP in Stockton and has gained speed in recent weeks. The three-time KWS champ usually gets hot this time of year and that bodes well with the busiest stretch for the series coming up.

Hanford’s DJ Netto & Elk Grove veteran Bobby McMahan round out the top-five going into Saturday. More drivers expected will include Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Murrieta’s Cori Andrews, Sacramento’s Stephen Ingraham and others.

With paid admission to the fair, upper deck grandstand tickets cost just $10 & lower deck tickets are only $5 this Saturday. Adult fair admission is $10, kids 6-12 will be $5 and children 5 & under are free. Seniors, students & military with id cost $7. The front gate opens at 4pm, with first heat scheduled for around 7pm.

Career Winged Sprint Car wins at the Stockton Dirt Track: Rico Abreu (4), Andy Forsberg & Donny Schatz (3), Dominic Scelzi & Jonathan Allard (2), Kyle Larson, Willie Croft, Tim Kaeding, Kerry Madsen, Andy Gregg, Colby Copeland, Shane Golobic, Tyler Walker (1).

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos, the All Star Modified Tour and Ocean Speedway.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series gearing up for a busy & exciting summer of racing throughout the Golden State
Amendment made to KWS minimum age requirement

By Gary Thomas

Aptos, CA – June 14, 2016…With the summer kicking into full gear and the weather heating up, so does the racing for the King of the West Sprint Car Series over the next couple months, as the busiest stretch of the season begins at this weekend’s Jimmy Sills Classic in Stockton.

Along with this Saturday’s event the King of the West 410’s will also invade the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds facility for the rescheduled Salute to LeRoy Van Conett on Sunday July 10, which features an hour early start time. In addition to the special Sunday showcase at the Stockton Dirt Track, the series will also compete at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford the night before on Saturday July 9. The Hanford/Stockton double header is just part of what will be an action packed next two months.

The cool confines of Ocean Speedway in Watsonville will play host to a pair of marquee events, starting with the 31st annual Pombo/Sargent Classic on Friday June 24. The prestigious showcase is part of a big weekend that finishes up at the Calistoga Speedway on Saturday June 25 in the annual Wine Country Classic. The outing at the famed half-mile will be the first night of racing at the Calistoga Speedway in 2016.

KWS then returns to Ocean Speedway on Saturday July 16 for the sixth annual Howard Kaeding Classic. The HK Classic is always one of the fun weekend’s all year. More info will be out soon regarding the special happenings taking place. Friday night July 15 also features a Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster vs Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo event for the third straight season.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will then venture to Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare on Friday & Saturday July 22 & 23 for the third annual Peter Murphy Classic. The event has quickly become one of the major ones in all of California and this season is the first time that it will be held over two nights. A post race party with live music, food and drinks will also take place following Friday’s race on the fairgrounds. Reserved tickets for the Murphy can be purchased by calling 559-688-0909.

The busy month of July will be capped with the second visit of the season to the always exciting Placerville Speedway bullring on Saturday July 30. Its marks the middle portion of three season visits to the popular El Dorado County Fairgrounds venue this year. All in all the King of the West 410’s will be in competition on six of the next seven weekends, making this the most critical stretch of the campaign.

An amendment is also being made to the KWS rulebook effective immediately. The minimum age requirement to compete with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, pending insurance approval, is now lowered to 15 years of the age. Those wishing to compete in KWS events at 15 are required to meet criteria of the insurance company and that of the racing organization. For more info simply contact John Prentice of Prentice Motorsports Group at (855) 410-7223 or Brent Kaeding at (408) 371-3031.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos, the All Star Modified Tour and Ocean Speedway.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

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King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events in June & July

Saturday June 18: Stockton Dirt Track (Jimmy Sills Classic)

Friday June 24: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville (31st annual Pombo/Sargent Classic)
Saturday June 25: Calistoga Speedway (Third annual Wine Country Classic)

Saturday July 9: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds– Hanford
Sunday July 10: Stockton Dirt Track (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)

Saturday July 16: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville (Sixth annual Howard Kaeding Classic)

Friday July 22: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare (Third annual Peter Murphy Classic)
Saturday July 23: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare (Third annual Peter Murphy Classic)

Saturday July 30: Placerville Speedway

 

 

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series sanctioned Jimmy Sills Classic takes to the Stockton Dirt Track this Saturday June 18

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – June 13, 2016…This Saturday June 18 the Stockton Dirt Track will continue its season of honoring racing legends & Hall of Famers, as the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series ventures to the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds for the Jimmy Sills Classic.

In his storied career Jimmy Sills tallied a number of major accomplishments including six wins at the Skagit Speedway Dirt Cup in Washington, which ranks number one all time at the prestigious event. One of his more revered wins at the race came in 1980 when he ran the alphabet soup from the D-main to beat out the late great Gary Patterson for the victory.

In addition to that and his three USAC Silver Crown titles, the “Professor” has also scored wins at the Mini Gold Cup, the Oval Nationals, Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic, the Jayhawk Nationals, Ohio Speedweek, the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial, Tribute to Gary Patterson and countless other major events. In 1983 he captured a preliminary night at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals and went on to finish fifth in the Saturday finale.

Sills was also the all-time leader in victories at the now defunct Baylands Raceway Park and throughout the years has claimed wins in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. All in all the Elverta, California resident has been one of the most respected short track racers to ever come out of the Golden State and we look forward to honoring him this Saturday night. Sills was bestowed one of the highest honors a driver can receive when he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2006.

“I remember Jimmy Sills being almost untouchable at Baylands Raceway when I was an announcer there,” commented past operations manager with the King of the West Series George Hague. “He practically owned the place and had so many wins in that Bailey Bros 01. Watching him get around Baylands was quite simply a thing of beauty. What he accomplished in the USAC Silver Crown Series was also something special. When you think about legendary drivers to come out of California you certainly put Jimmy Sills near the top in that category.”

The multiple-time World of Outlaws winner was also owner & operator of the Jimmy Sills School of Open Wheel Racing at Marysville Raceway and helped train many of the Sprint Car drivers still competing today. Showing skills early on in his career, the man also known as “Buckwheat” was the first rookie driver to win a main event at Sacramento’s famed West Capital Raceway in 1973. That triumph came in just his sixth career super modified start.

Sills will have event shirts for sale & will be available for autographs under the main grandstand on Saturday. In addition to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series the new IMCA All Star Modified Tour will also be in competition this Saturday. Like KWS the traveling dirt modified circuit is held under the Prentice Motorsports Group banner and has put on a couple of great shows to begin the season in Tulare & Merced.

This weekend’s Jimmy Sills Classic is also a part of the San Joaquin County Fair. With paid admission to the fair, upper deck grandstand tickets cost just $10 & lower deck tickets are only $5. Pre-sale race tickets to be held at will call & picked up on day of race can be purchased by also calling 916-370-9417. The front gate opens at 4pm, with first heat scheduled for around 7pm.

Adult fair admission is $10, kids 6-12 will be $5 and children 5 & under are free. Seniors, students & military with id cost $7. Fair admission can be pre-bought at https://sanjoaquinfairgrounds.com/fair/ & features a $2 discount until June 14 using the code 2off at checkout.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Upcoming King of the West Series events

Saturday June 18: Stockton Dirt Track (Jimmy Sills Classic)
Friday June 24: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville (Pombo/Sargent Classic)
Saturday June 25: Calistoga Speedway (Wine Country Classic)
Saturday July 9: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds– Hanford, CA
Sunday July 10: Stockton Dirt Track (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)

 

 

Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Heads To Placerville Speedway Saturday Night for First Johnny Key Classic Qualifier

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- Taking a week off following a successful double-header weekend over the Memorial Day Holiday, the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster is set to attack the high banked Placerville Speedway on Saturday night for the first of two visits in 2016, with the winner of the race locking into the Johnny key Classic that is scheduled in August at the Ocean Speedway.

“We had an awesome weekend of racing with the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster over the Memorial Day Weekend, and I know all of our teams and our staff are reall looking forward to Placerville this Saturday night,” John Prentice said. “We have had some great car counts and great shows thus far, and with a Johnny Key Classic spot up for grabs, it should be another great night of racing.”

After winning the 17th Annual Mel Hall Memorial and running second at the Silver Dollar Fair, eight-time Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster champion, Andy Forsberg comes into this event as the early point leader, as he is in search of his ninth title. Forsberg who is no stranger to the Placerville Speedway, picked up a win earlier this year and is looking to lock into the Johnny Key Classic after winning the race one year ago.

Fresh off his second win of the season at the Placerville Speedway, Mason Moore will look to continue his hot streak at the famous bullring. Currently leading the track championship standings at Placerville, Moore will come into Saturday’s event looking to cut into Forsberg’s slim 15 point advantage as he looks for his first Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster feature event win of the season.

Sitting quietly in the third spot is Sebastopol’s Geoff Ensign. Quietly collecting Top-10’s in the series’ first three events, Ensign comes into the fourth event of the season fresh off of his first win of 2016 this past Saturday night at the Petaluma Speedway. With non-wing success at the track in the past, Ensign will look to get his Ivan Worden team their second consecutive win this weekend.

Known for it’s high-banked configuration and red clay, the Placerville Speedway is a stop most drivers, teams, and fans look forward to year after year. Saturday night proves to be another star studded show with the aforementioned drivers scheduled to be in attendance along with Tony Gualda, Steven Tiner, Kyle Hirst, Michael Ing, Bradley Terrell, Cody Lamar, Seth Nunes, Jonathan Allard, Sean Becker, Matt Peterson and many more travelers as they will square up with the Placerville contingent consisting of Greg DeCaires, Jimmy Truli, Mike Benson, Justin Johnson, Logan Seavey and many more.

Saturday night the front gates are scheduled to open at 3pm with racing action scheduled to go green at 7pm. Adult tickets will be available for $18, while seniors and juniors will be admitted for $15, kids 6-11 for just $6, and children 5 and under will be admitted for free.

2016 Schedule

June 11th- Placerville Speedway

June 18th- Petaluma Speedway

July 15th- Ocean Speedway (Howard Kaeding Classic)

August 6th- Placerville Speedway (Mark Forni Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will head to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night June 11th.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

Calistoga Speedway kicks-off season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Wingless Sprints presented by Hunt Magnetos on Saturday June 25

By Gary Thomas

Calistoga, CA – June 7, 2016…After suffering a rain out in April the historic Calistoga Speedway is set to open the 2016 season on Saturday June 25 when the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & the Wingless Sprints presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos converge at the half-mile for the Wine Country Classic.

Over the last couple years the Calistoga Speedway has seen a total transformation thanks to the hard work of some dedicated individuals. In addition to the various facility upgrades that include a booming new sound system, fencing & scoreboards, lots of work went into the racing surface, which is now wider with smoother transitions into the corners.

Along with the Louie Vermeil Classic on Labor Day weekend the Wine Country Classic is the only other event scheduled to take place at the half-mile this season. If you haven’t been back to Calistoga in a few years be sure and join us on June 25.

Last year’s Wine Country Classic was picked off by two-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Kyle Hirst of Paradise. It marked his third career triumph at the Napa County Fairgrounds facility, with his other victories coming at the 2009 Salute to Walter T Ross and the 2012 Louie Vermeil Classic.

“Any time you can win a race at Calistoga Speedway it’s a special feeling,” said Hirst, who captured the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial on April 30 & the recent David Tarter Memorial on June 4 with KWS in Chico. “I have a lot of memories from Calistoga over the years and would love to get another trophy from there on June 25. There’s just something about Calistoga Speedway that makes us all enjoy spending time there. I definitely hope all the fans will come out and attend the show. After the rain in April it’s made everyone hungry for racing at Calistoga.”

John Prentice of Prentice Motorsports Group is looking forward to having both series compete in Calistoga on June 25. “We’re definitely excited about having the King of the West Series & the Hunt Series at the Wine Country Classic. Calistoga Speedway is without a doubt one of the most hallowed grounds that we have in dirt track racing. I know that everyone is really looking forward to finally getting a race in at Calistoga this year. There aren’t many chances to catch an event there, so whenever you have that opportunity it’s a special thing.”

Tickets for the annual Wine Country Classic on June 25 can be acquired by contacting (916) 773-7225. Adult reserved seats cost $30, with general admission tickets $25. Children 6-12 cost $10. Kids five & under are free.

A new fan pit pass is also being offered. Those that purchase advance reserved tickets can upgrade to a pit pass for an additional $20. The fan pit pass allows the opportunity to go back & forth between the infield pit area and the grandstand area.

The Calistoga Speedway is located on the scenic Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, California at 1435 North Oak Street and has been in existence since 1937. For more information on the half-mile log onto http://www.calistogaspeedway.org and for history visit Bobby Gerould’s Hammerdown USA at http://www.hammerdownusa.com/Calistogacareerwins.html

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos, the All Star Modified Tour and Ocean Speedway.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series

 

 

Kyle Hirst claims his second career David Tarter Memorial victory in a final lap thriller at Silver Dollar Speedway on Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – June 4, 2016…Over the last few years the David Tarter Memorial has never lacked excitement and on Saturday night another instant classic was born at Silver Dollar Speedway, with Paradise, Ca’s Kyle Hirst making a scintillating late race charge to get by young upstart Michael Ing on the final lap of the feature.

The outstanding final part of the main event capped a great night of celebration & remembrance of the late David Tarter, who we lost in 2012. After taking the checkered flag Hirst once again parked in turn four and saluted the Tarter family & friends that famously sit in the fourth corner bleachers. The two-time King of the West champ also won the event in 2014 with a masterful drive from the 16th starting spot that year.

Hirst’s $3500 victory this time around came from the outside of the fourth row and couldn’t have been more exciting, as he scored his second King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory of the season at Silver Dollar Speedway. It was also his 18th career King of the West win, which gives him sole possession of fifth on the all-time series list.

“I hope everyone enjoyed that race because it sure was fun where I was sitting,” the 28-year-old driver commented. “This is such a special race and it means a lot to win it for the second time in the last three years. I really want to thank everyone that makes it possible to drive this Tarlton & Son/ Roth Motorsports car. Michael Ing did a great job in the main event so I really have to give him kudos as well. I have a lot of confidence in this team right now. Hopefully we can go get a lot more wins as the summer goes on.”

For much of the 35-lap feature it looked as if Roseville’s Sean Becker would complete the weekend sweep after winning Friday’s track point race. The 2005 King of the West champ captured the dash and blasted into the lead at the waving of the green flag.

Early on it was Hanford’s DJ Netto that gave chase after the fast moving Becker, until getting over the edge of turns three & four to bring out a yellow flag on lap 19. This moved Chico’s own Michael Ing up to second, who was having a very impressive weekend up to that point. The 17-year-old certainly opened a lot of eyes and was able to keep pace with Becker as the race wore on.

On lap 31 the complexion of the main event then changed when Becker got over the edge in turn four, allowing Ing & Hirst the opportunity to get by. With Ing now leading the race he looked to score one of the major upsets in King of the West competition, but Hirst had other ideas. With the white flag in the air he motored to Ing’s inside and inched ahead off the second corner as the crowd came to their feet. That turned out to be all she wrote as Hirst took the Ed Entz checkered flag with just over a second to spare.

Ing ended the race with a career best runner up finish aboard the Ing Excavation No. 21 mount. The youngster drove an outstanding race and should be commended for putting together such a strong night. After leading the first 30-laps Becker crossed the stripe in third at the helm of the Menne Motorsports No. 75 machine. Although disappointed it was still a strong weekend for the man they call the “Shark.”

Chico’s Jonathan Allard had a solid run to drive from 12th to fourth in the feature, with Grass Valley’s Jason Statler earning the $250 hard charger award by carving his way from 15th to fifth. It was great to see the “Big Guy” have a good night.

The top-10 was rounded out by Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Netto and Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan.

As noted Becker took home the Dash and the $250 prize that went with it. The three 10-lap Heat Races were picked off by DJ Netto, Sean Becker and Kyle Hirst. Bobby McMahan opened the night by setting fast time in the 24-car field with a lap of 11.849 around the quarter-mile. The veteran went home with $500 courtesy of Kyle Larson Racing. Full results will be available at www.racepmg.com

A-main finish: 1. #21X Kyle Hirst, 2. #21 Michael Ing, 3. #75 Sean Becker, 4. #3C Jonathan Allard, 5. #00 Jason Statler, 6. #37 Mitchell Faccinto, 7. #0 Bud Kaeding, 8. #29 Willie Croft, 9. #88N D.J. Netto, 10. #25 Bobby McMahan, 11. #5H Cory Eliason, 12. #98 Sean Watts, 13. #M21 Kalib Henry, 14. #12 Jarrett Soares, 15. #5V Seth Nunes, 16. #93 Stephen Ingraham, 17. #42 Chase Majdic, 18. #2R Richard Brace Jr., 19. #49 Mike Monahan, 20. #92 Andy Forsberg, 21. #31C Justyn Cox, 22. #19 Keith Bloom

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will head next for the Jimmy Sills Classic on June 18 at the Stockton Dirt Track, which is a part of the San Joaquin County Fair. With paid admission to the fair, upper deck grandstand tickets cost $10 & lower deck tickets are $5. Pre-sale race tickets to be held at will call & picked up on day of race can be purchased by also calling 916-370-9417.

Adult fair admission is $10, kids 6-12 will be $5 and children 5 & under are free. Seniors, students & military with id cost $7. Fair admission can be pre-bought at https://sanjoaquinfairgrounds.com/fair/ & features a $2 discount until June 14 using the code 2off at checkout.

 

 

Cory Eliason Finds Redemption at Silver Dollar Fair Race

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Chico, CA)- After seeing the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster’s winningest driver capitalize on his bad luck on Saturday night, Cory Eliason found redemption on Sunday night at the Silver Dollar Fair Race as he would keep Andy Forsberg at bay and record his first ever Civil War feature event victory.

Just as he did on Saturday night, Eliason would again find himself on the pole for the feature event on Sunday night on an extremely slick Silver Dollar Speedway leading the field to green alongside Andy Gregg.

When the green flag dropped, Eliason continued to flex his muscle as he did much of the weekend as he jumped out to the early lead with Gregg, Jonathan Allard, and Forsberg jockeying for position behind him.

An early stop in the action would set up the race’s first double file restart, and Eliason would continue to show the way as he pounded on the thick cushion that was build up on the both ends of the speedway.

Getting into lapped traffic, Andy Forsberg and Jonathan Allard would close in on the race leader, but contact with a slower car would see Allard get off the Speedway and fall back to fifth as Gregg took the third spot over before another stoppage on the 12th lap.

As the race got back to green, it would be short lived as a multi car pile up in turn four would ultimately force officials to throw the red as the track was blocked with cars and debris.

With rubber imminent during this stoppage, remaining restarts on this night would go single file to keep the playing field even for the entire field. With the action back underway, rubber would start to go down on the speedway and Eliason would feel heavy pressure from Forsberg, but continued to lead the way.

As the laps clicked off the field would soon be in single formation as Eliason led Forsberg, Mason Moore, Steven Tiner, and Jonathan Allard. Despite a late race caution with 10-to-go, Eliason would take care of business and put his bad luck during the seasons first two events behind him as he claimed his first ever Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster feature event win aboard the Van Dyke Motorsports No. 5h.

“It feels so good to finally get this Harley Van Dyke car into victory lane,” a jubilant Cory Eliason said in victory lane. “We have been really fast each night out this year, and to have bad luck on Saturday night while leading was tough. We kept at it and the guys gave me a really good car and we were able to finish it off.”

Forsberg would extend his early series point lead as he held on to finish in the second spot. “I was just biding my time waiting for Eliason to get another right-rear flat,” Forsberg jokingly said during his post race interview. “In reality, we had a good car, but he was really good out front and found the rubber early. I tried to get him when you could still move around, but we came up short but had another successful night with our C&M Motorsports team.”

Rounding out the Top-Three was Princeton, CA driver Mason Moore. “This F&F Racing team has been really good all year, and it is always nice to be on the podium with Civil War Series,” Moore said. “I thought the track was racy early in the feature and you could move around and then the rubber came in. Huge thanks to my team for all they do for me.”

Steven Tiner would finish in the fourth spot and Jonathan Allard would round out the Top-Five. Finishing sixth on back would be DJ Netto, Shane Golobic, Geoff Ensign, Chase Majdic, and Matt Person rounding out the Top-10.

A total of 51 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster sprint cars checked into the pit area on Sunday night and officials would opt to do two separate qualifying flights with Steven Tiner and Mason Moore each earning quick time honors.

A four heat-race program would see Tiner, Allard, Golobic, and Eliason each pick up wins with Eliason winning the Dash and earning the pole for the 30-lap A Main.

Twin C Mains were in place on Sunday night with Kyler Shaw, and Bobby Butler each picking up wins and advancing to the night’s B Main event.

An exciting semi saw Sean Becker pick up the win over Justin Sanders, Geoff Ensign, Tony Gualda, Ryan Robinson, and John Michael Bunch as each of those six drivers would earn spots into the feature event.

2016 Schedule

June 11th- Placerville Speedway

June 18th- Petaluma Speedway

July 15th- Ocean Speedway (Howard Kaeding Classic)

August 6th- Placerville Speedway (Mark Forni Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will head to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night June 11th.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

It’s Déjà vu At 17th Annual Mel Hall Memorial

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Marysville, CA)- Often times they say it is better to be lucky then good. Saturday night at the Marysville Raceway in Marysville, CA, Andy Forsberg capitalized on Cory Eliason’s late misfortune and went on to claim his second consecutive Mel Hall Memorial victory.

Leading the field to green alongside Bradley Terrell, Cory Eliason would jump out to the early lead as he attacked the cushion that had built up around the Marysville Raceway on this night.

Setting a torrid pace out front, Eliason would quickly find the tail end of the field as Terrell, Forsberg, Shane Golobic, Justin Sanders, and Mason Moore flanked him. Able to avoid a couple of near incidents in traffic, the race’s first yellow flag would fly on the seventh lap, giving the lead pack a clear track.

When the race came back to life, Eliason would continue to run a strong race, but behind him Andy Forsberg would use the restart to work into the second spot as he went to work on the Kingsburg, CA driver. The action in back of the pack too would pick up as eighth row starters Colby Wiesz and Geoff Ensign found their way inside the Top-10 on the racy ¼ mile speedway.

A 13-lap green flag run would be spent in heavy traffic up front, as Eliason continued to keep the reigning series champion at bay, as he sliced his way through traffic.

On lap 20 the complexion of the race would change as the yellow flag flew for Cody Lamar. While under caution, Eliason’s right-rear tire would go flat and he would come to a stop with just 10-laps to go and hand the lead over the defending race winner, Andy Forsberg.

Just one lap later the race would be slowed again as fourth running Bradley Terrell came to a stop with front end damage, and as the field slowed down Ryan Robinson would get upside down while running in the seventh spot and bring out the red.

The final nine laps of the race would go non stop and it would be a hard fought battle up front between Forsberg and Fremont, CA driver, Shane Golobic. With Forsberg bobbling on the final lap, Golobic would close in on the leader, but in the final turn Golobic would bobble and Forsberg would get away and score his first series win of the 2016 season, and his second consecutive Mel Hall Memorial win.

“These races are just really cool to me to win,” Said Andy Forsberg referring to the Mel Hall Memorial. “We had a pretty good car all night and that is thanks to my guys, but we had a little bit of help late in the race, but we will definitely take it, and hopefully back it up at the Silver Dollar Fair Race.”

Golobic would hang on to the second spot with Jonathan Allard using a great late race push to finish in the third spot after gridding the field from the 12th starting position.

“After hurting our engine at the end of the heat, my team did an amazing job of getting a new one in the car,” Shane Golobic said. “We were able to make some good changes for the feature, and really go for it in the closing laps, but just came up a little short.”

After a tough start to the season, Jonathan Allard was pleased with his night as well. “We qualified in no mans land and ended up lining up 12th in the feature event, but Lee and Shane gave me a great car and we were able to have a good run,” Allard explained. “I am so proud of how fast these guys have gotten this team going in the right direction, and I am expecting us to continue to be up front.”

Mason Moore would finish in fourth, while Colby Wiesz would complete a strong run from his 15th starting spot to finish in the fifth spot and earn $100 for his Hard Charger efforts. Michael Ing finished sixth, Geoff Ensign seventh, while DJ Netto and Kyler Shaw would round out the Top-10.

All in all 39 cars would officially take time during time trials with Cody Lamar setting the standard and picking up the $100 bonus.

A team of sponsors stepped up with a ton of extra bonus money on this night and each heat winner also took home some extra cash, and those drivers were Michael Ing, Cory Eliason, Justin Sanders, and Bradley Terrell.

Rowdy McLennon won the night’s C Main as Colby Wiesz would win the nights B Main. Cody Lamar, Matt Peterson, Seth Nunes, DJ Freitas, and Jeremy Hawes would each earn transfer positions to the 30-lap feature event after all running in the Top-Six during the semi.

2016 Schedule

June 11th- Placerville Speedway

June 18th- Petaluma Speedway

July 15th- Ocean Speedway (Howard Kaeding Classic)

August 6th- Placerville Speedway (Mark Forni Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will head to the Placervile Speedway on Saturday night June 11th.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway)

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Silver Dollar Speedway set to remember the late David Tarter this weekend
35-lap A-main on Saturday to pay $3500-to-win

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – May 31, 2016…After a couple weeks off from competition the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is geared up & eager to kick-off a big summer of racing with one of the special events of the year this Saturday night June 4 at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway.

The event on Saturday marks the fourth annual David Tarter Memorial, which pays tribute to former Sprint Car driver David Tarter, who we lost in a pit area accident during a King of the West Series race at Silver Dollar Speedway in June of 2012. David was an up & coming driver that never had a large budget in racing and worked hard for everything he had in the sport. The night we lost him was certainly a very emotional one for all. In honor of David Tarter’s No. 35, Saturday will be capped with a 35-lap $3500-to-win main event.

The Tarter family will be selling commemorative T-Shirts & Sweatshirts during the weekend. They’ll also be raffling off a helmet & two embroidered blankets among other items, with proceeds going to the Enloe Foundation, which provides comfort items to children served by Enloe Medical Center, as well as the Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund, which uses 100% of the funds raised to support the families of injured drivers, crew members and officials running Sprint Car Series’ in California.

