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11-Races On Tap For Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- After a very successful run under Roger Gleason and the Joe Hunt Magnetos staff, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series will move forward under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group for 2015 and beyond, and PMG is excited to unveil an 11-race schedule for the popular series.

“We are really excited to bring the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series aboard for 2015 and beyond,” John Prentice, President of Prentice Motorsports Group said. “We have them in action with the King of the West Series and Civil War Series on a few occasions, and we think this will be a great addition to our program.”

The Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series will kick the 2015 season off on Saturday, March 7th at the Silver Dollar Speedway as part of the Silver Cup.

The series will then have a few weeks off before they invade the Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, CA on Sunday, April 12th as they share the track with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.

April 25th has the series at the Petaluma Speedway, before their first show with the Civil War Series scheduled for May 30th at the Placerville Speedway.

The month of June has the series in action along with the King of the West Series on a pair of occasions as they take to the Stockton Dirt Track on the 13th, before their final visit of the year to the Calistoga Speedway on the 27th for the Wine Country Classic.

July 11th, the series travel to the Ocean Speedway for the Howard Kaeding Classic, before their second of three stops at the Stockton Dirt Track on August 1st.

August 29th brings the longest race of the season as the 50-Lap Soares Classic awaits the stars and cars of the series at the Petaluma Speedway.

A return trip to the Ocean Speedway for the Johnny Key Classic is on the 29th of August, before sharing the spotlight with the Civil War Series on Wednesday September 9th as Gold Cup week opens up.

The Championship Spectacular will November 7th at the Stockton Dirt Track as the Joe Hunt Magentos Sprint Car Series, Civil War Sprint Car Series, and the King of the West Series will all be on hand to crown their 2015 champions.

ON TAP: The Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series will open their first season with the Prentice Motorsports Group up on March 7th at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

WINNERS:

STAY CONNECTED: Stay tuned for the release of a new website ASAP.

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 11 races scattered at six different tracks.

 

 

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series releases an action packed 30th anniversary schedule highlighted by big shows & marquee events in 2015

By Gary Thomas

Aptos, CA – December 15, 2014…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series has officially released its schedule of events for the upcoming 30th anniversary season, which showcases 18 full point events at 10 different venues, along with a pair of co-sanctioned weekends for the first time ever with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.

The upcoming season will mark the fifth campaign held under the King of the West Sprints banner and the 30th overall year since the Golden State 410 Series came into existence back in 1986. It will also be the second full season contested with the direction & leadership of John Prentice and Brent Kaeding, who assumed management of the series at the end of 2013. The tour is coming off one of the most exciting years of racing in recent memory and even more is expected in 2015.

The season opens with the first of two co-sanctioned weekends with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series on Friday & Saturday March 13 & 14 at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare. The co-sanctioned weekends will award drivers & team’s KWS show up points and offers the series a chance to work with the “Greatest Show on Dirt” for the first time. Teams that will be running full time with the King of the West Series in 2015 will also have show up incentives paid during each co-sanctioned weekend, with the details announced in the near future. Tickets for March 13 & 14 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 16 in the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial, July 25 in the second annual Peter Murphy Classic & on October 10 in the KRC Safety Fall Shootout. The October event takes place the weekend before Trophy Cup, giving teams one final chance to hit the track before the prestigious three-night show is held on October 15, 16 & 17.

The high-banked bullring of Placerville Speedway once again plays host to a pair of KWS events this coming season, with the first being the Gold Country Shootout on Saturday April 4. The event takes place just days before the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series return to the red clay, giving California drivers & teams a chance to get some laps on the action packed quarter-mile prior to the WOO show. The previously held Bullring Nationals will then be revived in the summer with the King of the West 410 Sprints returning to Placerville on Saturday July 18.

The second & final co-sanctioned weekend with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series takes place at the famed Calistoga Speedway on Saturday & Sunday April 11 & 12. Opening night on April 11 will also see the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster on hand to make for one of the biggest & most anticipated evening’s of racing seen at Calistoga in recent memory. Weekend tickets are on sale by visiting http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=163

Along with the April weekend, the King of the West 410’s will also be in action at the Calistoga half-mile on Saturday June 27 during the Wine Country Classic, in conjunction with NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend in Sonoma. Last year’s KWS event featured some of the most entertaining Winged Sprint Car racing ever contested at the Calistoga Speedway, following numerous renovations that have gone on at the facility over the last couple seasons. The track has been given a huge boost, bringing it up to status as one of premier venues on the west coast.

The centrally located Stockton Dirt Track, which enters its third season of operation, will host the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on three different occasions in 2015. KWS will invade the 3/8 mile clay oval on Saturday June 13, Saturday August 1 & Saturday November 7 for the 32nd 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. This past season saw 72-cars pack the pit area to cap the Nor Cal season in grand fashion.

The Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico will hold two King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events in 2015, with both being special shows on Saturday’s. The first will be on Saturday May 2, which marks the always prestigious 25th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial & the second will be on Saturday June 6, in what will be the 3rd annual David Tarter Memorial. The Bradway Memorial each season is a major cornerstone event for the series and the Tarter Memorial is becoming one as well at the famed quarter-mile clay oval.

For the third straight year the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will compete at Petaluma Speedway in the month of May. The date this year will once again be on Mother’s Day weekend and happens on Saturday night May 9. Sacramento’s Willie Croft has been the “King of Petaluma” the past two years and looks to make it three in a row this coming May.

Hosting a pair of events in 2015 is the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, with the first coming on Friday June 26 and the second on Saturday July 11, which will be the 5th annual Howard Kaeding Classic. The event has become a very special one paying honor to the legendary “Campbell Comet.” The HK Classic weekend also features the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series vs. Taco Bravo Ocean Sprints on Friday July 10, which makes for a can’t miss double header at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds quarter-mile.

Under new management and reopening this season the always exciting Kings 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 September 19 and the second occurs on Saturday October 24 with the 30th annual Cotton Classic, which returns to the Kings County Fairgrounds facility in 2015. The Cotton Classic caps a huge three week’s of Sprint Car racing in the Central Valley, with the KRC Safety Fall Shootout & the Trophy Cup preceding it.

The popular & “vacation like” Santa Maria Speedway/ Ventura Raceway weekend will occur once again this season after a successful debut last year. The dates for the weekend on the coast are Friday September 25 in Santa Maria & Saturday September 26 in Ventura. The inaugural two-night double header last season was well received by all involved, so if you happened to miss it, be sure and make plans to join us this coming September.

“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. Having special shows is a key for any traveling series and next season you’ll see we have quite a few of them. The schedule worked out great with no 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 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

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King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series 2015 Schedule

Friday March 13: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Co-Sanctioned weekend with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series) Saturday March 14: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA

Saturday April 4: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA (Gold Country Shootout)

Saturday April 11: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Co-Sanctioned weekend with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series) Sunday April 12: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA

Saturday May 2: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (25th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial)

Saturday May 9: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA

Saturday May 16: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)

Saturday June 6: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (3rd annual David Tarter Memorial)

Saturday June 13: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA

Friday June 26: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA Saturday June 27: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Wine Country Classic- NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Sonoma)

Saturday July 11: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA (5th annual Howard Kaeding Classic)

Saturday July 18: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Bullring Nationals)

Saturday July 25: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (2nd annual Peter Murphy Classic) Saturday August 1: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA

Saturday September 19: Kings Speedway – Hanford, CA

Friday September 25: Santa Maria Speedway – Nipomo, CA Saturday September 26: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

Saturday October 10: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (KRC Safety Fall Shootout- Weekend before Trophy Cup)

Saturday October 24: Kings Speedway – Hanford, CA (30th annual Cotton Classic)

Saturday November 7: Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA (32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson- KWS & Civil War finale)

 

 

Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster Set For 14-Race Schedule In 2015

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Stockton, CA)- After a very competitive 2014 season, the first with under the guidance of the Prentice Motorsports Group, The Civil War Series and PMG are pleased to announce a 14-race schedule, at eight different tracks, on tap for what looks to be another exciting season.

“We are really pleased with the way the schedule came out for 2015,” John Prentice, President of PMG said. “We have the traditional Civil War dates fans have grown accustomed to seeing, and we also have a couple of new events we are excited about.”

As the series has grown accustomed to, the action will kick off at the re-vamped Marysville Raceway for a special Friday night show on March 20th. 2015 marks the first year the track will be under the helm of Dennis Gage, and opening night marks the first of two stops at the facility.

The following weekend finds the stars and cars on the series invading the Petaluma Speedway. After a couple of exciting shows at the Petaluma Speedway during the 2014 season, this marks the first of three stops at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

April is an exciting month for the series as Saturday April 11th marks a return trip to the Calistoga Speedway, after a several year hiatus, as we share the spotlight with the World of Outlaw STP Sprint Car Series in what will be our lone trip to the speedway. April 25th will be the series’ first-ever visit to the Thunderbowl in Tulare, CA. The high-banked facility seems to always put on an exciting show, and the series is looking forward to it’s first visit.

A busy month of May has the traditional Memorial Day Weekend double header at the Marysville Raceway on Saturday the 23rd for the Mel Hall Memorial, which also acts as the first Johnny Key Qualifier, before the first of two stops at the Silver Dollar Speedway on the 24th for the Fair Race. The second Johnny Key Qualifier closes out the month of May on the 30th at the Placerville Speedway.

The lone race in June comes on the 20th at the Petaluma Speedway for the second visit of the year, and Friday July 10th marks the first visit of the year at the Ocean Speedway in what is the Howard Kaeding Classic.

August 8th is the second and final visit to Placerville Speedway for the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic, August 22nd will be the final visit of the year at the Petaluma Speedway, also acting as the final Johnny Key Qualifier, and August 29th is the 55th Running of the Johnny Key Classic at the Ocean Speedway. At press time, the Johnny Key Classic format is still being finalized and will be announced as soon as possible.

With things winding down, the Wednesday night show kicking off Gold Cup Week at the Silver Dollar Speedway takes place on September 9th, before the Championship Spectacular once again takes to the Stockton Dirt Track on November 7th.

In 11 races in 2014 the series saw 10 different winners, including three first time winners with the series, and a first time series champion. With the release of the 2015 schedule, the entire staff is looking forward to the opener on March 20th.

The Civil War Sprint Car Series would like to thank Flowmaster, BR Motorsports, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, CRV Carbon Solutions, Design 500, Dirt Solution, Taco Bravo, Hansen Machine, Frankland Racing Supply, Fuel Safe, Hoosier, Joe Hunt Magnetos, Kaeding Performance, King Racing Products, KSE Power Steering Products, Pit Stop USA, MPD, All Pro, RCM Design, Rod End Supply, Racing Optics, SRP, VSR, and Weld Racing for their support.

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will kick the 2015 season off on March 20th at the Marysville Raceway.

WINNERS: Winners in the 2014 California Sprint Car Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster… Andy Gregg- 1 (Marysville Raceway Park on March 15th), DJ Netto-1 (Marysville Raceway Park on May 24th), Shane Golobic-1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on May 25th), Andy Forsberg- 1 (Placerville Speedway on May 31st), Mason Moore (Petaluma Speedway on July 5th), Brad Furr (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Greg DeCaires (Placerville Speedway on August 9th), Rico Abreu (Ocean Speedway on August 23rd), Matt Peterson (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 3rd), Colby Copeland (Petaluma Speedway on September 20th), Rico Abreu (Stockton Dirt Track on November 2nd).

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.

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 360 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.

 

 

Shane Golobic wins a wild Tribute to Gary Patterson main event at the Stockton Dirt Track while Kyle Hirst celebrates back to back King of the West titles

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – November 2, 2014…After wrapping up the Civil War Series title on Sunday Fremont’s Shane Golobic proceeded to then carve his way from 14th starting and claim his second career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory, during what was a wild back & forth 30-lap Tribute to Gary Patterson.

Golobic was the fourth different leader in the race and became the farthest back starting driver to win a King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series feature since 2012. The now 23-year-old claimed his only other series victory back in 2008 at his home track of Ocean Speedway. His triumph came aboard the Joe VonSchriltz Racing No. 121 Sprinter.

“This is pretty awesome to come out here and win the Tribute to Gary Patterson tonight,” Golobic commented. “We’ve been so close to a win with the King of the West Series the last couple years that it feels pretty special right now. When you get a win with this series you know that you’ve beat some of the best in the business and it’s never easy. I can’t thank my entire team enough for all their support.”

The final 30-lap main event for 2014 came to the line with first-time Dash winner Scott Parker of Coarsegold and San Jose’s Tim Kaeding on the front row. At the waving of the green flag Kaeding charged into the lead, while Parker’s strong night came to end on lap three when he caught a rut and got upside down. With rain the last couple days some definite rough spots developed and made it a definite cowboy up race track.

Various slowdowns plagued the flow of the race, but positions changed regularly as drivers from the rear of the field made their way to the front. Rutherford’s Rico Abreu and Hanford’s DJ Netto battled for the runner up spot, before Netto was able to assume the spot on lap 11. At this same time Abreu had a right rear tire going down, which ultimately caused him to stop and bring out a yellow. On the restart Netto kept pace with leader Kaeding and made it a battle for the lead.

With Netto all over Kaeding the complexion of the race changed on lap 18, when Netto got to his inside for the lead through the first & second corners. Some contact ensued, which caused Kaeding to spin sideways, bringing out a yellow flag. Despite the fact TK kept going he was charged with the yellow and forced to go to the rear of the field. While this went on, a fuel stop was needed that brought things to a halt.

Netto would lead the field back to green, but it would be short lived as he jumped the cushion in turn four and allowed 16th starting Jason Statler the chance to shoot under for the top spot. The Big Guy had made some great moves to pick his way to the front and looked for his second win of the season. Everyone’s eyes were also glued Abreu and Kaeding, who were making some thrilling passes charging through the field. Abreu had come from the back and made it all the way up to second on lap 21.

Just when it looked like Abreu had a chance to track down Statler, an issue on the right front would drop him a couple spots and then fall off the track with about five laps remaining. Fourteenth starter Shane Golobic now found himself in second and the Taco Bravo/ Civil War champ proceeded to close in through traffic. Attention was also placed on Tim Kaeding, who was certainly determined marching his way back to the front. Kaeding sliced his way back up to fourth with just a few laps to go.

With victory in Statler’s sights he looked to be on way to the checkered, only to have the yellow lights flash on for a spun car on the backstretch. Moments after this Statler slowed to a stop after running out of fuel. The tough end to his bid at victory moved Golobic up to the lead and when the green flag waved again he pulled away from the field to claim the checkered by 1.445 seconds over 17th starter Willie Croft of Sacramento. Tim Kaeding came home third, with 11th starter Bud Kaeding in fourth and 15th starter Colby Copeland rounding out the top-five.

Despite having a tough night on Sunday Chico’s Kyle Hirst wrapped up the 2014 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series championship. He becomes the first back to back series champion since Brent Kaeding accomplished the feat in the mid 1990’s. “It’s pretty cool to join the list of drivers that have won this championship more than once and I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth enough for giving me the chance to drive this car. I want to thank my whole team and all the people that support us. Hopefully we can be back here next year celebrating three in a row.”

Kyle Hirst scored victory in the 12-lap Last Chance Showdown, with Scott Parker winning the dash and earning $1000 cash. The three 10-lap heat races were picked off by Evan Suggs, DJ Netto and Rico Abreu. Carson Macedo opened the night by re-setting his own KWS track record at the Stockton Dirt Track by clocking a 13.008.

Full results will be available at www.kwssprints.com

 

 

Australian James McFadden races to victory in his first career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series start on Saturday at the 29thCotton Classic

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – October 12, 2014…Making his first ever King of the West Series start on Saturday night Brisbane, Queensland, Australia wheel-man James McFadden became the third different leader of the main event and pulled away at the end to claim victory at the 29th annual Cotton Classic in Tulare.

The immensely talented Aussi sat aboard the Kaeding Performance/ Factory Kahne No. 4 machine for the night and looked very comfortable in his Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway debut. McFadden started from the fifth row and steadily made his way to the front in the Willie Kahne wrenched Sprinter, taking the lead on a lap 21 restart.

“It’s pretty cool to come out here tonight and I’m pretty pumped to get a win in California,” said McFadden, who will be back in the same car for Trophy Cup this coming week. “I can’t thank Kaeding Performance & Factory Kahne enough for the opportunity. It’s a pleasure to drive such a great car like this and I can’t wait to come back next week.”

The 30-lapper came to the line with Dash winner Kyle Hirst on the pole alongside Roseville’s Sean Becker. The main event was slowed by a number of stoppages, but in between those featured some great racing on the one-third mile clay oval. Hirst jumped out to the early lead, as he looked for KWS win number five on the season. Tight battles took place all over the speedway with close quarter action on each end. The driver on the move that everyone kept their eyes on was certainly Hanford’s DJ Netto, who had the Netto Ag/ Penny Newman Grain No. 88n on a roll.