Both KWS & Silver Dollar Speedway are committed to keeping David’s memory alive & making this one of the cornerstone events on the schedule each season. The racing has been top notch at the high-banked quarter-mile this year, so we invite everyone to come up and make a weekend out of it. Friday June 3 also features a Winged 410 Sprint Car track point race. Camping is available on the fairgrounds for an ironic fee of $35 a night. It’s going to be a full weekend of Winged Sprint Car racing with the best California has to offer on hand.

With three rounds complete Campbell’s Bud Kaeding holds a six-point lead in the King of the West standings over Paradise, CA’s Hirst, who captured the series visit to Silver Dollar Speedway on April 30. The two-time KWS champ scored a thrilling victory from the 16th starting spot at the David Tarter Memorial in 2014, while passing Kaeding for the lead with just four-laps left in the feature that night. Chico’s own Jonathan Allard has positioned himself third in points and is just 13-markers out of the lead. Hanford’s DJ Netto & Fremont’s Shane Golobic complete the top-five going into Saturday.

As the summer kicks into gear the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series gets ready for the busiest part of the season. The tour will be in action on seven of the next nine weekends throughout June & July. Title contenders certainly have to be on their game over the next couple months if they want to have a chance of etching their name on the list of past champions come November.

Also set to be on hand at the David Tarter Memorial will include past event winners Craig Stidham of Fresno & Roseville’s Sean Becker. Stidham won the second KWS race of his career last year at the Tarter, while Becker is the five-time & defending Silver Dollar Speedway track champion. At the Bradway Memorial on April 30 the 2005 King of the West titlist finished runner up after leading a number of laps in the feature.

More drivers expected to tackle the famed quarter-mile clay oval on Saturday will be Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Citrus Height’s Kalib Henry, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Cobble Hill, BC’s Robbie Price, Anderson’s Keith Bloom Jr., Murrieta’s Cori Andrew and others.

Former King of the West Series champion Kyle Larson has also donated $500 to the nights fast time qualifier on Saturday.

The front gate will open at 5pm this Saturday June 4, with adult tickets $20, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and kids 6-11 are $6. All seating is general admission during the night. The David Tarter Memorial will be the final visit of the year to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico.

The Silver Dollar Speedway is located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, a half-mile west of SR 99 on Park Ave in Chico, California. For more info visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com

The David Tarter Memorial is also the third Williams Roofing of Fremont, CA Royal Fan Draw night. A trivia question will be asked from the announce booth and the fan that answers correctly will pull a random number (1-22) out of a bag. The fan automatically wins $100 and if the driver wins the feature from the starting spot drawn, the driver receives a $1000 bonus. The Royal Fan Draw is taking place at nearly half of the KWS events in 2016.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Upcoming King of the West Series events after Chico this weekend

Saturday June 18: Stockton Dirt Track (Jimmy Sills Classic)
Friday June 24: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville (Pombo/Sargent Classic)
Saturday June 25: Calistoga Speedway (Wine Country Classic)
Saturday July 9: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds– Hanford, CA
Sunday July 10: Stockton Dirt Track (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)

 

 

King of the West 410’s head next for the $3500-to-win David Tarter Memorial on June 4 in Chico

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – May 25, 2016…The fourth annual David Tarter Memorial is coming to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico next weekend. Friday June 3 features a Winged 410 Sprint Car point race, while Saturday June 4 is round four on the season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. In honor of the late David Tarter the KWS main event on June 4 will be 35-laps & pays $3500-to-win. Kyle Larson Racing has also added $500 to the driver who sets fast time during the night.

The Tarter family will be selling commemorative event T-Shirts & Sweatshirts during the weekend. They’ll also be raffling off a helmet & two embroidered blankets among other items, with proceeds going to the Enloe Foundation, which provides comfort items to children served by Enloe Medical Center, as well as the Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund, which uses 100% of the funds raised to support the families of injured drivers, crew members and officials running Sprint Car Series’ in California.

The David Tarter Memorial is also the final King of the West visit to Silver Dollar Speedway this season and track announcer Troy Hennig couldn’t be more excited for the weekend.

“This is a very special event for a lot of people and it really has been outstanding the last few years. The night we lost David Tarter was an emotional one and we’re glad to keep his memory alive here at Silver Dollar Speedway. The King of the West Series put on a fantastic show at the Bradway in April, so you most definitely will not want to miss the Tarter. Come on up and make a weekend out of it with all your closest racing friends at the fairgrounds.”

The David Tarter Memorial has been captured the last three years by Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst and Roseville’s Sean Becker respectively. With three races complete Campbell’s Bud Kaeding holds a six-point lead in the King of the West standings over Hirst, who captured the series visit to Silver Dollar Speedway on April 30. Hometown driver Jonathan Allard ranks third in the standings and is just 13-markers out of the lead, with Hanford’s DJ Netto and Fremont’s Shane Golobic rounding out the top-five.

Camping is available on the fairgrounds for an ironic fee of $35 a night. The front gate will open at 5pm on Saturday June 4, with adult tickets $20, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and kids 6-11 are $6. All seating is general admission during the night.

The Silver Dollar Speedway is located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, a half-mile west of SR 99 on Park Ave in Chico, California. For directions and a map visit http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com/location.php

The David Tarter Memorial is also the third Williams Roofing of Fremont, CA Royal Fan Draw night, which works as follows. A trivia question will be asked from the announce booth and the fan that answers correctly will pull a random number (1-22) out of a bag. The fan automatically wins $100 and if the driver wins the feature from the starting spot drawn, the driver receives a $1000 bonus. The Royal Fan Draw is taking place at nearly half of the KWS events in 2016.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos, the All Star Modified Tour and Ocean Speedway.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

King of the West events in the month of June

Saturday June 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico (David Tarter Memorial)
Saturday June 18: Stockton Dirt Track (Jimmy Sills Classic)
Friday June 24: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville (Pombo/Sargent Classic)
Saturday June 25: Calistoga Speedway (Wine Country Classic)

 

 

 

Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Ramps Back Up This Weekend With Two Monster Events

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- Returning to action for this first time since the series’ thrilling opening event back in March, the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster is set for the annual North State Double as the series takes part in the 17th Annual Mel Hall Memorial at the Marysville Raceway on Saturday night before the always popular Silver Dollar Fair Race at the Silver Dollar Speedway on Sunday night.

“This is a weekend I always personally look forward to,” Silver Dollar Speedway and Marysville Raceway Director of Communications Troy Hennig said. “This weekend has a history of bringing huge car counts to both shows, and each show is special in its own right. Mel Hall was instrumental in getting the Civil War Series off and running, and the Fair Race is always a packed house and a great opportunity to attract new fans to this sport.”

With one event in the books so far in 2016, that event was a memorable one that saw Kyle Hirst and Willie Croft duke it out in front of a packed house at the Silver Dollar Speedway back in March. An exciting final five laps saw Croft escape victorious in an absolute thriller of a season opener.

This weekend the door is open for a new winner as Croft is scheduled to race elsewhere, and last years North State Double winners are each hungry more wins in 2016.

The 2015 Mel Hall Memorial saw reigning series champion, Andy Forsberg pick up his first ever event win. Forsberg has been hot in 2016 thus far, and already has one win at the Marysville Raceway this season to date.

During last year’s annual Silver Dollar Fair Race, Jonathan Allard defended his home turf nicely as he mounted a charge from deep in the field to become a threat late in the race. Taking advantage of a late restart with three laps to go, Allard would outduel Hirst to pick up the win. Allard has been strong as of late aboard the Tri-C Motorsports No. 3c, and will look to grab his second consecutive win at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

The North State Double should attract a very healthy car count and is sure to be a can’t miss weekend of racing in what is forecasted to be a beautiful weekend. Some of the drivers expected to be on hand include, Forsberg, Allard, Shane Golobic, Justin Sanders, Mason Moore, Koen Shaw, Brad Bumgarner, Jeremy Hawes, Geoff Ensign, Bradley Terrell, Andy Gregg, Colby Wiesz, Steven Tiner, Kenny Allen, Cory Eliason, Jarrett Soares, and many more of the regions top drivers.

Saturday night at the Marysville Raceway, the front gates are slated to open at 5pm with qualifying hitting the speedway at 6pm. Adult tickets will be available for $18, while Juniors and Seniors will be admitted for $10, Kids admitted for $6, and children 5 and under are free. The Marysville Raceway also offers a family pack that will admit two adults and two juniors or three kids for just $40.

Sunday night, an admission ticket to the Silver Dollar Fair ($8 for Adults and Seniors and $3 for Children) gets you into the races for FREE. With the discounted rate comes a massive crowd, so we urge you to show up early on this night as the main grandstand is scheduled to open at 6pm.

2016 Schedule

May 28th- Marysville Raceway (Mel Hall Memorial)

May 29th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Fair Race)

June 11th- Placerville Speedway

June 18th- Petaluma Speedway

July 15th- Ocean Speedway (Howard Kaeding Classic)

August 6th- Placerville Speedway (Mark Forni Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will return to action at the Marysville Raceway on May 28th for the Mel Hall Memorial and again on May 29th at the Silver Dollar Speedway for the annual Silver Dollar Fair Race.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos To Kick Season Off Saturday Night In Stockton, CA

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- With Mother Nature washing out the scheduled season opener for the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Joey Hunt Magnetos, on two separate occasions so far, the series will officially kick the 2016 season off Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track as they share the track with the King of the West 410ci Sprint Car Series.

Embarking on it’s second season under the leadership of the Prentice Motorsports Group, the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will again tour over the great state of California racing along side either the King of the West Series or the Civil Series in nearly every event in the 2016 season.

In 2015 the series made three appearances at the ultra fast Stockton Dirt Track and Colton Slack was victorious in two of the events while perennial series favorite, Terry Schank Jr, also picked up a win during the summer months.

2016 will mark the series’ seventh season in the Golden State and they can be seen in action from March through November at four of California’s marquee venues.

On the heels of a very competitive 2015 season that saw Gary Nelson, Jr score his first series championship, and the series have five different feature event winners, the 2016 season is shaping up to be another exciting one on the non-wing landscape as the series will look for it’s fourth ever series champion.

In non wing action in 2016 thus far in the Nor Cal region some stand out drivers have been Terry Schank, Klint Simpson, and Shayna Sylvia, as all drivers have found victory lane at various tracks. Other drivers that have been strong thus far and should be in attendance include Joe Stornetta, Timmy Sherman, Jr, Cody Fendley, Ryon Silverling, Angelique Bell, and many more of the top drivers in the division.

Premium upper deck Saturday night will cost $25, with lower deck tickets $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower deck bleachers. Tickets can be acquired by contacting 916-370-9417. The ticket booth and main gate opens at 4pm. Cars are expected to be on track a little after 5pm, with qualifying around 6 and heat races scheduled to begin around 7.

2016 Schedule

May 21st- Stockton Dirt Track

June 11th- Petaluma Speedway

June 25th- Calistoga Speedway

July 16th- Ocean Speedway

August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Petaluma Speedway

November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will open the 2016 season on Sunday April 10th at the Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, CA.

WINNERS: (2015) Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank, (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on July 18th), Terry Schank (Stockton Dirt Track on August 1st), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on August 8th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on August 29th) Austin Ligget (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9th).

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

WINGLESS SPRINT CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY JOE HUNT MAGNETOS- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand in 2010. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2016, the series will again operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 11 races scattered at five different tracks.

 

 

 

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series takes to the Stockton Dirt Track for inaugural Salute to LeRoy Van Conett this Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – May 17, 2016…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is ready to invade the centrally located Stockton Dirt Track for the first time in 2016 this Saturday night May 21 for the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett.

The night of competition will be the first of three season appearances at the 3/8 mile clay oval, now in its fourth year of operation on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. The King of the West 410’s will also return to Stockton on Saturday June 18 for the Jimmy Sills Classic and conclude the year on Saturday November 5 with the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.

This Saturday night honors retired Galt, CA racer LeRoy Van Conett, who was born in Stockton and would go on to become one of the very best to wheel a Sprint Car in California. Special event shirts will be available under the grandstands and LeRoy will be on hand during the night for autographs. A live band will also perform prior to the races.

The driver simply known as the “Dragon from Galt” is the all-time leader in wins at the famed Calistoga Speedway half-mile, with 31 victories to his credit. He also captured the track title seven-times in his illustrious career. Van Conett claimed 65 career wins with the now defunct Northern Auto Racing Club and eight series titles, both of which rank second to Campbell’s Brent Kaeding.

In 1976 he scored victory at the Gold Cup Race of Champions and in 1999 was bestowed one of the highest honors any driver can receive, by being inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Competing alongside the KWS Winged 410 Sprints on Saturday will be the Wingless Sprint Cars presented by Hunt Magnetos, a series that provided exciting action last year at the Stockton Dirt Track.

On the King of the West side of things Sacramento’s Willie Croft goes into this Saturday night as arguably the driver to beat. The veteran has been fantastic all season long and is fresh off a victory last week at the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial in Tulare. Croft won a Winged 360 event at the Stockton Dirt Track in June of 2013.

The other two King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events held this year have been captured by two-time series champion Kyle Hirst of Paradise & Campbell’s Bud Kaeding. Hirst & Kaeding will both be in action at the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett, each gunning for their first career Stockton Dirt Track triumph respectively. Earlier this year Hirst charged forward to earn a podium finish during the World of Outlaws Stockton finale. Kaeding currently leads Hirst by two-digits at the top of the standings.

More drivers expected on Saturday will include past Stockton Dirt Track winners Jonathan Allard of Chico, Dominic Scelzi of Fresno & Fremont’s Shane Golobic, along with Hanford’s DJ Netto, Roseville’s Sean Becker, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

Premium upper deck tickets this Saturday May 21 will cost $25, with lower deck tickets $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower deck bleachers. Tickets can be acquired by contacting 916-370-9417. The ticket booth and main gate opens at 4pm. Cars are expected to be on track a little after 5pm, with qualifying around 6 and heat races scheduled to begin around 7.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com

Saturday is also the third Williams Roofing of Fremont, CA Royal Fan Draw night, which works as follows. A trivia question will be asked from the announce booth and the fan that answers correctly will pull a random number (1-22) out of a bag. The fan automatically wins $100 and if the driver wins the feature from the starting spot drawn, the driver receives a $1000 bonus. The Royal Fan Draw is taking place at nearly half of the KWS events in 2016.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos, the All Star Modified Tour and Ocean Speedway.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series

Upcoming King of the West Series events after Stockton this weekend

Saturday June 4: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico (David Tarter Memorial)
Saturday June 18: Stockton Dirt Track (Jimmy Sills Classic)
Friday June 24: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville (Pombo/Sargent Classic)
Saturday June 25: Calistoga Speedway (Wine Country Classic)

 

 

Sacramento’s Willie Croft races to first career Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway King of the West 410 win on Saturday at the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – May 14, 2016…After coming oh-so-close to a King of the West 410 Series win at the Thunderbowl Raceway in the past Sacramento’s Willie Croft was able to finally check it off his resume Saturday night, by claiming the 30-lap Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.

The victory was also sweet redemption for Croft, who was taken out in lapped traffic while leading the KWS season-opener in Placerville. It marked his seventh career series triumph, moving him into a tie for 16th on the all-time list with Jimmy Sills, Kyle Larson, Greg Decaires & Randy Hannagan.

“It feels so good to get a King of the West win at this place,” commented Croft, who nearly won the Faria Memorial in 2014, before running out of fuel just prior to the finish. “That race was a workout tonight and I feel pretty drained after that one. Felt bad for Rico Abreu because he was really fast, but I’ve definitely had some bad luck in Tulare myself before. I want to thank all my crew and the people that support this race team. We’ve had a great start to the year and hope to keep building on this momentum.”

The 30-lap King of the West feature was a rough & tumble affair, showcasing drama & excitement at times like we’ve been accustomed to at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Croft started on the pole by way of winning the night’s dash and had his way out front, until Rutherford’s Rico Abreu stepped up challenges for the top spot. Abreu had taken the lead from the outside of row two on a lap 11 double file restart, only to have the red flag wave for an incident involving Coarsegold’s Scott Parker.

After that the two-time Chili Bowl champ re-grouped and got around Roseville’s Colby Copeland for second on the ensuing single file restart. He then worked hard to close in on Croft for the lead and took his opportunity on lap 21. As the pair raced into turn three Abreu performed a massive slide job to get ahead of Croft, but couldn’t hold the exit of turn four and looped the car, resulting in him tipping over to bring out the red flag. Damage was too much him to continue on, but as always Abreu certainly gave the crowd a great show.

With Croft up front for the restart he clicked off the final nine-laps without worries to take the Ed Entz checkered flag aboard his Holey Smokes BBQ/ Amerikote No. 29 machine. It was his second ever win at the track, with the first coming at Trophy Cup in 2014.

Copeland crossed the stripe in second to match his best career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish. It was also his best ever 410 Sprint Car result at Thunderbowl Raceway. Copeland also did an outstanding job to take evasive action when Abreu got upside down, spinning the car completely around and keeping the engine lit to continue on. Fremont’s Shane Golobic had a strong run to round out the podium on Saturday. The past Civil War Series champ has now finished on the podium at the last three Faria Memorial’s in Tulare.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding & Chico’s Jonathan Allard completed the top-five after having an entertaining battle over the course of the race. Two-time KWS champ Kyle Hirst rebounded nicely to earn a sixth place finish, after going to the rear early in the race following contact that left him stopped on lap nine. The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Hanford’s DJ Netto, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding and Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto.

As noted the dash was claimed by Croft, while the three 10-lap heat races were picked off by Bud Kaeding, Colby Copeland and Croft. Kyle Hirst paced the 23-car field in qualifying with a lap of 13.241. Full results will be available at www.racepmg.com

A-main finish: 1. 29 Willie Croft, 2. 18w Colby Copeland, 3. 22 Shane Golobic, 4. 0 Bud Kaeding, 5. 3c Jonathan Allard, 6. 21x Kyle Hirst, 7. 88n DJ Netto, 8. 00jr Cory Eliason, 9. 69 Brent Kaeding, 10. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 11. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 12. 25 Bobby McMahan, 13. 31c Justyn Cox, 14. 12 Jarrett Soares, 15. 98 Sean Watts, 16. 22a Cori Andrews, 17. 24 Rico Abreu, 18. 00 Jason Statler, 19. 3 Craig Stidham, 20. 17 Justin Sanders, 21. 73 Tyler Walker, 22. 12p Scott Parker, 23. 09s Geoffrey Strole

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will return to action this coming Saturday night May 21 at the Stockton Dirt Track for the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett. The event also features the season debut of the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos. More info can be found at www.stocktondirttrack.com

The King of the West 410’s will be back at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway on Friday & Saturday July 22 & 23 for the third annual Peter Murphy Classic. Stay glued to the PMG website and www.thunderbowlraceway.com for updates on the event.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series ventures to the Central Valley for annual Chris & Brian Faria Memorial this Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – May 10, 2016…The traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is ready to invade the Central Valley for the first time in 2016 this Saturday night, with the annual Chris & Brian Faria Memorial on tap at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.

Competing alongside KWS for the first time this year will be the always exciting USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprint Car Series, along with the Western RaceSaver Sprints & the new All Star Modified Tour. Following last week’s rainout in Petaluma Saturday marks round three in the fight for the King of the West championship and is held to remember brothers Chris & Brian Faria, who both lost their lives far too soon.

Chris Faria was an up and coming driver who was the youngest of five children to Danny Sr. & Arlet Faria. He grew up on their farm in Tipton and was known as the prankster of the family. Chris unfortunately lost his life at the age of 21 during a farming accident and his memory has been kept alive with a memorial race at the Thunderbowl Raceway ever since.

Brian was the oldest of the five Faria children and was taken from us in January of 2006 during an accident while driving on a highway. Brian enjoyed helping out with the track preparation at the Thunderbowl, as he drove the water truck and the grader among other things. The Chris & Brian Faria Memorial has become a cornerstone of the track schedule and is always a special night for everyone with the Thunderbowl Raceway.

Last year’s Faria Memorial saw Hanford’s DJ Netto dominate the feature to scoop up his first career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory. The now 20-year-old would go on to claim the Pombo/Sargent Classic later in the season and will be gunning for good things on Saturday, following back-to-back 10th place finishes to open the 2016 campaign.

Two-time King of the West champion Kyle Hirst goes into Tulare on Saturday with momentum after his big victory at the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial on April 30. The 28-year-old captured the Faria Memorial in 2014 and will compete at the Thunderbowl this weekend for the first time in the potent Tarlton Racing with support from Roth Motorsports No. 21x mount.

One of the favorites on Saturday will certainly be Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who brought home a third place finish at the Thunderbowl in March with the World of Outlaws. The 2014 Trophy Cup champion came oh-so-close to claiming the Faria Memorial that same season, only to have fuel issues a handful of laps from the finish.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding raced to victory during the King of the West opener in Placerville on April 23 and will be looking for more of that on Saturday at the Thunderbowl. Last October the veteran scored one of the biggest wins of his career by capturing the 22nd annual $20,000-to-win Trophy Cup at the one-third mile clay oval.

More drivers set to tackle the Thunderbowl on Saturday will include Chico’s Jonathan Allard, Los Angeles’ Tyler Walker, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Craig Stidham & Cory Eliason, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Cobble Hill, BC‘s Robbie Price, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

Reserved grandstand seats for the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial on Saturday cost $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. To reserve your seat contact (559) 688-0909. The ticket booth & will call at the track will open at 1:30pm. The front gate will open at 4pm.

With four divisions running the pit meeting will be held at 4:30pm sharp and we are asking teams to arrive a bit early to be ready to go as soon as the meeting is over.

Saturday is also the second Williams Roofing of Fremont, CA Royal Fan Draw night, which works as follows. A trivia question will be asked from the announce booth and the fan that answers correctly will pull a random number (1-22) out of a bag. The fan automatically wins $100 and if the driver wins the feature from the starting spot drawn, the driver receives a $1000 bonus. The Royal Fan Draw is taking place at nearly half of the KWS events in 2016.

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. More info can be found at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos, the All Star Modified Tour and Ocean Speedway.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series

Upcoming King of the West Series events following Tulare

Saturday May 21: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett) Saturday June 4: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico (David Tarter Memorial) Saturday June 18: Stockton Dirt Track – (Jimmy Sills Classic) Friday June 24: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville (Pombo/Sargent Classic) Saturday June 25: Calistoga Speedway (Wine Country Classic)

 

 

 

First of two season appearances at Petaluma Speedway on tap for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this Saturday May 7

By Gary Thomas

Petaluma, CA – May 3, 2016…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series continues its early season tour of Northern California with round three in the battle for the championship, which takes place this Saturday night at the always sticky and action filled Petaluma Speedway.

The 3/8 mile clay oval has been a welcomed stop over the years for teams with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. The tacky & hooked-up speedway has often produced exciting competition, as lapped traffic can create some of the most hectic racing towards the front of the field of any track on tour.

The Petaluma Speedway had been a staple on the Northern Auto Racing Club/ Golden State 410 Sprint Car Series schedule over the years, but a multiple-season hiatus from the track occurred during the late 1990’s to 2004.

In 2005 the series returned to Petaluma and ran each season through 2010, until another hiatus was seen, before the King of the West 410’s returned a few years later. In total there have been 14 Winged 410 Sprint Car events held at the Petaluma Speedway since ‘05.

“We’re definitely looking forward to having the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at the Petaluma Speedway 3/8 on Saturday,” commented track announcer, statistician & co-founder of the California Dream Team Ron Lingron. “The King of the West Series brings some of the best drivers from around the Western United States and it’s always a joy to watch them try to tame the sticky adobe. It’s always a great show and we hope everyone is looking forward to it.”

Two-time King of the West champion Kyle Hirst goes into the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday with momentum, following his big victory at last week’s Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial. The 28-year-old Paradise, CA resident now sits tied for fifth on the all-time series win list and will be searching for his first KWS Petaluma win this weekend.

Hirst’s biggest challenge will arguably come from his brother-in-law Willie Croft, who captured King of the West races at Petaluma Speedway in 2013 & ’14. The Sacramento wheel-man has been one of the strongest competitors so far this year and is always fast on the sticky gumbo. Croft also won in weekly action at the track in March.

King of the West round one winner Bud Kaeding of Campbell claimed last year’s series visit to the Petaluma Speedway and will be gunning to go back-to-back on Saturday. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ led all 30-laps last season to earn his second career KWS triumph at the track.

More drivers set to tackle the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday will include five-time KWS winner at the track Jonathan Allard of Chico, along with Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Cory Eliason, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Cobble Hill, BC‘s Robbie Price, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

The front gate opens at 4pm this Saturday May 7 with adult tickets $22, seniors & juniors $16 and children five & under free. The pit gate will open at noon.

The Petaluma Speedway is located in the southern part of the wine country at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds just off Highway 101 in Petaluma, California. Fans are recommended to bring a jacket and warm clothes if you have never been to the Petaluma Speedway, as temperatures usually do chill off once the sun goes down. More info on the track can be found at www.petaluma-speedway.com

The all-time 410 track record at Petaluma Speedway is held by 2009 KWS titlist Tyler Walker, who set the mark on August 1 of his championship year. “T-Dub” toured the 3/8 mile oval for the track record in 11.990 seconds aboard the Scott Chastain owned NMI Industrial Contractors No. 24 machine.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos, the All Star Modified Tour and Ocean Speedway.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series

Upcoming King of the West Series events following Petaluma

Saturday May 14: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
Saturday May 21: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)
Saturday June 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (David Tarter Memorial)
Saturday June 18: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (Jimmy Sills Classic)

 

 

Kyle Hirst triumphant at last during a thrilling non-stop 40-lap Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial

By: Jacob Perkins & Elijah Jones

Chico, CA – April 30, 2016…After trying for over 10-years to win the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial and suffering through heart break multiple times before Paradise, CA driver Kyle Hirst finally put the bad luck to rest on Saturday night and scored his first career victory at the prestigious event.

The win for Hirst was also another personal milestone and tied him for fifth on the all-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win list with Tyler Walker. It marked his 17th career KWS triumph. The entire night was one that nobody in attendance will ever forget and was certainly one for the ages. The 40-lap main event went non-stop and took under 10 minutes to complete.

“I’ve wanted to win this race for so long and to finally do it is such a special feeling,” Hirst said. “I’ve been close before and something would always happen, so that final lap was definitely nerve racking. Racing with a guy like Sean Becker for the win is always fun and to get it done like that is something I’ll always remember. I can’t thank the Tarlton family and Dennis & Roth enough for the opportunity. I don’t think I’ll get much sleep tonight after that one! I hope all you fans enjoyed that show tonight, because it sure was exciting.”

The A-Main event saw Kyle Hirst hold off Sean Becker in a thrilling race and finish. The victory was Hirst's first behind the wheel of the Tarlton Motorsports #21X and also received an extra $1000 for winning the A-main courtesy Rico Abreu Racing and $500 courtesy of Roth Motorsports, giving him a minimum of $4500 worth of winnings for the night.

Becker would cross the line second in the Menne Motorsports #75, with the Abreu Vineyards #24 of Rico Abreu rounding out the podium in the third spot. Justin Sanders had a solid run in the 4th position. Willie Croft scored a top five finish with his 5th place effort. While Shane Golobic finished 6th, Bud Kaeding 7th, Justyn Cox 8th, Jonathan Allard 9th, and DJ Netto Rounded out the Top Ten.

Rico Abreu started the night out with the fastest lap around the Silver Dollar Speedway with a lap of 11.849. He earned $1000 cash courtesy of Kyle Larson Racing, Manny & Gloria Avilla, Petersen Media, Mancamp Motorsports, John Luther, and David Anderson.

Rico Abreu, Willie Croft, Andy Forsberg, and Sean Becker claimed heat race victories. Each heat winner earned $500 cash courtesy of Rico Abreu Racing, plus a Right Rear Tire & Five Sleeves of tear offs courtesy of Hoserville, and a small trophy to give to a young fan in the grandstands courtesy of Arnolds for Awards, Inc.

Sean Becker won the dash & claimed $500 cash from Rico Abreu Racing. Justyn Cox was victorious in the last chance qualifier & earned $1000 cash also courtesy of Rico Abreu Racing. Cory Eliason picked up the $1000 hard charger award courtesy of Rico Abreu Racing. Eliason started in the 18th spot and passed seven cars to finish 11th. Richard Brace Jr. was awarded the $300 Hard Luck Award after suffering from Engine problems in the B-Main event. That award came courtesy of Dan & Laurel Belton.

The King of the West Sprint Car Series returns to action next Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway for points race #3. The tour will be back at Silver Dollar Speedway on Saturday June 4th for the fourth annual David Tarter Memorial.

26th Annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial Results – Silver Dollar Speedway April 30th

33 – Cars

Fast time: Rico Abreu 11.849

Heat one: 1. 24 Rico Abreu, 2. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 3. 88N D.J. Netto, 4. 19W Keith Bloom Jr., 5. 25 Bobby McMahan, 6. 0 Bud Kaeding, 7. 49 Mike Monahan, 8. 30 Casey McClain

Heat two: 1. 29 Willie Croft, 2. 21X Kyle Hirst, 3. 11 Roger Crockett, 4. 68 Chase Johnson, 5. 31C Justyn Cox, 6. 8 Jim Richardson, 7. 2R Richard Brace Jr., 8. M21 Kalib Henry

Heat three: 1. 92 Andy Forsberg, 2. 22 Shane Golobic, 3. 5H Cory Eliason, 4. 21P Robbie Price, 5. 22A Cori Andrews, 6. 7K Kenny Allen, 7. 87JR Tim Sherman Jr., 8. 12 Jarrett Soares

Heat four: 1. 75 Sean Becker, 2. 3C Jonathan Allard, 3. 17 Justin Sanders, 4. 19 Colby Copeland, 5. 00 Jason Statler, 6. 5V Seth Nunes, 7. 98 Sean Watts, 8. 15 Pat Harvey

Dash: 1. 75 Sean Becker, 2. 92 Andy Forsberg, 3. 29 Willie Croft, 4. 21x Kyle Hirst, 5. 22 Shane Golobic, 6. 17 Justin Sanders, 7. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 8. 24 Rico Abreu

LCQ: 1. 31C Justyn Cox, 2. 0 Bud Kaeding, 3. 5 Bobby McMahan, 4. M21 Kalib Henry, 5. 00 Jason Statler, 6. 12 Jarrett Soares, 7. 49 Mike Monahan, 8. 98 Sean Watts, 9. 5V Seth Nunes, 10. 30 Casey McClain, 11. 8 Jim Richardson, 12. 22A Cori Andrews, 13. 87JR Tim Sherman Jr. 14. 15 Pat Harvey Jr. 15. 7K Kenny Allen, 16. 2R Richard Brace Jr.

A-main: 1. 21X Kyle Hirst, 2. 75 Sean Becker, 3. 24 Rico Abreu, 4. 17 Justin Sanders, 5. 29 Willie Croft, 6. 22 Shane Golobic, 7. 0 Bud Kaeding, 8. 31C Justyn Cox, 9. 3C Jonathan Allard, 10. 88N D.J. Netto, 11. 5H Cory Eliason, 12. 11 Roger Crockett, 13. 19 Colby Copeland, 14. 68 Chase Johnson, 15. 21P Robbie Price, 16. 19W Keith Bloom, 17. 25 Bobby McMahan, 18. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 19. M21 Kalib Henery, 20. 92 Andy Forsberg, 21. 12 Jarrett Soares, 22. 00 Jason Statler

 

 

Rico Abreu Racing lends extensive support once again of the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial on Saturday Silver Dollar Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – April 28, 2016….Excitement is in the air about Saturday’s Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway & the incentives keep coming in for the prestigious event. We’re happy to announce a gracious donation from Rico Abreu Racing for the third consecutive season that will be sure and raise the level of intensity just that much more.

Rico Abreu Racing has donated $1000 cash to the Hard Charger in the feature, $1000 cash to the Dash winner, $1000 cash to the Last Chance Qualifier winner and $500 cash to each Heat Race winner. Abreu himself is a two-time winner of the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial in 2013 & ’14.

“We can’t thank Rico Abreu Racing enough for their support of the Bradway once again,” said Dave Durica. “Dianne and I have been blown away by the support from a number of people and it really does mean a lot to us. We’re very excited for Saturday and hope all the fans will come out and support the show. The weather looks great and it’s going to be an awesome event. It’s pretty amazing to think this is the 26th anniversary of the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial.”

The Durica’s have once again collected lap money for the 40-lap A-main and 12-lap LCQ on Saturday. The fan group Hoserville is partnering with the heat races for the 14th consecutive season. Each heat winner will receive a right rear tire & five sleeves of tear offs. Each winner will stop on the front stretch for an interview & receive a trophy from Arnold’s for Awards to give a child in the stands. Roth Motorsports has added $500 to the winner’s share, which brings the A-main up to a minimum of $3500-to-win.

It’s also become a tradition at the start of the night to hand out the Carwash Mike Fast Time Award at the Bradway. The winner of the award will take home a custom Jagermeister Trophy & a Coors Light Cowboy Hat, in honor of super fan Carwash Mike Avilla, who passed away in 2011. As of press time we also have $850 cash courtesy of Kyle Larson Racing, Manny & Gloria Avilla, Petersen Media and Mancamp Motorsports.

Manny & Gloria Avilla have also donated $250, which will be split up among the final five finishers in the LCQ. Mancamp Motorsports has put up $100 for the Hard Charger Award and Dan & Laurel Belton have donated $300 to a Hard Luck Award for the night.

The front gate will open at 5pm on Saturday April 30, with adult tickets $20, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and kids 6-11 are $6. All seating is general admission during the night. The Silver Dollar Speedway is a high-banked quarter-mile clay oval and is considered one of the most famous dirt track venues in the country. Camping is available for the weekend on the fairgrounds. On Saturday the Northern California Auto Racing Alumni will hold their annual racers barbeque at the garden court area inside the fairgrounds. The lunch takes place at 11:30am.

The Silver Dollar Speedway is located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, a half-mile west of SR 99 on Park Ave in Chico, California. For directions and a map visit http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com/location.php

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos, the All Star Modified Tour and Ocean Speedway.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

 

 

Money & prestige on the line at the 26th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial this Saturday April 30 in Chico

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – April 26, 2016…If you’re an auto racing enthusiast in Northern California the place to be this Saturday is Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway when the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series invades the quarter-mile for the prestigious 26th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial.

The event pays tribute to race car driver Dave Bradway Jr., who lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Skagit Speedway’s Dirt Cup in 1987. Bradway Jr. was one of Nor Cal’s favorite drivers and the event held in his memory has become a cornerstone for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series each season at Silver Dollar Speedway. This Saturday’s outing is the second event of the season for the series and marks the first of just two appearances this year at the famed bullring.

“Dave Bradway Jr. was a hero of mine growing up so this event always has a special place in my heart,” said Silver Dollar Speedway announcer & media relations specialist Troy Hennig. “When it comes to anticipation and build up, the Bradway is as good as we have all year. We’re looking forward to a great event here in Chico on Saturday with a lot of drivers having a shot to win. The excellent racing we’ve always come to love has been back at Silver Dollar Speedway in a big way and we can’t to see everyone this weekend.”

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding is the defending winner of the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial and goes into Saturday with momentum following his victory at the King of the West opener last week in Placerville. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champion had a night to remember last year at the Bradway and walked away with an event record $8600 for his efforts. Kaeding piloted the familiar Williams Motorsports 0 to fast time, a dash win and then victory in the 40-lap finale last season.

More past winners of the Bradway set to be on hand will include five-time event champion Jonathan Allard of Chico, along with single-time winners Sean Becker of Roseville & Grass Valley’s Jason Statler. Allard will be gunning for number six aboard the famed Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c Sprinter, which is well known as the car Dave Bradway Jr. was most associated with. Becker is the five-time & defending Silver Dollar Speedway track champion and always seems to make noise at the Bradway.

Two-time King of the West champion Kyle Hirst is always a sentimental favorite at the Bradway and will be one of the drivers to beat on Saturday. The 28-year-old Paradise, CA resident has been close in the past and would love nothing more than to finally add it to his resume. Hirst will be making his second start in the Tarlton Racing with Roth Motorsports No. 21x machine this weekend.

"The Bradway means so much to my family that I really hope to add my name to the winners list this year,” said Hirst, whose middle name is David in tribute to Junior. “It's the one race that always sticks out in my mind and one that I always have circled on my calendar. My mom & dad were such good friends with David and put so much into this race for so many years that I would love to win it for them. We’re also really close with Dave & Dianne Durica, who organize everything now, so I’ll be trying hard on Saturday to finally get this race under my belt.”

Based on performance so far in 2016 Sacramento’s Willie Croft may very well be the favorite going into Saturday. The former Trophy Cup & Mini Gold Cup winner has been one of the best performers since the start of the season and led the first 25-laps last Saturday, until getting caught up in lapped traffic. Croft earned a podium finish at the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial in 2014 and will be gunning to bring home the big money this weekend.

More drivers expected on Saturday will include Hanford’s DJ Netto, who thrilled the Chico crowd during the World of Outlaws event earlier this month, along with Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Cobble Hill, BC’s Robbie Price, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Chico’s Brad Bumgarner, Citrus Height’s Kalib Henry and others.

Dave and Diane Durica have once again collected lap money for the 40-lap A-main and 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier on Saturday. As of press time there were still a few laps available in the LCQ for purchase. The fan group Hoserville is partnering with the heat races for the 14th consecutive season. Each heat winner will receive a right rear tire & five sleeves of tear offs. Each winner will stop on the front stretch for an interview & receive a trophy from Arnold’s for Awards to give a child in the stands.

Roth Motorsports has added $500 to the winner’s share, which brings the A-main up to a minimum of $3500-to-win.

It’s also become a tradition at the start of the night to hand out the Carwash Mike Fast Time Award at the Bradway. The winner of the award will take home a custom Jagermeister Trophy & a Coors Light Cowboy Hat, in honor of super fan Carwash Mike Avilla, who passed away in 2011. As of press time we also have $850 cash courtesy of Kyle Larson Racing, Manny & Gloria Avilla, Petersen Media and Mancamp Motorsports.

Manny & Gloria Avilla have also donated $250, which will be split up among the final five finishers in the LCQ. Mancamp Motorsports has put up $100 for the Hard Charger Award and Dan & Laurel Belton have donated $300 to a Hard Luck Award for the night. If anyone would like to add onto or donate anything for the night, please contact Dave and Dianne Durica at Durica1414@sbcglobal.net or 916-988-5958.

The front gate will open at 5pm on Saturday April 30, with adult tickets $20, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and kids 6-11 are $6. All seating is general admission during the night. The Silver Dollar Speedway is a high-banked quarter-mile clay oval and is considered one of the most famous dirt track venues in the country. Camping is available for the weekend on the fairgrounds.

The Silver Dollar Speedway is located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, a half-mile west of SR 99 on Park Ave in Chico, California. For directions and a map visit http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com/location.php

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos, the All Star Modified Tour and Ocean Speedway.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Upcoming King of the West Series events following Chico

Saturday May 7: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
Saturday May 14: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
Saturday May 21: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)

 

 

Bud Kaeding inherits lead late in the race and drives off to score first career Placerville Speedway King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – April 23, 2016…Willie Croft’s late-race misfortune was certainly Bud Kaeding’s gain on Saturday night, when the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series officially kicked-off the 2016 season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds based Placerville Speedway.

After winning the six-lap Dash to earn the pole in the feature Croft was able to hold command out front, all the while racing through heavy lapped traffic on the tight quarter-mile. Kaeding would keep him honest in traffic however, stalking the rear bumper of the familiar Holy Smokes BBQ No. 29 mount.

The pair raced closely together for a majority of the race, weaving in & out of the slower traffic, until the complexion of the main event changed on lap 25. As the leaders charged into turn one lapped cars ahead of them came together, leaving Croft nowhere to go, resulting in him making contact with the cars and coming to a stop.

It was a tough break for Croft, who had shown speed all night long. During the melee it looked as if multiple front runners would get caught up, but Croft was the lone victim in it. After inheriting the lead it was then clear sailing out front for Kaeding in the Williams Motorsports 0, who took the Ed Entz checkered flag by 1.135 seconds over Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan.

For Kaeding it marked his first ever series win at the track and the 13th overall of his KWS career, which gives him sole possession of ninth all-time. He now sits just one victory away from tying former World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers on the all-time series list. It was a solid way for the Campbell, CA driver to start out the season after missing out on the title by just 12-markers last year.

“It feels great to start out the season in victory lane and for it to be in Placerville is pretty cool,” Kaeding commented. “You can probably say that this hasn’t always been my favorite track, but to win championships you have to be good everywhere, so to win this race is huge for us. That was a tough break for Willie Croft to get caught up in traffic, because he was good all night. I can’t thank Morrie & Katie Williams enough for the opportunity to drive this car. We’ll now go on and try to win the Bradway again next week in Chico.”

The runner up effort for McMahan was his best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish since the 2014 season. The veteran began his Sprint Car career at the Placerville Speedway bullring way back in 1982, so it’s always a bit of a home-coming for the likable driver. McMahan is fresh off a year where he finished third in the KWS standings aboard the American Tool & MFG No. 25 Sprinter.

Chico’s Jonathan Allard charged from 14th to third in the feature at the helm of his Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c machine. The three-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion looked strong in the 30-lapper and got faster as the race went on. Allard now moves on to next week’s Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial, an event he’s won five times before.

Penngrove’s Chase Johnson earned his career best KWS finish by running fourth. It was an impressive effort put together by the 20-year-old second-year series competitor and his Thomas Family Racing team. The top-five was rounded out by 16th starter Dominic Scelzi of Fresno. The 18-year-old made a nice rebound in the feature to earn a solid finish aboard the Scelzi Enterprises No. 41 Sprinter.

The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by 20th starter & Hard Charger in the feature Shane Golobic of Fremont, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Fresno’s Cory Eliason and Hanford’s DJ Netto. It was also a nice recovery by Netto, who had gotten into a spin following a chain reaction in front of him while running third on lap 16. Up to that point Netto had looked to be challenger for the leaders.

Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto captured the LCQ, with Croft claiming the Dash as noted. The three 10-lap heats were picked off by DJ Netto, Bobby McMahan and Willie Croft. Cory Eliason opened the night by setting fast time with a lap of 10.726 around the quarter-mile. Full results will be available at www.racepmg.com

A-main finish: 1. 0 Bud Kaeding, 2. 25 Bobby McMahan, 3. 3c Jonathan Allard, 4. 68 Chase Johnson, 5. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 6. 22 Shane Golobic, 7. 00 Jason Statler, 8. 19 Colby Copeland, 9. 00jr Cory Eliason, 10. 88n DJ Netto, 11. 21x Kyle Hirst, 12. 69 Brent Kaeding, 13. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 14. 21p Robbie Price, 15. 98 Sean Watts, 16. M21 Kalib Henry, 17. 22m Mason Moore, 18. 29 Willie Croft, 19. 31c Justyn Cox, 20. 12 Jarrett Soares, 21. 17 Justin Sanders, 22. 7c Andy Forsberg

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now head for the 26th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial next Saturday night at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. The event is always one of the biggest in Northern California and features extra money & awards on the line all night long.

The front gate will open at 5pm next Saturday April 30, with adult tickets $20, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and kids 6-11 are $6. All seating is general admission during the night. The Silver Dollar Speedway is located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, a half-mile west of SR 99 on Park Ave in Chico, California. Camping is available for the weekend on the fairgrounds. For directions and a map visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com

 

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series geared up to begin the regular season at Placerville Speedway this Saturday April 23

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – April 19, 2016…Well known for its steep banks, distinctive red clay, loyal fan base and extremely close action, the El Dorado County Fairgrounds based Placerville Speedway is set to play host to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season-opener this Saturday night April 23.

The Placerville Speedway is located just 40 minutes from the capital city of Sacramento and marks the first full point race for KWS after opening the season with a co-sanctioned event in Tulare with the World of Outlaws on March 12.

Including this Saturday the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series regular season starts off with five consecutive weeks of racing, prior to a break during Memorial Day weekend. In addition to Saturday’s opener the King of the West Series will also return to the Placerville Speedway for events on Saturday July 30 & Saturday September 24.

With last year’s King of the West champion Carson Macedo competing for Keith Kunz Motorsports in the Midwest it opens the door for a different titlist in 2016. Last season the 19-year-old joined the illustrious list of past champions that includes Kyle Hirst, Jonathan Allard, Brent Kaeding, Tim Kaeding, Kyle Larson, Tyler Walker, Sean Becker, Jason Statler, Ronnie Day, Randy Hannagan, Tim Green and the “Original King” Steve Kent.

Last year two-time KWS champion Kyle Hirst led the way with five wins on the season and looks to be a favorite for the title in 2016. The 28-year-old Paradise resident is set to drive for Tarlton Racing with support from Roth Motorsports and will be gunning to duplicate his championship performances from 2013 & ’14. Hirst also swept both King of the West events in Placerville last season and has started off this year in solid fashion, including a podium finish with the World of Outlaws in Stockton.

After missing out on his first KWS title by just 12-points it could be the year for Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, who captured the prestigious Trophy Cup last October at Thunderbowl Raceway. The driver of the Williams Motorsports ZERO also claimed his first career Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial last season with KWS. Elk Grove veteran Bobby McMahan finished third in the points last year, ending the campaign with no dnf’s. McMahan returns to the track this Saturday where he began his Sprint Car career in 1982.

Hanford’s DJ Netto claimed two KWS wins last season and will be looking for more in 2016. The Central Valley youngster ended the season fourth in points and will be a threat to move up the ladder in 2016. A few weeks back Netto impressed everyone with the World of Outlaws in Chico, until fuel issues ended his bid at victory. Three-time King of the West titlist Jonathan Allard of Chico will also be searching to add a fourth crown to his resume this year. The veteran drove to victory at the season-ending Tribute to Gary Patterson last November.

A couple new faces joining the King of the West trail this year and looking to make their mark are Watsonville’s Justin Sanders & Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox. Sander’s is coming off a fantastic season that saw him claim 20 main event victories and earn track titles at Ocean Speedway & Marysville Raceway. Cox last November brought home a runner up at the Tribute to Gary Patterson in Stockton with the Civil War Series and places his 2016 focus on chasing points with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.

More drivers expected for this Saturday’s opener will include Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Cory Eliason, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Roseville’s Willie Croft & Colby Copeland, Los Angeles, CA’s Tyler Walker, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

Adult tickets this Saturday cost $22, seniors 62 & over and juniors 12-15 will be $15 with kids 6-11 being $6. Children under 6 are free. The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 3pm and racing anticipated to begin around 7pm.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more on Placerville Speedway log onto http://www.placervillespeedway.com

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos, the All Star Modified Tour and Ocean Speedway.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series

Upcoming King of the West Series events following Placerville

Saturday April 30: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (26th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial)
Saturday May 7: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
Saturday May 14: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
Saturday May 21: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)

 

 

The Royal Fan Pill Draw presented by Williams Roofing of Fremont, CA returns to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this season

By Gary Thomas

Fremont, CA – April 13, 2016…After being held at numerous King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series shows last year we’re excited to announce that the Royal Fan Pill Draw presented by Williams Roofing of Fremont, CA is returning for 10 marquee nights of racing in 2016.

The Royal Fan Pill Draw works as follows. A trivia question will be asked from the announce booth and the fan that answers correctly will pull a random number (1-22) out of a bag. The fan automatically wins $100 and if the driver wins the feature from the starting spot drawn, the driver receives a $1000 bonus.

“We really want to thank Steve Williams of Williams Roofing for putting up the Royal Fan Pill Draw once again,” said Campbell’s Brent Kaeding. “Steve has been a great supporter out here for a long time. The Royal Fan Draw adds a nice twist into the night and we’re excited to have it take place at some of the bigger events that we have in Northern & Central California. The season is shaping up great and we can’t wait to get it started with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.”

The Williams Roofing of Fremont, CA Royal Fan Pill Draw will take place at the following events this season:

Saturday April 30: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (26th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial)
Saturday May 14: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
Saturday May 21: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)
Saturday June 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (4th annual David Tarter Memorial)
Friday June 24: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA (Pombo/Sargent Classic)
Friday July 15: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA (6th annual Howard Kaeding Classic- Civil War)
Saturday July 16: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA (6th annual Howard Kaeding Classic)
Friday July 22: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (3rd annual Peter Murphy Classic)
Saturday July 23: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (3rd annual Peter Murphy Classic)
Saturday November 5: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson- KWS & Civil War finale)

Williams Roofing, Inc. of Fremont, CA is a family owned full service roofing contractor serving the San Francisco Bay Area with generations of experience. From roof inspections and repairs to new roof installation and roof replacement of virtually every type of residential and commercial roofs and gutters, their prompt and friendly service, onsite owner and exceptional workmanship guarantees their clients are receiving the best roof possible.

Their roofing service is designed to provide your home with a quality roof that you will enjoy for years to come. Whether you are looking for a composition, tile, build-up/tar & gravel, foam, slate or wood shake roof you can be assured Williams Roofing, Inc. has the expertise to provide you with a customized solution, helping you select just the right roofing type to fit your budget. For more info on Williams Roofing of Fremont, CA please log onto their website http://www.williamsroofing.net/index.html

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series officially opens the regular season on Saturday April 23 at the always action packed Placerville Speedway, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Adult tickets for the KWS season-opener on April 23 will cost $22, seniors 62 & over will be $15, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and children 6-11 will be $6. It will be the first of three appearances this year for the series at the high-banked red-clay quarter-mile.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series.

 

 

Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos To Kick Season Off Sunday Night In Calistoga, CA

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- With Mother Nature washing out the scheduled season opener for the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Joey Hunt Magnetos, the series will officially kick the 2016 season off Sunday night at the Calistoga Speedway as they share the track with the famed World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

Embarking on it’s second season under the leadership of the Prentice Motorsports Group, the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will again tour over the great state of California racing along side either the King of the West Series or the Civil Series in nearly every event, with the season opener being a special event alongside ‘The Greatest Show On Dirt”.

In 2015 the series made two appearances at the famed ½ mile located in the beautiful Napa Valley, and both showings were exceptional with Colton Slack and Terry Schank each picking up historic wins.

2016 will mark the series’ seventh season in the Golden State and they can be seen in action from March through November at four of California’s marquee venues.

On the heels of a very competitive 2015 season that saw Gary Nelson, Jr score his first series championship, and the series have five different feature event winners, the 2016 season is shaping up to be another exciting one on the non-wing landscape.

Sunday night, things will get started an hour earlier with the front gates opening at 3pm cars hitting the speedway by 430pm for hot laps. Limited reserved seats are still available for $50 while adult general admission will be $45. General Admission tickets for children 12 and under will be available for just $10.

2016 Schedule

April 10th- Calistoga Speedway

May 21st- Stockton Dirt Track

June 11th- Petaluma Speedway

June 25th- Calistoga Speedway

July 16th- Ocean Speedway

August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Petaluma Speedway

November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will open the 2016 season on Sunday April 10th at the Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, CA.

WINNERS: (2015) Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank, (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on July 18th), Terry Schank (Stockton Dirt Track on August 1st), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on August 8th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on August 29th) Austin Ligget (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9th).

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

WINGLESS SPRINT CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY JOE HUNT MAGNETOS- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand in 2010. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2016, the series will again operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 11 races scattered at five different tracks.

 

 

Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial lap money on sale for the April 30 King of the West event at Silver Dollar Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Sacramento, CA – April 4, 2016…The 26th annual King of the West Sprint Car Series sanctioned Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial is fast approaching and with that said, lap money continues to be on sale for the prestigious event at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway.

If anyone would like to purchase a lap for the Saturday April 30 event please contact Dave & Dianne Durica at Durica1414@sbcglobal.net or 916-988-5958. They will also be on hand at this weekend’s World of Outlaws event in Calistoga for those that want to purchase a lap in person.