Netto made some great moves to get by cars and sliced into third, passing Sean Becker on lap 10 and then into second on lap 13 getting around Bud Kaeding. The 18-year-old would then take the lead from Hirst on a lap 16 restart as the crowd came to their feet. The defending KWS champ and current point leader didn’t let him get away however, and gave it hard run to try and track Netto back down. Hirst ran the extreme high-line in exciting fashion, while hounding Netto’s rear bumper, until getting into the wall a little too hard and slowing to a stop with right side damage.

At this same time McFadden had charged up into second and when the green flag waved again he would take the lead. Bud Kaeding then charged by Netto off turn two and the pair went into the third corner full bore battling for position. Netto’s machine took a hard bicycle and moved up the track, creating a chain reaction that ended with Jonathan Allard getting upside down and Becker also being involved. Under the red Netto exited to the work area and McFadden now found himself out front for the single file restart.

After this there was no slowing McFadden, who charged away from the field to take the Willie Williams checkered flag and gave himself lots of momentum heading into the Trophy Cup. The battle for second waged on with Sacramento’s Willie Croft able to get around Bud Kaeding to secure the position. It was another very strong run for the veteran driver, who has had one of the finest years of his career in 2014. Croft has been one of the most impressive drivers in all of California this season.

“This was another great run for us tonight, but I’m tired of finishing second,” Croft joked in victory circle. “We’ve had a great season and I really have to thank all the guys that have helped me out this year. We plug people in at times and they’ve all worked really hard. As bad as the month of July was to us, the rest of the time we’ve been consistently in the top-five every night. I’m excited for the Trophy Cup next week in the Rudeen Racing 26.”

Bud Kaeding held off his dad Brent Kaeding in a close late-race battle for the third spot. It was another consistent outing for the three-time USAC Silver Crown champ. “Things were definitely exciting out there tonight and it was a lot of fun,” Bud commented. “This is one of those races I’ve always wanted to win. That cotton bale trophy is such a cool piece and I remember coming to this event when I was a kid. Hope everyone comes back for Trophy Cup next week because you’re going to see some pretty insane racing with slide jobs and more.”

Brent Kaeding earned the KSE Hard Charger Award with another solid outing in KWS competition by charging from 20th to fourth. Hirst made an impressive rebound to carve his way back to fifth at the conclusion. The 26-year-old was one of the fastest cars on the track at the end and showed he will be a definite contender at next week’s Trophy Cup. The top-10 was rounded out by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Allard, Netto and Grass Valley’s Jason Statler.

Kyle Hirst claimed the six-lap Dash and also won his heat race, with Evan Suggs, Shane Golobic and Tim Kaeding earning the other three 10-lap heats. Willie Croft won the Last Chance Showdown, while Jonathan Allard opened the night by setting fast time. Full results will be available at www.kwssprints.com

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now get set for championship night at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 1. Tickets for that event are on sale by calling 916-370-9417. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is right back in action next Thursday, Friday & Saturday with the 21st annual Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup. Tickets are on sale at 559-688-0909. All seating is reserved at the Trophy Cup.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series trip to the coast sees Jason Statler claim first victory since 2008 on Friday at Santa Maria Speedway & defending champ Kyle Hirst score 4th win of the year on Saturday at Ventura Raceway

By Gary Thomas

September 15, 2014…An exciting & historic weekend of racing for the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars this past weekend was highlighted by Jason Statler earning his first series win since 2008 on Friday at Santa Maria and current point leader Kyle Hirst racing to his KWS leading fourth victory of the season at Ventura Raceway on Saturday.

The triumph for Statler on Friday at Santa Maria Speedway was his very first win with the Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series since June 8, 2008 in Petaluma. The victory also came at the site of his biggest career win, which came in 1999 when he beat the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Statler also captured a KWS event at the one-third mile clay in 2003.

“This is so awesome I don’t really know what to say right now,” said Statler, who moved into a tie with Ronnie Day for 14th on the all-time win list. “That was a lot of fun out there tonight and I hope all the fans enjoyed it. I can’t thank Dave Rios enough for all of his support and my whole crew for working so hard. We won an Outlaw show here back in 1999, but this one tonight feels pretty darn special too.”

Friday’s event at the Santa Maria Speedway brought 23 cars to the always welcoming one-third mile clay oval and featured a thrilling 30-lap main event. The surface presented some rough spots, which made things very interesting with it also being hooked up and lightning fast. Dash winner Bud Kaeding pulled away early on and looked very strong out front, until an issue with the right rear of the car took away his chance of victory on lap 10.

It then gave the lead to Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, who was in search of his first King of the West Series win of the season. The Hall of Famer looked to take advantage of the opportunity, but had a number of other hungry drivers hot on his heels. Chico’s Kyle Hirst then found a nice groove and charged past Kaeding for the lead just before the 10 to go signal was given. Soon after that Statler had his elbows up and closed in on Hirst to make it a fight for the top spot once again.

The 2004 series champion sliced his way by Hirst to grab the lead with 23-laps down and there was no looking back after that, as he took the checkered flag to earn the very popular victory. Hirst came home in second, with Brent Kaeding, Hanford’s DJ Netto and Roseville’s Sean Becker completing the top-five. Rounding out the top-10 were Chico’s Jonathan Allard, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan and Tracy’s Austin Liggett, who earned the hard charger award in his KWS debut.

On Saturday the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series then traveled south to the Ventura Raceway for the first ever Winged Sprint Car event at the tight bullring. The beautiful setting played to some entertaining racing all night long, which ended with defending KWS champ and current point leader Kyle Hirst picking up his series leading fourth victory of the season. It was the 26-year-old drivers’ 11th career Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win, placing him in sole possession of ninth on the all-time list.

“It feels pretty cool to win the first Winged Sprint Car race here at Ventura tonight,” Hirst commented. “When we got here I wasn’t sure how the racing would be, but I was pleasantly surprised and thought it was a lot of fun. It’s pretty cool to see all you fans fill this place and we hope to come back next year. I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth enough for the opportunity to drive this car. My whole Roth Motorsports team has been working their tails off and I’m glad to get them a win.”

Hirst started on pole by way of his win in the dash and held all challengers at bay during the early going. Traffic early on created some extremely close action and Hirst had to work hard to hold off the pressure from various competitors. A red flag on lap 16 slowed things down, but on the restart nothing would slow Hirst as he checked out from the field to impressively pull away and take the checkered flag by over three seconds. Bud Kaeding made some great moves during the feature to earn a runner up finish after the tough luck from the night before.

Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi charged from ninth to third to score his best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish of the season. It was a nice rebound for the 17-year-old, who got upside down in his heat race. The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Jonathan Allard, Carson Macedo, DJ Netto, Bobby McMahan, Brent Kaeding, Sean Becker and Austin Liggett. Kyle Hirst won the dash, with the three exciting heat races picked off by Macedo, Hirst and Becker. Macedo set fast time to begin the night an 11.570.

Full results are available at www.kwssprints.com by clicking on the results tab.

A-main finish Santa Maria Speedway Friday: 1. 00 Jason Statler, 2. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 3. 69 Brent Kaeding, 4. 88n DJ Netto, 5. 35m Sean Becker, 6. 3c Jonathan Allard, 7. 22 Shane Golobic, 8. 3 Craig Stidham, 9. 25 Bobby McMahan, 10. 26 Austin Liggett, 11. 33e Evan Suggs, 12. 0 Bud Kaeding, 13. 21x Carson Macedo, 14. 12x Jarrett Soares, 15. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 16. 10 Anthony Simone, 17. 78 Mark Barroso, 18. 15 Pat Harvey, 19. 74 Michael Cunningham, 20. 2 Todd Wanless, 21. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 22. 7 Cotton Farmer, 23. 94 Gordon Rodgers

A-main finish Ventura Raceway Saturday: 1. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 2. 0 Bud Kaeding, 3. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 4. 3c Jonathan Allard, 5. 21x Carson Macedo, 6. 88n DJ Netto, 7. 25 Bobby McMahan, 8. 69 Brent Kaeding, 9. 35m Sean Becker, 10. 26 Austin Liggett, 11. 2 Todd Wanless, 12. 12x Jarrett Soares, 13. 7t Greg Taylor, 14. 78 Mark Barroso, 15. 94 Gordon Rodgers, 16. 15 Pat Harvey, 17. 74 Michael Cunningham, 18. 00 Jason Statler

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will head next for the 29th annual Cotton Classic at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare on Saturday October 11. It will mark the penultimate event of the season and tickets can be purchased by contacting 559-688-0909. The season finale will take place on November 1 at the Stockton Dirt Track during the 31st annual Tribute to Gary Patterson. Tickets for that event can be purchased at 916-370-9417. The evening of racing will also feature the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series season finale.

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

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series returns to action with double header this weekend at Santa Maria Speedway & Ventura Raceway/ MAVTV Cameras on hand at Ventura for the Dirty 30 Series

By Gary Thomas

Aptos, CA – September 8, 2014…One of the much anticipated weekends of racing for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to take place this Friday & Saturday, with a double header of competition kicked-off at the Santa Maria Speedway on Friday & a historical first at Ventura Raceway on Saturday. It will mark rounds 15 & 16 in the battle for statewide championship, which has just a couple races remaining after this weekend.

On Friday September 12 the series returns to the luxurious confines of the Santa Maria Speedway for the second straight season. 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 Speedway 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 Speedway 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 will see history take place when the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series heads to the Ventura Raceway on Saturday September 13, for what will be the first 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. All the action will also be filmed by MAVTV for airing on the Dirty 30 Series with support from ARP Fasteners & Maxwell Industries.

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 really fun weekend for fans and teams alike,” 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 that place when we come to town. Then on Saturday at Ventura it’s going to be an exciting night with KWS bringing the first ever Winged Sprint Car show to the track. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it, so be sure and make the trip down to join us.”

Defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Kyle Hirst brings an 80-point lead into the weekend and is fresh off a runner up finish with the World of Outlaws on Sunday in Antioch. The wheel-man of the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr finished just .005 seconds behind winner Kerry Madsen, in what was the closest finish in WOO history. Hirst captured last season’s KWS event in Santa Maria and has claimed three victories so far in 2014 with the series, which is tied for the most with Jonathan Allard & Rico Abreu.

World of Outlaws winners from last weekend, Carson Macedo & Jonathan Allard, will be gunning to keep the momentum rolling this weekend at Santa Maria & Ventura. Macedo, the talented 18-year-old from Lemoore, earned his first career WOO victory during opening night of the Gold Cup Race of Champions, while Allard capped the event with his first WOO win on Saturday to score one of the biggest triumphs of his accomplished career. Allard has won the past two KWS events held this season and sits fourth in the standings.

The father/son battle for second in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings will continue with Campbell’s Bud Kaeding holding the spot by 17-digits over Campbell’s Brent Kaeding going into Friday. Bud, a three-time USAC Silver Crown champ, earned his first KWS win of the season July 12 at Ocean Speedway. Brent has been close to victory lane this year with KWS and will look to check that off the list this weekend.

Roseville’s Sean Becker led a number of laps during the finale of the Gold Cup Race of Champions and came home an impressive third at the conclusion. The former KWS champ rounds out the top-five in the series points going into this weekend and is just 11-markers back of Allard for fourth. A close fight for the sixth spot continues to be seen between Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi and Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, with just 14-points separating the trio.

Statler, who won a WOO race at Santa Maria in 1999, is coming off a seventh place finish during opening night of the Gold Cup Race of Champions and looked solid all last weekend with the World of Outlaws. Likewise, Scelzi also looked impressive with the World of Outlaws, despite not getting the finishes that could have been. McMahan had his best effort of the season last Friday during the Gold Cup opener, finishing a very strong third in the main event. All three will be threats to earn their first KWS win of the season this weekend.

More drivers expected to take part in the weekend will include Hanford’s DJ Netto, who is coming off a solid seventh place run on Sunday night in Antioch, Fresno’s Craig Stidham & Cory Eliason, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Winton’s Gordon Rodgers, Tracy’s Austin Liggett, , Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Ventura’s Greg Taylor and others.

Tickets at Santa Maria Speedway 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 www.santamariaspeedway.com and www.venturaraceway.com

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

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Jonathan Allard charges from 9th to score his second straight King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win on Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – August 2, 2014…There continued to be no shortage of excitement with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on Saturday night, with Chico’s Jonathan Allard carving his way from 9th starting to score an ultra entertaining 30-lap main event victory at the Stockton Dirt Track.

It marked the second straight King of the West triumph for the three-time series champion and his third overall in 2014, tying Kyle Hirst & Rico Abreu for the most this year. It was also Allard’s first career win at the Stockton Dirt Track, which opened last season. Sacramento’s Willie Croft & Lemoore’s Carson Macedo rounded out the podium at the 3/8 mile clay oval on Saturday.

“What a great race again tonight and I can’t say enough about Randy V & this whole Tri-C Motorsports team,” commented a very happy Allard in victory circle. “Clyde & Marion Lamar have given me a great opportunity to drive this car and we’re really hitting our stride and clicking right now. I’m pretty pumped to get my first win at Stockton and I dedicate this one tonight to my brother Stephen. We’re getting hot at the right time and have a lot of big races coming up.”

The third ever appearance for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at the Stockton Dirt Track was full of action packed racing throughout the feature. The surface slicked off perfectly and allowed for some tremendous battles all through the field. Campbell’s Bud Kaeding captured the dash to earn $600 extra and he would jump out to the lead with a number of drivers hot on his heels.

Drivers were able to use every square inch of the track and Allard soon found the high-scary side to his liking, much like he did the previous week when he picked up the big Peter Murphy Classic victory. With positions changing regularly lap after lap the driver of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c machine thrilled the crowd with some pinpoint moves, at times splitting cars. Bud Kaeding, Allard, Willie Croft & Macedo ran close together for the lead as the halfway mark approached.

After trying a couple different lines Allard finally got the run he needed to shoot into the lead, with Croft following along shortly after. The duo would then put on a thrilling show for the crowd, trading the lead back and forth, prior to a caution waving with six-laps to go. During it the top-five read as Allard, Croft, Macedo, Bud Kaeding and Grass Valley’s Jason Statler. A yellow on the double file restart made for an ensuing single file restart, which saw Croft keep pace with Allard.

Croft was able to take a couple peaks at the leader, but couldn’t make it stick and Allard would cross the checkered flag by 0.855 seconds for the victory. The win was also Allard’s 39th in his career with the Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, making him one shy of becoming the third driver to reach the 40 win plateau. The other two are Brent and Tim Kaeding.

For Croft the runner up was a great rebound after some tough luck in recent events aboard the Holey Smokes BBQ/ Amerikote No. 29 Sprinter. “That was a really fun race tonight and I definitely have to thank the track prep crew for giving us an awesome track to run on. Congratulations to Jonathan and the Tri-C guys, because they’ve been really fast. I’m just glad July is over and we started off August on a great note, so hopefully it’s a sign of things to come. I want to thank everyone that helps me out.”

Macedo was able to bring home another impressive finish by scoring third at the helm of the WFO Apparel/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x mount. The 18-year-old also began the night by setting his first career fast time with the King of the West 410 Sprints. “We’ve had a great season and couldn’t be happier to end up on the podium for the second straight week. I always love running with KWS and I really have to thank my dad, WFO Apparel, Tarlton & Son and everyone that helps us out.

Statler capped a great night for the DF Rios Motorsports No. 00 team by crossing the stripe in fourth at the finish. The former series champion looked very racy all night long, en route to his second top-five result in the past three races with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. Battling his way up to round out the top-five was Roseville’s Sean Becker in the Main Motorsports No. 35m machine. The fellow past champ also earned his second top-five in the last three weeks, after winning in Placerville on July 19.

Completing the top-10 in the 14th round of action for KWS was Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, who also looked very racy in the feature, 19th starter Brent Kaeding from Campbell, Chico’s Kyle Hirst, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi and Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan. Bud Kaeding’s strong run in the feature was cut short with issues late in the going, which relegated him to a 16th place finish.

As noted Bud Kaeding won the dash for cash and the extra $600 that went along with it. Also earning extra cash in the dash were Statler ($500), Macedo ($400), Croft ($300) and Becker ($200). The three 10-lap heat races were captured by Bud Kaeding, Mitchell Faccinto and Sean Becker. Carson Macedo opened the evening by pacing qualifying in the 22 car field with a lap of 13.375 to set a new KWS track record at the Stockton Dirt Track. Full results will be available at www.kwssprints.com

A-main finish: 1. 3c Jonathan Allard, 2. 29 Willie Croft, 3. 21x Carson Macedo, 4. 00 Jason Statler, 5. 35m Sean Becker, 6. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 7. 69 Brent Kaeding, 8. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 9 41 Dominic Scelzi, 10. 25 Bobby McMahan, 11. 88n DJ Netto, 12. 55 Bud Walberg, 13. 22 Mason Moore, 14. 21j Richard Brace Jr, 15. 7 Steven Kent, 16. 0 Bud Kaeding, 17. 12x Jarrett Soares, 18. 27 Cory Eliason, 19. 15 Pat Harvey, 20. 09s Geoffrey Strole, 21. 12 Scott Parker, 22. 94 Gordon Rodgers

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now have a month off, before resuming action on Friday September 12 at the Santa Maria Speedway & Saturday September 13 at the Ventura Raceway.

Don't forget tickets on sale for the November 1 King of the West & Civil War Series season finale at the Stockton Dirt Track. It also marks the 31st annual Tribute to Gary Patterson! Call 916-370-9417 to get your pre-sale tickets for the huge show on November 1! All upper deck will be reserved seating. There will be a car show & live band before the races.

 

 

The Stockton Dirt Track hosts round 14 for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this Saturday August 2

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – July 28, 2014…The start of five races to go in the battle for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series crown will go green this Saturday night August 2 at the always action packed Stockton Dirt Track. It’s also the final race before KWS goes idle for a month, allowing for the many end of the summer special events upcoming in the state of California.

Following this weekend the next King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event will be the big double header on Friday & Saturday September 12 & 13 at the Santa Maria Speedway & Ventura Raceway.

This Saturday’s race will be the third ever King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event at the Stockton Dirt Track, with the first two appearances captured by Fresno's Dominic Scelzi last August and Rutherford's Rico Abreu in November. The tour will also finish off the 2014 season at the 3/8 mile clay oval on Saturday November 1 in the 31st annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.

Upper grandstand tickets on Saturday will cost $20 for all ages, with lower level bleachers $18 for adults, children ten and under are free in the lower bleacher seats only. Ticket Sales & Gates open at 5pm with Racing scheduled to start around 7pm. To purchase your tickets for August 2nd, contact (916) 370-9417 during the hours of 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday.

With five races to go defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champ Kyle Hirst will look to get back in a groove, following a few rather tough weeks. The driver of the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr finished among the top-five in each of the first 10 events, but has finished outside the top-five in the previous three. Hirst’s point lead now stands at 68-markers and he’d love nothing more than to score his fourth KWS win of the season on Saturday.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding has cut into Hirst’s point lead and will be gunning to do more damage on Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champion drove the Williams Motorsports No. 0 machine to a Dash win and fifth place finish in the feature with the World of Outlaws earlier this year in Stockton.

Thirteen-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Brent Kaeding has been close to victory the last couple weekends and will be searching to put it all together on Saturday. The living legend will bring his Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 Sprinter into Stockton sitting third in the KWS standings.

Fresh off his Peter Murphy Classic win last weekend Chico’s Jonathan Allard has moved back up to fourth in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings. The wheel-man of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c came close to winning the August event in Stockton last year, only to suffer a blown engine.

Right on Allard’s heels in the points chase is 2005 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Sean Becker, who is only two-markers behind in fifth. The Roseville driver scored his first KWS win of the season recently on July 19 at Placerville aboard the Main Motorsports No. 35m mount.

The battle for sixth through ninth continues to be a torrid one, with just nine-digits separating the four drivers. Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, the 2009 Silver Dollar Speedway track champion goes into Stockton ranking sixth, with Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, the 2004 King of the West champion, one-digit behind in seventh and Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, last year’s August KWS winner, just two-points back of McMahan sitting in eighth. Fremont’s Shane Golobic stands ninth and as noted is just nine-points out of sixth. Rounding out the top-10 is the always hard-charging DJ Netto of Hanford.

Lemoore’s Carson Macedo is coming off a career best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish of second last weekend and will be gunning to move up one more spot on Saturday. The 18-year-old’s previous best finish came at the Stockton Dirt Track last August, when he ran third in the feature.

More drivers expected to tackle the blazing fast Stockton Dirt Track will include Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Winton’s Gordon Rodgers and others.

Also in action on Saturday will be the traveling Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints & Vintage Super Modifieds.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is 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 for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. The Stockton Dirt Track is located at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. For more information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

A-main winners so far this year with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series

Tulare April 12: Tommy Tarlton Placerville April 19: Rico Abreu Chico May 3: Rico Abreu Petaluma May 10: Willie Croft Tulare May 17: Kyle Hirst Chico June 6: Kyle Hirst Marysville June 7: Tim Kaeding Hanford June 14: Kyle Hirst Ocean June 20: Jonathan Allard Calistoga June 21: Rico Abreu Ocean July 12: Bud Kaeding Placerville July 19: Sean Becker Tulare July 26: Jonathan Allard

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

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Jonathan Allard charges to an exciting & emotional $6,000 victory in the inaugural Peter Murphy Classic at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – July 27, 2014…Competing together with KWS and in New Zealand during recent seasons, as well as through various life occurrences, Peter Murphy & Jonathan Allard have formed a special bond over the last few years.

On Saturday at the inaugural Peter Murphy Classic, Allard reminded everyone why he is a three-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion, by riding the wall in wild fashion to get by 13-time titlist Brent Kaeding on lap 19, en route to the big $6,000 victory. It marked Allard’s first KWS win at the Thunderbowl Raceway since 2006 & the third 410 triumph of his career at the track.

“This is a pretty special win for us tonight no doubt about it,” commented a very happy Allard on the victory podium surrounded by fans. “Peter & I are really close and I can’t thank him enough for making this event happen tonight. When it comes to big wins in my career this one ranks right up there near the top. I’m going to cherish this trophy. I also want to give a big thanks to Clyde & Marion Lamar and the whole Tri-C team for all their support.”

The main event took a little time to get going, but once it did the racing was fantastic on the Thunderbowl Raceway one-third mile clay oval. Following a couple of red flag periods on the first couple starts, Lemoore’ Carson Macedo shot out to the lead aboard the WFO Apparel/ Tarlton & Son Inc. No. 21x machine. Pole sitter Kyle Hirst, driving the Roth Motorsports Tribute to Peter Murphy car during the night, soon made his presence known coming after the lead.

Macedo and Hirst would thrill the crowd over a few laps trading slide jobs for the top spot at each end. Around lap 12 Hirst would pull off a super slider in turn three, but caught the wall and rode it all the way through turn four, amazingly bringing the car back down and continuing on. He dropped a few spots however, and would spin in the second corner with a flat right front tire on lap 14. On the ensuing restart Campbell’s Brent Kaeding showed his muscle, taking the lead shortly after, with Allard following along in second.

Allard hounded the rear bumper of Kaeding while running the extreme high-side through the first and second corners. The duo put on a great show until Allard finally got the run he needed off turn two and rocketed by Kaeding into the lead. After that it was smooth sailing for Allard up front, as he crossed the checkered flag by a little over two seconds to score victory aboard the Tri-C Manufacturing/ Red Line Oil No. 3c Sprinter. For the Chico, CA driver it marked his 38th career Golden State/ King of the West Series win, which places him third all-time.

Macedo was able to battle his way back by Kaeding in the closing laps to record a career best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish of second in the 30-lapper. The 19-year-old has been impressive all season long and takes home $3500 for finishing runner up. “This is pretty awesome to be up here on the podium tonight. Peter Murphy is a legend and means so much to our sport that it’s an honor to run so well at his race. I really want to thank WFO Apparel, the Tarlton’s and my dad for everything they do for me. It’s pretty cool to be standing up here with guys like Jonathan Allard and Brent Kaeding.”

Kaeding was able to fend off a furious late race challenge from his son Bud Kaeding to record his second straight podium finish with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. “This was a great event tonight and I really have to give thanks to Peter Murphy for all of his hard work on it,” said the driver of the Al’s Roofing Supply/ Williams Roofing No. 69 mount. “I just messed around there for a little too long and Jonathan (Allard) got by me for the lead. Still it’s another solid night for the 69 team though and I owe a lot to my guys for giving me some great cars this year.”

Bud Kaeding finished just inches behind his dad to score fourth aboard the Williams Motorsports/ BZE No. 0 Sprinter. The Campbell driver also set fast time to earn $500 extra and added in to his finishing money takes home $2200 for the night. Fresno’s Cory Eliason had a strong run in the feature and rounded out the top-five at the helm of the Angius & Terry/ M&S Racing Engines No. 27 machine. Princeton’s Mason Moore capped a solid night by finishing in sixth, with Fresno’s Craig Stidham claiming the KSE Hard Charger Award coming from 20th to seventh. With the $800 hard charger bonus plus his purse winnings, Stidham goes home with $2200. The remainder of the top-10 was completed by Hanford’s DJ Netto, Hirst and Tipton’s Mike Faria.

Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox was the highest finishing 360 in 15th and goes home with $1100 for his impressive efforts. Sedro Wooley, Washington’s Kevin Smith captured the longest tow award worth $500. First non transfer in the B-main Luca Romanazzi took home a free right rear tire compliments of Hoosier Racing Tires. Eighth place in the B-main Shawn Wright took home a Vortex Front Wing and ninth place Anthony Simone won a KPC Parts Package. Dominic Scelzi earns a drum of fuel from Western Performance Products for wheel packing the longest at the start of the night.

Justyn Cox won the 15-lap B-main, with Kyle Hirst winning the $400 Joe Hunt Magnetos Pole Shuffle by beating Carson Macedo in the final round. The Australian/ New Zealand Pole Shuffle added a nice and unique element to the night of racing. All drivers in the Pole Shuffle also received a certificate for Joe Hunt Magnetos. The four 10-lap heat races were picked off by Carson Macedo, Brent Kaeding, Sacramento’s Willie Croft and Mike Faria. Bud Kaeding as noted kicked off the night by earning fast time in the 35-car field by touring the Thunderbowl Raceway in 14.004 seconds. Full results when available will under the results tab on www.kwssprints.com

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will head next for the Stockton Dirt Track this coming Saturday night August 2 for round 14 in the battle for the title.

A-main finish: 1. 3c Jonathan Allard, 2. 21x Carson Macedo, 3. 69 Brent Kaeding, 4. 0 Bud Kaeding, 5. 27 Cory Eliason, 6. 22 Mason Moore, 7. 3 Craig Stidham, 8. 88n DJ Netto, 9. 1nz Kyle Hirst, 10. 4f Mike Faria, 11. 21 Tommy Tarlton, 12. 25 Bobby McMahan, 13. 35m Sean Becker, 14. 33e Evan Suggs, 15. 31c Justyn Cox, 16. 21j Richard Brace, 17. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 18. Ob1 Kurt Nelson, 19. 00 Jason Statler, 20. 22k Shane Golobic, 21. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 22. 29 Willie Croft

 

 

Lucrative & prestigious $5,000-to-win/ $700-to-start Peter Murphy Classic at Thunderbowl Raceway represents King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series round 13 this Saturday night

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – July 21, 2014…The anticipation has been mounting ever so slightly since the announcement of the Peter Murphy Classic and this Saturday night July 26 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to finally invade the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway for the big $5,000-to-win/ $700-to-start showcase.

Saturday’s event not only has a large amount of money on the line, but we’ll of course also be paying honor to popular Sprint Car driver Peter Murphy. Last season the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series had one of its toughest nights in recent memory when Murphy suffered injuries during a main event crash at the Antioch Speedway on July 20.

The result of the accident has 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. The Sydney, Australia native continues to recover from the accident and has gathered a large amount of money that’s going towards this Saturday’s event at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway.

“Originally I wanted to do something at Antioch to help make the night a special one for everybody that was there last year,” said Murphy, who resides in Clovis, California. “The last time we were there it wasn’t a very good ending, so I had planned to change that around this season and make it a memorable one for another reason. With the Antioch event being canceled I’m really glad Steve Faria & Thunderbowl Raceway has picked up the date. I definitely hope all the fans that were in Antioch last season will come down to Tulare for what will be a great night of racing.”

The Peter Murphy Classic this Saturday features the biggest purse of the season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series with the $5,000-to-win & $700-to-start A-main! In addition to the beefed up purse there will also be $500 on the line for fast time, $500 to hard charger and $500 to the longest tow! A 360 Sprint Car bonus of $300, $200 and $100 will also be awarded to the three highest finishing drivers utilizing a 360 engine during the night.

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 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.

“I really want this night to be a big one for all the fans and 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 will be great place to host an event like this. I still can’t thank everyone enough for all that they have done for me the last year. It’s been so humbling to have the support from people all over the world. This is kind of a way for me to give back and show how much I appreciate this sport we all love.”

Going into the night Chico’s Kyle Hirst will be looking to rebound after a couple of rough weeks, which has cut his King of the West point lead down to 79-markers. The defending KWS champ picked up victory during the most recent series event at the Thunderbowl Raceway and will trying hard for another on Saturday aboard the Roth Motorsports machine. Hirst is tied with Rico Abreu for the most King of the West wins this season, having scored three so far.

Once down by 126-points just a couple weeks back, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding will look for a strong night to cut even further into Hirst’s lead in the King of the West standings. The driver of the Williams Motorsports No. 0 Sprinter earned his first KWS win of the year on July 12 and will be gunning for number two on Saturday. When Peter Murphy first came to the US to drive, his initial full-time ride was in the Morrie Williams owned ZERO from late 1997-2002.

Coming off a heartbreaking finish last Saturday, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding goes into the Peter Murphy Classic continuing to maintain the third spot in the KWS points. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer looked to be on way to victory in Placerville until a final corner spin relegated him to a second place finish. Kaeding charged from 17th to seventh during the most recent series event in Tulare aboard the famed Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 machine.

Sitting just 18-markers behind Kaeding now is last Saturday night’s main event winner Sean Becker of Roseville, who holds down fourth in the standings. The 2005 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion earned a thrilling victory this past weekend and will look to continue the momentum at the Peter Murphy Classic in the Main Motorsports No. 35 mount.

Rounding out the top-five in the King of the West standings is three-time series champion Jonathan Allard of Chico, who had a strong run going in May at Tulare, until a flat tire sent him spinning late in the race. The driver of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c has one KWS victory so far in 2014 and certainly wants number two at the Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday.

A very close & heated battle is still seen between the drivers ranking sixth through ninth in the KWS points, as just 10-markers separate the four drivers.

Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, fresh off his first podium finish of the season, holds onto the sixth position in the standings. The 2004 series champ in fact, is only 16-points back of Allard for fifth after charging from 13th to third last week. Fremont’s Shane Golobic had a tough end to the feature last weekend, but sits just five-digits behind Statler for sixth in the points. The current Civil War & Ocean Sprints point leader ran second at Tulare in May with KWS.

Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi has gained momentum with the season going on and is just two-markers back of Golobic in the points. The 17-year-old last Saturday charged from 17th to fourth in the main event. Only three-markers behind Scelzi is Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, who finished third at Tulare in May and will look for a solid night Saturday to help move up the ladder. Completing the top-10 in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings is Hanford’s DJ Netto, who has also picked up strength as the season has gone on.

More drivers set to invade the Tulare Thunderbowl on Saturday will include Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, who captured victory in the KWS season-opener at the one-third mile oval, along with Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Lemoore’s Carson Macedo, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Scott’s Valley’s Evan Suggs, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Tipton’s Mike Faria, Winton’s Gordon Rodgers and others.

Reserved grandstand seats for the Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday July 26 will cost $25 with general admission bleacher tickets $20. To reserve your seat contact (559) 688-0909. The front gate will open at 4pm with racing expected to get underway around 7pm. Also in action during the night will be Wingless 360 Sprint Cars to make for a great card of racing.

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

 

 

Sean Becker earns his first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win of the season in thrilling & dramatic fashion on the final corner Saturday at Placerville Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – July 19, 2014… A packed house on Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway witnessed one of the wildest finishes you’ll ever see, when leader Brent Kaeding spun on the cushion in the fourth corner coming for the checkered flag and resulted in Roseville’s Sean Becker sneaking by for the ultra dramatic victory.

The unbelievable win for Becker was his 10th career with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, which moves him into a tie for ninth on the all-time list with Tommy Tarlton & Kyle Hirst. It also marked his first win with the series since 2010 and was his initial triumph this season aboard the Main Motorsports/ H.A.M. Construction No. 35m machine. Becker’s most recent series victory had come at the Santa Maria Speedway while driving for Brian Sperry, so Saturday’s win was definitely long overdue.

“Wow this is so crazy I don’t know what to say,” said an ecstatic Becker after climbing the front stretch fence in celebration. “We’ve been struggling at times to start the year, but I knew we could turn it around and hopefully this will be the first of many. I can’t thank the Main family and everyone that helps on this car enough for the opportunity and sticking with me. It feels so good to finally get another KWS win, because it’s been awhile. What a great race that was tonight and I hope all the fans enjoyed that one.”

The 30-lap main event started out with Becker jumping into the lead at the waving of the green flag, but things would come to a halt on lap two when KWS point leader Kyle Hirst and Mason Moore came together in the first and second corners. The incident initially started when Hirst and another car made contact on the front stretch, resulting in the Chico driver having to take evasive action through the infield. For Hirst damage was too severe to continue and he would suffer his first dnf of the year.