All of the money goes back to the racers as always and helps make this event unique and special like it has been for so many years. The laps cost $100 and are split between the top 3 in the A-main and LCQ each lap. The leader receives $50, 2nd place $30 and 3rd place $20.

In addition to lap money if anyone has anything they would like to donate for the event please don’t hesitate to contact Dave & Dianne to give them the details. In the past there has been money and awards on the line for fast time, hard charger, heat races and lots more.

The Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial is a cornerstone race for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and will be the second full-point event in the fight for the title this season. The April 30 extravaganza also marks one of just two appearances for the series at Silver Dollar Speedway this year.

For more info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series visit http://www.racepmg.com and for more on Silver Dollar Speedway log onto http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com/

 

 

 

26th Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster Season Goes Green Friday Night in Chico, CA

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- A long winter comes to a close on Friday night, as the Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster is set to kick off it’s 26th season at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

Eight time, and defending, series champion, Andy Forsberg comes into the series opener as a heavy favorite as he has not been defeated in 2016, and won the series’ final event of 2015 at the Stockton Dirt Track.

Forsberg and car owner, Cody Geaney, will come into this event with nothing but momentum on their side, as they successfully completed a weekend sweep at the Stockton Dirt Track.

Though hot, Forsberg will not be the only driver entering the event with momentum. 2014 Series Champ, Shane Golobic, will be in action on Friday night fresh off of his first career USAC National Midget win during the Shamrock Classic in DuQuoin, IL.

In 2015 the series saw a hotly contested Championship battle come down to the final night of the season, and with 12-races on the docket in 2016, the battle should again be a fun one to watch.

Other drivers expected to be on hand Friday night include St. Helena, CA driver, Rico Abreu, Fresno, CA drivers, Koen and Kyle Shaw, Paradise, CA wheelman Kyle Hirst, Princeton, CA driver Mason Moore, Clarksburg, CA’s Justyn Cox, Kingsburg CA’s Cory Eliason, Sebastopol’s Geoff Ensign and Bradley Terrell, as well as a host of other 360ci competitors.

Also scheduled to make a cameo on Friday night is Noblesville, IN driver, Bryan Clauson. Clauson is amidst a daunting 2016 schedule that will see him attempt to run 200 races. With California roots, Clauson will be looking to join his father, Tim, as a Civil War victor.

Tickets for Friday’s event are starting at $6 for children, $14 for Juniors and Seniors, and will be $17 for adults, while kids five and under are admitted for free. The main grandstand is scheduled to open at 5pm, while qualifying time trials is slated to go green at 630pm.

2016 Schedule

March 25th- Silver Dollar Speedway

May 28th- Marysville Raceway (Mel Hall Memorial)

May 29th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Fair Race)

June 11th- Placerville Speedway

June 18th- Petaluma Speedway

July 15th- Ocean Speedway (Howard Kaeding Classic)

August 6th- Placerville Speedway (Mark Forni Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will kick off it’s 2016 season at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA on Friday March 25th.

WINNERS: (2015) Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway), Carson Macedo (August 8th, Placerville Speedway), Andy Forsberg (August 29th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (September 9th Silver Dollar Speedway), Shane Golobic (September 26th Petaluma Speedway), Andy Forsberg (November 7th, Stockton Dirt Track).

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

 

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series opens season with a World of Outlaws co-sanctioned event at Thunderbowl Raceway this Friday & Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – March 8, 2016…For the second straight year the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to kick-off the season by co-sanctioning a Central Valley two-step with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway this weekend.

A number of showcases are on tap for the King of the West Sprint Car Series this season, including this Friday & Saturday’s co-sanctioned event with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in Tulare. The double header weekend awards KWS special event show-up points each night and is certain to be one of the stronger fields of Winged 410 Sprint Cars all season long on the West Coast. The first of 20 full-point events for the series begins at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday April 23.

Last year’s Thunderbowl double header saw a California sweep, with San Jose’s Tim Kaeding winning on opening night, while Rutherford’s Rico Abreu scored the top prize on Saturday. For Kaeding it was his fourth career World of Outlaws win at the Thunderbowl and for Abreu it marked the second consecutive year he claimed the Saturday finale at the track. Both Kaeding & Abreu will be in action this weekend hoping to duplicate last season’s performances.

With last year’s King of the West champion Carson Macedo competing for Keith Kunz Motorsports in the Midwest it opens the door for a different titlist in 2016. Macedo however, will be on hand for this weekend’s co-sanctioned event aboard the Tarlton & Son No. 21x machine. Last season the 19-year-old joined the illustrious list of past champions that includes Kyle Hirst, Jonathan Allard, Brent Kaeding, Tim Kaeding, Kyle Larson, Tyler Walker, Sean Becker, Jason Statler, Ronnie Day, Randy Hannagan, Tim Green and the “Original King” Steve Kent.

After missing out on his first KWS title by just 12-points it could be the year for Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, who captured the prestigious Trophy Cup last October at Thunderbowl Raceway. The driver of the Williams Motorsports ZERO also claimed his first career Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial last season with KWS. Elk Grove veteran Bobby McMahan finished third in the points last year, ending the campaign with no dnf’s. McMahan earned a top-10 finish last year on opening night of the Gold Cup with the World of Outlaws in Chico.

Hanford’s DJ Netto claimed two KWS wins last season, including the Faria Memorial in Tulare. The Central Valley youngster ended the season fourth in points and could be a threat to take home the series title in 2016. Last September Netto also scored an impressive podium finish on opening night of the Gold Cup. Fellow Central Valley drivers Dominic Scelzi, Cory Eliason & Craig Stidham also claimed victories last year with the King of the West Sprint Car Series. All three will be looking for good things this weekend at the Thunderbowl Raceway.

Last year two-time KWS champ Kyle Hirst led the way with five wins on the season and looks to be a favorite for the title in 2016. The 28-year-old Paradise, CA resident returns with Roth Motorsports and guns to duplicate his championship performances from 2013 & ’14. Likewise three-time King of the West titlist Jonathan Allard of Chico will be searching to add a fourth crown to his resume in 2016. The veteran wheel-man drove Clyde & Marion Lamar’s No. 3c to a victory at the season-ending Tribute to Gary Patterson last November.

A couple new faces joining the King of the West trail this year and looking to make their mark are Watsonville’s Justin Sanders & Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox. Sander’s is coming off a fantastic season that saw him claim 20 main event victories and earn track titles at Ocean Speedway & Marysville Raceway. Cox last November brought home a runner up at the Tribute to Gary Patterson in Stockton with the Civil War Series and places his 2016 focus on chasing points with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.

More California possibilities to take on the always challenging Thunderbowl Raceway this weekend will include last season’s KWS Rookie of the Year Chase Johnson of Penngrove, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Tulare’s Shawn Wright and others.

Tickets are on sale for this Friday & Saturday March 11 & 12 by calling 559-688-0909. All seating is reserved during the weekend with Bleacher tickets costing $40 and Grandstand seats $45 each night. Tickets will be available at the track for purchase beginning at 12:30pm each day. The front gate opens at 4pm with first heat scheduled to fire-off around 7pm. A seating chart, as well as hotel info is available online at www.thunderbowlraceway.com

KWS will return to Tulare this year for the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial on May 14, the Peter Murphy Classic on July 22 & 23 and the KRC Safety Fall Shootout on October 8.

Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. Camping is also available at the fairgrounds located off turns three and four.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series

 

 

Flowmaster Back On Board With Civil War Series For Third Consecutive Season

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- Entering it’s third season under Prentice Motorsports Group leadership and it’s 26th season of overall existence, the Civil War Series is pleased to announce that Flowmaster will be back on board as the series’ presenting sponsor for the third consecutive season.

“Any time you can solidify a motorsports partnership is great news,” PMG President, John Prentice said. “We have built up a great partnership with Flowmaster over the last few years, and we are thrilled they have signed on once again to support this great series.”

Coming off of a Silver Anniversary season that saw the Championship decided on the final night of action, the 12-race season ahead is shaping up to be another hard fought battle on a nightly basis kicking off on Friday March 25th at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

With tracks getting into their weekly routines in April and early May, the series will return to action for it’s annual North State Memorial Day Double Header, as the Marysville Raceway will again host 17th Annual Mel Hall Memorial on Saturday May 28th, one night before the series’ return to the Silver Dollar Speedway for the always popular Fair Race on Sunday the 29th.

The Summer months lead into a busy time for the Civil War Series as they make their first of two stops at the Placerville Speedway on June 11th. 2016 marks a special season at Placerville as it will be the first season ran under Russell Motorsports Inc. leadership.

Moving to the Bay-Area the following weekend, the Petaluma Speedway plays host on June 18th, before the series rolls into the Ocean Speedway on Friday July 15th for the 6th Annual Howard Kaeding Classic, an event that has turned into one of the most anticipated on a year-by-year basis.

Following the HK Classic, the Series travels back to the high-banked Placerville Speedway for the 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic, an event that has offered a healthy check to the winner and has attracted some of the regions top drivers over the course of it’s existence.

The 56th Annual Johnny Key Classic will again be held at the Ocean Speedway on August 20th, and at this time qualifying races have not been announced, but we will make those public once they are finalized.

Wednesday September 7th, the Series will open up the 63rd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions in what will be their final visit to the Silver Dollar Speedway of 2016, and on September 17th, they make their final stop at the Marysville Raceway before the penultimate event on the 24th at the Petaluma Raceway

November 5th a champion will be crowned as the PMG Championship Spectacular will once again take place at the Stockton Dirt Track during the 33rd Annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.

“It is no secret that noise is scrutinized in California, and Flowmaster has been a big help in making sure our cars stay under the state regulations,” Prentice added. “We have had great support in this series with our drivers, teams, and fans, and we are looking forward to another great season.”

After experimenting with the mulligan concept during the 2015 season, PMG has decided to do away with that rule in 2016, meaning all nights will count towards the championship points total.

2016 Schedule

March 25th- Silver Dollar Speedway

May 28th- Marysville Raceway (Mel Hall Memorial)

May 29th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Fair Race)

June 11th- Placerville Speedway

June 18th- Petaluma Speedway

July 15th- Ocean Speedway (Howard Kaeding Classic)

August 6th- Placerville Speedway (Mark Forni Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Marysville Raceway

September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will kick off it’s 2016 season at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA on Friday March 25th.

WINNERS: (2015) Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway), Carson Macedo (August 8th, Placerville Speedway), Andy Forsberg (August 29th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (September 9th Silver Dollar Speedway), Shane Golobic (September 26th Petaluma Speedway), Andy Forsberg (November 7th, Stockton Dirt Track).

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

Joe Hunt Magentos Back On Board With Wingless Series; Season Kicks Off March 5th

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- As the 2016 season opener approaches, the Prentice Motorsports Group is pleased to announce that Joey Hunt Magnetos will once again be on board as the title sponsor for the Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magentos for the 11 race season.

“We are extremely pleased to have Joe Hunt Magnetos back on board with us for the 2016 season,” John Prentice, President of the Prentice Motorsports Group said. “We had a great first season together in 2016, and I am really excited for the season to get underway at the Silver Dollar Speedway on March 5th.”

Embarking on it’s second season under the leadership of the Prentice Motorsports Group, the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will again tour over the great state of California racing along side either the King of the West Series or the Civil Series in nearly every event.

2016 will mark the series’ seventh season in the Golden State and they can be seen in action from March through November at four of California’s marquee venues.

On the heels of a very competitive 2015 season that saw Gary Nelson, Jr score his first series championship, and the series have five different feature event winners, the 2016 season is shaping up to be another exciting one on the non-wing landscape.

2016 Schedule

March 5th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Silver Cup)

April 10th- Calistoga Speedway

May 21st- Stockton Dirt Track

June 11th- Petaluma Speedway

June 25th- Calistoga Speedway

July 16th- Ocean Speedway

August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Petaluma Speedway

November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will open the 2016 season on March 5th at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

WINNERS: (2015) Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank, (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on July 18th), Terry Schank (Stockton Dirt Track on August 1st), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on August 8th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on August 29th) Austin Ligget (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9th).

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SPRINT CAR SERIES- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand in 2010. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2016, the series will again operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 11 races scattered at five different tracks.

 

 

King of the West & California drivers/teams set to tackle the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway

Somerton, Arizona – December 28…After a successful debut last year the second edition of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Arizona goes green in a big way this weekend.

The much anticipated & marquee Winged 410 Sprint Car event takes place on January 1 & 2, January 5 and January 8 & 9, with the four weekend shows paying $12,000-to-win & $1,000-to-start, while the Tuesday event is $5,000-to-win & $400-to-start. Numerous California competitors are expected, including King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series regulars from this past year Bud Kaeding of Campbell, DJ Netto from Hanford, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Penngrove’s Chase Johnson.

Kaeding is coming off a solid season that saw him just miss out on his first KWS title. Along the way he earned his first career victories at the prestigious Trophy Cup & Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial. Kaeding will be aboard the Washington based Rudeen Racing No. 26 at the Winter Heat Showdown. Netto & Scelzi each captured two KWS wins apiece last season, finishing fourth & seventh in the standings respectively. Johnson completed his first King of the West Series season by earning Rookie of the Year honors.

Other current or past California regulars set to take on the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will include former King of the West Series champion Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, reigning Chili Bowl champion Rico Abreu from Rutherford, Ocean Sprints champion Justin Sanders of Watsonville, Sacramento’s Willie Croft and World of Outlaws regular Paul McMahan, who now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Sanders this coming season is expected to get a healthy dose of 410 Sprint Car racing, with the Showdown kicking that off.

The 23-year-old Larson ranks 16th on the all-time KWS win list, sitting in a tie with Jimmy Sills, Greg Decaires & Randy Hannagan with seven wins to his credit. The current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver won a thriller during the second night of the inaugural Winter Heat Showdown. His good pal Abreu is 13th on the all-time KWS win list, tied with former series champs Ronnie Day & Jason Statler with nine victories under his belt. The fellow 23-year-old is looking to follow in Larson’s footsteps, moving up through the ranks after completing his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.

California based Roth Motorsports, Tri-C Motorsports & Joe Von Schriltz Racing will also have Brownsburg, Indiana’s Joey Saldana; Elk River, Minnesota’s Craig Dollansky & Pennsylvania Posse member Greg Hodnett competing for them respectively.

The nightly format will be similar to what is seen at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals each January, with heats & qualifying races to determine main lineups. Drivers will start each night by drawing a random pill, which will determine the lineups for the heat races. Passing points will be calculated based on the results of the heats. The qualifying races will then have an inversion, which will be based on car count. The combined points earned through the heat races and qualifiers will then determine the feature lineups.

A $10,000 point fund will be split among the top-five point earners for the week thanks to support from Cometic Gasket, JE Pistons and K1 Technologies. The champion will receive a $4,000 bonus with drivers finishing second through fifth each earning $1,500. A driver will earn points throughout heat races, qualifying races and main events during the five events. A competitor must attempt to race in all five Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown races to be eligible for the point fund.

Speed Shift TV is offering a live pay per view broadcast each night for those can’t make the event https://speedshifttv.com/WinterHeat/

The Cocopah Speedway is a blazing fast semi-banked 3/8 mile clay oval and has a large 4000 seat capacity concrete grandstand area, with great views of the entire race track. Great speedway concessions, a large pit area with racer store and plenty of spectator parking can be found at the facility. The Cocopah Indian Tribe purchased the speedway, formerly the Yuma Speedway complex, in June of 2005. For more on the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown log onto http://cocopahwinterheat.com

 

 

 

11-Race Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos Schedule Set For 2016

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- After a very successful first year under Prentice Motorsports Group leadership, the Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos are geared up for an 11-race schedule in 2016.

As it did in 2015, the season will open up at the Silver Dollar Speedway on Saturday March 5th, as it takes part in the prestigious Silver Cup. The Series will be in action at the Silver Dollar Speedway on two occasions, as they will make their second and final appearance at the ¼ mile track during the Gold Cup Race of Champions on September 7th.

April 10th, the series will return to the scenic ½ mile Calistoga Speedway for the first of two visits in 2016. The April 10th date will see the Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos share the stage with the famed World of Outlaws, and the June 25th date will feature them racing alongside the King of the West Series.

May 21st is slated for the first of two vists at the Stockton Dirt Track, where they will again be racing with the KWS, before making their season debut at the Petaluma Speedway on June 11th.

June 25th will be the aforementioned return trip to the Calistoga Speedway, before the series heads to the Ocean Speedway on July 16th to take part in the Howard Kaeding Classic.

August features a couple of big races for the series as they will be at the Petaluma Speedway on the 13th for the Soares Classic, and at the Ocean Speedway on the 20th for the Johnny Key Classic.

Taking part in the Gold Cup opener on September 7th at the Silver Dollar Speedway as the season begins to wind down, the Wingless Series will be in action at the Petaluma Speedway on September 17th before the season again closes out at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 4th.

2016 Schedule

March 5th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Silver Cup)

April 10th- Calistoga Speedway

May 21st- Stockton Dirt Track

June 11th- Petaluma Speedway

June 25th- Calistoga Speedway

July 16th- Ocean Speedway

August 13th- Petaluma Speedway (Soares Classic)

August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

September 17th- Petaluma Speedway

November 4th- Stockton Dirt Track

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will open the 2016 season on March 5th at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

WINNERS: (2015) Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank, (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on July 18th), Terry Schank (Stockton Dirt Track on August 1st), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on August 8th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on August 29th) Austin Ligget (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9th).

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SPRINT CAR SERIES- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2016, the series will again operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 11 races scattered at five different tracks.

 

Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster Set For 12 Races in 2016

 

 (PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- After a hotly contested 2015 season, the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster is excited for a 12-race 2016 campaign that should once again have fans on the edge of their seats on a nightly basis.

 

 As the West Coast’s premier traveling 360ci series embarks on it’s 26th season of operation, the stars and cars of the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will kick things off on Friday March 25th at the Silver Dollar Speedway for the first of three appearances at the north state quarter mile facility.

 

 With tracks getting into their weekly routines in April and early May, the series will return to action for it’s annual North State Memorial Day Double Header, as the Marysville Raceway will again host 17th Annual Mel Hall Memorial on Saturday May 28th, one night before the series’ return to the Silver Dollar Speedway for the always popular Fair Race on Sunday the 29th.

 

 The Summer months lead into a busy time for the Civil War Series as they make their first of two stops at the Placerville Speedway on June 11th. 2016 marks a special season at Placerville as it will be the first season ran under Russell Motorsports Inc. leadership.

 

 Moving to the Bay-Area the following weekend, the Petaluma Speedway plays host on June 18th, before the series rolls into the Ocean Speedway on Friday July 15th for the 6th Annual Howard Kaeding Classic, an event that has turned into one of the most anticipated on a year-by-year basis.

 

 Following the HK Classic, the Series travels back to the high-banked Placerville Speedway for the 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic, an event that has offered a healthy check to the winner and has attracted some of the regions top drivers over the course of it’s existence.

 

 The 56th Annual Johnny Key Classic will again be held at the Ocean Speedway on August 20th, and at this time qualifying races have not been announced, but we will make those public once they are finalized.

 

Wednesday September 7th, the Series will open up the 63rd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions in what will be their final visit to the Silver Dollar Speedway of 2016, and on September 17th the series returns to the Marysville Raceway for one final time.

September 24th will see the series return to the Petaluma Speedway for one final night of points racing leading into the Championship finale.

 

 November 5th a champion will be crowned as the PMG Championship Spectacular will once again take place at the Stockton Dirt Track during the 33rd Annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.

 

 After experimenting with the mulligan concept during the 2015 season, PMG has decided to do away with that rule in 2016, meaning all nights will count towards the championship points total.

 

 2016 Schedule

 

 March 25th- Silver Dollar Speedway

 May 28th- Marysville Raceway (Mel Hall Memorial)

 May 29th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Fair Race)

 June 11th- Placerville Speedway

 June 18th- Petaluma Speedway

 July 15th- Ocean Speedway (Howard Kaeding Classic)

 August 6th- Placerville Speedway (Mark Forni Classic)

 August 20th- Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)

 September 7th- Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)

 September 17th- Marysville Raceway
September 24th- Petaluma Speedway

 November 5th- Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)

 

 ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will kick off it’s 2016 season at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA on Friday March 25th.

 

 WINNERS: (2015) Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway), Carson Macedo (August 8th, Placerville Speedway), Andy Forsberg (August 29th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (September 9th Silver Dollar Speedway), Shane Golobic (September 26th Petaluma Speedway), Andy Forsberg (November 7th, Stockton Dirt Track).

 

 STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

 

 CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.

 

 

 

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series releases 2016 schedule highlighted by big shows & marquee events

By Gary Thomas

Aptos, CA – December 24…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series has officially released its 2016 schedule of events, which showcases 20 full point races at eight different venues, along with one co-sanctioned weekend with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series early in the season.

The upcoming season will mark the sixth campaign held under the King of the West Sprints banner and the 31st overall year since the Golden State 410 Series came into existence back in 1986. The schedule this coming season features an additional two full point events over last year and has a virtual even split of races held at Northern & Central California venues.

The season opens with a King of the West/ World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series co-sanctioned weekend on Friday & Saturday March 11 & 12 at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare. The co-sanctioned weekend will award driver’s & team’s KWS show up points and offers the series a chance to work with the “Greatest Show on Dirt” at a major destination event on the west coast. Tickets for March 11 & 12 are currently on sale by calling the Thunderbowl Raceway box office at 559-688-0909.

In addition to the March weekend the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will also compete at the popular Thunderbowl Raceway one-third mile clay oval on Saturday May 14 in the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial, Friday & Saturday July 22 & 23 in the third annual Peter Murphy Classic & on Saturday October 8 in the KRC Safety Fall Shootout. The Peter Murphy Classic is growing to be a huge anchor event for KWS and expands to a double-header weekend in 2016.

The Ocean Speedway in Watsonville will see three appearances by the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this year, with those taking place on Friday June 24 in the annual Pombo/Sargent Classic, Saturday July 16 for the sixth annual Howard Kaeding Classic & Friday October 7. The HK Classic has become a very special one paying honor to the legendary “Campbell Comet.” The weekend also features the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series vs. Taco Bravo Ocean Sprints on Friday July 15, which makes for a can’t miss double header at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds quarter-mile.

The centrally located Stockton Dirt Track will host the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on three different occasions once again in 2016. KWS will invade Stockton on Saturday May 21 for the Salute to the Dragon from Galt, a night paying honor to LeRoy Van Conett; Saturday June 18 & Saturday November 5 for the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson. The Tribute to GP is once again championship night for both KWS and the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series in one huge evening of racing. The June date will also pay honor to a legendary driver, with details out soon.

The high-banked bullring of Placerville Speedway will also feature a trio of King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events this coming season. The popular foothills based quarter-mile will see the powerful Winged 410 Sprints take to the track on Saturday April 23 for the first full point race of the season, along with Saturday July 30 & Saturday September 24. Now under the management of Russell Motorsports Inc. the track looks to be in for fresh beginnings and lots of excitement this coming year.

The Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico will hold two King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events in 2016, with both being special shows on Saturday’s. The first will be on Saturday April 30, which marks the always prestigious 26th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial & the second will be on Saturday June 4, in what will be the 4th annual David Tarter Memorial. The Bradway each season is a major cornerstone event for the series and the Tarter is becoming one as well at the famed quarter-mile clay oval.

The always exciting Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford will see two nights of competition by the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. The first takes place on Saturday July 9 and the second occurs on Saturday October 15 with the 31st annual Cotton Classic. The Cotton Classic is part of a big three weeks of Sprint Car racing in the Central Valley, with the KRC Safety Fall Shootout & the Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup in Tulare book ending it.

The hooked-up black adobe clay of Petaluma Speedway expands to a pair of KWS events this season; with the first taking place during the traditional Mothers Day weekend date on Saturday May 7 and the second occurring towards the end of summer on Saturday August 27. The August date is sandwiched in the middle of a huge four weeks in Nor Cal with the Johnny Key Classic, Louie Vermeil Classic & Gold Cup all taking place over four straight weekends of racing.

The famed Calistoga Speedway plays host to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on one night only in 2016, with that occurring at the annual Wine Country Classic on Saturday June 25. The night of racing is once again held during the same weekend that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competes down the road in Sonoma.

“It’s going to be a great year for the King of the West Sprint Car Series,” said John Prentice of Prentice Motorsport Group. “If you look at the schedule you’ll see a number of big events and that’s a major focus. The geographic region for travel is also tightened up this year and it’s a good mix of Northern California & Central Valley based tracks. The schedule worked out great with only a couple conflicts again between KWS, Civil War and the Ocean Sprints, so I can’t thank all the promoters enough for working together to make it happen.”

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series.

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King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series 2016 Schedule

Friday March 11: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Co-Sanctioned weekend with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series)
Saturday March 12: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA

Saturday April 23: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Saturday April 30: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (26th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial)

Saturday May 7: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA

Saturday May 14: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)

Saturday May 21: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (Salute to the Dragon from Galt- A night paying honor to LeRoy Van Conett)

Saturday June 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (4th annual David Tarter Memorial)

Saturday June 18: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA

Friday June 24: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA (Pombo/Sargent Classic)
Saturday June 25: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Wine Country Classic)

Saturday July 9: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA

Saturday July 16: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA (6th annual Howard Kaeding Classic)

Friday July 22: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (3rd annual Peter Murphy Classic)
Saturday July 23: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (3rd annual Peter Murphy Classic)

Saturday July 30: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Saturday August 27: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA

Saturday September 24: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Friday October 7: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA
Saturday October 8: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (KRC Safety Fall Shootout)

Saturday October 15: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (31st annual Cotton Classic)

Saturday November 5: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson- KWS & Civil War finale)

 

 

 

Andy Forsberg Wins The Battle And The War; Claims Eighth Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster Championship

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Stockton, CA)- The winningest driver in Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster history, Andy Forsberg, further enriched himself in the series record book on Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track during the Tribute to Gary Patterson Championship Spectacular, as he claimed his eighth series championship by way of his capturing his third feature event win of the 2015 season.