A very well prepared quarter-mile was presented to teams and made for some fantastic racing throughout the entire main event. When going back green Chico’s Jonathan Allard would power his way into the lead of the race. Becker tried to keep Allard in his sights but soon dealt with a fast moving Brent Kaeding of Campbell, who drove by to claim the runner up spot on lap 12. Placerville’s Andy Gregg then followed suit and also got by Becker for third a lap later.

A caution on lap 14 then set up a double file restart and during it, Allard got the front wheels off the ground just enough to allow Kaeding the chance to slice his way by and into the lead. Gregg then came after Allard for second and after a few laps of battling it out he would charge around the outside in turn four to claim the spot. A red flag period on lap 20 for Sacramento’s Willie Croft set up a 10-lap dash to determine the winner and when things went back green some tremendous action was seen. Gregg would hound Kaeding relentlessly for a number of laps putting on a thrilling show for the hometown crowd.

With things tightening up Fremont’s Shane Golobic and Becker looked to join the party. As Gregg tried to take the lead from Kaeding on lap 27 some minor contact ensued which got the Mike’s Hard Lemonade 14r of Gregg slightly out of shape. At the same time Golobic tried to go around the outside in the third corner, but contact would occur and leave Golobic’s 121 Sprinter with a folded front end. Auburn’s Andy Forsberg had nowhere to go and plowed into Golobic to bring out a red flag. It was a tough break for both drivers, who had very fast race cars during the night.

On the ensuing double file restart Kaeding hit it perfect, but Gregg would get out of shape and drop to sixth, ultimately ending his bid for victory. Becker was now into second and came hard after Kaeding for the lead, with now third place Jason Statler. Kaeding and Becker raced extremely close together and when the white flag came out it was anybody’s game. As Kaeding rounded turn four however, chaos ensued when he slid across the groove and hit the cushion, which spun him around sideways. With cars going everywhere to avoid him nobody knew who would come out on top.

Somehow though Becker managed to avoid him and squeaked through to take the checkered flag by half a second over Kaeding, who somehow kept the Al’s Roofing No. 69 going.

Pandemonium ensued with the crowd going wild over what they had just witnessed. Becker was about as happy and emotional as could be after parking his car on the front stretch to the roar of the standing room only crowd. It was the exact opposite for Kaeding though, who was extremely dejected after the tough ending. “I really hate it for my guys, because I just stepped on it plain & simple. Just a big mistake on my part, but I really have to congratulate Sean Becker and those guys because they’ve been big supporters this season. That was another exciting King of the West race so we hope everyone will come on down to Tulare for the Murphy Classic next week.”

Grass Valley’s Jason Statler had a great run in the main event from the 13th starting spot to score third at the finish aboard the DF Rios Motorsports No. 00 mount. It was extremley nice to the see the former champ earn his first podium finish of the KWS season on Saturday. “It feels great to be up here on the podium tonight in Placerville. We always love coming here because the fans always loud & passionate and the racing is always action packed. I want to thank all my guys for their support this season. It’s my 25th year with Dave Rios, which has been really special to have him stick by my side for so long. We’re really excited for the Peter Murphy Classic next week in Tulare.”

Seventeen-year-old Dominic Scelzi had a strong run in the feature for the second week in a row and scored the KSE Hard Charger Award, coming from 17th to fourth in the 30-lapper at the helm of the Scelzi Enterprises No. 41 Sprinter. After challenging for the lead at times Gregg would cross the stripe in fifth to tally his best finish of the KWS season. The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Hanford’s DJ Netto, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Chico’s Jonathan Allard, who got the worst end of the stick during the wild final corner, and Campbell’s Bud Kaeding.

The 12-lap B-main was won by Princeton’s Mason Moore, with the three 10-lap heat races picked off by Sean Becker, Shane Golobic and Brent Kaeding. Jonathan Allard won the six-lap dash and Bobby McMahan opened the night by setting fast time in the 27-car field with a 10.425 around the Placerville quarter-mile. Full results will be available at www.kwssprints.com

A-main finish: 1. 35m Sean Becker, 2. 69 Brent Kaeding, 3. 00 Jason Statler, 4. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 5. 14r Andy Gregg, 6. 88n DJ Netto, 7. 5v Colby Copeland, 8. 25 Bobby McMahan, 9. 3c Jonathan Allard, 10. 0 Bud Kaeding, 11. 69c Chad Compton, 12. 8 Jim Richardson, 13. 09s Geoffrey Strole, 14. 15 Pat Harvey, 15. 121 Shane Golobic, 16. 01 Andy Forsberg, 17. 94 Gordon Rodgers, 18. 29 Willie Croft, 19. 45 Jake Morgan, 20. 22 Mason Moore, 21. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 22. 89 Brandon Mansfield

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now gear up for one of the biggest events of the season next Saturday July 26 at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway. The inaugural Peter Murphy Classic will feature the largest purse of the season for KWS. The A-main event will pay $5,000-to-win & $700-to-start! In addition to the beefed up purse there will also be $500 on the line for fast time, hard charger and the longest tow! A 360 Sprint Car bonus of $300, $200 and $100 will also be awarded to the three highest finishing drivers utilizing a 360 engine during the night.

Reserved grandstand seats for the Peter Murphy Classic on Saturday July 26 cost $25 with general admission bleacher tickets $20. To reserve your seat contact (559) 688-0909. The front gate will open at 4pm with racing expected to get underway around 7pm. More info at www.thunderbowlraceway.com including a seating chart.

 

 

Red clay high-banks of Placerville Speedway host the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series for the final time this season on Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – July 15, 2014…The always challenging and unique confines of Placerville Speedway will welcome the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this Saturday night July 19, for what will be round 12 in the fight for the statewide championship.

The quarter-mile bullring located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds routinely produces great racing and is a fan favorite among many in Northern California. This Saturday’s event will be the final appearance of the season for the King of the West 410’s at the track and an exciting night looks to be on tap.

Chico’s Kyle Hirst goes into Saturday continuing to hold a commanding 102-point advantage in the standings with seven races remaining in the season. The defending King of the West champ however, is coming off his first finish outside of the top-five last Saturday during the Howard Kaeding Classic. Hirst had battled with Jonathan Allard and was leading the feature when he caught the cushion with five-laps to go last week, which resulted in him getting upside down.

The 26-year-old driver of the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr will look to get back in the groove on Saturday at a track that’s always been one of his strongest. “I always love running at the Placerville Speedway whenever possible,” said Hirst, who picked up a King of the West victory at the track in April of last season. “Placerville always gets a big cushion up top to lean on and as a driver that makes it a lot of fun. The stands always pack in as well and the fans are always pretty vocal, so it’s a really cool atmosphere.”

Fresh off his first King of the West 410 win of the season at last week’s Howard Kaeding Classic, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding will be looking to make it back-to-back this Saturday at the Placerville Speedway. It was the three-time USAC Silver Crown champ’s first victory since joining Williams Motorsports in the off-season and he goes into this weekend ranking second the standings. The ZERO machine visited victory lane in the summer event last year at Placerville with Jonathan Allard at the helm.

Thirteen-time Golden State/King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Brent Kaeding has had success at Placerville in recent outings and comes into Saturday sitting third in the points. The Campbell veteran charged from 13th fourth in April at Placerville Speedway and picked up his most recent KWS win at the track in June of 2012. “BK” has had a resurgence in 2014 thus far aboard the Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 and will be looking to check off a KWS win this Saturday evening.

Roseville’s Sean Becker has had a steady season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and currently ranks fourth overall while driving the Main Motorsports No. 35m machine. The “Shark” sits 22-markers back of Kaeding, as he continues to also search for his first KWS win of the year. The former Golden State/ KWS champ is a multiple-time winner in his career at the Placerville Speedway and will be trying hard to put his name at the front of the field on Saturday.

Three-time Golden State/ King of the West Series titlist Jonathan Allard rounds out the top-five in the standings going into Placerville, which is a track he has been very consistent at over the last eight-years. The driver of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c sits 11-digits behind Becker for fourth after a tough ending last week that saw him race for the lead much of the feature, but end up 20th in the final rundown. Allard last season picked up a thrilling final corner victory at Placerville during the summer event.

The person Allard passed on the final corner in Placerville last year also happens to be the driver ranking sixth in the standings, with that being Fremont’s Shane Golobic. The current Civil War & Ocean Sprints point leader also finished runner up last Saturday at the HK Classic with KWS, following a thrilling duel with Bud Kaeding late in the race. Golobic stands just seven-points behind Allard for fifth going into Saturday aboard the Joe VonSchriltz Racing No. 121.

Former Placerville Speedway King of the West winner Jason Statler comes into Saturday sitting seventh in the points, just 15-markers back of Golobic. The 2004 Golden State/ King of the West champ drove his DF Rios Motorsports No. 00 mount to a series win at the red-clay high-banks in the spring of his championship year. Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi has looked as good as he has all season long in recent weeks and is only five-digits behind Statler going into Saturday. The driver of the Scelzi Enterprises No. 41 will look to continue his momentum on Saturday at the Placerville bullring.

Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan began his Sprint Car career at the Placerville Speedway in 1982 and will return to the track on Saturday holding onto the ninth spot in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings at the helm of the American Tool & MFG No. 25 mount. The veteran driver however, is only one-point behind Scelzi, in what is a very heated and closely contested point battle. Fresno’s Craig Stidham rounds out the top-10 in the standings aboard the Brad Johnson Trucking No. 3 machine. The former Trophy Cup will look to regroup after getting upside down last week.

Other drivers expected to be in action this weekend at Placerville Speedway will include Hanford’s DJ Netto, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg & Richard Brace Jr., Placerville’s Andy Gregg & Jimmy Trulli, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Chico’s Mason Moore, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Fair Oaks Chad Compton, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Winton’s Gordon Rodgers and more.

Adult tickets this Saturday July 19 will cost $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $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 www.placervillespeedway.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 events for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series

Saturday July 19: Placerville Speedway

Saturday July 26: Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway (Peter Murphy Classic $5,000-to-win/ $700-to-start)

Saturday August 2: Stockton Dirt Track

 

 

Bud Kaeding races to an entertaining & dramatic win on Saturday to claim the fourth annual Howard Kaeding Classic in front of packed house at Ocean Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – July 12, 2014…There was certainly no shortage of excitement on Saturday night at the fourth annual Howard Kaeding Classic, which ultimately ended as fitting as it could, with Campbell’s Bud Kaeding taking the checkered flag to earn one of the most special victories of his accomplished career.

The main event on Saturday featured just about everything you could want and fans were treated to some of the best racing you’ll see anywhere. Kaeding’s win was his first of the season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and also marked his initial victory since joining Williams Motorsports in the off-season. The triumph was also Morrie & Katie Williams’ third straight HK Classic win as car owners.

“This HK Classic weekend is such a special one to our family and I can’t believe I’m standing up here in victory lane right now,” said Kaeding after climbing the front stretch fence in celebration to the roar of the crowd. “To win my grandpa’s race is one of the biggest moments in my career and I’m pretty pumped that there are so many people here to help me celebrate it. I can’t thank all you fans enough for coming out to support the weekend. I think we’re going to have some fun tonight.”

The 30-lapper began with pole sitter Mitchell Faccinto and outside front row starter Kyle Hirst fighting it out heatedly for the lead on the initial lap. Faccinto’s night though would come to an unfortunate end entering turn one after completing the first lap, when steering issues while racing for the top spot sent him into the first corner wall. Once going back green Hirst led the field, as he searched his fourth King of the West win of the year. Two-time & defending HK Classic champ Jonathan Allard showed his muscle however, and charged into the lead on lap-six.

A long green flag run was seen and created some fantastic racing throughout heavy lapped traffic. Allard tried to keep the field at bay, but Hirst remained within striking distance during much of the contest. With lap 20 approaching Hirst closed quickly and would battle with Allard for the lead on the well prepared quarter-mile. The duo put on a great show for the fans, before Hirst took command on lap 22. Allard stayed right there though, as Bud Kaeding and Fremont’s Shane Golobic also looked to join the mix.

With things getting hectic and the laps winding down the complexion of the race then took a dramatic turn, as Hirst caught the cushion in turn three and flipped upside down. Allard also caught a piece of the action and suffered severe top wing damage. Despite that however, the three-time KWS champ attempted to restart the race as the leader. Once the green came back out he had obvious handling issues and when another incident caused the yellow lights to flash on, Allard would exit to the pits for a new top wing.

This put Bud Kaeding in the lead and current Ocean Sprints point leader Shane Golobic into second. The final handful of laps were slowed by a few stoppages, but not before Kaeding and Golobic put on a thrilling slide fest for the lead over a few circuits. The crowd was treated to some great driving by two of the best on the west coast and when the checkered flag flew, Kaeding crossed under it by 0.601 seconds over Golobic to score the huge win. It marked his 10th career Golden State/ King of the West Series victory, tying him with Tommy Tarlton and Kyle Hirst for ninth on the all-time list.

Golobic’s runner up effort kept up a strong season that he has put together in 2014 across all three of the Prentice Motorsports Group Series. It was also the second time in his career that’s tallied a runner up finish at the Howard Kaeding Classic aboard the Joe VonSchriltz Racing No. 121 machine. “We really would have loved to win this race tonight, but it’s cool to see a Kaeding win the Howard Kaeding Classic,” Golobic said. “That was a great race with Bud and if just one of those sliders would have stuck we could have won this thing. That’s racing though and I want to thank my whole team for all their support.”

Two-time Ocean Sprints champion Tommy Tarlton put on one of his patented charges through the field and rounded out the podium after starting way back in 19th. The wheel-man of the Elite Landscape Construction is always a favorite when he signs in at the pit gate at Ocean Speedway. “We had a great car tonight and it’s pretty awesome to be up here after starting that far back tonight,” Tarlton commented. “I really have to thank the track prep crew because we had a great race track in the main event. It’s really nice to see Bud get a HK Classic win. We’ll be back here in two weeks looking to get a victory.”

Lemoore’s Carson Macedo had a strong run in the main event to finish in fourth, with Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi having an equally solid run to complete the top-five after starting from the sixth row. Both youngster’s were very impressive in the feature and battled with each other neck & neck over much of it. Rounding out the top-10 in the 30-lap contest was Roseville’s Sean Becker, 20th starter DJ Netto from Hanford, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding and Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan.

The evening’s 15-lap Last Chance Showdown was captured by Stockton’s Brad Furr, with the six-lap dash won by Mitchell Faccinto. The four 10-lap heat races held were picked off by Shane Golobic, Bud Kaeding, Kyle Hirst and Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs. A strong 37-car field was on hand for the finale of the Howard Kaeding Classic weekend and Sacramento’s Willie Croft opened it by setting quick time with a clocking of 11.790 around the Ocean Speedway quarter-mile. Full results can be seen at www.kwssprints.com by clicking on the results tab.

All of the action from Saturday was filmed for airing on MAVTV during the Dirty 30 Series. Date and times will announced soon.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will return to action this coming Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway. The front gate will open at 5pm with qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. An early arrival is always recommended for Placerville, with the grandstands always filling up at the high-banked red clay bullring. Adult tickets on Saturday July 19 will cost $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $6. All seating is general admission during the night.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series amped up to resume action with the fourth annual Howard Kaeding Classic this Saturday at Ocean Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – July 8, 2014…After a couple weeks off the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is geared up to invade the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville this Saturday July 12 for the prestigious fourth annual Howard Kaeding Classic.

The program will start a little earlier than usual on Saturday with the front gate opening at 3:30pm, drivers meeting around 3:30pm and cars will be on track shortly after. This is the standard Saturday schedule that we’ve seen at Ocean Speedway the last number of years, so please be advised.

On Saturday night the cameras of MAVTV will also be capturing all the action for airing on the Dirty 30 Series. It will be the third King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event filmed by MAVTV American Real this season.

Saturday’s event will mark round 11 in the battle for the KWS title and the final appearance of the season for the series at Ocean Speedway. Defending King of the West champ Kyle Hirst goes into Saturday holding a giant 126 point lead in the standings, while driving the potent Roth Motorsports No. 83jr machine. Hirst is tied for the most wins this season with three to his credit and will be gunning for number four on Saturday.

So far this season Hirst has yet to finish outside of the top-five with the King of the West 410’s and is also fresh off winning the ASCS NW Speedweek championship this past week. The Chico, CA wheel-man captured three wins and didn’t finish off the podium all week en route to the title. Hirst last year finished runner up at the Howard Kaeding Classic and will be trying to improve that by one spot come Saturday night.

Still in search of season win number one Campbell’s Bud Kaeding goes into Saturday ranking second in the King of the West standings aboard the famed Williams Motorsports ZERO mount. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ would love nothing more than to win his grandfather’s event and help build momentum as the summer rolls on.

Thirteen-time King of the West 410 champ Brent Kaeding ranks third in the standings and sits just 21 behind Bud for the second spot. The Campbell, CA veteran has won three main events at the Ocean Speedway this year with the Ocean Sprints and will trying to add a KWS victory to that total on Saturday in the Al’s Roofing No. 69 Sprinter.

Chico’s Jonathan Allard has climbed the points and finds himself ranking fourth overall, now just 14-digits back of Brent Kaeding for third. Allard has won the last two Howard Kaeding Classic’s and also picked up the KWS win on June 20 of this year, making him a winner of three in a row at Ocean Speedway. The three-time KWS champ has certainly picked up steam as the year has gone on aboard the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c Machine.

Roseville’s Sean Becker completes the top-five in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings going into Saturday at the helm of the Main Motorsports No. 35m Sprint Car. The 2005 KWS champion is only 15-markers behind Jonathan Allard and will be in search of his first series win of 2014 this weekend.

The drivers ranking sixth through ninth in the standings are locked in an extremely close battle, with just 13-markers separating the four. Former King of the West titlist Jason Statler of Grass Valley currently maintains the sixth position in the points. Current Ocean Sprints point leader Shane Golobic of Fremont is hot on his heels, sitting just one-point back in seventh. Elk Grove, CA veteran Bobby McMahan stands eighth overall and is only four-markers behind Statler for the sixth spot, while Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi maintains the ninth position, 13 back of Statler. Rounding out the top-10 in the KWS standings going into Saturday is Fresno’s Craig Stidham.

More drivers expected on Saturday at the fourth annual Howard Kaeding Classic will include May 10 KWS winner at Petaluma Speedway, Willie Croft of Sacramento, Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, Hanford’s DJ Netto & Mitchell Faccinto, inaugural HK Classic victor Evan Suggs from Scotts Valley, Lemoore’s Carson Macedo, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Stockton’s Brad Furr, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Chico’s Mason Moore, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares & Kurt Nelson, New Zealander Michael Pickens, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Winton’s Gordon Rogers, Pleasanton’s Nathan Washam and others.

Special events on tap during the weekend will include a Thursday night car show & party on July 10 at the High Five Pizza location at the Silver Creek Sportsplex off Hellyer Road in San Jose from 5pm-9pm. Various drivers, race cars & hot rods will be on hand at the get together, for what will be the official kick-off of the Howard Kaeding Classic weekend. For all the racers coming if you happen to have any kids shirts you’d like to donate for a raffle please bring them with you! Load in time for teams bringing cars is between 2pm and 4pm.

There will be a bbq chicken & rib dinner on Thursday from 6pm-8pm for donation, with proceeds going to the Silver Creek Sports Plex Foundation, which aims to ensure that every child, regardless of financial ability, is able to participate in local amateur athletic training and competition. Please come out and enjoy a fun night with some great food, all put on for a great cause. Hive Five at the Plex is located at 800 Embedded Way in San Jose, CA 95138.

Following Friday nights Ocean Sprints vs Civil War Series event at Ocean Speedway, High Five Pizza will also be putting on a post-race party at the track, along with a luncheon on Saturday afternoon as well, which will kick-off the final night’s action. Both events will be held to support the Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction.

The Howard Kaeding Classic luncheon catered by High Five Pizza on Saturday at the track will feature a tasty lunch for a $20 donation to the benevolent fund. Howard, Brent & Bud Kaeding will all be available for photos and autographs at the luncheon. Easy access will be available to enter from the grandstands for fans. All race teams & fans are invited to come enjoy a great lunch prepared by Myles & the crew at Catering by 5.

The Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund uses 100% of the funds raised to support the families of injured drivers, crew members and officials running 410 Sprint Car Series’ in California. Various beneficiaries of the fund over the last 10-years include Dennis Moore Jr., Billy Sellers, Danny Faria Jr., the family of Alan Urias, Randy Hannagan, Tom Milne, Brad Bumgarner, the family of David Tarter and Peter Murphy.

Howard Kaeding was a multiple-time California state super-modified champion, a four-time Johnny Key Classic winner and once captured a record 17-straight races at the San Jose Speedway. The driver known as the “Campbell Comet” claimed over 300 main event victories in his career and even raced into his 60?s, before retiring in the 1990?s. The “HK Classic” has been a great weekend of re-living memories from the past and will certainly be so once again in 2014.

Adult tickets on Saturday July 12 at the Ocean Speedway will be $25, with juniors 6-12 being $15. Kids five & under are free. Tickets can be pre-purchased at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-howard-kaeding-classic-king-of-the-west-410-sprint-car-race-tickets-12073645599?aff=erelexporg

The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, two miles east of Watsonville, California on SR 152. The physical address is 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076. For more info on the track & ticket info log onto http://www.oceanspeedway.com/

Previous Howard Kaeding Classic King of the West winners

2011- Evan Suggs 2012- Jonathan Allard 2013- Jonathan Allard

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event on July 26 at Thunderbowl Raceway to be dubbed the “Peter Murphy Classic” with extra money & excitement presented

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – July 3, 2014…On July 20 of last season 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 has 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.

Having said that, Murphy had hit the pavement and raised money with plans to beef up the Antioch Speedway event that was scheduled for KWS on July 26. With the scheduled show at the track recently canceled though, the King of the West 410’s will now invade the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway on that same date. The event will also be known as the “Peter Murphy Classic.”

The money Murphy had raised will now go towards the night in Tulare, which happens to be the track where the Sydney, Australia native earned his first ever victory in the United States & took his final lap in April. The July 26 date will be just over a year since that night few will ever forget last year in Antioch.

“With the one-year anniversary of my wreck coming up I wanted to do something at Antioch to help make the night a special one for fans & teams,” said Murphy. “The last time we were there it wasn’t a very good ending, so I had planned to change that around this season and make it a memorable one for another reason. It’s unfortunate we can’t go to Antioch, but if there’s another track I’d want to do something special at it would certainly be the Thunderbowl Raceway.”

Murphy has raised $12,000 so far and now with the event being held in his backyard at the Thunderbowl, he is trying even harder to gather more. Details on how the money will be broken down will be out soon. His goal is to make the night a special one that people will remember and to get as many cars & fans to come out as possible.

“I really want this night to be a big one for all the fans and 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 will be great place to host an event like this. I still can’t thank everyone enough for all that they have done for me the last year. It’s been so humbling to have the support from people all over the world. This is kind of a way for me to give back and show how much I appreciate this sport we all love.”

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 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.

Reserved grandstand seats for the “Peter Murphy Classic” on Saturday July 26 will cost $25 with general admission bleacher tickets $20. 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 http://www.kwssprints.com

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Upcoming events for KWS

Saturday July 12: Ocean Speedway (Howard Kaeding Classic) Saturday July 19: Placerville Speedway Saturday July 26: Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway (Peter Murphy Classic) Saturday August 2: Stockton Dirt Track

 

 

4th annual Howard Kaeding Classic shaping up to be a can’t miss weekend on July 11 & 12 at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – June 24, 2014…One of the most anticipated weekends of the year in Northern California Sprint Car racing will go green at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville on July 11 & 12, with that being the fourth annual Howard Kaeding Classic.

Adding to the excitement this year will be the very first double-header weekend featuring both of the west coast’s premier Winged Sprint Car Series’ taking to the track on back-to-back nights. On Friday evening the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo vs. the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster will attack the Ocean Speedway clay, while the powerful King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series invades the quarter-mile on Saturday.

Special events on tap during the weekend will include a Thursday night car show & party on July 10 at the High Five Pizza location at the Silver Creek Sportsplex off Hellyer Road in San Jose from 5pm-9pm. Various drivers and race cars will be on hand at the get together, for what will be the official kick-off of the Howard Kaeding Classic weekend.

There will be a bbq chicken & rib dinner from 6pm-8pm for donation, with proceeds going to the Silver Creek Sports Plex Foundation, which aims to ensure that every child, regardless of financial ability, is able to participate in local amateur athletic training and competition. Please come out and enjoy a fun night with some great food, all put on for a great cause.

Hive Five at the Plex is located at 800 Embedded Way in San Jose, CA 95138.

Following Friday nights races High Five Pizza will also be putting on a post-race party at the track, along with a Saturday afternoon luncheon, which will kick-off the final night’s action. Both events will be held to support the Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund, which supports and aids injured drivers in California 410 Sprint Car racing. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction.

“We definitely hope to see everyone at the Howard Kaeding Classic in Watsonville,” said Brent Kaeding, who is one of the NARC Benevolent Fund coordinators. “The special events support a very good cause and it’s an opportunity for everyone to have the chance to socialize and enjoy some great food. We always love getting the opportunity to hang with all the fans and we look forward to seeing everyone there. It’s going to be a big weekend with Civil War and the King of the West Series both at Ocean Speedway.”

The Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund uses 100% of the funds raised to support the families of injured drivers, crew members and officials running 410 Sprint Car Series’ in California. Various beneficiaries of the fund over the last 10-years include Dennis Moore Jr., Billy Sellers, Danny Faria Jr., the family of Alan Urias, Randy Hannagan, Tom Milne, Brad Bumgarner, the family of David Tarter and Peter Murphy.

The HK Classic luncheon catered by High Five Pizza on Saturday July 12 at the track will feature a tasty lunch for a $20 donation to the benevolent fund. Howard, Brent & Bud Kaeding will all be available for photos and autographs at the luncheon. Easy access will be available to enter from the grandstands for fans. All race teams & fans are invited to come enjoy a great lunch prepared by Myles & the crew at Catering by 5.

“We really want to thank Myles at High Five Pizza & Catering by 5 for all of his support at the Howard Kaeding Classic,” said Brent Kaeding. “Myles is doing so much for us with the food and set up for these extra events that it’s pretty special. We’re trying to make this event one of the big showcases in Northern California and one that fans want to attend every year.”

On Saturday night the cameras of MAVTV will also be capturing all the action for airing on the Dirty 30 Series. It will be the third King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event filmed by MAVTV American Real this season.

Howard Kaeding was a multiple-time California state super-modified champion, a four-time Johnny Key Classic winner and once captured a record 17-straight races at the San Jose Speedway. The driver known as the "Campbell Comet" claimed over 300 main event victories in his career and even raced into his 60's, before retiring in the 1990's. The “HK Classic” has been a great weekend of re-living memories from the past and will certainly be so once again in 2014.

The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, two miles east of Watsonville, California on SR 152. The physical address is 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076. For more info on the track & ticket info log onto http://www.oceanspeedway.com/

Previous Howard Kaeding Classic King of the West winners

2011- Evan Suggs 2012- Jonathan Allard 2013- Jonathan Allard

 

 

Rico Abreu caps an entertaining night of racing at the Wine Country Classic by picking up his 4th career Calistoga Speedway main event victory

By Gary Thomas

Calistoga, CA – June 21, 2014…Rutherford, CA’s Rico Abreu has prominently positioned himself as one of the very best Sprint Car & Midget racers across the country and on Saturday at the Wine Country Classic he added yet another victory to his resume, by claiming his fourth career win at the historic Calistoga Speedway.

It marked the eighth career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series triumph for the 22-year-old pilot, which places him in a tie for 14th on the all-time win list with former series champion Jason Statler. It was also Abreu’s third series win this season in three starts at the helm of his Paul Silva wrenched Abreu Vineyards/ Butler Built No. 24 machine.

“It’s pretty cool to come out here and win at my home track tonight,” said Abreu, who now has two KWS wins at the Calistoga Speedway, to go along with his two USAC Western Midget Series wins. “Paul Silva and my guys give me a great car whenever I’m in this thing so I can’t thank them enough. I also want to give my hats off to the track prep crew, because the track was awesome tonight. It was a lot of fun and we had great racing all night long.”

Pole sitter Bud Kaeding jumped to the early lead in the feature, as Abreu made a wild move from the third row on the start to carve his way into second. The main event featured some of the best Winged Sprint Car racing we’ve seen at the Calistoga half-mile, as drivers attacked the speedway in every corner. Abreu would stalk Kaeding for the lead and slowly but surely cut into his advantage.

While dealing with some lapped traffic Abreu closed even more and on lap 13 he would slice his way into the lead with the home-town crowd coming to their feet. Kaeding tried to race his way back by, but couldn’t make it stick and Abreu began to pull away from the pack. Despite a few restarts nothing could slow the fast moving Abreu, who pulled away every time and ultimately took the checkered by two and half seconds for victory.

Chico’s Jonathan Allard won out in a torrid battle for the runner up spot with Kyle Hirst and Bud Kaeding that thrilled the crowd. Allard started from the third row and took second for good on lap 18 to cap a strong weekend for the Tri-C Machine team, after also winning Friday at Ocean Speedway. “That was definitely a fun race right there and I really have to hand it to everyone that’s put in the effort to make this place so good. What a race track and facility we have at Calistoga now. We have this car rolling really good right now and I’m excited for Dirt Cup next week at Skagit.”

Hirst ran as high as second at one point in the feature and ultimately came home third to earn yet another top-five finish in King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series competition. The defending KWS champ has yet to finish outside of the top-five in the 10 events held so far this season aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr mount. “We had a great race track to run on tonight and I think that was some of the best racing we’ve had here with the wing. I want to thank everyone that helps out at Calistoga. Rico was pretty tough tonight, but I want to thank all my guys for their support as always.”

Bud Kaeding crossed the line in fourth, with his dad Brent Kaeding completing the top-five after putting together a new car following Friday’s frightening crash at Ocean Speedway. Grass Valley’s Jason Statler also put together a new car for Saturday and had an impressive drive finishing in sixth from 12th. Roseville’s Sean Becker, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Roseville’s Colby Copeland and Fresno’s Cory Eliason rounded out the top-10.

Bud Kaeding claimed the six-car dash with the three entertaining eight lap heat races going to Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan and Willie Croft. McMahan’s drive was very impressive coming from the third row to pick up the crowd pleasing victory. Rico Abreu kicked-off the night by setting fast time with a lap of 16.939 around the big Calistoga Speedway half-mile. Full results can be viewed by going to www.kwssprints.com and clicking on the results tab.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will return to action at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway on Saturday July 12 as part of the Howard Kaeding Classic weekend. Also on Friday night at the track will be the Civil War Sprint Car Series vs. the Ocean Sprints.

Special events on tap during the weekend will include a Thursday night car show & party on July 10 at the High Five Pizza location at the Silver Creek Sportsplex off Hellyer Road in San Jose from 5pm-9pm. Various drivers and race cars will be on hand at the get together, for what will be the official kick-off of the Howard Kaeding Classic weekend.

There will be a bbq chicken & rib dinner from 6pm-8pm for donation, with proceeds going to the Silver Creek Sports Plex Foundation, which aims to ensure that every child, regardless of financial ability, is able to participate in local amateur athletic training and competition.

Following Friday nights races High Five Pizza will also be putting on a post-race party at the track, along with a Saturday afternoon luncheon, which will kick-off the final night’s action. Both events will be held to support the Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund, which supports and aids injured drivers in California 410 Sprint Car racing. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction.

 

 

Jonathan Allard puts the Tri-C Machine in victory lane for the first time this season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on Friday at Ocean Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – June 22, 2014…After switching teams in the off-season three-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Jonathan Allard has certainly hit his stride over the last month. With that said the Chico, CA veteran put it all together on Friday night at the Ocean Speedway and impressively charged to his first KWS win of the 2014 season.

The win was Allard’s third consecutive in KWS competition at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville and marked the 37th triumph of his career with the Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, which ranks third all-time. The victory came aboard the famed Clyde & Marion Lamar owned Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c machine.

“I couldn’t be happier right now to finally get my first King of the West Series win of the year,” commented a very jubilant Allard. “My guys gave me a phenomenal car tonight. I could put it anywhere I wanted. I have to give a huge thanks to Clyde & Marion Lamar for the opportunity to drive this race car. We’re really turning the corner and I’ve got a lot of confidence right now. I hope everyone up there enjoyed the show tonight.”

The early laps in the feature were led by Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, who sits third in the weekly Ocean Sprints while driving the Western Metal Company No. 37 Sprinter. Pole sitter Evan Suggs gave chase, as Allard immediately began to pick cars off one by one. The two-time & defending Howard Kaeding Classic champ lined up sixth and charged into the lead by lap 10. Things then came to a halt on lap 11 when Brent Kaeding had a scary flip into turn one.

When going back green the racing proved to be very entertaining as Allard held a steady advantage out front. Defending KWS champ and current point leader Kyle Hirst battled his way up into second, as he and Suggs would trade spots multiple times over the final half of the race. Fremont’s Shane Golobic and Easton’s Tommy Tarlton also joined the mix, dicing it up through traffic towards the front of the field. The final lap of the race though saw definite chaos break loose.

As Allard was taking the checkered flag a lapped car spun a complete 360 in turn four and left the rest of the field no place to go. What resulted were multiple cars piling up just before the start/finish line in one of the most bizarre finishes we’ve ever seen. Behind Allard scored in second was Tarlton, who originally started 11th on the grid. Golobic came home third after starting 10th, with Suggs and Hirst completing the top-five.