Heading into the season finale at the Stockton Dirt Track, Forsberg brought a slim 10-point lead in over Shane Golobic and Justin Sanders. With Sanders having terminal engine issues during hot laps it would become a two-headed battle as both former series champions looked for more glory.

After Forsberg established a new qualifying track record during time trials, and ran third in his heat race, Golobic’s second place effort in his heat race would have the championship battle at 14 points heading into the final feature event of the 2015 season.

Forsberg would start on the front row alongside Colby Copeland, and after two attempted starts the third would be the charm as Forsberg outgunned Copeland into turns one and two and set the pace early in the event.

The heavy and rough Stockton Dirt Track played into Forsberg’s favor as the grizzled veteran has made it very clear he prefers track conditions like he saw on Saturday night. While he continued to lead, and check out from the field, the battle behind him was intense as Jonathan Allard and Justyn Cox would battle for the third spot.

As Forsberg continued to lead the way, there was no possible way for Freemont, CA’s Golobic to better himself, but the 2014 series champion was not giving up as he worked his way forward from his 11th starting position and got into the top-five by the half way point.

With Golobic able to move forward, Cory Eliason was also on the move from his seventh row starting position, and Kyle Hirst had his elbows up from the 18th starting position as they both raced their way toward the top-five.

Lap 25 would bring the race’s final caution flag of the night, and though Forsberg was able to throw his keys on the table and check out on the restart, there was much to be decided behind him.

Justyn Cox was able to make a move to get around Colby Copeland to grab the second spot, and behind that battle, Jonathan Allard and Cory Eliason fought for the fourth spot.

With the final checkered flag of the season in the air, it was Forsberg taking the win followed by Cox, Copeland, Allard, Eliason, Golobic, Steven Kent, Geoff Ensign, and Koen Shaw rounding out the Top-10.

By way of his victory, Forsberg added another Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster Championship to his resume as the Auburn, CA pilot now has eight series trophy’s sitting on his mantle.

The final race of the season got off to a very quick start as Forsberg established a new Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster Single Lap Track Record at the Stockton Dirt Track, setting the bar at 13.168 seconds.

A four-heat race program was in place on this night and wins went to Sean Becker, Jonathan Allard, Colby Copeland, and Mason Moore.

The exciting B Main saw Sebastopol, CA driver, Bradley Terrell score the win as Kyle Hirst, Koen Shaw, Zack Lynskey, Steven Kent, and DJ Freitas all made the transfer into the feature event.

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster has concluded the 2015 season, and the Night of Champions will be this coming Saturday night.

WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway), Carson Macedo (August 8th, Placerville Speedway), Andy Forsberg (August 29th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (September 9th Silver Dollar Speedway), Shane Golobic (September 26th Petaluma Speedway), Andy Forsberg (November 7th, Stockton Dirt Track).

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2015, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 14 events at 8 different tracks around California.

 

 

Jonathan Allard wins his 2nd Tribute to Gary Patterson & Carson Macedo wraps up first King of the West title on Saturday in Stockton

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – November 7, 2015…Chico, California’s Jonathan Allard became the third driver in King of the West Sprint Car Series history to reach the 40 win plateau, while Lemoore’s Carson Macedo locked up his first career KWS championship on Saturday night at the 32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.

A large crowd packed the stands for the championship finale at the Stockton Dirt Track and saw Allard dominate the main event to earn his first KWS victory of the season. By doing so the three-time series champion has now won a race every year since 2005. It marked his second triumph in the Tribute to Gary Patterson, with his first coming at the Calistoga Speedway in 2007.

“It feels great to come out here and end the season with a victory at the Tribute to GP,” said a very happy Allard on the front stretch. “We battled through some adversity at times this year, so it really means a lot to give Clyde & Marion Lamar a big win like this. I also want to congratulate Carson Macedo & the Tarlton gang on a fantastic season. He’s one of the many great young drivers we have out here. Huge thanks to all my guys that help out. This car was phenomenal in the feature.”

Allard made a great move on the start to charge around front row starters Sean Becker & Macedo and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way. The past Gold Cup Race of Champions winner has fought through some bad luck this year in King of the West action, but none of that occurred on Saturday. His 40th career series win ranks third on the all-time list behind Brent & Tim Kaeding. Coupled with Paul McMahan’s victory in 1995, it was also the second time that the Tri-C Manufacturing Sprinter has captured the Tribute to Gary Patterson.

Macedo went into the A-main with an eight point advantage over Bud Kaeding and ran near the front for the duration of the feature, ultimately ending it with a second place finish, which was good enough to give him the title by 12-markers over Kaeding. The 19-year-old becomes the second youngest champion is series history behind Kyle Larson, who claimed the crown in 2010. Macedo didn’t earn a KWS victory during the season, but used consistency & smarts to capture the championship.

“It’s pretty special to win the King of the West championship in my first full season running with the 410 guys,” commented Macedo. “I’ve been stressed out all week over this close championship battle with Bud Kaeding and to come out on top is an awesome feeling. I want to thank Bud for such a fun season and have to give a huge thanks to Tom Tarlton, Paul Baines and my whole team for all their support. It’s really big to get my name on the list of past champions that have won the title with this series. Hopefully we can come back next season and do it again.”

Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto capped the KWS season by earning his second straight podium finish in third. Faccinto is another one that wrapped up his first full year of competition with the King of the West Sprint Car Series. He also began the night in very strong fashion, setting a new all time track record at the Stockton Dirt Track. “We’ve had some rough luck at times this year, so to end on such a good note is a big deal for us,” Faccinto said. “I want to thank my car owners and all our crew for supporting this year. We learned a lot and can’t wait for next season to come around.”

Bud Kaeding ended the race in fourth to lock up second in the standings for the second straight year. It was a great season for the Williams Motorsports team, who won the prestigious Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial with the King of the West Series & the annual Trophy Cup in October. Rounding out the top-five on Saturday was Sacramento’s Willie Croft. The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Hanford’s DJ Netto, Roseville’s Sean Becker, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Sacramento’s Billy Butler and Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan.

Sean Becker won the dash, with the three 10-lap heat races going to Jonathan Allard, DJ Netto and Jason Statler. Mitchell Faccinto ripped around the Stockton Dirt Track in 12.495 seconds for his first fast time of the season. Full results are available at www.racepmg.com

 

 

Austin Ligget Closes Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Season With Victory; Gary Nelson Jr Claims 2015 Series Crown

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Stockton, CA)- Friday night at the Stockton Dirt Track during the Championship Spectacular Tribute to GP Opener it was a familiar face in victory lane, as Austin Liggett pocketed his third Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos victory of the season, while Gary Nelson, Jr celebrated his first ever series championship.

Starting alongside veteran driver, Sparky Howard, it was Austin Liggett jumping out into the early lead as the field went to work on the heavy and rough Stockton Dirt Track. Behind Liggett it was Howard and Matt Streeter giving chase as Championship hopeful, Klint Simpson took over the fourth spot.

With a 27-point lead coming into the final night of action, Nelson ran conservative as he would run in the eighth spot during the early goings of the race, comfortably maintaining his point lead.

As Liggett continued to dominate up front, the battle for third would heat up as Klint Simpson and Matt Streeter would race wheel-to-wheel. With Simpson needing every spot he could get, Streeter was not having it as he held Simpson and bay, and continued to hold down the third spot.

Once the leaders got into lapped traffic, second running Sparky Howard would bicycle in a treacherous turns one and two allowing Streeter to take over the second spot a lap before the caution flag flew on the 13th circuit.

The restart would see Liggett get away and the field fall in line behind him, but Shayna Sylvia would surge into the top-five from her 10th starting position as Gary Nelson, Jr followed and took over the sixth spot.

Though the action behind Liggett would be hard fought, Liggett was cool up front as he went on to pick up his third Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos win of the season, his second at the Stockton Dirt track.

Howard used a late restart to take the second spot, where he would finish, while Matt Streeter, Klint Simpson, and Shayna Sylvia would round out the Top-Five.

Gary Nelson, Jr would finish in the sixth spot and he would do what was necessary as he claimed by 2015 Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos Championship, the first of his career.

The series’ season finale got off to a very quick start as Shane Myhre opened things up by establishing a new series track record during time trials. A three heat program was in place on this night and wins went to Liggett, Howard, and Christian Hickman, while Sparky Howard claimed the Dash win to start of the pole for the Feature Event.

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos season has come to a close, and the next order of business is the Night of Champions on November 14th.

WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank, (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on July 18th), Terry Schank (Stockton Dirt Track on August 1st), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on August 8th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on August 29th) Austin Liggett (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on November 6th).

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JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SPRINT CAR SERIES- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2015, the series will operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 12 races scattered at six different tracks.

 

 

25th Anniversary Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster Season Comes To A Close Saturday With Tight Point Battle To Be Decided

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track, the 25th Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Season will come to a close at the Stockton Dirt Track, and heading into the season finale three drivers will be gunning for the series crown as they are all separated by just 10-points.

Though by looking at the Prentice Motorsports Group website it looks as if Justin Sanders is the clear point leader by a landslide, a new rule in 2015 has allowed competitors the opportunity to throw out their lowest point total, and Andy Forsberg leads the series into the Stockton Dirt Track with a 10 point lead over Justin Sanders and 2014 Series Champion, Shane Golobic.

Forsberg comes into the Championship Spectacular season finale gunning for his eighth series title and first since 2012 as he has had a superb season aboard the C&M Motorsports No. 7c entry. Forsberg has found Civil War victory lane on a pair of occasions in 2015 as he captured the Mel Hall Memorial and the Johnny Key Classic, and comes into this event riding high after a Fall Nationals triumph in Chico, CA back in October.

Entering Saturday night’s finale as the Civil War Series’ most recent feature event winner, Shane Golobic used a victory at the Petaluma Speedway on September 26th to tighten the point battle up. Looking to become the series’ first repeat champion since Forsberg ripped off three-in-a-row spanning from 2010-2012, Golobic will look for continued success at the ultra fast Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday night as he was a feature event winner at the track during the 2014 season finale with the King of the West Series.

Justin Sanders has had a 2015 season for the record books. To date, Sanders has picked up 20 A Main event wins and two track championships and is in search of his first ever Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster crown. One of Sanders’ 20-wins came with the series back in July when he picked up the Howard Kaeding Classic at the Ocean Speedway. In 2013, Sanders was a part of another three-hoarse race for the series crown heading into the last race of the season and is eager to put an exclamation point on an extraordinary season on Saturday night.

The Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster portion of the 32nd Annual Tribute To Gary Patterson should be another extremely tough show with a strong field of competitors expected to be on hand. Aside from the three championship contenders Koen Shaw, Sean Becker, Bradley Terrell, Kyle Hirst, Jonathan Allard, Cory Eliason, Colby Copeland, Matt Peterson, Kurt Nelson, Justyn Cox, and a host of other top drivers from the West Coast are expected to be on hand as the series runs alongside the King of the West Series in what should be the most exciting nights of racing of th year.

Saturday night the front gates will open at 4pm at the Stockton Dirt Track and tickets for the Civil War Series and King of the West Series Championship Spectacular will be sold starting at 20$ for Adult lower bleacher seats, while Kids lower bleacher seats will be sold for $10, and children five and under will be admitted into the lower bleachers for free.

There is also reserved grandstand seating available for $30 for all ages, and Box Seats can be purchased for $180 for a six-person box or $240 for an eight-person box.

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster is now set for the 2012 Championship Spectacular set for November 7th at the Stockton Dirt Track.

WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway), Carson Macedo (August 8th, Placerville Speedway), Andy Forsberg (August 29th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (September 9th Silver Dollar Speedway), Shane Golobic (September 26th Petaluma Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2015, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 14 events at 8 different tracks around California.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series wraps up 30th anniversary season with annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track this Saturday Macedo & Kaeding to decide title

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – November 2, 2015…What started in early-April will come to an exciting conclusion this Saturday November 7, with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series putting a cap on 2015 during the 32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track.

The Tribute to GP has traditionally been one of the prestigious showcases on the King of the West schedule over the years and this weekend marks the third consecutive season it will be held in Stockton. Names such as Kaeding, Gurney, Sills, Kent, Green, Tiner, Swindell, McMahan and numerous others are scattered among the former winners list of the event, which is held in memory of National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Gary Patterson, who lost his life in a racing crash during the 1983 season.

During the day on Saturday from noon till 4pm a car show & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands. Make plans to arrive early and enjoy the day as we finish off the season in grand style. Camping is available on the fairgrounds for a price of $33 per night.

This Saturday will see the culmination of what has been one of the best championship battles that we’ve seen with the King of the West Sprint Car Series in years. The lead has changed hands numerous times during the season; in fact, one incredible stretch saw a different leader six out of seven weeks that the series had raced.

After 17 rounds of competition it all comes down to Lemoore’s Carson Macedo & Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, who sit just three-points apart at the top of the ladder.

Macedo will wrap up his first full-time King of the West campaign on Saturday and looks to maintain his three-digit advantage to become a “King” in 2015. The 19-year-old has yet to earn a series victory, but has used consistency & smart driving to be where he is at going into the finale. Macedo was battling for the lead in Stockton on August 1 until engine issues sidelined him that night. The youngster is gunning to give great uncle & car owner Tom Tarlton his first King of the West championship this weekend.

Kaeding has scored two wins this year, including the prestigious Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial in May. The veteran driver began his Sprint Car career in 1996 and has accumulated an impressive resume, which includes three USAC Silver Crown Series championships, numerous Budweiser Oval Nationals wins and most recently a triumph at the annual Trophy Cup. Getting the King of the West Series title under his belt however, would personally rank right up there with every major accomplishment he has racked up.

Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan looks to lock up the third spot in the King of the West standings on Saturday. The veteran has had a smooth & consistent season like he is accustomed to and would earn his best point finish since returning to the series full-time in 2011. Campbell’s Brent Kaeding has claimed the Tribute to Gary Patterson on four occasions and ranks fourth in points, but is only nine-markers up on Hanford’s DJ Netto. The 19-year-old has already won the Pombo/Sargent Classic, along with the Faria Memorial this year and would love nothing more than to add the Tribute to GP.

Two-time series champion & past Tribute to GP winner Kyle Hirst was oh-so-close to a KWS clean sweep in Stockton on August 1. The Paradise driver set fast time, won his heat race, won the dash & looked to be on way to victory in the A-main, until Tyler Walker made a final corner pass to steal the win away. Hirst looks for redemption on Saturday and guns to bring home his sixth victory of the year. After winning the feature in August Walker returns with three total King of the West wins under his belt this year. The 2009 KWS champ will be searching to end the season in style on Saturday.

Former Tribute to Gary Patterson winners Jonathan Allard of Chico & Tim Kaeding of San Jose will both be hoping to break their way into victory lane on Saturday. Allard, a three-time King of the West champion, earned his win at the event in 2007 when it was held at the Calistoga Speedway. While Kaeding, a two-time series champion claimed a clean sweep at the 2008 Tribute to GP when it was held in Chico. Kaeding ranks second in all-time King of the West Series wins, with Allard sitting third on the list.

More drivers set for Saturday will include Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, who is coming off a career best runner up finish at the last event, along with KWS rookie of the year contender Chase Johnson of Penngrove, past KWS series champs Jason Statler of Grass Valley & Sean Becker from Roseville, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Riverdale’s Landon Hurst, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole and others.

Also in action alongside KWS this Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track will be the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster. It marks just the second time ever that both series compete on the same night at the same track. The Civil War title is also up for grabs going into the night, as Andy Forsberg, Shane Golobic & Justin Sanders are just 10-points apart at the top of the standings.

Two championships going right down to the wire, both decided on one night. It all adds up to one historical moment for Northern California Sprint Car racing. The season-finale couldn’t have been scripted better. Cars will be on track around 5pm for wheel packing with hot laps, qualifying & racing to follow. Drivers meeting is planned for 4:30. Pit gate opens at noon.

Reserved upper deck seats cost $30 on Saturday, with general admission bleacher tickets $20. Kids 6-12 are half price and five & under are free in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. The front gate is scheduled to open at 4pm, with will call & ticket sales beginning at 2pm. To order tickets contact 916-370-9417 from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Pre-sale ends on Thursday November 5 at 5pm.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

 

 

Wingless Series Season Finale Takes To Stockton Dirt Track Friday Night

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- The stage is set for the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos season finale Friday night at the Stockton Dirt Track, as Gary Nelson, Jr brings a 27 point lead over Klint Simpson into the series’ final race of the year as both drivers look for their first career series title.

Friday night the series opens up a monster Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend at the Stockton Dirt Track, as the weekend will mark the close of the Sprint Car season in Northern California, and it will also crown a new Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos Champion.

Nelson and Simpson have both had two polar opposite seasons to date, as Simpson has used the strength of two feature event wins to sit in the second spot, and Nelson has been a model of consistency as he is still in search of his first win of the season though sits atop the championship standings.

The series has been off for nearly two months, as the last event was back in September during the 2015 Gold Cup Race of Champions, a race that was won by Austin Liggett.

Friday night’s season finale at the Stockton Dirt Track will mark the series’ third visit to the high-speed 3/8 mile facility located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. In the first appearance back in June, Austin Liggett put together a strong showing to become the series’ first ever winner at the facility, in August Terry Schank Jr was able to pick up a win.

During the two previous stops at the speedway, our Championship drivers have both have strong runs with each having a podium run, but each have also had a tough night as well, making Friday night’s battle that much more exciting.

Other drivers that are likely to be on hand on Friday night include Terry Schank, Cody Fendley, Angelique Bell, Austin Liggett, Shane Myhre, Jimmy Christian, Nick Larson, John and Bradley Clark, Shayna Sylvia, and many more of the regions top wingless driers.

Friday night the front gate will open at 4pm with General Admission tickets available for $15, Kids 6-12 available for $5, and children five and under will be admitted for free.

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will be in action for the season finale event on Friday night at the Stockton Dirt Track.

WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank, (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on July 18th), Terry Schank (Stockton Dirt Track on August 1st), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on August 8th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on August 29th) Austin Ligget (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9th).

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SPRINT CAR SERIES- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2015, the series will operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 12 races scattered at six different tracks.

 

 

Cory Eliason claims first career King of the West win while the series point fight tightens up at the 30th Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic on Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA – October 24, 2015…After being close numerous times in the past Selma’s Cory Eliason left nothing on the table Saturday night at the 30th Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic in Hanford, dominating the 30-lap main event to score his first ever King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory.

Eliason started on the pole at Keller Auto Speedway on Saturday and impressively checked out from the rest of the field, charging to a half-lap lead during much of the later stages. The 24-year-old took the Ed Entz checkered flag by a staggering 7.557 seconds over his nearest competitor to capture the big victory aboard his Reitz Almond Harvesting/ Driven Performance No. 00jr machine. An excited Eliason leaped to the top of his car in celebration after turning some donuts on the infield. He became the 74th driver to win a King of the West race since the series started in 1986.

“Wow I can’t believe we just did that so I don’t really know what to say, but this is pretty awesome to get our first King of the West win tonight,” commented Eliason, who was this year’s Keller Auto Speedway track champion. “We’ve been really fast all season and things just haven’t really gone our way at times. It’s such a special feeling to win the Cotton Classic and I can’t thank my team enough. We had Cori Guy helping out tonight and this car was on rails. We also have some guys on our crew that haven’t committed to next year so I’m happy to give them a win tonight as well. I’m really pumped to get my name on the KWS & Cotton Classic winner’s list.”

The only stoppage during the feature came on the initial attempt when Hanford’s DJ Netto got sideways and spun around to a stop on the front stretch. After that the main event clicked off 30-laps consecutively in very quick fashion. First year King of the West full-time driver Mitchell Faccinto ran a strong race to earn his career best series finish on Saturday, crossing the stripe in the second position. The Hanford native had a very solid night, also qualifying second fastest to begin the evening at the helm of his Western Metal Company/ TSG Recycling No. 37 Sprinter. It was nice to see Faccinto have a good outing after numerous moments of bad luck this year.

“It feels really good to have a strong night and finish second here at the Cotton Classic at my home track,” said Faccinto, whose runner up finish was also his first King of the West Sprint Car Series podium effort. “We’ve had some bad luck that has taken away some better finishes this season, but we’ve learned a lot racing with the King of the West 410’s this year. I really want to thank this whole 37 team for supporting me all season and want to congratulate Cory Eliason for the win because he did a great job. Hopefully we’ll take this momentum into Stockton on November 7 and have another good run to finish out the year.”

The most dramatic part of the main event occurred on the warm up laps when KWS point leader Carson Macedo had issues that forced him into the work area. As he pulled into the pits a huge fireball erupted on his car, which created a few anxious moments. Macedo was able to get out of the car, the fire went out and the crew luckily diagnosed the issue to get him back out for the restart. The 19-year-old then drove to a 12th place finish and with his nearest rival Bud Kaeding coming home third, it leaves Macedo with just a three-point advantage going into the series finale at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 7.

For Kaeding a third place finish was just what the doctor ordered to close the gap between himself and the leader, as he searches for that first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series title. After winning the Trophy Cup last week the Campbell driver came back with another strong outing on Saturday behind the wheel of the Williams Motorsports/ Buster & Ziggy Enterprises ZERO mount.

“The last time we were here in Hanford it was me on the other end of the stick, so thankfully we had some luck on our side tonight and now it’s an all out battle going into Stockton. It’s been a great back & forth fight all year long between us and the 21x team, so the fans won’t want to miss November 7. I really want this championship bad and we’ll definitely be on our A-game in two weeks. Carson Macedo & I battled for the Trophy Cup last week and now it’s a one race deal for the King of the West championship. Hope everyone brings a friend out to Stockton, because it’s going to be good.”

Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst & Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi rounded out the top-five on Saturday night at the 30th Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic. Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan looked solid all night and finished sixth, as did Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, who brought home a seventh place finish. Johnson is another driver that has fought through numerous bad luck this year, so it was great to see the Thomas Family Racing team have a good night. Completing the top-10 were Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, San Jose’s Tim Kaeding and Los Angeles’ Tyler Walker.

Cory Eliason won the dash, while the three 10-lap heats were picked off by Carson Macedo, Dominic Scelzi and Eliason. Fresno’s Craig Stidham opened the night by setting fast time with a clocking of 13.523 around the Keller Auto Speedway. Full results are available at www.racepmg.com

A-main finish: 1. 00JR Cory Eliason, 2. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 3. 0 Bud Kaeding, 4. 83JR Kyle Hirst, 5. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 6. 25 Bobby McMahan, 7. 68 Chase Johnson, 8. 69 Brent Kaeding, 9. 35M Tim Kaeding, 10. 88 Tyler Walker, 11. 56 Ryan Bernal, 12. 21X Carson Macedo, 13. 9S Landon Hurst, 14. 88N DJ Netto, 15. 12 Jarrett Soares, 16. 98 Sean Watts, 17. 09S Geoffrey Strole, DNS #3 Craig Stidham, #73 Shane Golobic

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now close the season with the 32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 7. The night of racing also features the championship finale for the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster for the second straight year. Both KWS & Civil War feature ultra tight point races going into the night, making the event a must see. It’s the only time all year that both of the west coast’s premier Winged Sprint Car Series’ compete on the same night, at the same track.

Tickets are on sale for the big night of racing, with reserved upper deck seats $30 and general admission bleachers $20. Kids 6-12 are half price & five & under are free in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats, so if you have a group going, be sure & take advantage of the opportunity. To order tickets contact 916-370-9417. Pre-sale ends on Thursday November 5 at 5pm. During the day on Saturday November 7 a car show & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands. More info, including a seating chart is available at www.stocktondirttrack.com

 

 

After this weekend's event in Hanford the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will then close the season with the 32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 7. The night of racing also features the championship finale for the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster for the second straight year. There will be a car show & live band to entertain the crowd behind the grandstands during the day.

King of the West Sprint Car Series & Civil War Sprint Car Series 32nd Annual Tribute to Gary Patterson

Saturday November 7th Prices:

$30 All Ages in Reserved Grandstand Seating $180 6 Seat Box Reserved :: $240 8 Seat Box Reserved $20 Ages 13+ Lower Bleacher Seats $10 Ages 6-12 in Lower Bleacher Seats 5 & Under FREE in Lower Bleacher Seats

Saturday November 7 Times: 4pm Ticket booths & gates open

To purchase advance tickets call 916-370-9417 (8am-5pm M-F)

There is a $3 processing fee per order when ordering pre-sale tickets, no refunds. If the race is cancelled due to inclement weather, Sunday, November 8th is make-up date.

 

 

 

 

This Saturday the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set for the 30thannual Cotton Classic at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. It will be the penultimate event of the season & final visit of the year to the Central Valley. Lemoore’s Carson Macedo brings a 20-point lead over Campbell’s Bud Kaeding into the history filled event. The point lead has changed hands six times in the last seven weekends the series has competed.

Winners of the Cotton Classic since the year 2000 have been Visalia’s Blake Robertson, Aliquippa, PA’s Tim Shaffer, Clovis’ Jason Meyers, Chico’s Stephen Allard, Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson, Australian James McFadden, along with Chico’s Jonathan Allard & San Jose’s Tim Kaeding, who have each captured it three times apiece. Allard & Kaeding will both be on hand this Saturday.

Things are also very tight among the drivers ranking third through sixth in the King of the West standings. Only 29-digits separate Bobby McMahan, DJ Netto, Jonathan Allard & Brent Kaeding. Kyle Hirst leads the series with five wins this year, while Dominic Scelzi claimed the KWS visit to Hanford in September.

The pit gate opens at 2pm on Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway, with the front gate opening at 4:30pm and first heat scheduled for around 7pm. Adult tickets cost $20, with students & seniors $15 and kids 5 & under free. All seating is general admission.

KWS A-main winners this year: Kyle Hirst (5), Tyler Walker (3), Bud Kaeding, DJ Netto & Dominic Scelzi (2), Aaron Reutzel & Craig Stidham (1)

The Keller Auto Speedway is a 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The physical address is 801 S. 10th Ave. Hanford, Ca 93230. More info can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com

Information on the King of the West 410 Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

 

 

Extremely close & hard fought King of the West Series point battle invades Tulare for the KRC Safety Fall Shootout this Saturday October 10 One-point separates top-two in the KWS standings

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – October 6, 2015…With the KWS season winding down and only three races left Campbell’s Bud Kaeding brings the slimmest of point leads over Lemoore’s Carson Macedo into the KRC Safety Fall Shootout this Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway.