Finishing sixth was Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, who suffered a severely damaged machine in the final corner melee and also had a badly bruised shoulder. After being attended to by the medics Statler’s team spent the next day building a new car in time to race at Calistoga on Saturday. Gilroy’s Kurt Nelson made his first start of the KWS season and came from 14th to seventh, with Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Faccinto and Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi rounding out the top-10.

Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. captured the 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier, with Evan Suggs claiming the six-lap Dash. The three 10-lap heat races were picked off by Brent Kaeding, Kyle Hirst and DJ Netto. Jonathan Allard beat out the 27-car field in qualifying by turning an 11.466 around the quarter-mile for fast time. Full results are available at www.kwssprints.com under the results tab.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will return to Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway on Saturday July 12 as part of the Howard Kaeding Classic weekend.

Special events on tap during the weekend will include a Thursday night car show & party on July 10 at the High Five Pizza location at the Silver Creek Sportsplex off Hellyer Road in San Jose from 5pm-9pm. Various drivers and race cars will be on hand at the get together, for what will be the official kick-off of the Howard Kaeding Classic weekend.

There will be a bbq chicken & rib dinner from 6pm-8pm for donation, with proceeds going to the Silver Creek Sports Plex Foundation, which aims to ensure that every child, regardless of financial ability, is able to participate in local amateur athletic training and competition.

Following Friday nights races High Five Pizza will also be putting on a post-race party at the track, along with a Saturday afternoon luncheon, which will kick-off the final night’s action. Both events will be held to support the Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund, which supports and aids injured drivers in California 410 Sprint Car racing. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction.

 

 

Defending KWS champ Kyle Hirst leads all 30-laps at the Pombo/Sargent Classic for his third King of the West Series victory in the last four races

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA – June 14, 2014…Defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Kyle Hirst continued to be one of the hottest drivers in Northern California Sprint Car racing on Saturday night by scoring a flag-to-flag victory at the annual Pombo/Sargent Classic in Hanford.

It was Hirst’s third King of the West 410 win in the last four races and also marked his first ever series triumph at the Kings Speedway. The victory didn’t come easy however, as Cory Eliason and DJ Netto gave chase through traffic, during an A-main that went 30-laps straight following a caution on the initial start.

“It’s great come out here and a get a win in Dennis & Teresa Roth’s backyard tonight,” said Hirst on the front stretch. “I’ve been trying for a long time to win a race at Hanford so this is pretty awesome and to do it at the Pombo/Sargent Classic is really cool. This event has a ton of history behind it. I can’t say enough about this whole Roth Motorsports team. We’ve been clicking on all cylinders and it’s been a great season so far for us. I want to wish a happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there as well and I’m happy to get a win for my father Rick this weekend.”

Hirst lined up on the pole by way of winning the dash and got the initial jump in the feature, but a yellow flag for Craig Stidham created a complete restart. Once going back green the main event would go non-stop for 30-laps, as drivers showed some great skills on the 3/8 mile clay oval. Hirst did a masterful job through lapped traffic aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr and kept the rest of the field at bay. Cory Eliason stayed within striking distance for much of the contest however, and forced Hirst to be perfect on the slicked off surface.

Just around the midway point of the feature DJ Netto joined the mix and made it a three-car battle for the lead through heavy duty lapped traffic. The Hanford, CA youngster had found the high side in the first & second corners to his liking and looked to be the fastest on the track at that point. Netto would pull off a slide job on Eliason to grab second on lap 17, but couldn’t stick the car off the exit of turn four and spun around sideways, nearly coming to a stop. He was able to keep the motor lit though and only dropped a couple of spots.

Netto regained his composure and marched back towards the front in impressive fashion, reclaiming third from Brent Kaeding on lap 22 and then charged into second with just three-laps remaining. He would run out of time though and the fast moving Hirst took the checkered flag by 1.406 seconds for the victory. It was his 10th career Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win, which places him in a tie with Tommy Tarlton for ninth on the all-time list.

Netto’s runner up finish was a career best with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series for the 18-year-old and came aboard the Netto Ag/ Penny Newman Grain No. 88n machine. “We’ve had a little bit of bad luck to start the year, but we’re really learning a lot as the season goes on and I’m pretty happy to get on the podium tonight at my home track,” commented Netto. “I feel that if I didn’t spin there in turn four, I might have had a shot at Kyle, but he was really fast tonight so I want to congratulate him. I have to thank my whole team for continuing to support me and I think we’ll have a shot at a win soon.”

Eliason came home third to score his second podium finish of the season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series in the Reitz Almond Harvesting, Eliason Racing Composites No. 00x mount. “I’m happy to be up here on the podium again, although I really thought we had a chance there,” said Eliason. “I caught up to Kyle a few times, but he never made any mistakes and drove a great race. DJ (Netto) also did a great job and I thought he was going to have a chance to win it too. All in all it was a great night back in my own car and we might even go to Calistoga next Saturday. I also want to wish everyone a happy Father’s Day.”

Easton’s Tommy Tarlton earned the KSE Hard Charger Award in the main event with a strong run from 17th to fourth aboard the Elite Landscape Construction No. 21 Sprinter. Rounding out the top-five in the 30-lapper was Campbell’s Bud Kaeding in the Williams Motorsports Zero machine. Completing the top-10 at the Pombo/Sargent Classic were Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, 15th starter Jonathan Allard of Chico, Roseville’s Sean Becker and Fremont’s Shane Golobic.

Capturing the night’s 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier was Tommy Tarlton, with the six-lap Dash going to Kyle Hirst. The three ten-lap heat races were captured by Brent Kaeding, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs and Dominic Scelzi. Cory Eliason began the night by setting his second fast time of the season by touring the 3/8 mile oval in 13.601 seconds to beat out a 25-car field. Full results will be available at www.kwssprints.com under the results tab and can also be viewed at http://www.mylaps.com/en/events/1033115

A-main finish: 1. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 2. 88n DJ Netto, 3. 00x Cory Eliason, 4. 21 Tommy Tarlton, 5. 0 Bud Kaeding, 6. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 7. 69 Brent Kaeding, 8. 3c Jonathan Allard, 9. 35m Sean Becker, 10. 121 Shane Golobic, 11. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 12. 00 Jason Statler, 13. 25 Bobby McMahan, 14. 3 Craig Stidham, 15. 5v Colby Copeland, 16. 4 Mike Faria, 17. 33e Evan Suggs, 18. 12 Scott Parker, 19. 21j Richard Brace Jr, 20. 10 Anthony Simone, 21. 94 Gordon Rodgers, 22. 15 Pat Harvey

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will head next for a double header weekend of competition next Friday & Saturday at the Ocean Speedway on June 20 and the Calistoga Speedway for the Wine Country Classic on June 21.

 

 

Kaeding looks to continue Pombo/Sargent Classic success on Saturday

In the near 30-year history of the Pombo/Sargent Classic no competitor has experienced more success than Campbell, California's Brent Kaeding, who will look to continue that trend on Saturday when the King of the West 410’s invade Kings Speedway in Hanford.

The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer leads all drivers with 11 victories at the Pombo/Sargent Classic and at one point captured four in a row from 2006-’09 aboard his famed Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 Sprinter. “BK” goes into Saturday sitting second in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings.

The 13-time Northern Auto Racing Club & 13-time King of the West 410 champion has said of the event, "We've won a lot of races at the Pombo/Sargent Classic and it's definitely nice to continue the tradition each year. Al Pombo and Marshall Sargent were two hard nose guys that would beat and bang on each other and always put on a show. We have a lot of memories from this event over the years and it's always been a real special one for all of us. We’re really looking forward to Saturday.”

The Pombo/Sargent Classic honors California racing legends Al Pombo & Marshall Sargent and has been going on for nearly 30-years, with it originally starting at Kings Speedway in the 1980’s, before moving to the Thunderbowl Raceway from 2006-'11. In 2012 however, the Pombo/Sargent Classic returned to Kings Speedway and this Saturday night we’ll continue the tradition at the "King of the Dirt Tracks."

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 Speedway, 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.

Early in his career Marshall Sargent won a pair of San Jose titles, which included two wins in the Johnny Key Memorial and 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 Saturday night we'll once again pay homage to a pair of legends, who helped set the foundation for the sport in our state.

The Pombo/Sargent Classic on Saturday at Kings Speedway will be held in conjunction with the Kings County Fair & entry to the races is just $8 with a paid fair admission, which is $10 for adults. Heads up for teams, the pit gate will be located off Hanford/Armona Rd at Gate A. This is the same as the World of Outlaws show earlier this year. Please give yourself a little more time to get there on Saturday if possible.

The Kings 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 information can be found at http://www.kingsspeedway.net/ or by contacting (559) 584-7223.

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 events for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series

Saturday June 14: Kings Speedway (Pombo/Sargent Classic)

Friday June 20: Ocean Speedway Saturday June 21: Calistoga Speedway (Wine Country Classic)

Saturday July 12: Ocean Speedway (Howard Kaeding Classic)

Paul Trevino Photo of Brent Kaeding after a past Pombo/Sargent Classic win.

 

 

Kyle Hirst leads the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series into the annual Pombo/Sargent Classic this Saturday at Kings Speedway in Hanford

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA – June 10, 2014…Fresh off his second win of the season last weekend Chico, CA’s Kyle Hirst will lead the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series into the always prestigious Pombo/Sargent Classic this Saturday night June 14 at the... Kings Speedway in Hanford.

Hirst has put together an amazing string of consistency since joining Roth Motorsports full-time last season and goes into Saturday holding a commanding 89-point lead in the series standings. Last year he earned 14 top-five finishes en route to his initial King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series title and so far this season has yet to finish outside of the top-five in the first seven events held. Included in those stats are two victories and five podium finishes aboard the Dennis & Teresa Roth owned No. 83jr machine.

The event on Saturday will be held in conjunction with the Kings County Fair & entry to the races is just $8 with a paid fair admission, which is $10 for adults. Heads up for teams, the pit gate will be located off Hanford/Armona Rd at Gate A. This is the same as the World of Outlaws show earlier this year. Please give yourself a little more time to get there on Saturday if possible.

The “Pombo/Sargent Classic” honors California racing legends Al Pombo & Marshall Sargent and has been going on for nearly 30-years, with it originally starting at Kings Speedway in the 1980’s, before moving to the Thunderbowl Raceway from 2006-'11. In 2012 however, the Pombo/Sargent Classic returned to Kings Speedway and this Saturday night we’ll continue that tradition at the "King of the Dirt Tracks."

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 Speedway, 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.

Early in his career Marshall Sargent won a pair of San Jose titles, which included two wins in the Johnny Key Memorial and 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 Saturday night we'll once again pay homage to a pair of legends, who helped set the foundation for the sport in our state.

The Kaeding family has dominated the Pombo/Sargent Classic over the years, capturing 16 of the 28 events that have been held since it started.

National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding leads all drivers with 11 overall victories at the Pombo/Sargent Classic and even won four in a row from 2006-’09 aboard his famed Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 Sprinter. “BK” goes into Saturday sitting second in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings.

The 13-time Northern Auto Racing Club & 13-time King of the West 410 champion has said of the event, "We've won a lot of races at the Pombo/Sargent Classic and it's definitely nice to continue the tradition each year. Al Pombo and Marshall Sargent were two hard nose guys that would beat and bang on each other and always put on a show. We have a lot of memories from this event over the years and it's always been a real special one for all of us. We’re really looking forward to Saturday.”

In 1997 Bud Kaeding won the Pombo/Sargent Classic, which also marked his first career Northern Auto Racing Club victory. The Campbell, CA wheel-man then backed that up with another win at the event the following year in 1998, before capturing his third victory at the 2012 version. The three-time USAC Silver Crown Series champion goes into this Saturday ranking third in the KWS points, but is only seven-markers back of his father for the second position.

After last weekend’s events in Chico & Marysville the point race has certainly tightened up among the top-10. Sacramento’s Willie Croft continued to show immense speed last week and brought home a runner up finish on Saturday at Marysville to close within 13-points of third place and is now just 20 back of second. Croft already has one victory this season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and will gunning for another on Saturday to help close up even further in the point chase.

Former Golden State/ King of the West champ Sean Becker rounds out the top-five in the series standings and sits 19-digits behind Croft for the fourth spot in the points. The “Shark” has always been fast at Kings Speedway and goes into Saturday looking for his first KWS win of the season. Outside the top-five, the drivers that rank six through 11 in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings are all separated by only 27-markers, in what will surely be a heated contest the remainder of the year.

Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan looked solid last weekend and is now only 12-markers outside of the top-five, while Fresno’s Craig Stidham is just seven-digits back of McMahan for the sixth spot. Fremont’s Shane Golobic goes into Saturday ranking eighth in the KWS standings, but is just a single point back of Stidham for seventh. Chico’s Jonathan Allard has gained steam in recent weeks and sits ninth in the points, just four-markers back of Golobic for eighth. Grass Valley’s Jason Statler completes the top-10 in the standings and is only 10-points back of Allard for ninth. Looking to break his way into the top-10 on Saturday is Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, who stands five-points behind Statler.

More drivers expected to tackle the Kings Speedway at the Pombo/Sargent Classic on Saturday will include three-time & defending event winner Tommy Tarlton of Easton, Hanford’s DJ Netto & Mitchell Faccinto, Lemoore’s Carson Macedo, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Tipton’s Mike Faria, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey and others.

The Kings 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 information can be found at http://www.kingsspeedway.net/ or by contacting (559) 584-7223.

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 events for KWS

Saturday June 14: Kings Speedway (Pombo/Sargent Classic)

Friday June 20: Ocean Speedway Saturday June 21: Calistoga Speedway (Wine Country Classic)

Saturday July 12: Ocean Speedway (Howard Kaeding Classic)

 

 

Tim Kaeding puts the Paul Silva No. 57 in victory lane with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on Saturday at Marysville Raceway Park

By Gary Thomas

Marysville, CA – June 7, 2014…With two-time Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Tim Kaeding returning to action this weekend he made sure to end it the only way he knows how, in victory lane. The San Jose, CA wheel-man withstood a furious battle with Mitchell Faccinto over a number of laps, before taking the checkered by 1.412 seconds over Willie Croft for his first KWS win of the year.

It marked Kaeding’s very first Marysville Raceway Park King of the West 410 win and his 64th career series triumph, which ranks second all-time to his father Brent Kaeding. The victory for “TK” came aboard the always potent Paul Silva owned Probilt Construction No. 57 machine.

“It felt great to be back in a car this weekend doing what I love and to get a win tonight is pretty cool,” Kaeding said. “I hope you fans enjoyed that one because it was a lot of fun from my seat. Mitchell Faccinto did an awesome job and you can really tell he’s going to be a great driver in the years to come. I really want to thank Paul Silva and this 57 team for giving me the chance to drive the car this weekend. I’m going to be heading back next week to join up with the World of Outlaws in the 59 car so I’m pretty excited.”

Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto started on the pole of the 30-lapper by way of his first ever KWS Dash win, during what was just his third career start in a Winged 410 Sprint Car. When the green lights waved Faccinto got the jump ahead of Kaeding and would lead the first three circuits, prior to “TK” getting by on lap-four to grab the lead. Kaeding was able to open up a comfortable advantage over the rest of the field and looked to pull away as traffic came into play.

The tight confines of Marysville Raceway Park always make things interesting though for the powerful 410 Sprint Cars and with some choppy areas in spots, it created hectic action through the slower cars. Just past the halfway point Kaeding began to get slowed up by traffic and it allowed Faccinto to close in rapidly. The 22-year-old driver of the Western Metal Company/ TSG Recycling No. 37 mount impressed everyone during the night and on lap 21 brought the crowd to their feet as he drove by Kaeding for the lead.

The two drivers then proceeded to put on a tremendous display of racing, while trading the lead back and forth on the hooked up quarter-mile. The intense battle came to a crawl on lap 25 when the yellow lights flashed on for Fremont’s Shane Golobic, who slowed to a stop on the back stretch. The upcoming double file restart saw Kaeding get a great jump, as did Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who climbed to second. Kaeding ran a smooth final few circuit’s to drive off and scoop up the win in just his second KWS start of the season.

Croft continued his extremely impressive start to the year by bringing home a runner up finish in the Holey Smokes BBQ/ Amerikote No. 29 Sprinter. The veteran driver now sits just 13-markers out of third and 20-points back of second in the KWS standings going into Hanford next weekend. “We’ve had a lot of speed to start the year and I really had to work for that one tonight. The car has just been phenomenal this season. I can pretty much put it anywhere on the track and that’s what you want as a driver. I need to thank all my guys and we’re really looking forward to Hanford next week.”

Friday night winner Kyle Hirst was also able to get by Faccinto on lap 27 to earn the final spot on the podium at the helm of his Roth Motorsports/ HR Livestock Transportation No. 83jr machine. The defending KWS champ and current point leader has pushed his advantage to a commanding 89-markers with seven events down and 11 remaining. “It’s nice to get up here on the podium again for Dennis & Teresa Roth & this whole Roth Motorsports team. I want to congratulate Tim & Willie on great runs as well and we’ll now move on to Hanford to try and get another win.”

Faccinto crossed the stripe in fourth to earn to his best career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish, while Campbell’s Brent Kaeding rounded out the top-five. Princeton’s Mason Moore came home sixth. KSE Hard Charger Award winner Jason Statler of Grass Valley charged from 19th to seventh. 17th starter Jonathan Allard of Chico finished eighth, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs was ninth and 21st starter Sean Becker of Roseville finished 10th.

Rookie driver Jarrett Soares had an impressive drive to win the 12-lap Last Chance Showdown, with Faccinto claiming the six-lap dash. The three 10-lap heat races were captured by Kyle Hirst, Faccinto and Willie Croft. Fair Oak’s Chad Compton began the evening by earning his second career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series fast time award. The 2012 series Rookie of the Year toured the Marysville bullring in 12.278 seconds for the honor in the 25-car field.

Full results from the night can be seen by simply visiting www.kwssprints.com and clicking on the results page.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now get set for the prestigious Pombo/Sargent Classic this coming Saturday June 14 at the Kings Speedway in Hanford, California. The event will take place in conjunction with the annual Kings County Fair, so please give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the track. Information on Kings Speedway can be found online at www.kingsspeedway.net

 

 

Kyle Hirst wins a thriller from the 16th starting spot on Friday night with the King of the West Sprints at the 35-lap David Tarter Memorial in Chico

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – June 6, 2014…Chico, CA resident Kyle Hirst put on a thrilling charge from the 16th starting spot Friday night at the 2nd annual David Tarter Memorial to claim his second straight King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory. The current KWS point leader and defending series champ earned some sweet redemption at the event after issues knocked him out of the lead during it last season.

“This is so awesome I don’t know what to say, but this is just great to come back this year and win the Tarter,” said a pumped up Hirst in victory lane. “I wanted to win this race so bad last year for the Tarter family and to get it done this season is pretty special. We really do miss David a lot and I hope he enjoyed that show tonight. I have a great team behind me and I can’t thank them enough.”

The extremely racy track on Friday night at Silver Dollar Speedway produced some fantastic racing in the main event and when things went green, it was row two starter Willie Croft jumping into the lead with a wild move on the opening lap. The Sacramento driver looked just as stout as he has all season long, but soon had company in the form of Bud Kaeding. The pair would dice it up for the lead, before Kaeding assumed the top spot on lap-seven.

Croft would stay glued to Kaeding’s back bumper as side by side racing was seen all throughout the field. On lap 15 Croft would get a great run off turn two and looked to have snagged the lead back, but a yellow flag at that same time ultimately kept Kaeding as your leader. The action was hot and heated at this point with Kaeding, Croft, Tim Kaeding and Jonathan Allard all battling it out at the front of the field.

The restart then saw Allard carve his way up to second and T. Kaeding up to third, as Croft dropped to fourth. On lap 19 Croft then had a resurgence and got back by TK for second, before driving passed Allard for second on lap 21, until back stretch contact resulted in Croft sliding around to a stop. Tim Kaeding’s night then came to an end at this point as he exited the speedway with issues.

All eyes were on Hirst at this point as he drove through the field from 16th starting, while making some brilliant moves on the tricky quarter-mile. With 22-laps in the books he found himself in second and then began to track down leader Bud Kaeding.

With Kaeding in search of his first victory of 2014 he had to deal with heavy duty lapped traffic just ahead. Hirst slowly but surely reeled him in and on lap 31 pulled off a text book slide job to grab the top-spot with the crowd on their feet. Bud didn’t let him get away however, and hounded the rear bumper of the 83jr over the remaining four-laps.

Hirst hit his marks though and crossed the checkered flag by 0.872 seconds for his ninth career Golden State/ King of the West win, which places him in a tie for 10th on the all-time list with Bud Kaeding, Ronnie Day and Sean Becker.

Bud Kaeding’s strong night resulted in a second place finish, with Jonathan Allard, Visalia’s Cory Eliason and Fremont’s Shane Golobic rounding out the top-five. Completing the top-10 were Sean Becker, Bobby McMahan, 21st starter Jason Statler, DJ Netto and Craig Stidham.

Hirst earned the hard charger award and went home with an extra $200 courtesy of D&D Roofing. The win was also worth $3500 for Hirst, who is in search of his second straight KWS title. McMahan set fast time to begin the night and took home the extra $500 courtesy of Kyle Larson.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now venture to the Marysville Raceway Park this evening. Front gate opens at 5pm with racing at 7pm.

David Tarter Memorial Results – King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Silver Dollar Speedway

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Fast time: Bobby McMahan

Heat one: 1. 22 Mason Moore, 2. 53 Andy Gregg, 3. 3 Craig Stidham, 4. 25 Bobby McMahan, 5. 00 Jason Statler, 6. 22t Michael Tarter, 7. 49 Mike Monahan, 8. 69 Brent Kaeding, 9. 12x Jarrett Soares

Heat two: 1. 27 Cory Eliason, 2. 57 Tim Kaeding, 3. 29 Willie Croft, 4. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 5. 5v Colby Copeland, 6. 2x BJ Martin, 7. 21j Richard Brace, 8. 19 Keith Bloom

Heat three: 1. 121 Shane Golobic, 2. 88n DJ Netto, 3. 3c Jonathan Allard, 4. 33e Evan Suggs, 5. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 6. 69c Chad Compton, 7. 7k Kenny Allen, 8. 15 Pat Harvey

Heat four: 1. 92 Andy Forsberg, 2. 0 Bud Kaeding, 3. 35m Sean Becker, 4. 3f Geoff Ensign, 5. 88 Brad Bumgarner, 6. 89 Brandon Mansfield, 7. 21m Michael Ing, 8. 94 Gordon Rodgers

Dash: 1. Mason Moore, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Willie Croft, 5. Evan Suggs, 6. Cory Eliason, 7. Bobby McMahan, 8. 92 Andy Forsberg

LCQ: 1. Kenny Allen, 2. Dominic Scelzi, 3. Jason Statler, 4. BJ Martin, 5. Brent Kaeding, 6. Colby Copeland, 7. Keith Bloom, 8. Michael Tarter, 9. Mike Monahan, 10. Pat Harvey, 11. Jarrett Soares, 12. Chad Compton, 13. Gordon Rodgers, 14. Richard Brace, 15. Brandon Mansfield, 16. Brad Bumgarner, 17. Michael Ing

A-main: 1. Kyle Hirst, 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Jonathan Allard, 4. Cory Eliason, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Sean Becker, 7. Bobby McMahan, 8. Jason Statler, 9. DJ Netto, 10. Craig Stidham, 11. Dominic Scelzi, 12. Mason Moore, 13. Evan Suggs, 14. Willie Croft, 15. Brent Kaeding, 16. Colby Copeland, 17. Geoff Ensign, 18. Kenny Allen, 19. BJ Martin, 20. Andy Gregg, 21. Tim Kaeding, 22. Andy Forsberg

 

Tim Kaeding to make KWS season debut in Chico & Marysville

Two-time Golden State/King of the West 410 Series champion Tim Kaeding is expected to return to the saddle this Friday & Saturday with KWS in Chico & Marysville! The San Jose, CA throttle-masher ranks second on the all-time series win list with 63 career triumphs and will be gunning to add to that total this weekend.

The event on Friday marks the second annual “David Tarter Memorial,” which pays tribute to former Sprint Car racer David Tarter, who we lost in a pit area accident during a King of the West race at Silver Dollar Speedway in June of 2012. Last year’s inaugural running was held as a track point event, but this season is sanctioned by the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. KWS driver Sean Becker captured last year’s race and looks to make it back-to-back on Friday.

In honor of David Tarter’s No. 35 the evening on Friday will be capped with a 35-lap main event.

The Saturday showcase will be the first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event at the Marysville Raceway Park since April of 2012. That night saw Chico’s Jonathan Allard win a thriller over Tim Kaeding and Bobby McMahan. The Saturday event will also be just the fourth Winged 410 Sprint Car event at the MRP bullring since 1999. Series winners at the track in that time include Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson, Sacramento’s Willie Croft and the previously mentioned Jonathan Allard.

The Silver Dollar Speedway front gate will open at 5pm this Friday June 6, with adult tickets costing $20, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and kids 6-11 are $5. All seating is general admission during the night. The first heat race will be scheduled to go off around 7pm.

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 front gate at Marysville Raceway Park on Saturday June 7 will open at 5pm, with adult tickets costing $18, juniors $15, seniors/ disabled/ active military $10, kids 6-12 $5 and a family pass with two adults & 3 children age 12 or under is $40. Age five & under is free. All seating is general admission during the night. The first heat race will be scheduled to go off around 7pm.

The Marysville Raceway Park is located in Marysville, California. From the Junction of HWY 70 and HWY 20 (12th Street), go a quarter-mile east on HWY 20. Turn south onto Ramirez Road for 1.5 miles. The physical address is 1468 Simpson Ln, Marysville, CA 95901. Directions & hotels can be found at http://marysvilleracewaypark.com/maps.html

 

 

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series resumes action with 2nd annual David Tarter Memorial at Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday & a return to the Marysville Raceway Park on Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Aptos, CA – June 2, 2014…After a couple weeks off the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is eager to hit the track for a double-header weekend of competition, beginning this Friday night June 6 at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, prior to visiting the Marysville Raceway Park on Saturday for the first time in two-years.

The event on Friday marks the second annual “David Tarter Memorial,” which pays tribute to former Sprint Car racer David Tarter, who we lost in a pit area accident during a King of the West race at Silver Dollar Speedway in June of 2012. Last year’s inaugural running was held as a track point event, but this season is sanctioned by the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. KWS driver Sean Becker captured last year’s race and looks to make it back-to-back on Friday.

In honor of David Tarter’s No. 35 the evening on Friday will be capped with a 35-lap main event.

The Saturday showcase will be the first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event at the Marysville Raceway Park since April of 2012. That night saw Chico’s Jonathan Allard win a thriller over Tim Kaeding and Bobby McMahan. The Saturday event will also be just the fourth Winged 410 Sprint Car event at the MRP bullring since 1999. Series winners at the track in that time include Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson, Sacramento’s Willie Croft and the previously mentioned Jonathan Allard.

Leading the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series into the weekend is defending champion Kyle Hirst, who has been a model of consistency once again this season. The 26-year-old is fresh off his first KWS win of the season during the most recent series event in Tulare on May 17 and hasn’t finished outside the top-five yet this year. The wheel-man of the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr came close to winning the David Tarter Memorial last season and will be trying hard to check it off his list on Friday.

Thirteen-time Golden State/ King of the West 410 champion Brent Kaeding has had a strong start to the season and ranks second in the series standings after five rounds of competition. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer has scored a season best KWS finish of second and is coming off a seventh place effort in Tulare on May 17. In his career Kaeding has won the most main events of any driver at the Silver Dollar Speedway and will be gunning to add another on Friday night at the Tarter.

Three-time USAC National Silver Crown titlist Bud Kaeding has shown some serious speed during this early season, but has been battling through some tough luck in recent weeks. The Campbell, CA driver sits third in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings, as he continues his first season behind the wheel of the famed Williams Motorsports No. 0 machine. Kaeding will be searching for victory this week and is one of the favorites at both Chico & Marysville on Friday & Saturday.

One of the more impressive drivers through the first five events this season has certainly been Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who goes into the weekend maintaining the fourth spot in the King of the West 410 standings. “Double Down” has looked as good as ever this year and if it weren’t for a few instances of bad luck, he could very well be locked in a title fight with his brother-in-law Kyle Hirst. In the most recent series event, Croft looked to be on way to victory, until running out of fuel late in the race.

Rounding out the top-five in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series points going into Friday happens to be the three-time & defending Silver Dollar Speedway track champ Sean Becker of Roseville. The “Shark” is currently in the midst of his first full-time KWS campaign since 2007 and should be considered a heavy favorite at two of his best tracks this weekend. Becker also routinely runs strong at the Marysville Raceway Park and is in search of KWS season win number one this week.

Fremont’s Shane Golobic is coming off his best King of the West finish of the season in Tulare on May 17 and sits sixth coming into Friday. The Fremont, CA driver has finished no worse than second in the last five Prentice Motorsports Group events and if there were power rankings for Northern California, he would certainly have to be considered at the top. Former Silver Dollar Speedway track champion Bobby McMahan ranks seventh in the KWS points. The Elk Grove, CA veteran came close to a win at the Marysville Raceway Park with KWS in 2012, eventually finishing third in the feature.

Fresno’s Craig Stidham put together his best run of the season during the recent KWS event in Tulare on May 17, earning the KSE Hard Charger Award in the feature by coming from 15th to fourth. The former Trophy Cup champ sits eighth going into Friday night. Completing the top-10 in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings going into the double-header weekend are Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi in ninth, along with 2004 series champ Jason Statler & three-time series titlist Jonathan Allard, who sit tied for the 10th spot.

More possibilities this weekend will include Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg & Richard Brace Jr, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Chico’s Kenny Allen & Brad Bumgarner, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Corning’s Bud Walberg and others.

The Silver Dollar Speedway front gate will open at 5pm this Friday June 6, with adult tickets costing $20, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and kids 6-11 are $5. All seating is general admission during the night. The first heat race will be scheduled to go off around 7pm.

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 front gate at Marysville Raceway Park on Saturday June 7 will open at 5pm, with adult tickets costing $18, juniors $15, seniors/ disabled/ active military $10, kids 6-12 $5 and a family pass with two adults & 3 children age 12 or under is $40. Age five & under is free. All seating is general admission during the night. The first heat race will be scheduled to go off around 7pm.

The Marysville Raceway Park is located in Marysville, California. From the Junction of HWY 70 and HWY 20 (12th Street), go a quarter-mile east on HWY 20. Turn south onto Ramirez Road for 1.5 miles. The physical address is 1468 Simpson Ln, Marysville, CA 95901. Directions & hotels can be found at http://marysvilleracewaypark.com/maps.html

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 events for KWS

Friday June 6: Silver Dollar Speedway (David Tarter Memorial) Saturday June 7: Marysville Raceway Park Saturday June 14: Kings Speedway (Pombo/Sargent Classic) Friday June 20: Ocean Speedway Saturday June 21: Calistoga Speedway (Wine Country Classic)

 

 

 

Kyle Hirst & Ryan Bernal share Chris & Brian Faria Memorial victory lane with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & USAC West Coast/ Western Classic 360 Sprint Car Series on Saturday in Tulare

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – May 17, 2014…When it has come to consistency in this early season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, nobody has been better than Chico’s Kyle Hirst and on Saturday at the annual Chris & Brian Faria Memorial the defending champion was able to put himself in position and pick up his first KWS win of the year.

Also sharing victory lane at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday night was Hollister’s Ryan Bernal with the USAC West Coast & Western Classic Series, along with Jimmy Reeves in the IMCA Dirt Modifieds feature.

The victory for Hirst came after early leaders Willie Croft and Carson Macedo both ran out of fuel during the 30-lap main event. The second generation put himself in perfect position however, and when Macedo’s car sputtered on a restart with two-laps remaining, Hirst pounced on the lead and never looked back for his eighth career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win.

“It feels awesome to finally get my first 410 win here at the Thunderbowl after being so close a number of times,” said Hirst, who moved into a tie with Jason Statler for 13th on the all-time KWS win list. “It was a tough race once the rubber got down and we all really just had to fall in line. I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth and this whole team enough for the opportunity I have to drive the 83 car.”

The previous weekend’s winner in Petaluma, Willie Croft, looked strong early on out front as he looked to make it back-to-back wins in KWS competition. After a handful of laps complete the surface began to take rubber more and more, which made passing opportunities limited. Croft led the field for the majority of the contest, but on a lap-23 restart lost the lead to Carson Macedo and then slowed to a stop as he ran out of fuel. Once in front Macedo pulled away looking for his first KWS win.

The 18-year-old from Lemoore appeared to be on way to victory, but just as soon as he was set to take the white flag, the yellow lights flashed for Chico’s Jonathan Allard in turn two. Allard had put together his best night of the season up to that point with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, having set fast time, won his heat and ran as high as second in the main event. On the restart Macedo’s car starved for fuel and Hirst rocketed by to take the lead, before taking the checked flag for season win number one with the King of the West 410’s. Macedo would slow and ultimately finish 13th.

After a couple weeks of tough luck Fremont’s Shane Golobic came home second in the feature aboard the Joe VonSchriltz No. 121 machine. It marked Golobic’s best career Thunderbowl Raceway KWS finish. Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan also did a solid job in the feature to come from 11th to third aboard the American Tool & MFG No. 25 mount. The veteran scored his best finish in a number of years at the track aboard a 410 Sprint Car. Rounding out the top-five was Fresno’s Craig Stidham, who earned the hard charger award coming from 15th to fourth and Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, who picked up his best finish of the season as well.