The event on Saturday works as a nice prelude into next week’s Trophy Cup at the one-third mile oval and a very stout field is set to be on hand. Also on the card will be the USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprints, giving fans the best of both worlds at the always action packed Thunderbowl. Saturday is the final time for drivers to have a chance at tuning up for the aforementioned Trophy Cup, which kicks-off on Thursday October 15.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series point fight has been an entertaining one over the course of the season and this Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway is sure to be a critical night. After the most recent events in Santa Maria & Ventura the point lead changed hands for the fifth time in the last six outings. Bud Kaeding is searching to join his father Brent & brother Tim as a KWS champion this year and leads young Carson Macedo by just a single-point at the top of the standings.

Kaeding has driven to a pair of wins this season, while Macedo is still searching for his first. Both drivers routinely run well at Thunderbowl Raceway and will certainly be looking to do so on Saturday. Kaeding has earned a number of accomplishments throughout his open wheel career, which began in 1996. Macedo at just 19 years of age is currently in his first full King of the West Series season and is hoping to become the second youngest champion in series history.

The battle for first isn’t the only close fight throughout the standings. Third place now belongs to Hanford’s DJ Netto, who leads fourth running Bobby McMahan of Elk Grove by just five-points. Netto has two wins this year, including one in May at Thunderbowl Raceway. Thirteen-time KWS champ Brent Kaeding of Campbell rounds out the top-five, but is ahead of sixth place Jonathan Allard from Chico by only three-digits. Allard, a three-time series champ, will be gunning for victory on Saturday.

Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi is seventh in points and fresh off a trip to Nebraska where he tallied a third place finish with the National Sprint League. The 18-year-old will be looking for his third KWS win of the year on Saturday. Chico’s Kyle Hirst is eighth in the standings and leads KWS with five victories to his credit this year. The 27-year-old is always strong at the Thunderbowl and looks to add-on to his career year. Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares & Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto round out the top-10.

Two-time King of the West champion Tim Kaeding of San Jose is set to make his second series start of the season on Saturday. TK captured a World of Outlaws win earlier this year at the Thunderbowl and climbs aboard the Main Motorsports No. 35m this Saturday. Kaeding also captured last week’s National Sprint League finale.

Former KWS titlist Tyler Walker will be another driver to beat this weekend. The Los Angeles wheel-man has two victories with the King of the West Series this year, including the most recent outing at Ventura Raceway on September 26. Walker has always been exciting to watch at the Thunderbowl Raceway.

More drivers expected to take on the KRC Safety Fall Shootout on Saturday will include Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Fresno’s Craig Stidham & Cory Eliason, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Riverdale’s Landon Hurst, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole and others.

KRC Safety was established in 1978, having less than 100 barricades in inventory. Originally known as Kaweah River Construction, the name was later changed to KRC after its founder Ken Ray Castro. Ken “Chief” Castro passed away on January 13, 1985. He is kept in memorandum by a memorial sticker placed on all their vehicles. Today, KRC is owned and operated by Ken’s son Gary Castro and has over 40 employees. KRC continues to grow year after year and many of the original employees are still with KRC, who are just like family.

KRC now offers many services including, Traffic Control, Construction Area Signs, Custom, Permanent and Street Signs, Temporary Chain Link Fence Panels, Roadway Markers, Delineators, Traffic Control Plans, Message Boards, K-Rail, all types of Equipment Trucking, Generators, Light-Towers and many other services for rent and sale. Even from their humble beginnings they still know their customers by name. More information on KRC Safety Company can be found at http://krcsafety.com/wordpress/

Reserved grandstand seats for the KRC Safety Fall Shootout this Saturday cost $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. Children 6-12 are half price, with kids five & under free. To reserve your seat contact the box office at (559) 688-0909. The front gate will open at 4pm with cars on track a little after 5pm and racing expected to get underway around 7pm.

Tickets are also on sale for next week’s Trophy Cup on October 15-17 with all seating in the house reserved during the weekend. Grandstand tickets cost $40 on Thursday & Friday and $45 on Saturday. Bleacher tickets are $35 on Thursday & Friday and $40 on Saturday. Kids 6-12 are half price and 5 & under are free. A seating chart is available at www.thunderbowlraceway.com and tickets can be acquired by calling 559-688-0909. The pit gate opens at 10am on Thursday October 15, with the drivers meeting at 3:30pm sharp.

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Final three KWS events in 2015

Saturday October 10: Thunderbowl Raceway (KRC Safety Fall Shootout) Saturday October 24: Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford (30th annual Cotton Classic) Saturday November 7: Stockton Dirt Track (32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson)

 

 

 

Tickets are on sale for the 32nd Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 7. It is championship night for both the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster. Winged 410's & 360's on one card to cap the Northern California season in style. Reserved tickets are available by calling 916-370-9417. Friday November 6 also features the Joe Hunt Wingless Series, BCRA Midgets and Dwarf Cars. Come and make a weekend out of it!

Known as the “Dancing Phantom from Stockton,” the “Preacher,” the “Hostile Hippie” or just simply “GP,” Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of major wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park among others.

Patterson lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway. November 7 will be the third time we’ve paid honor to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track. The best California has to offer in Winged Sprint Car racing will be on hand to finish off the 2015 campaign in Northern California.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

 

 

Past series champions Kyle Hirst & Tyler Walker claim King of the West gold down the coast in Santa Maria & Ventura

By Gary Thomas

September 27, 2015…With the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series heading down the beautiful California coast this past weekend it was Chico’s Kyle Hirst & Los Angeles, CA’s Tyler Walker picking up victories at the Santa Maria Raceway & Ventura Raceway respectively, each earning their 16th career win by doing so.

Hirst opened the weekend in Santa Maria by scoring his fifth KWS victory of the season, which set a new personal single-season high for the 27-year-old. That triumph had broken a tie between himself, Walker and San Jose legend Tim Green on the all-time win list, which gave him sole possession of fifth on the illustrious series winners list.

After winning the dash on Friday Hirst was untouchable in the open track aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr machine. His biggest challenge early on came in the form of Hanford’s DJ Netto, who slid to the lead at one point, only to have a yellow negate the pass. Following this it was all Hirst up front, until lapped traffic made things interesting as the race wound down.

Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi had won the previous week’s event and took second from Netto on a mid-race restart, before charging hard after Hirst. With the white flag in the air Scelzi moved in quickly on Hirst and very nearly stole the lead away on the final corner. Hirst was able to fend off the youngster however, and take the checkered flag by 0.281 seconds for the victory.

“Man this is an awesome feeling right now to get our fifth win of the year with KWS,” said the two-time series champion Hirst. “I won my very first race with this series here in Santa Maria driving for my parents back in 200, so it’s always nice coming back here. I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth and the whole 83jr team enough for the opportunity to drive this car. We were fast all night and thankfully I was able to hold off Dominic there, because I could hear him coming.”

The remainder of the top-five on Friday at Santa Maria Raceway was rounded out by Scelzi, Netto, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding and Chico’s Jonathan Allard. Tyler Walker, Carson Macedo, Mitchell Faccinto, Bobby McMahan and Dalton Hill rounded out the top-10. Brent Kaeding & Scelzi won the heat races during the night, while McMahan opened the evening by setting his first fast time of the year, clocking a 12.170.

A-main finish Santa Maria Raceway: 1. #83JR Kyle Hirst, 2. #41 Dominic Scelzi, 3. #88N DJ Netto, 4. #0 Bud Kaeding, 5. #3C Jonathan Allard, 6. #88 Tyler Walker, 7. #21X Carson Macedo, 8. #37 Mitchell Faccinto, 9. #25 Bobby McMahan, 10. #81D Dalton Hill, 11. #69 Brent Kaeding, 12. #5K Chris Dyson, 13. #21K Cory Kruseman, 14. #09S Geoffrey Strole, 15. #12 Jarrett Soares, 16. #68 Chase Johnson

On Saturday at the Ventura Raceway Tyler Walker fired back and tallied his 16th career King of the West victory with a dominating performance at the bullring. Walker & Hirst now share fifth on the all-time win list, behind only Brent & Tim Kaeding, Jonathan Allard and Steve Kent. It was also Walker’s second KWS triumph of the season at the helm of the Richie Rich Motorsports No. 88 mount. The 2009 series champion got his first win of the year on August 1 in Stockton, by taking a final corner thriller. This night was a little less dramatic though, as Walker checked out from the field during much of the contest.

The LA wheel-man made a great move on the start of the night’s dash to pass front row starters Bud Kaeding & Jonathan Allard, which gave him the pole for the feature. At the waving of the green flag in the 30-lapper he jumped out to a commanding lead, as the rest of the field fought for position. Drivers raced high & low on the tight track, in what was just the second ever Winged Sprint Car event in Ventura. Walker showed that he was not to be denied and raced off to take the Ed Entz checkered flag.

“I don’t get the chance to race in front of my family very often, so to win this race tonight is very special to me,” said a happy Walker on the front stretch. “We changed the car around a little bit for the feature and it was absolutely perfect. I think it’s something that will benefit us the rest of the season. I really want to thank Richie Rich Motorsports, Lee Lindgren and my whole team for giving me this opportunity. It’s been a long few years and I’m just so happy to be where I am right now. I hope everyone enjoyed the show tonight.”

Allard was able to slip under Bud Kaeding score the second position late in the race. Kaeding ended up third and it was good enough to give him the King of the West point lead by one-marker over Carson Macedo, who finished fifth. Friday’s winner Kyle Hirst finished fourth at the conclusion. Easton’s Tommy Tarlton claimed the KSE Hard Charger Award by coming from 13th to sixth in the feature. Dominic Scelzi, Brent Kaeding, DJ Netto and Mitchell Faccinto rounded out the top-10. Heat wins went to Allard, Macedo and Brent Kaeding. Hirst set fast time to open the night by cutting an 11.024 to set a new Winged Sprint track record.

A-main finish Ventura Raceway: 1. #88 Tyler Walker, 2. #3C Jonathan Allard, 3. #0 Bud Kaeding, 4. #83JR Kyle Hirst, 5. #21x Carson Macedo, 6. #21 Tommy Tarlton, 7. #41 Dominic Scelzi, 8. #69 Brent Kaeding, 9. #88N DJ Netto, 10. #37 Mitchell Faccinto, 11. #25 Bobby McMahan, 12. #12 Jarrett Soares, 13. #80 Troy Rutherford, 14. #73 Ryan Bernal, 15. #7 Greg Taylor, 16. #5K Chris Dyson, 17. #09S Geoffrey Strole, 18. #55 Tony Everhart, 19. #21K Cory Kruseman

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday October 10 at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway for the KRC Safety Fall Shootout. The event marks the start of three races to go and takes place the weekend before the prestigious Trophy Cup. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 559-688-0909. A seating chart is available at www.thunderbowlraceway.com

 

 

 

Golobic Grabs Civil War Series Win In Petaluma As Championship Battle Tightens Up

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Petaluma, CA)- An extremely tight three-headed Civil War Series Championship battle tightened up even more after Saturday night’s stop in Petaluma, CA, as reigning series champ, Shane Golobic, was dominant en route to his second win of the season.

Colby Copeland and Shane Golobic would lead the field to green on a old-school, cowboy up Petaluma Speedway, with Copeland getting the jump and getting off to a nice lead.

With the leaders moving at a blistering pace, traffic would come into play by lap five, and making a slight hiccup in turns three and four Copeland would open the door, and Golobic would seize the opportunity to take command of the race and lead before the red flew on lap nine.

Following a pair of yellow’s on the ensuing restart and on lap 10, Golobic would continue to lead the way but behind him, Justin Sanders would move into the second spot, as Justyn Cox held down third, and a charging Georr Ensign was working into the top-five from his 14th starting position, as he battled Andy Forsberg.

With all three title contenders in the top-five, Golobic, who sits third in points, would continue to run up front, though Justin Sanders, who sits second, would begin to reel him in during the race’s closing laps.

Erasing what was a sizeable lead, Sanders would bring the crowd to their feet in the final two laps as he made a serious run on Golobic, but the Freemont, CA driver would not be denied on this night, as he parked his Keith Day Trucking No. 22 machine in victory lane.

Sanders would finish in the second spot, Cox third, Ensign would take the checkered flag in the fourth spot after coming form 14th, and series point leader, Andy Forsberg would round out the top-five.

With just one race left on the schedule, the Stockton Finale is shaping up to be a can’t miss event as the Civil War Series Champion will not be decided until the final checkered flag of the year fall.

Saturday night a total of 30-cars checked into the Petaluma Speedway, and it was ‘The Shark’, Sean Becker setting the standard in time trials as he flirted with the track record.

A four heat-race program was in play, and wins would go to Golobic, Jeremy Burt, Forsberg, and Justin Sanders, while Riley Matson won the night’s ‘B’ Main, and Shane Golobic won the Dash.

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster is now set for the 2012 Championshp Spectacular set for November 7th at the Stockton Dirt Track.

WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway), Carson Macedo (August 8th, Placerville Speedway), Andy Forsberg (August 29th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (September 9th Silver Dollar Speedway), Shane Golobic (September 26th Petaluma Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2015, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 14 events at 8 different tracks around California.

 

 

Tight Civil War Championship Battle Heads To Petaluma Speedway Saturday Night

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- With just two events remaining on the Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster schedule in 2015, the points battle is in full tilt as the top-three drivers are separated by just 20 markers as the series takes aim at the always tricky Petaluma Speedway on Saturday night.

Nestled in the heart of Sonoma County, the Petaluma Speedway’s ever changing ‘surface always provides some of the most exciting action on the series schedule. With two series events already in the books at the 3/8 mile speed plant, the third and final event could prove pivotal as three drivers fight for the 2015 Civil War Series Championship.

With a new wrinkle in play for the 2015, a driver can throw out their lowest point total of the season during their quest for the championship. Though Justin Sanders has the official point lead, Andy Forsberg leads the series into the Petaluma Speedway with a slim point lead with throw away night’s factored in.

Forsberg enters Saturday night’s event with a leg up on his closest competitors, Justin Sanders, and Shane Golobic, as Forsberg has ran regularly at the speedway all year long picking up five feature event wins, as well as a podium during the series’ June stop.

Justin Sanders has been on fire in 2015, and comes in looking to build off his two Petaluma Speedway podiums thus far as he searches for his 20th A Main win of the season. Sanders has had a love-hate relationship with the Petaluma Speedway and after a tough third place finish at the Silver Dollar Speedway during the Gold Cup Race of Champions, Sanders is eager to cut into Forsberg’s slim point lead.

Over the course of his career, Shane Golobic has ran very well at the Petaluma Speedway. Racking up a few wins over the years, Golobic will look to find his way back on the podium as he searches for his second consecutive Civil War Series title. During the June stop, Golobic would finish in the 13th spot, and comes into this event on the heels of an 11th place showing in Chico, CA.

Though the race for the championship is tight, other drivers that are expected to in action on Saturday night include Sean Becker, Koen Shaw, Bradley Terrell, Cody Lamar, Petaluma’s most recent winner Zach Lynskey, Colby Copeland, Geoff Ensign, Nick Ringo, Jr, Dustin Golobic, and many more of the region’s top 360ci drivers.

The Petaluma Speedway gets off to an earlier start than most tracks, so please remember that the main grandstands open at 4pm, with time trials slated for 5pm. Drivers and teams please be advised that the driver’s meeting is scheduled for 4pm.

Tickets are available on Saturday night with General Admission tickets costing $18, Juniors and Seniors tickets costing $15, and children 5 and under will be admitted for free.

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster takes to the Petaluma Speedway for the penultimate event of the 2015 season.

WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway), Carson Macedo (August 8th, Placerville Speedway), Andy Forsberg (August 29th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (September 9th Silver Dollar Speedway).

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2015, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 14 events at 8 different tracks around California.

 

 

Double header on the coast up next this Friday & Saturday for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at Santa Maria & Ventura

By Gary Thomas

Santa Maria, CA – September 22, 2015…One of the most anticipated outings of the year for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to take place this weekend, kicking-off at the Santa Maria Raceway on Friday, followed by the second ever visit to the Ventura Raceway on Saturday.

This weekend will mark rounds 14 & 15 in the battle for the statewide championship, which has just five races remaining in 2015. Going into the double header an extremely close fight for the title has developed between a young upstart and one of the veteran drivers in all of California.

On Friday night the series returns to the always luxurious confines of the Santa Maria Raceway. The King of the West 410’s routinely play host to a packed house of fans whenever the series invades the one-third mile clay oval, which was built by the late Doug Fort in 1964.

Fort helped mold Santa Maria Raceway into one of the top dirt tracks in the country as the owner/promoter until his passing in 1999. The unique one-third mile clay oval has been named “Best Short Track Operation West of the Mississippi” on two separate occasions and is nestled in a semi amphitheater of natural terrain, sheltered by dense eucalyptus trees at the top and to the back of the bleacher area.

The Santa Maria Raceway is located 12 miles inland from the Pacific coast, three miles north of the city of Santa Maria and is located a 1/4-mile north of the US 101/166 interchange on Hutton Road. The facility is one hundred seventy miles north of Los Angeles and 260 miles south of San Francisco.

The following night the King of the West 410 Series heads back to the Ventura Raceway, for what will be the second ever Winged Sprint Car event at the track. The facility has been a favorite stop among Wingless Sprint Car & Midget fans/teams over the years and features one of the most picturesque settings you’ll find at any dirt track. Last year KWS sanctioned the inaugural Winged Sprint Car event and it was given a big thumbs up by all involved.

A past column by racing journalist Norm Bogan said of Ventura Raceway: “If you could pick a scenic location for a racing facility, the Fairgrounds at Ventura, California would be near the top of the list. As you sit in the grandstands, you can look to your right and watch surfers riding the waves of the Pacific. To your left, is a background of mountains, covered with many Spanish style, white stucco and red tile homes, interspersed with tall palm trees, while in the foreground, the Coastal Amtrak trains sweep by and blow their whistles. In front of you is one of the best maintained racing facilities in the country.”

“This is going to be a fun weekend once again for all the fans and teams,” commented Brent Kaeding, who captured Rookie of the Year honors at the Santa Maria Speedway in 1978. “It’s always a great trip heading down to Santa Maria and the fans really do an amazing job of packing the place when we come to town. Then on Saturday at Ventura it’s going to be an exciting night with KWS returning to the track for the second time. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it, so be sure and make the trip down to join us. The weekend is almost like a mini vacation for us all.”

After last weekend Lemoore’s Carson Macedo has taken back the KWS point lead. The 19-year-old becomes the fourth different point leader in five races. Bud Kaeding now finds himself in second, but less than 10-markers back of Macedo. The double header this weekend will play a factor in the championship outcome.

Bobby McMahan continues to maintain the third spot in points, but young DJ Netto is right on his heels, just seven-markers behind in fourth. Netto already has two wins this year and looks for more this weekend. Thirteen-time series champion Brent Kaeding rounds out the top-five going into the weekend.

Last year’s Santa Maria & Ventura double header saw Grass Valley’s Jason Statler & Chico’s Kyle Hirst bring home wins respectively. It was a bit of déjà vu for Statler, who claimed a World of Outlaws win at the Santa Maria Raceway in 1999. Going into the weekend Hirst has four KWS wins this season and he hopes to add on Friday & Saturday.

More drivers expected to take part in the weekend will include last Saturday’s winner Dominic Scelzi of Fresno, Chico’s Jonathan Allard, Los Angeles’ Tyler Walker, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Madera Rancho’s Dalton Hill, Ventura’s Greg Taylor & Cory Kruseman, Merced’s Mark Barroso and others.

Tickets at Santa Maria Raceway on Friday are $25 for adults. Kids 6-12 will be $6. Seniors / Military / Students $ 23. Five and under FREE. On Saturday at Ventura Raceway adult tickets will be $25, seniors/ students with id & military with id will be $15, kids 7-12 are $10, with children 6 & under free accompanied by an adult. The front gate on Friday will open at 4pm, while Saturday will open at 3pm. More information on the events can be found at http://www.santamariaraceway.com and http://www.venturaraceway.com

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.kwssprints.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series

Upcoming KWS events

Friday September 25: Santa Maria Raceway Saturday September 26: Ventura Raceway Saturday October 10: Thunderbowl Raceway (KRC Safety Fall Shootout) Saturday October 24: Keller Auto Speedway (Cotton Classic) Saturday November 7: Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute to Gary Patterson)

 

 

 

Dominic Scelzi comes back in a big way to lead flag-to-flag for third career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win on Saturday in Hanford

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA – September 19, 2015… The last time Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi competed in a King of the West Series event things didn't go quite how he would have liked. Putting that behind him however, the 18-year-old came back to KWS action on Saturday at the Keller Auto Speedway to lead all 30 laps and claim his third career series win.

Scelzi had spent time leading the King of the West standings this year, but his title hopes took a dash when he suffered a back injury on July 25, which forced him to miss the August 1 event in Stockton. His first event back with the series couldn’t have gone better on Saturday after winning his heat race, the dash and the main event. His third career KWS win ties him with Roger Crockett, Robert Ballou and Stephen Allard on the all-time list.

“This is just an unbelievable feeling right now,” said a happy Scelzi on the front stretch. “It’s been a trying year with lots of ups & downs with my injury in July, but I’ve had so much fun along the way. I can’t thank everyone that helps out on this team enough. Tonight our car was great, but I’m just glad our rear end held up because it was blowing up on that fuel red. I couldn’t be happier right now though and can’t wait till next week.”

The main event got off to one of strangest & slowest starts we’ve seen in some time. In total it took six attempts to get one lap complete during the 30-lap contest. By the time a lap was complete favorites Bud Kaeding and Rico Abreu both had issues that forced them out of the feature. It was a tough hit for Kaeding, who came into the night leading the KWS points. Once things got underway it was Scelzi that showed he was the driver to beat, pulling away to a sizable lead during much of the contest.

Various yellows plagued the flow of the main event, but once some laps were clicked off things did get interesting. Traffic late in the going closed things up as Fremont’s Shane Golobic and Chico’s Kyle Hirst moved in on Scelzi. Any false move by the leader and the outcome could have been different, but Scelzi chose the right lanes and was able to cross the Ed Entz checkered by 1.058 seconds ahead for the victory. Golobic had a great run to come from eighth to second in just his second 410 Sprint Car start at Keller Auto Speedway.

Hirst came home in third after being involved in one of the early incidents. The two-time KWS champ had a great run from the rear of the field to challenge for the lead late in the going. Los Angeles’ Tyler Walker and Lemoore’s Carson Macedo rounded out the top five. Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Chico’s Jonathan Allard, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson and Fresno’s Cory Eliason completed the top 10.

This weekend the King of the West Sprint Car Series heads down the cost with stops in Santa Maria Friday and Ventura on Saturday

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series resumes season with the first of two appearances at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford this Saturday Friday KOK Winged 360 event creates double header weekend

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA - September 15, 2015…After over a month off from racing the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will return to action & continue the fight for the title at the always exciting Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford this Saturday September 19.

On Friday night the track will also host a King of the King’s Winged 360 Sprint Car event, making for two big night’s of racing at the “King of the Dirt Tracks.”

This Saturday’s King of the West showcase marks round 13 on the season for the series and with only six races remaining will play a pivotal role in the point chase. KWS will also return to Keller Auto Speedway on Saturday October 24 for the annual Cotton Classic. Following this week’s event the series will then get set for the “Battle down the Coast” next weekend with Santa Maria & Ventura on tap September 25 & 26.

This year’s Chili Bowl Midget Nationals winner Rico Abreu adds some extra star power on Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway, as he makes his second King of the West start of the year. The 23-year-old recently picked up his second straight Louie Vermeil Classic victory and will be gunning to add a KWS score to his impressive list of wins this season. Abreu very nearly won the Wine Country Classic on June 27 in Calistoga, only to suffer a blown tire just a handful of laps from the finish.

The most recent King of the West Sprint Car Series event on August 1 at the Stockton Dirt Track was claimed by 2009 champion Tyler Walker, who executed a thrilling final corner pass for the victory. The Los Angeles driver is coming off a strong third place finish with the World of Outlaws in Antioch on Sunday and looks to make it back-to-back in KWS competition on Saturday in Hanford.

Two-time KWS titlist Kyle Hirst was the driver Walker passed on the final circuit last month and he goes into Hanford look for some redemption. The Chico wheel-man leads the series with four wins in 2015 and with one more triumph would set a new high for him in one season. Hirst also captured the KWS visit to Keller Auto Speedway last season in the locally based Roth Motorsports machine.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding goes into Hanford leading the King of the West points by 23-markers over Lemoore’s Carson Macedo. Kaeding, a three-time USAC Silver Crown champion, is in search of his first crown with the King of the West Sprint Car Series and has won multiple races in his career at Keller Auto Speedway. Macedo however, is the most recent Winged Sprint Car winner at the track and will look to back that up on Saturday.

A close battle for third in points will also resume on Saturday, with Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan leading Hanford’s own DJ Netto by just six-digits. The veteran McMahan has had a consistent season and scored a top-10 finish with the World of Outlaws last weekend in Chico. Netto likewise has had a fantastic season, having already claimed two King of the West victories. The 19-year-old also picked up an impressive third place finish on opening night of the Gold Cup last week with the World of Outlaws.

More drivers poised for good things on Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway will include 13-time KWS champion Brent Kaeding of Campbell, three-time series champ Jonathan Allard of Chico, 2004 titlist Jason Statler from Grass Valley, along with Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Craig Stidham, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Selma’s Cory Eliason, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Australian Toby Bellbowen and others.

The pit gate opens at 2pm on Saturday, with the front gate opening at 4:30pm and first heat scheduled for around 7pm. Adult tickets cost $20, with students & seniors $15 and kids 5 & under free.

The Keller Auto Speedway is a 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The physical address is 801 S. 10th Ave. Hanford, Ca 93230. More info can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com

Information on the King of the West 410 Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Upcoming KWS events

Saturday September 19: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds Friday September 25: Santa Maria Speedway Saturday September 26: Ventura Raceway Saturday October 10: Thunderbowl Raceway (KRC Safety Fall Shootout)

 

 

Austin Liggett Dominates Wednesday Night Wingless Show

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Chico, CA)- Austin Liggett put together a dominant performance on Wednesday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway, as he led all 30-laps to win his second Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos race of the season as he opened the 62nd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions in style.

Nick Larson and Rowdy McClennon would lead the field to green, but it would be fourth starting Austin Liggett soaring to the early lead as he put his right-rear on the thick Silver Dollar Speedway cushion and simply took off.

With Liggett out front opening up a sizeable lead, Shawn Jones would run in second, Shane Myhre third, and Rowdy McClennon would run in the fourth spot.

The caution would fly on the sixth circuit, and with the green lights flashing on, Liggett would get on the loud pedal and open up another sizeable lead as series point leader, Gary Nelson Jr worked into the fourth spot.

Tony Richards would work into the top five on the 12th lap, as the battle for second through fifth got exciting as Liggett set sail on the field. A lap 15 restart would see Larson hang with Liggett and challenge for the lead for a few laps, but Ligget was able to again use the cushion to his advantage and break away from the back.

Behind the leader, Shawn Jones, Shane Myhre, Tony Richards, Klint Simpson and Gary Nelson would race in a tight pack as they jockeyed for position.

With the checkered flag in the air, Austin Liggett would cruise to his second win of the season as Jones held on for second, Myhre third, Richards fourth, and Klint Simpson would round out the Top-Five.

24 Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos cars were in action on Wednesday night and it was Shane Myhre earning quick time honors in qualifying time trials.

Heat race wins went to Angelique Bell, Liggett, and Shawn Jones, and Jones would also be victorious in the Dash.

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos are off until the season finale on November 6th at the Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, CA.

WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank, (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on July 18th), Terry Schank (Stockton Dirt Track on August 1st), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on August 8th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on August 29th), Austin Liggett ( Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9th).

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SPRINT CAR SERIES- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2015, the series will operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 12 races scattered at six different tracks.

 

 

The Shark Thrills During Gold Cup Opener

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Chico, CA)- For nearly 28 laps it looked as if Justin Sanders would pick up his 19th win of the season. Sean Becker had other ideas though, as he used a late race pass to get around Sanders and score his first Civil War win of the season in thrilling fashion at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA to open up the 62nd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions.

Becker and Sanders would lead the field to green, and it was Sanders winning the drag race into turn one and jumping out to the early lead while Becker, Kyle Hirst and Carson Macedo followed.

The extremely slick Silver Dollar Speedway took rubber very early in the event, and passing would come at an extreme premium as drivers jockeyed for position on the low line.

With track conditions forcing single-file restarts on this night, the two caution flags saw Sanders continue to lead the pack, as he hit his marks lap-after-lap. As the laps clicked off, Becker would start to make the race interesting as he closed in on Sanders who was beginning to have trouble in turns three and four.

As Sanders would baby his machine, Becker would continue to close in and put serious pressure on the race leader starting on lap 25.

Trying to get under Sanders for two consecutive laps, Becker would get off the rubber exiting turn four on the 28th lap as he pulled alongside the outside of Sanders, and dive under the leader in turns one and two and grab the lead as they headed down the back stretch, taking the white flag as the official leader.

With Becker out front, the race for second would be exciting on the last lap. As Becker took the checkered flag to open up the Gold Cup in victory lane, Hirst was able to sneak under Sanders exiting turn four to take second while Sanders held on for third.

“It is awesome to be here in victory lane to open up the Gold Cup Race of Champions,” Becker said. “Wins have eluded this Menne Motorsports team this year, and to come out and win on this stage is really special.”

Andy Gregg would finish fourth, Dominic Scelzi fifth, Matt Peterson sixth, Andy Forsberg seventh, Bud Kaeding eight, Cory Eliason ninth, and Jonathan Allard would gain the most positions on this night as he charged from 19th to round out the Top-10.

A total of 50-cars checked into the Silver Dollar Speedway pit area to open up the Fastest Four Days in California, and it was Andy Gregg setting the standard in qualifying time trials.

A four heat-race program was in place on Wednesday night and wins went to Cory Eliason, Kyle Hirst, Matt Peterson, and Justin Sanders.

The C Main was won by Koen Shaw as he fended off Mike Benson, Billy Wallace, Chris Masters, and Jimmy Trulli.

Shane Golobic won the B Main, as Jake Morgan, Jonathan Allard, DJ Netto, DJ Freitas and Shawn Wright all transferred into the A Main.

The six-lap Dash was won by Sean Becker, giving him the right to start on the pole for the 30-lap A Main.

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will be back in action at the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday September 26th.

WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway), Carson Macedo (August 8th, Placerville Speedway), Andy Forsberg (August 29th Ocean Speedway). Sean Becker (Sept. 9th Silver Dollar Speedway).

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2015, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 14 events at 8 different tracks around California.

 

 

Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos Set For Wednesday Night Showdown

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Watsonville, CA)- On the heals of yet another barn burner, the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will be back in action on Wednesday night as they open up the 62nd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions alongside the Civil War Series at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

In what has been unquestionably a breakout season for this series, the stars and cars will take part in one of their biggest events of the year as they open up the fastest four days in California at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

Though the last five races have been won by either Terry Schank Jr or Klint Simpson, the action in every race has been noteworthy with two and three car battles for each win coming down to the final few laps.

Last Saturday night during the Johnny Key Classic, Klint Simpson and Austin Liggett put on an absolute thriller. With Simpson leading the early part of the race, Liggett was able to track him down and take the lead around the race’s halfway point. A couple of late cautions gave Simpson just the opportunity he needed as he was able to take the lead on the final lap, and pick up the lucrative victory.

During the last two Wednesday night Gold Cup openers, the man to beat has been Sebastopol, CA wheelman, Geoff Ensign. With Ensign still in search of a ride for this race, the series is set to see a fresh face land in victory lane for the Gold Cup opener.

San Jose, CA driver, Gary Nelson Jr continues to lead the series points battle, but Klint Simpson is quickly reeling him in. With 29 points separating the top-two with just two races left in 2015, Simpson will need to continue to run up front and hope for a little luck as both drivers seek their first Wingless Series title.

Other drivers that are likely to be on hand on Wednesday night include Terry Schank, Cody Fendley, Angelique Bell, Austin Liggett, Shane Myhre, Jimmy Christian, Nick Larson, John and Bradley Clark, Shayna Sylvia, and many more of the regions top wingless driers.

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will be back in action alongside the Civil War Series as they open up the annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at the Silver Dollar Speedway on Wednesday September 9th.

WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank, (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on July 18th), Terry Schank (Stockton Dirt Track on August 1st), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on August 8th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on August 29th).

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SPRINT CAR SERIES- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2015, the series will operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 12 races scattered at six different tracks.

 

 

Civil War Series Opens Gold Cup Race of Champions Wednesday Night

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- Fresh off of two lucrative events, the lights again shine bright on the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster, as the series opens the 62nd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions on Wednesday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

Fresh off of a dominating performance during the Johnny Key Classic, Andy Forsberg comes into the Wednesday night show with his confidence very high, as he aims at his third win of the year with the series in the biggest week of racing that California has to offer.

Though he failed to get into victory lane last weekend, Justin Sanders is seeking his 18th win of the season, and will look to get back into Civil War Series victory lane. During the 2013 edition of this race, Sanders was the car to beat until a late flat tire derailed him.

Last year, Matt Peterson earned his first career sprint car victory in thrilling fashion during this race. Though he has ran with the series sparingly in 2015, Peterson should again be in the hunt as he aims for more Civil War glory.

With the season winding down, the points race gets interesting as the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster offers drivers a mulligan in 2015. While Justin Sanders has a commanding lead officially in the point standings, Forsberg unofficially leads the way over Shane Golobic, Sanders, Sean Becker, and Bradley Terrell rounding out the top five.

Unofficially, the point race is extremely tight factoring the mulligan, but should a driver have another bad night, things could change drastically as the top three are separated by roughly 30 points.

Other drivers that are expected to be on hand Wednesday night include Willie Croft, Steven Tiner, Kyle Hirst, Koen Shaw, Jonathan Allard, Cody Lamar, Shawn Wright, Mason Moore, Justyn Cox, DJ Netto, Kenny Allen, and many more of the regions top 360ci drivers.

Wednesday night the Silver Dollar Speedway front gates will open at 5pm. Reserved seats are still available for $25, or General Admission tickets will be sold for $10. General Admission seats are located in the turns one and four bleachers from rows A-I. For more ticket information please visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com.

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster is now set to open the Gold Cup Race of Champions on Wednesday September 9th at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA.

WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway), Carson Macedo (August 8th, Placerville Speedway), Andy Forsberg (August 29th Ocean Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2015, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 14 events at 8 different tracks around California.

 

Added Money On The Line For Saturday’s Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos Event

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- With all the pomp and circumstance for the winged portion of Saturday night’s 55th Annual Johnny Key Classic at the Ocean Speedway, the Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will also be racing for extra money thanks to Jason Newton and 35 Industries.

Running with the King of the West Series frequently as of late, the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will share the stage with the Civil War Series and the Ocean Sprints on Saturday night as they race for a cool $1500 to win during the prestigious Johnny Key Classic.

Though he is not the point leader, Terry Schank has been the dominant car with the series as of late, and everyone in attendance will be gunning to end his three-race winning streak.

During the series’ most recent event at the Petaluma Speedway on August 8th, Schank made a late race move to pick up his second consecutive 50-lap Soares Classic at the Petaluma Speedway.

On July 11th, the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos made their first ever visit to the Ocean Speedway, and fans were treated to a three-car battle for the race lead for much of the race as Schank, Austin Liggett, and Klint Simpson duked it out, with Simpson finally prevailing.

With all three expected to be back on hand on Saturday night, series point leader, Gary Nelson Jr, second in points, Nick Larson, Angelique Bell, and Zach Kavert will all by vying for their first win of the season.

Other drivers expected to be on hand Saturday night include Colton Slack, John and Bradley Clark, Cody Fendley, Shawn Jones, Jimmy Christian, Bryan Grier, and many more.

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will head to the Ocean Speedway on Saturday night as they race alongside the Civil War Series during the Johnny Key Classic.

WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank, (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on July 18th), Terry Schank (Stockton Dirt Track on August 1st), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on August 8th).

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SPRINT CAR SERIES- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2015, the series will operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 12 races scattered at six different tracks.

 

 

 

Macedo Masters Placerville En Route To Forni Classic Win

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Placerville, CA)- After a torrid battle up front, Carson Macedo was in the right place at the right time as he capitalized on a Sean Becker mistake to take command of the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic and race his was to the lucrative win as he became the Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster’s eighth different winner in 2015.

It was Cory Eliason and Sean Becker leading the field to green at the high-banked quarter mile facility, and it was all Eliason early as Sean Becker stayed right in his wake.

As Eliason and Becker duked it out up front, the battle behind them was just as exciting as Carson Macedo, Jonathan Allard, and Kyle Hirst all raced for position within the Top-Five as the lead duo slowly broke away.

Lap 15 would be good to Becker as the Roseville, CA driver was able to use lapped traffic to his advantage as he took the lead from Eliason, though the duo would race wheel-to-wheel for the next three laps until the caution flag waived.

As Macedo moved into the second spot on the redraw, he would chase after Becker, and the battle for the lead would heat up. On lap 20, Becker would get two high in turns one and two and his machine would get up over the thick cushion that had built up and Macedo capitalized as he took the race lead as Allard and Hirst followed suit.

The trio up front would fight hard as they got back into traffic, and Maedo would continue to set the pace as the caution flag flew with just five laps to go and gave the leaders clear track.

Macedo would be flawless in the race’s final five laps as he worked the bottom of the speedway to perfection and picked up the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic and bagged the $10,000 that came with it.

“I can’t say enough about my team, and this car,” Carson Macedo said. “We have been really good lately and it is nice to finally put this thing in victory lane in front of a huge crowd. The Tarlton family has been so good to me, I am really happy to win this race for all of them.”

Though he would come up short, Jonathan Allard was pleased with his second place finish during Saturday night’s feature.

“We are really pleased to be up on the podium and I am happy for Carson Macedo,” Allard said. “This race would have been a big win for us as it honored Mark Forni who was a great guy. I have to thank Clyde and Marion Lamar and my guys for their support.”

Rounding out the podium was inaugural Mark Forni Classic winner, Kyle Hirst.

“I love racing Placerville Speedway, and always have a good time in front of all of these great fans,” Hirst said. “Week in and week out it seems like we battle with Carson Macedo and Jonathan Allard, and I commend both them and their teams on a great night of racing. My guys did a great job, and I have to thank Dennis and Theresa Roth for letting us come out.”

Eliason would run fourth, Becker fifth, Matt Peterson six, Shane Golobic seventh, Justin Sanders eighth, Andy Gregg 9th, and Andy Forsberg would round out the Top-10.

With 29 cars checking in at the Placerville Speedway for the track’s highest paying event ever, Kyle Hirst led the way in time trials by setting the bar at a 10.819 second lap.

Heat race wins went to Tyler Walker, Carson Macedo, Jonathan Allard, and Sean Becker, while Cory Eliason won the Dash.

The 12-lap B Main was won by Colby Wiesz, as Mason Moore, Shawn Wright, Steven Tiner, Koen Shaw, and James Sweeney also earned transfers into the feature event.

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster is now set for another big night of racing on August 29th at the Ocean Speedway for the 55th Annual Johnny Key Classic.

WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway), Carson Macedo (August 8th, Placerville Speedway).

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2015, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 14 events at 8 different tracks around California.

 

50-Lap Soares Classic Set For Saturday Night

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- Getting back to the Petaluma Speedway this coming Saturday night, the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos is set for the Soares Classic featuring a 50-Lap A-Main event.

A race founded by Jim Soares honoring his father, the Soares Classic once featured the 101-lap midget main, before switching to the 50-lap Non-Winged Sprint Car feature event. After Jim’s tragic passing in the off season, the 2015 Soares Classic will be a little more special, as he too will now be honored in what will be an emotional night at the Petaluma Speedway.

50-laps around the Petaluma Speedway is no easy task, and will truly be a test of the fittest drivers of the series. Terry Schank has been the man to beat with the Wingless Series over the years, and is coming into Saturday’s event with two consecutive wins to his credit, including a win during the series’ last stop at the speedway a couple of weeks back.

Though Schank has been racking up wins, San Jose, CA wheelman, Gary Nelson, Jr has Championship aspirations as he comes into the Soares Classic with a 23-point lead in the season standings. A tough showing during the last visit at the Speedway has Nelson even hungrier to redeem himself and find his first victory of 2015.

Nick Larson sits in the second spot in the point standings, and comes into the Soares Classic looking to build on his Top-10 run at the Petaluma Speedway back on July 18th. With the Championship race still wide open, Larson’s consistency has kept him in striking distance.

Perhaps the driver with the biggest chip on his shoulder returning to the Petaluma Speedway, is Shany Myhre who sits in third just 31 digits behind Nelson. Myhre had a great night going during the July 18th visit and was just laps from picking up the win. Losing the top-spot on a late restart, Myhre will certainly be one to watch when the green flag drops on Saturday night.

2015 has been a great year for the series, and as teams saw during a wild last visit to the Petaluma Speedway, anything can happen. Saturday’s Soares Classic should be another exciting race for the series as the 50-lap feature event is sure to bring non-stop excitement.

Other drivers expected to be on hand Saturday night include John Clark, Shayna Sylvia, Angelique Bell, Bradley Clark, Zach Kavert, Klint Simpson, Cody Fendley, Sparky Howard, Colton Slack, Austin Liggett, and many more of the division’s top drivers.

The Petaluma Speedway gets their program underway a little earlier than some tracks with the gates set to open at 4pm, and time trials set to go green by 5pm. Tickets for this event are available starting at $16 for adults, $12 for Juniors (6-11) and Seniors (65+), while those little fans that are 5 and under will be admitted for free.

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos are right back at it this week as they return to the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday night for the Soares Classic featuring the 50-lap A Main Event.

WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank, (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on July 18th), Terry Schank (Stockton Dirt Track on August 1st).

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SPRINT CAR SERIES- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2015, the series will operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 12 races scattered at six different tracks.

 

 

Lucrative Mark Forni Classic On Tap For Civil War Series

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway the who’s who of winged 360 sprint car racing in California will gather for their shot at the lucrative $10K that is up for grabs to the winner of the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic.

A race that pays homage to the late Mark Forni, who was a staple in the Placerville community, has been a must see event at the Speedway over the last nine years. With the community coming together year-after-tear to make this event special, this year’s event is a little bigger as it will offer $10,000 to the winner in honor of it being the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic.

The highly touted Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will head to the Placerville Speedway to take on the strong Placerville Speedway contingent on Saturday night in what will be a must-see event.

Along with a strong mix of the region’s top 360ci drivers, a handful off of the top 410 drivers in the state are also planning to make the trip to the high-banked ¼ mile speedway on Saturday night in hopes of capturing Mark Forni Classic Supremacy.

During the race’s nine-year existence, the Placerville Speedway locals have reigned supreme during this event, and on Saturday night the stars and cars of the Civil War Series will look to change that and make off with the loot.

The hottest driver in California right now, Justin Sanders, comes into this event fresh off of picking up his 13th win of the season one week ago, and also enters the event as the series’ most recent winner. Sanders had immense success on the red-clay during the 2014 season and will look to extend his current series point lead.

Chico, CA wheelman, Jonathan Allard has thrown his hat into the ring for this weekend’s event and he comes in as the series’ lone repeat winner in 2015. Allard has been strong in his limited appearances with the Civil War Series in 2015 and is hungry for a marquee win.

Sean Becker comes into Saturday night’s race looking for his third consecutive win at the Placerville Speedway, and also look to score his third Mark Forni Classic crown. Though he has won the last two weekly shows aboard the Monhoff Motorsports machine, Becker will be in action on Saturday night aboard the potent Menne Motorsports No. 75 machine.

2014 Mark Forni Classic Champ, Greg DeCaires, will look to keep the race win local. Decaires has been the king of the Placerville Speedway as he has picked up five wins already and won the Civil War event at the Speedway back on May 30th.

Other drivers that are expected to be in action on Saturday night are Andy Forsberg, Shane Golobic, Robbie Price, Bradley Terrell, Andy Gregg, Jimmy Trulli, Kyle Hirst, Tyler Walker, Carson Macedo, Steven Tiner, Cory Eliason, Ryan Robinson, Koen Shaw, and many more of the regions best.

Saturday night, front gates are set to open at 5pm with tickets staring at $6 for Children 6-11, $15 Juniors and Seniors, and $18 dollars for adults.

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will invade the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night for the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic.

WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway), Greg DeCaires (May 30th Placerville Speedway), Jonathan Allard (June 20th, Petaluma Speedway), Justin Sanders (July 10th, Ocean Speedway)

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster, and find complete results and point standings by clicking over to www.racepmg.com, ‘Liking’ www.facebook.com/civilwarsprints, or following us on twitter at www.twitter.com/civilwarsprints. For more information on Flowmaster, please visit www.flowmastermufflers.com.

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2015, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 14 events at 8 different tracks around California.

 

 

Eleventh starting Tyler Walker steals away clean sweep bid from Kyle Hirst in a final corner thriller at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – August 3, 2015…Going into Stockton last Saturday night Tyler Walker had been oh-so-close to a King of the West win on multiple occasions since making his return to action in early-June. With that in mind the Los Angeles, CA wheel-man proceeded to break into the win column by making a final corner pass to claim his first series triumph since 2009.

It was the 15th career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win for Walker, which ties him with Kyle Hirst & Tim Green on the all-time list. The 2009 series champion started from the 11th position and drove the Richie Rich Motorsports/ RRTP Customs No. 88 machine to the thrilling victory over two-time champ Kyle Hirst & last year’s Rookie of the Year DJ Netto.

“This is such an awesome feeling to be back in victory lane tonight and to do it like this is unreal,” said a jubilant Walker in victory lane. “I can’t thank Richie Rich Motorsports, Lee Lindgren and this whole 88 team for giving me the opportunity to drive this car. I want to thank all the people that have been so supportive of me. It really does mean the world. I couldn’t be happier to be back driving Sprint Cars and doing what I love to do. That was a fun race tonight and I also want to thank everyone for coming out tonight.”

A full moon kind of night made for a wild & interesting program on Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track. Chico’s Kyle Hirst has been the hottest driver as of late and continued to show immense speed on Saturday. The two-time KWS champ set fast time, won his heat, won the dash and took the lead from the waving of the green flag in the feature. Early on Mitchell Faccinto kept pace with Hirst, but right rear suspension damage knocked him out of contention after a handful of laps. Various yellows & reds slowed the pace of the main event, but in-between them the racing was excellent during the 30-lapper. Carson Macedo showed his muscle after a number of laps and challenged Hirst for the lead.

Macedo & Hirst went wheel to wheel on a few occasions, with Jonathan Allard right there as well. Allard looked to be one of the faster cars on the track, until issues in turn two left him stalled off the exit. Macedo was looking for his first King of the West win and inched ahead of Hirst at one point, only to have his engine let go at that same time, putting an end to his race. As the race went on more drama occurred following a fuel stop when a push vehicle came in contact with point leader Bud Kaeding’s car, knocking out the front end among other things on the 0 machine. The red lights were then put back on to allow his crew to make repairs. Kaeding was able to restart the race in the fifth position.

Once going back green there was action all over the track, with positions changing regularly throughout the field. Hirst continued to sit out front, but Walker chipped away at his lead little by little. When the white flag waved Walker got a great run and made it a fight going into the final corner. Hirst went to the high-side and got just loose enough, which allowed Walker the chance to power his way to the inside and motor off to the checkered flag. Hirst was disappointed to finish second, but it was another great outing for the driver of the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr.

Hanford’s DJ Netto had a great run in the main event to come from 12th to third aboard the Netto Ag No. 88n, with Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs also having a strong outing to come from 13th to fourth in the Suggs Racing No. 33e. Both drivers battled hard all race long and were exciting to watch. The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Bud Kaeding, 16th starting Jason Statler, Bobby McMahan, Craig Stidham, Scott Parker and Brent Kaeding. It was a great rebound for Statler after getting upside down in qualifying. The Big Guy had his elbows up and put on one of his patented charges in the feature.

A-main finish: 1. 88 Tyler Walker, 2. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 3. 88n DJ Netto, 4. 33e Evan Suggs, 5. 0 Bud Kaeding, 6. 00 Jason Statler, 7. 25 Bobby McMahan, 8. 3 Craig Stidham, 9. 12x Scott Parker, 10. 69 Brent Kaeding, 11. 12 Jarrett Soares, 12. 3f Eric Humphries, 13. 17 Wayne Katen, 14. Richard Brace Jr. 15. 21x Carson Macedo, 16. 3c Jonathan Allard, 17. 37 Mitchell Faccinto.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday September 19 at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford.

 

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series geared up for Stockton Dirt Track event this Saturday August 1 Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints also on the card

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – July 28, 2015…Campbell’s Bud Kaeding brings a slim three-point lead in the King of the West Sprint Car Series standings over Lemoore’s Carson Macedo into the 12th round of competition this Saturday August 1 at the Stockton Dirt Track.

The event on Saturday will be the sixth appearance for the King of the West 410’s in Stockton, a track that opened in the spring of 2013. It’s also the final event before the series has an extended break over the remainder of the summer. After the Stockton event Saturday the next KWS show doesn’t take place until September 19 in Hanford.

There have been four different winners in the prior series events at Stockton, including Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, who won the initial KWS race at the track, as well as the most recent on June 13. Rutherford’s Rico Abreu, Chico’s Jonathan Allard and Fremont’s Shane Golobic have been the other winners. Allard won last year’s August appearance at the 3/8 mile clay oval.

Going into Saturday the King of the West Sprint Car Series has its third different point leader in as many weeks, with Bud Kaeding now atop the ladder. The three-time USAC Silver Crown titlist is attempting to join his father Brent and brother Tim as a KWS champion this season. Kaeding has driven the Williams Motorsports 0 to a pair of wins this year, including the prestigious Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial. On Saturday he’ll look to add a Stockton Dirt Track triumph to his resume.

Carson Macedo had a strong night last week at the Peter Murphy Classic and will look to do so once again at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday. The 19-year-old is still searching for his first career King of the West win and will be gunning to accomplish that this week to help wrestle the point lead away from Kaeding. Macedo at the Murphy Classic set fast time, won his heat, the pole shuffle and finished fourth in the 30-lapper aboard his Tarlton & Son No. 21x.

After a crash last week in the feature Dominic Scelzi, who now sits third in points, suffered what looks to be compression fractures in his upper & lower back. We’d like to send our very best get well wishes to the youngster. Scelzi picked up a big win at Stockton in June and is a large part of our series family.

Two-time King of the West champ Kyle Hirst claimed his fourth consecutive podium last week and will be searching for his first Stockton Dirt Track win on Saturday. If he could do so the Chico driver would set a new personal single-season mark with his fifth KWS victory of 2015. Hirst ran second at Stockton in June aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr mount.

Los Angeles’ Tyler Walker tallied a third place finish in June at Stockton and will be a favorite to break into victory lane on Saturday. The 2009 King of the West champ has four podium efforts this year with the series in the Richie Rich Motorsports No. 88. Walker will be looking for his 15th career series triumph this weekend.

A very close battle is still seen for fourth in the King of the West standings, with just 10-points separating the drivers that rank four through seven. Those include Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding and Hanford’s DJ Netto. Among them Netto is the lone driver to have scored a win thus far in 2015. The 19-year-old has a pair of victories to his credit.

Chico’s Jonathan Allard is eighth in points and coming into the one-year anniversary of his last King of the West victory. The three-time champ wants to get back into the winners circle and it could be on Saturday. Allard has captured at least one KWS win every year since 2005. Hirst & Gilroy youngster Jarrett Soares rounds out the top-10 going into this weekend.

More drivers expected to be on hand with the King of the West 410’s in Stockton on Saturday include 2004 KWS champion Jason Statler, who came close to winning at the track last November and this past week earned the Stephen Allard Hard Charger Award at the Peter Murphy Classic, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Fresno’s Craig Stidham & Cory Eliason, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Australian Michael Cunningham, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Laton’s Geoffrey Strole and others.

Also rounding out the card on Saturday will be the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos. The tour has been a very exciting addition to the PMG banner this year and this weekend marks the fourth time they have paired up with KWS. All the events thus far have been great combo shows, giving fans the best of both worlds.

Tickets for Saturday can be acquired by contacting 916-370-9417. All seating is general admission during the night, but fans can save up to $5 off each adult ticket by pre-purchasing them prior to the event. Will Call opens at 4pm, with the front gate opening at 5pm. First heat race is scheduled around 7pm. Cars will hit the speedway shortly after 5. Ticket prices for August 1st are $25 Adult Seating (age 13+), $5 Kids (6-12), 5 & under FREE. $50 for a Family Pack includes 2 adult tickets & 2 kids tickets.

Pre-sale tickets available $20 All Seating (13+) $3 convenience fee per order, pre-sale ends Thursday July 30th at 5pm. Tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call day of event, bring your photo ID.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

Information on the King of the West 410 Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Upcoming KWS events

Saturday August 1: Stockton Dirt Track Saturday September 19: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds Friday September 25: Santa Maria Speedway Saturday September 26: Ventura Raceway Saturday October 10: Thunderbowl Raceway (KRS Safety Fall Shootout)

 

 

Gary Nelson, Jr Leads Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Into Stockton Showdown

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- The Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos return to action on Saturday night at the Stockton Speedway as they race in conjunction with the King of the West Series.

After a wild night at the Petaluma Speedway two weeks ago, Gary Nelson, Jr now find himself atop the point standings by 18 digits over Shane Myhre and 19 over Nick Larson who sits in the third spot.

During the series’ most recent visit to the Stockton Dirt Track, Nelson turned in a very strong performance that saw him surge into the third position by way of a last corner pass on Terry Schank. With victory lane eluding him thus far into the season, Nelson will look to take the top spot on the podium and extend his point lead as the series kicks off it’s second half.

Shane Myhre comes into Saturday night’s race off of a very strong showing at the Petaluma Speedway. Running second much of the race, Myhre looked to be on his way to his first victory of the season as he took the lead with just six laps to go in the feature event. A couple of untimely caution flags did not work in Myhre’s favor, though his third place effort shot him up to second in series standings.

Sitting just one point out of the second spot is Nick Larson. Larson has had a consistent season to date, but like the rest of the top-three, he too is in search of his first win of the season with the series. Coming into Saturday night’s event off of a 10th place finish in Petaluma, Larson will look to build off of a charge from 16th to ninth during the series last visit to the speedway back in June.

Other driver that are expected to be on hand Saturday night include Joe Stornetta, Angelique Bell, Colton Slack, Zach Kavert, Klint Simpson, Terry Schank, John and Bradley Clark, Cody Fendley, Shawn Jones, Austin Liggett, and many more.

Pre Sale Tickets for this event are on sale now through Thursday where adult General Admission Tickets are on sale at a discounted rate of $20. To Pre-Order you can call 916-370-9417. Saturday night, the gates will open at 5pm with adult tickets going on sale for $25 while kids 6-12 will be admitted for just $5.

Cars are slated to hit the track around 6pm with racing scheduled to go green around 7pm.

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will be in action again on August 1st at the Stockton Dirt Track.

WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank, (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on July 18th).

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SPRINT CAR SERIES- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2015, the series will operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 12 races scattered at six different tracks.

 

 

Aaron Reutzel charges to first career King of the West Series victory at a thrilling Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday in Tulare

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – July 25, 2015…Rising Sprint Car star Aaron Reutzel of Clute, Texas thrilled a packed house of fans on Saturday by making a late race charge around Jason Meyers to take home the $11,000 top prize at the Peter Murphy Classic in Tulare.

The night of racing was Reutzel’s first ever start at the challenging Thunderbowl Raceway and he definitely took a liking to the one-third mile clay oval in no time at all. The evening as a whole was all made possible by the tireless efforts of our good friend Peter Murphy, who worked extremely hard gathering extra money & awards. His entire crew of helpers should also be commended for all their outstanding work all night long.

“What a great race that was tonight,” Reutzel said on the custom Peter Murphy Classic victory lane podium. “This track is just awesome to race at and was so much fun. It’s great to see so many fans come out tonight and support this event. I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth enough for allowing me to come out and drive this car. I definitely hope to do more in the future. Racing so hard for the win with a guy like Jason Meyers late in the feature was pretty cool. I couldn’t be happier right now.”

Reutzel, the current Lucas Oil ASCS National point leader started from seventh in the 30-lapper presented by Tachi Palace and was making just his second career King of the West start. Early on things came to a slowdown though when current KWS point leader Dominic Scelzi got upside down. It turned into a lengthy delay as the safety crew took every precaution, with the youngster having some upper back pain. He was transported, checked & released early this morning at a local hospital and although very sore, luckily suffered no serious injuries.

When things got going again it turned into the Jason Meyers & Kyle Hirst show up front. Meyers, a two-time World of Outlaws champion, made his initial King of the West start of the season and looked sharp all night long aboard the Elite No. 7m machine. Hirst was in search of his fourth consecutive King of the West victory; while driving a tribute car for Roth Motorsports designed identical to the last Sprint Car Peter Murphy drove. Meyers & Hirst entertained the crowd fighting hard for the top spot, using every inch of the Thunderbowl Raceway.

The complexion of the race changed on a lap 21 restart when Reutzel slipped under Hirst to claim the second position. He then immediately began running the high-line Hirst had been running through one & two and quickly closed in on Meyers. After hounding Meyers’ rear bumper for a handful of laps he finally got the run off turn two he needed and rocketed into the lead with just a few circuits left. Meyers stayed close, but Reutzel drove flawlessly and crossed the checkered flag by 0.466 seconds for the victory. The win also gave Roth Motorsports their fourth KWS win in a row.

It was great to have Meyers back in a 410 Sprint Car on Saturday and his runner up effort paid a handsome $5,000. Hirst had another solid outing and completed the podium at the Peter Murphy Classic, earning $3,000. Lemoore’s Carson Macedo scored fourth in the feature after setting fast time, winning his heat and claiming the pole shuffle. The 19-year-old earned $600 for fast time courtesy of Williams Motorsports & Brad Sweet, as well as $700 in the pole shuffle courtesy of Joe Hunt Magnetos & Sanger Tire. Adding up his winning’s Macedo will take home $3,300 for the night.

Last year’s Murphy Classic winner Jonathan Allard was fun to watch in the feature running the extreme high-side and completed the top-five. Grass Valley’s Jason Statler had a strong run in the feature and scored the Stephen Allard Hard Charger Award. The Big Guy carved his way from 19th to sixth for the extra $1000 presented by Jonathan Allard & Rodney Tiner. Adding in his winnings Statler goes home with $2700. Campbell’s Bud Kaeding finished sixth and by doing so has taken over the King of the West Series point lead by three-markers over Macedo.

Fresno’s Craig Stidham went from 17th to eighth, with Fresno’s Cory Eliason and Medford, Oregon’s Roger Crockett rounding out the top-10.

Dominic Scelzi won the night’s B-main and as noted Macedo captured the pole shuffle. The four 10-lap heat races were picked off by Macedo, Aaron Reutzel, Scott Parker and Willie Croft. Macedo opened the night by setting his second consecutive fast time effort with KWS by clocking a 13.488. A stout field of 34 Winged Sprint Cars was on hand for the prestigious event. Full results are available at www.racepmg.com

Some of the other awards during the night included right rear tires to the fourth fastest driver in qualifying, hard luck in A-main and winner of the B-main courtesy of Hoosier Tire West. A Vortex Wing to the first driver upside down in the heat races and feature. A bottle of wine courtesy Rico Abreu Racing given to fast time, the hard charger and A-main winner. Ten gallons of fuel from Kaeding Performance to fifth place in the heat races. A torque tube to fifth place in the heat races courtesy of King Racing Products and a plastic fuel jug to last place in the heats from BR Motorsports. First non-transfer in the B-main also got $100 courtesy Shifty Illusions.

A longest tow award was presented by Pro Signs and went to Jared Petersen, who was driving the Oregon based Henderson Motorsports No. 7n during the night. A highest 360 bonus of $400 went to Foresthill youngster Ryan Robinson, who thrilled the crowd in the B-main by running the ragged edge of the Thunderbowl. The 14-year-old transferred into the feature and goes home with $1400 for the night. Koen Shaw claimed $300 as second highest finishing 360, with Tommy Laliberte earning $200.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be right back in action this coming Saturday night August 1 at the Stockton Dirt Track. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be acquired by contacting 916-370-9417. All seating is general admission during the night, but fans can save up to $5 off each adult ticket by pre-purchasing them prior to the event.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stoktondirttrack.com

 

 

Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi leads hot King of the West point’s chase into the high-paying Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday
Peter Murphy tie-ins scattered among the top-3 in KWS standings

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – July 22, 2015…Eighteen-year-old Dominic Scelzi leads three-time USAC Silver Crown champion Bud Kaeding by just seven-points at the top of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings heading into the second Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Reserved grandstand seats for the Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday cost $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. To reserve your seat contact (559) 688-0909. The front gate will open at 4pm with racing expected to get underway around 7pm. The ticket booth will open at 1pm, with pit booth scheduled to open at 9am. Camping is available on the fairgrounds for those that want to bring RV’s, trailers or tents.

This Saturday night marks round 11 in the battle for the King of the West title and is the richest event all year for the series. The A-main will pay $11,000-to-win & $1000-to-start, among other incentives thanks to former KWS regular Peter Murphy, who hustled up lots of extra cash. Murphy will once again have a special victory podium made up with champagne to help celebrate the winners in style. It will surely be a victory lane party that fans want to stay for!

Chico’s Kyle Hirst comes into the race as the hottest driver on tour with KWS. The 27-year-old has won four main events already this season, including the past three. Hirst last year fought for the lead at the Peter Murphy Classic, until catching the wall and suffering a flat tire around the midway point. The two-time series champion has been on fire lately and would love to give owner’s Dennis & Teresa Roth a victory in their own backyard at the Murphy Classic. Roth Motorsports will also have ASCS National point leader Aaron Reutzel in a car. The Clute, TX wheel-man finished fifth in his KWS debut at the HK Classic two weeks ago.

The extremely close race for the King of the West championship continues at the Peter Murphy Classic. Fresno based Dominic Scelzi is back on top of the points after last week’s event in Placerville. The ironic twist is that Peter Murphy has acted as crew chief for Scelzi the last year & a half, making him one of the many sentimental favorites. Campbell’s Bud Kaeding sits just seven-markers back of Scelzi going into Saturday. Kaeding also drives the Williams Motorsports ZERO, which is the same car Murphy notably drove from late 1997-2002. Scelzi has one win so far this year, while Kaeding has two victories to his credit.

Lemoore’s Carson Macedo now finds himself third in the standings, 19-digits behind Scelzi. The 19-year-old first-year KWS regular also drives for Tarlton & Son Inc., who Murphy drove for to a number of Wingless wins in the mid-to-late 2000’s. The always smooth & consistent Bobby McMahan drove from 16th to eighth last week and has moved his way to fourth in points. The Elk Grove driver holds a six-point advantage over Hanford’s DJ Netto, who rounds out the top-five going into Saturday. The 19-year-old drove to a big victory during the most recent King of the West event in Tulare on May 16.

Thirteen-time series champion Brent Kaeding sits just five-markers out of the top-five and last year finished third at the Peter Murphy Classic. Fremont’s Shane Golobic is six-digits behind Kaeding going into Tulare. The defending Civil War champion finished second in May at the Thunderbowl and a win at the Murphy Classic would be huge for the 23-year-old. Three-time KWS titlist Jonathan Allard is eighth in the standings and last year captured victory at the event. The Chico driver is still searching for his first series win of 2015 and would love nothing more than to do it at the Murphy Classic. Gilroy youngster Jarrett Soares & Hirst complete the top-10 in points.

A stellar field is set to be on hand and will include past KWS champions Tyler Walker of Los Angeles & Jason Statler of Grass Valley, along with Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Fresno’s Craig Stidham & Cory Eliason, Medford, Oregon’s Roger Crockett, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Australian’s Shaun Dobson, Michael Cunningham & Clem Hoffmans, Tipton’s Mike Faria, Tulare’s Shawn Wright, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Atwater’s Sean Watts and more.

Saturday will also feature the Williams Roofing Royal Fan Pill Draw with an extra special incentive. A trivia question will be asked from the announce booth and the fan that answers correctly will pull a random number (1-22) out of a bag. The fan automatically wins $100 and if the driver wins the feature from the starting spot drawn, the driver receives a $2000 bonus! Special thanks to Williams Roofing Fremont, CA!

The Hard Charger Award on Saturday is named after the late Stephen Allard and will pay $1000 to the driver that improves their starting spot the most in the feature. Fast time is being sponsored by Williams Motorsports, as well as World of Outlaws driver Brad Sweet and stands at $600. A longest haul award will also be given out, which will pay $500. A bonus for the three highest finishing 360 Sprint Cars will be up for grabs and will go $400, $300 & $200.

The Dash during the night will also have a special twist thrown in. Rather than doing the standard eight car dash where all drivers compete for six laps, the night will see an Australian & New Zealand style Pole Shuffle thrown into the mix. The winner of the shuffle will be awarded with $500 courtesy of Hunt Magnetos.

To view a promo video click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxJkOp8R5Kk

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. More info can be found at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Upcoming KWS events

Saturday July 25: Thunderbowl Raceway (2nd annual Peter Murphy Classic)
Saturday August 1: Stockton Dirt Track
Saturday September 19: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

 

KWS A-main to pay $11,000-to-win/ $1000-to-start

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – July 20, 2015…On July 20, 2013 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series had one of its toughest nights in recent memory when popular driver Peter Murphy suffered injuries during a main event crash at the Antioch Speedway.

The result of the accident ultimately forced Murphy to retire from Sprint Car racing as a driver, having suffered a traumatic brain injury, ligament damage in his neck, shoulder and knees, along with a compressed T-3 vertebra.

Despite that however, he has said time & time again that he has no ill feelings towards the sport. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find someone that has a bigger passion for the sport of Sprint Car racing than Peter Murphy.

With that in mind last season Murphy worked extremely hard to put on the very first Peter Murphy Classic at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. It turned out to be a huge success and this year’s event has grown to be even bigger than the inaugural running.

Murphy’s goal is to once again make the night a special one that people will remember, along with getting as many cars & fans to come out as possible.

“I really want this night to be a big one for all the fans & teams,” Murphy said. “The King of the West Sprint Car Series is one of the best Sprint Car tours you’ll find anywhere and Tulare is a great place to host an event like this. I still can’t thank everyone enough for all that they did for me after my accident. It’s been so humbling to have the support from people all over the world. This is a way for me to give back and show how much I appreciate this sport we all love.”

The 2nd annual Peter Murphy Classic is turning out to be the richest & most lucrative event of the season for KWS. The A-main will pay $11,000-to-win & $1000-to-start. Murphy had wanted it to be 10 grand-to-win, but with his old number being 11 he said, “Why not just make it 11 grand?”

The Hard Charger Award is named after the late Stephen Allard and will pay $1000 to the driver that improves their starting spot the most in the feature. Fast time is being sponsored by Williams Motorsports, as well as World of Outlaws driver Brad Sweet and stands at $600. A longest haul award will also be given out, which will pay $500. A bonus for the three highest finishing 360 Sprint Cars will be up for grabs and will go $400, $300 & $200.

The Dash during the night will also have a special twist thrown in. Rather than doing the standard eight car dash where all drivers compete for six laps, the night will see an Australian & New Zealand style Pole Shuffle thrown into the mix. The winner of the shuffle will be awarded with $500 courtesy of Hunt Magnetos.

The eight dash cars will still be determined the same way as always, but drivers will race each other two-by-two for two laps, until the final pair go at it for a couple laps to determine the pole sitter. The drivers that draw 8 & 7 will race each other first, with the winner going against the driver that draws number 6. The process will go on until there are two drivers left standing for the final round.

The always exciting USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprints will also compete during the night, with an inflated purse being $4000-to-win & $400-to-start. Longest haul pays $400, fast time will pay $300, hard charger will pay $200. The dash for cash to open the night will feature four cars “old school style” with it paying $500-to-win, $400 for 2nd, $300 for 3rd and $200 for 4th. With Murphy racing both Winged & Wingless Sprints during his career it makes for a perfect tie-in at the Peter Murphy Classic.

Murphy will once again have a victory podium made up with champagne to help celebrate the winners in style. It will surely be a victory lane celebration that fans want to stay for! We’ll also have numerous giveaways during the night, along with the Williams Roofing Royal Fan Draw.

Reserved grandstand seats for the Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday July 25 cost $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. To reserve your seat contact (559) 688-0909. The front gate will open at 4pm with racing expected to get underway around 7pm.

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. More info can be found at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Upcoming KWS events

Saturday July 25: Thunderbowl Raceway (2nd annual Peter Murphy Classic) Saturday August 1: Stockton Dirt Track Saturday September 19: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

 

 

Schank Charges From Tail End of Field To Score Wingless Win

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Petaluma, CA)- After making an early trip to the work area, Terry Schank made a late race pass at the Petaluma Speedway to successfully charge from the back of the pack to score his second Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos win of the 2015 season.

With Shane Myhre leading the field to green by way of his Dash win alongside local product, Joe Stornetta, it was Stornetta getting the early jump and seemingly checking out as Myhre chased in the second spot.

An early stoppage in the race saw things get shaken up a bit as perennial series favorite, Terry Schank pulled his machine off the racing surface and into the work area. Though he would restart, Schank would have his work cut out for him from the tail end of the field.

As the race came back to life it was all Joe Stornetta out front as he continued to run away and hide as Shane Myhre, Jimmy Christian and Klint Simpson began their own battle while chasing after the leader.

The 18th lap saw the race’s complexion change in a big way as Stornetta’s machine broke, while Simpson and Christian got together while battling for third and fourth, meaning three of the top-five would be taken out of contention as Shane Myhre took over the top spot.

The restart saw Myhre set a nice pace on a slicked off Petaluma Speedway as Schank would work up into the second spot before the red flag flew on the 20th lap, setting up what would be a five-lap dash to the finish.

On the restart, Schank would go to work on Myhre, and on the 22nd lap he would use the low side of turn two to make his race winning pass as he stormed into the lead and never looked back as he picked up his second series win of the season.

Jonathan Henry would get by Myhre late to take second at the line, why Myhre held on for the third spot. John Clark would finish fourth, Shayna Syliva fifth, Angelique Bell sixth, Bradley Clark seventh, Brian Azvedo eight, Nick Larson ninth and John Clark would round out the Top-10.

With 25 cars in the house on Saturday night, Colton Slack would earn quick time honors, as Myhre, Austin Liggett and Terry Schank each won heat races.

Shane Myhre would win the dash, while Jason McIntosh wont he night’s B Main.

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will be in action again on August 1st at the Stockton Dirt Track.

WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th), Austin Liggett (Stockton Dirt Track on June 13th), Terry Schank, (Calistoga Speedway on June 27th), Klint Simpson (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Terry Schank (Petaluma Speedway on July 18th).

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SPRINT CAR SERIES- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2015, the series will operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 12 races scattered at six different tracks.

 

 

Kyle Hirst holds off a charging Colby Copeland to win his third straight King of the West Sprint Car Series main event on Saturday at Placerville Speedway’s Bullring Nationals

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – July 18, 2015…Chico’s Kyle Hirst has been red hot since re-joining the Roth Motorsports team in mid-May and put together another tremendous performance on Saturday at the Bullring Nationals, racing to his third consecutive and fourth overall King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory of the year.

The win gave Hirst a season-sweep of the two KWS events at Placerville Speedway and tied the most victories he’s ever had in a single season with the series. It was also his 15th career King of the West triumph, which ties him with former series champion Tim Green for fifth on the all-time win list.

“We’ve been on a roll lately and I just kept focusing on hitting my marks on all the restarts, as well as late in the race,” commented the two-time King of the West champion. “I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth enough for the opportunity to drive this car. I definitely hope to keep doing it for years to come. I also want to thank all the fans for coming tonight. You guys packed the house and that’s what we love to see. Hopefully we can continue this momentum at the Peter Murphy Classic next week. There’s lot of money on the line at the Murphy and it’s a race that all of us want to win.”

The field came to the line with KWS point leader going into the night, Carson Macedo of Lemoore on the pole, with Hirst to his outside. The always challenging & tight confines of Placerville Speedway certainly made things interesting as always and when the green lights came on, it was Hirst charging out to the lead. He soon had company in the form of Fremont’s Shane Golobic, who was in search of his first Placerville KWS win. The two drivers battled for the lead, before Golobic was able to slice to his inside for the top-spot. It didn’t last long however, as contact with the infield tire left him without steering on lap-nine.

With Golobic slowing down the front stretch, Macedo had nowhere to go and the two came together creating a caution period. Both drivers looked to be challengers for the victory before the incident. Golobic would go on to have another issue on lap 24, ending his night, while Macedo got upside down just before the checkered flag in turn four on the final lap, resulting in a 17th place finish. The surface got slicker & slicker as the race went on, but Hirst was able to hold the field at bay, despite a lot of moving & shaking going on behind him. Auburn’s Andy Forsberg at times looked like he would challenge Hirst for the win, but was never able to find a way by the fast moving 27-year-old.

The fight for second through seventh was an entertaining one and anybody’s race over the final half of the feature. Roseville’s Colby Copeland continued his strong efforts as of late and made some fantastic moves on restarts to pick cars off. Copeland ran high & low moving his way forward and gave a hard run after Hirst on a restart with three-laps to go. Any slip up by Hirst and Copeland would have gobbled up the lead. That never happened however, and Hirst took the Ed Entz checkered flag by 0.770 seconds over Copeland for the win. In four of the last five King of the West races Hirst has earned three wins and a runner up aboard the Dennis & Teresa Roth owned No. 83jr.

Copeland’s runner up finish was a career best with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at the helm of his Bianchi Farms/ Van Lare Steering Repair No. 5v mount. The previous week in Watsonville he had earned his first series podium by finishing third. Copeland is one of the drivers in California that has blossomed in 2015 and has certainly gained strength with the year going on. Forsberg fell back some spots late in the going, but in typical “Mr. Excitement” fashion was able to fight his way back forward to round out the podium in the PT Shocks/ Pit Stop USA No. 7c machine. It was Forsberg’s first KWS podium at Placerville in many years and he was fun to watch as always.

Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi finished fourth and in doing so has re-taken the King of the West point lead going into next weekend’s Peter Murphy Classic. The 18-year-old finished fourth in both of the Placerville visits this year. Campbell’s Bud Kaeding completed the top-five and now sits just seven-points behind Scelzi for the top spot in the standings. Kaeding this year is in search of his first KWS title. Placerville’s Andy Gregg showed speed all race long and tallied a sixth place finish at the conclusion. It was nice to have the former KWS regular as part of the field for the first time in 2015.

Los Angeles, CA’s Tyler Walker also spent time dicing it up among the top-five, before finishing seventh at the conclusion. Sixteenth starter Bobby McMahan of Elk Grove came home eighth, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker had a great run in ninth and Campbell’s Brent Kaeding earned the KSE Hard Charger Award coming from 20th to 10th. Full results will be available at www.racepmg.com

Bobby McMahan won the night’s 12-lap B-main, while Carson Macedo captured the six-lap dash. The four 10-lap heat races were won by Shane Golobic, Kyle Hirst, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler and Andy Forsberg. Carson Macedo kicked-off the night by setting his first fast time of the season with a lap of 10.471 around the quarter-mile. A field of 28-cars was on hand at the Placerville Speedway.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is now geared up to invade the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway next Saturday July 25 for the second annual Peter Murphy Classic. The huge night of racing & entertainment is paying $11,000-to-win & $1000-to-start the KWS main event. The USAC West Coast 360 Sprints will also be on hand to make for a can’t miss night of Winged & Wingless Sprint Car racing. Camping is available on the fairgrounds for those that want to bring RV’s, trailers or tents.

Reserved grandstand seats for the Peter Murphy Classic cost just $20 with general admission bleacher tickets only $18. To reserve your seat contact (559) 688-0909. The front gate will open at 4pm with racing expected to get underway around 7pm. Make plans to arrive early, as extra money on the line in qualifying is sure to make it one of the best sessions of the year for both classes.

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. More info can be found at www.thunderbowlraceway.com

Photo courtesy Race Photos by Donna

 

 

 

National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding earned his most recent King of the West victory at Placerville Speedway in 2012 and came oh so close in the summer event last year. The Campbell veteran is just seven-points out of the top-five in the series standings going into this Saturday's Bullring Nationals.

Last season at this event the 13-time series champion led all the way until the final corner when he got out shape, allowing Sean Becker the chance to sneak by for the win. He'll look for some redemption this Saturday night at the high-banked red clay bullring. Shane Golobic, Bobby McMahan, DJ Netto & Kaeding are all just 10-points apart going into KWS round 10.

"We always love coming to Placerville Speedway with the King of the West Series," Kaeding commented. "Alan Handy does a great job with the track. You pretty much always know it's going to be racy and that's what you want as a driver. The fans there are always great as well. When you get 410's on that track it's always an unpredictable thing. Hopefully we can battle our way to the front with this Al's Roofing Supply 69. Come out and bring a friend on Saturday. It's going to fun."

Adult tickets on Saturday will cost $22, seniors 62 & over will be $15, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and children 6-11 will be $6. All seating is general admission during the night. The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 5pm and racing anticipated to begin around 7pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the grandstands always pack in at the Placerville bullring.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more on Placerville Speedway log onto http://www.placervillespeedway.com/

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

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Upcoming KWS events

Saturday July 18: Placerville Speedway (Bullring Nationals) Saturday July 25: Thunderbowl Raceway (2nd annual Peter Murphy Classic) Saturday August 1: Stockton Dirt Track Saturday September 19: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

 

 


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