Hanford’s DJ Netto came from 16th to sixth in the feature, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding went 17th to seventh, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. tallied his best ever KWS Thunderbowl finish in eighth, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi was ninth from 18th and Roseville’s Colby Copeland completed the top-10.

In the USAC West Coast/ Western Classic Series main event it was Ryan Bernal also taking advantage of a couple drivers having issues to claim a clean sweep for the weekend with the traveling series’. Campbell’s Bud Kaeding had dominated the 30-lapper until suffering a flat right rear tire. Huntington Beach’s Nick Faas then looked to be in position for victory, prior to suffering a flat tire on lap 23. After that it was Bernal up front holding off a last lap charge from Tipton’s Danny Faria Jr.

“That was definitely a strange main event tonight, but luckily we are the ones standing up here in victory,” Bernal commented. “It was a tough track with the rubber being down and I really tried to save my tires and had to drive it as straight as possible like a stock car. To sweep the weekend is a great feeling and I can’t thank this whole team enough for the opportunity this season. We’ve been really fast and it has me pretty excited for the rest of the year.”

Faria Jr. came home in second, with Markus Niemela in third, Matt Mitchell in fourth and Jace Vander Weerd rounding out the top-five in the feature. The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Marty Hawkins, Austin Liggett, DJ Johnson, Austin Stone and Bud Kaeding.

Racing will return to the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday May 31 with the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series and USAC Western Midgets. Also on hand will be the IMCA Modifieds and RaceSaver Winged Sprints.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will have a couple weekends off, before resuming action with a double header weekend on Friday & Saturday June 6 & 7. The Friday program will take place at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway and marks the second annual David Tarter Memorial, while Saturday’s event will be the lone season appearance at the Marysville Raceway Park.

USAC West Coast/ Western Classic feature finish: 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Markus Niemela, 4. Matt Mitchell, 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Marty Hawkins, 7. Austin Liggett, 8. D.J. Johnson, 9. Austin Stone, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Chris Ennis, 12. Troy Rutherford, 13. Dennis Howell, 14. Kyle Hirst, 15. Richard Vander Weerd, 16. Nic Faas, 17. Scott Hall, 18. T.J. Smith, 19. Jeff Sibley, 20. Landon Hurst, 21. Michael Faccinto, 22. Colby Copeland.

King of the West 410 feature finish: 1. Kyle Hirst, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Bobby McMahan, 4. Craig Stidham, 5. Evan Suggs, 6. DJ Netto, 7. Brent Kaeding, 8. Richard Brace Jr., 9. Dominic Scelzi, 10. Colby Copeland, 11. Sean Becker, 12. Mitchell Faccinto, 13. Carson Macedo, 14. Scott Parker, 15. Gordon Rodgers, 16. Jonathan Allard, 17. Willie Croft, 18. Mike Faria, 19. Jason Statler, 20. Geoffrey Strole, 21. Sean McMahan, 22. Bud Kaeding, 23. Jarrett Soares

 

 

Chris & Brian Faria Memorial up next for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this Saturday at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – May 13, 2014…Fresh off an exciting main event this past weekend the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now venture south to the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare this Saturday May 17 for the annual “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial,” which also includes the always exciting USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprints.
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 Raceway, 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.

Defending King of the West champion Kyle Hirst goes into his team’s backyard maintaining a 27-point advantage in the series standings and will be shooting for his first win of the season on Saturday. The driver of the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr has finished among the top-five in all four events this season and earned a runner up effort at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in April with KWS. Hirst will also be pulling double duty on Saturday, competing with both KWS and the USAC 360’s.
Following a strong third place finish last week Campbell’s Bud Kaeding will be another driver gunning for his first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win of the season on Saturday. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ also ran third at the season-opener in Tulare and goes into Saturday’s Faria Memorial ranking second in the KWS standings aboard the Williams Motorsports No. 0 machine. Like Hirst, Kaeding will also be pulling double duty on Saturday.
Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, a multi-time Faria Memorial winner, is fresh off a season-best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish of second last weekend and on Saturday will be searching to move one spot higher in the rundown behind the wheel of the Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer comes into Tulare sitting third in the KWS standings, but is only four-markers back of his son Bud.
The driver going into Saturday with the most momentum would certainly have to be Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who picked up his sixth career King of the West main event win last week in Petaluma. Croft ranks fourth in the series standings and had a great run at the Thunderbowl in April, finishing fifth after also battling for the lead in the A-main. “Double Down” has been very strong in this early season aboard the Holey Smokes BBQ No. 29 mount.
Former King of the West champ Sean Becker of Roseville currently rounds out the top-five in points going into the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday. The “Shark” has returned full-time to the series this season and has been a welcomed addition in the Main Motorsports No. 35m Sprinter. Becker will be gunning for his first ever win in Tulare this weekend after finishing seventh at the opener in April.
Rounding out the top-10 in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings going into the Thunderbowl on Saturday includes last week’s KSE hard charger award winner Dominic Scelzi of Fresno, 2005 Faria Memorial winner Jason Statler of Grass Valley, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan and Fremont’s Shane Golobic.
More possibilities for Saturday include 2003 Chris & Brian Faria Memorial winner Jonathan Allard of Chico, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Lemoore’s Carson Macedo, Auckland, NZ’s Michael Pickens, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Tipton’s Mike Faria, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Merced’s Mark Barroso 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 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 www.thunderbowlraceway.com
Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.kwssprints.com

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Upcoming events after Tulare May 17

Friday June 6: Silver Dollar Speedway (David Tarter Memorial)
Saturday June 7: Marysville Raceway Park
Saturday June 14: Kings Speedway (Pombo/Sargent Classic)
Friday June 20: Ocean Speedway
Saturday June 21: Calistoga Speedway (Wine Country Classic)

 

 

Willie Croft charges to his first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win of the season on Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway
By Gary Thomas
Petaluma, CA – May 10, 2014…When it has come to raw speed in this early season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Sacramento’s Willie Croft has definitely been right up there with the best of them. On Saturday night at the Petaluma Speedway the veteran driver continued that pace and earned his first victory of the 2014 campaign during an exciting 30-lap main event.
For Croft it was his second consecutive King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win at the Petaluma Speedway, after also winning last year’s event at the track. It also marked his sixth career series victory, placing him into a tie for 20th on the all-time win list with Randy Tiner, Paul McMahan and Bobby McMahan.
“First off I want to apologize to Shane Golobic, I didn’t mean to get into him on that restart and I feel bad because I don’t drive like that,” Croft said on the front stretch. “But I’m really happy to get the win tonight for all my guys. I have pretty much an all new team this year and we’ve been really fast every night. It also means a lot to win in my own car and that makes it a special feeling. It was definitely an exciting main event tonight and the track was great in the feature. We’ll hope to continue this momentum heading into Tulare next week.”
Croft started on the pole by way of his win in the six-lap Dash, but actually dropped to fourth on the opening lap, as Fremont’s Shane Golobic used the outside of the front row to jump into the lead ahead of Campbell’s Brent Kaeding. Croft would battle with his brother-in-law Kyle Hirst on the opening lap and eventually got the third spot after a couple circuits. The surface for the main event lent itself to some tremendous action throughout the 30-lapper, with the first 23-laps clicked off non-stop.
Golobic looked large and in charge out front aboard the Joe VonSchriltz Racing No. 121, as he worked traffic like a magician and held a comfortable lead over the first half of the race. The driver everyone kept an eye on though was Croft, who hounded Kaeding for the runner up spot over a number of laps, before making a thrilling move up high to grab the position on lap 13. He then quickly closed in on Golobic, who was in the midst of a gaggle of lapped cars. After cutting down the lead Croft took advantage of Golobic getting slowed up just enough, to charge around the outside of the fourth corner for the top-spot as the leaders completed lap 22.
A yellow flag on lap 23 then set up a double file restart in which Croft bicycled in turns one and two that allowed Golobic the chance to get underneath for the lead. Croft kept his composure though and diamonded the exit of turn two and shot back under to grab the top-spot right back. After that Croft looked to check out, but a red flag for DJ Netto on lap 27 brought things to a halt. Netto was okay but done for the night. The upcoming double file restart saw all heck break loose, as contact between the front row cars Croft & Golobic resulted in Golobic getting upside down in turn four. He was okay, but visibly not happy.
The next restart was single file and despite Kaeding taking a peak to the inside a couple times, Croft hit his marks and took the checkered flag by 1.644 seconds to claim victory aboard his Holey Smokes BBQ/ Amerikote No. 29 machine. It was also his third top-five finish in the four King of the West Sprint Car Series events held so far in 2014.
Kaeding continued his strong start to the season by bringing the Al’s Roofing Supply/ High Five Pizza No. 69 Sprinter home in second. For “BK” it capped a great weekend, which also saw him drive to victory the previous night at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway. “It sure feels nice to be up here on the podium again and I couldn’t be happier. We were a little tight in the feature and that hurt us, but it was a great race overall. I want to congratulate Willie on getting the win tonight, because he’s been fast all year. We’re looking forward to Tulare next week and will see what we can do there.”
Campbell’s Bud Kaeding was a show in himself over the closing laps and charged up to round out the podium aboard the Williams Motorsports/ BZE No. 0 mount. Kaeding aggressively attacked the hooked up 3/8 mile clay oval as the laps went on to earn his second podium of the season. “The way we were rolling there at the end I wish this race would have been about 100-laps,” he joked. “We had a great night and I’m having so much fun out here with KWS. Morrie & Katie Williams gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to drive this car and I’m really confident where are right now.”
King of the West point leader Kyle Hirst scored fourth at the finish in the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr for his fourth top-five in four starts, while Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi thrilled the crowd over the closing laps to earn fifth after starting 13th on the grid. The 17-year-old was also the KSE hard charger in the main event at the helm of the Scelzi Enterprises No. 41 machine. Oroville’s Sean Becker ran up front during the majority of the feature and came home sixth, with Grass Valley’s Jason Statler having a great run in the main event to charge from 14th to seventh, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan was eighth, Princeton’s Mason Moore tallied ninth and Chico’s Jonathan Allard rounded out the top-10 after starting 17th.
The 12-lap Last Chance Showdown was captured by DJ Netto, while Willie Croft won the six-lap Dash. The three 10-lap heat races were picked off by Bud Kaeding, Bobby McMahan and Croft. Bud Kaeding opened the night by setting fast time by clocking a 12.723 around the Petaluma Speedway. Full results are available at http://www.kwssprints.com/
The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be right back in action next Saturday May 17 at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare. It will be the final visit of the season to Steve Faria’s one-third mile clay oval and also marks the annual “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” Tickets are on sale and can be acquired by contacting (559) 688-0909.

 

Defending champion Kyle Hirst leads the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series into Petaluma Speedway this Saturday night May 10

By Gary Thomas Petaluma, CA – May 6, 2014…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is geared up for round number four on the season this Saturday at the Petaluma Speedway, where defending KWS champ Kyle Hirst goes into the night holding a 33-point advantage over his nearest competitor in the standings. The Petaluma Speedway had been a staple on the Northern Auto Racing Club/ Golden State 410 Series schedule over the years, but a multiple-season hiatus from the track occurred from the late 1990’s to 2004. In 2005 the Golden State 410 Series returned to Petaluma and ran each season through 2010, until another hiatus was seen, before the King of the West 410’s returned last year. In total there have been 12 Winged 410 Sprint Car events held at Petaluma Speedway since 2005. After winning the King of the West championship last season, Hirst has come out of the box extremely solid once again, earning a pair of runner up finishes and a fifth in the three events held so far this year aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr. He’s also in search this season to become the first back to back titlist since Brent Kaeding in the mid-1990’s and a win on Saturday would be great way to help build his lead even further.

Continuing his first campaign aboard the Williams Motorsports No. 0 Sprinter, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding goes into Petaluma Speedway sitting second in the KWS standings. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ picked up a King of the West 410 win at Petaluma in 2008 and will be gunning to do so once again on Saturday. Kaeding earned a podium finish at the opener in Tulare.

Ranking third in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings and just four-markers back of Bud is his father Brent Kaeding. The 13-time series champion & National Sprint Car Hall of Famer finished eighth at last week’s Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial and will be shooting for victory at Petaluma on Saturday in the famed Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69.

Last year’s King of the West winner at Petaluma Speedway, Willie Croft of Sacramento, goes into the track on Saturday holding onto the fourth spot in the standings. The driver known as “Double Down” is fresh off a strong third place finish at last week’s Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial and has shown lots of speed so far in this early season at the helm of the Holey Smokes BBQ No. 29 mount.

Rounding out the top-five in the King of the West 410 points is Fremont’s Shane Golobic, who is following the tour full-time this season in the Joe VonSchriltz No. 121 machine. Golobic in his career has three Civil War Series wins at the Petaluma Speedway, in addition to a 101-lap Soares Classic Midget victory and a Wingless 360 triumph at the 3/8 mile clay oval.

Multiple-time Petaluma Speedway winner Sean Becker ranks sixth in the KWS standings coming into Saturday. The “Shark” has won two King of the West 410 events at the track to go along with five Civil War Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster victories in Petaluma. Completing the top-10 in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series points going into round four are Fresno’s Craig Stidham, past KWS Petaluma Speedway winner Jason Statler of Grass Valley, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi and five-time Petaluma KWS winner Jonathan Allard of Chico. Allard has been the most successful driver with the series at the track over the last 10-years.

Other drivers expected to tackle the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday will include Elk Grove’s Bobby & Sean McMahan, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Penngrove’s Chase Joshnson, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey and more.

The front gate at the Petaluma Speedway will open at 4pm on Saturday May 10 with racing anticipated to get underway around 7pm. Adult tickets cost $20, with it being $15 for seniors/juniors. The pit gate will open at noon for competitors. The 3/8 mile clay oval has been a welcomed stop over the years for teams with the Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. The tacky and 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 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 http://www.petaluma-speedway.com/

The all-time 410 track record at Petaluma Speedway is held by 2009 Golden State/ 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.

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 events after Petaluma May 10

Saturday May 17: Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial) Friday June 6: Silver Dollar Speedway (David Tarter Memorial) Saturday June 7: Marysville Raceway Park Saturday June 14: Kings Speedway (Pombo/Sargent Classic)

 

 

Rico Abreu leads all 40-laps to become a two-time Dave Bradway Jr Memorial champion on Saturday night at Silver Dollar Speedway
By Gary Thomas
Chico, CA – May 3, 2014…Rutherford, CA’s Rico Abreu reminded everyone on Saturday night why he is arguably the hottest Sprint Car driver around at the moment, as he romped to his second consecutive win in the prestigious Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway.
It was Abreu’s second consecutive King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory and the seventh of his career, tying Kyle Hirst, Jimmy Sills, Kyle Larson, Greg Decaires and Randy Hannagan for 14th on the all-time win list. The 22-year-old also claimed the $1000 Abreu Vineyards Dash and with lap money added in will go home with $6500 for his efforts. Despite strong day time winds the track surface held up and made for some entertaining racing throughout the night.
“It feels great to get another win here at the Bradway and I can’t thank Paul Silva and my guys enough for giving me a great car,” Abreu commented. “I also want to thank everyone that helps put the Dave Bradway Jr Memorial on. It’s a pretty awesome event and seeing all the money and awards up for grabs is pretty awesome. We’ve been on a roll here to start the year and I really hope we can keep it up heading back to the Midwest. I also want to thank all the fans for coming out tonight.”
When the green lights came on Abreu got the jump on the field and would ultimately never look back. Outside front row starter Shane Golobic of Fremont settled into second at the start, but had a water fitting failure knock him out of contention early on. Golobic also will go home with the hard luck award that features $300 cash courtesy of Dan & Laurel Belton and HMC Promotions the Louie Vermeil Classic, plus a set of Schoenfeld Headers and Flowmaster Mufflers courtesy of Kaeding brothers racing.
Over the opening laps Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs was able to keep pace with Abreu and keep him within striking distance, but caution flags plagued the flow of things in the 40-lapper early on. Once some green flag laps were clicked off however, Abreu pulled away and left everyone else to fight for second. Current King of the West point leader Kyle Hirst carved his way into the runner up position as the race wore on and would eventually finish in the spot for the second straight year.
“I have to congratulate Rico Abreu, Paul Silva and those guys on their win tonight, because they’ve been real tough,” said Hirst. “I also want to thank my whole Roth Motorsports team for all their support. I’ve been close to winning the Bradway and one of these years it’s going to happen. This was a good point’s night for us though, so we’ll take it and go on to next week. I would like to thank the Durica’s and everyone that helps put the Bradway on each year.”
Sacramento’s Willie Croft had a great run in the main event to complete the podium aboard the Holey Smokes BBQ No. 29 Sprinter. The finish marked his best career Dave Bradway Jr Memorial result. “I’m happy to be up here on the podium tonight with Rico and Kyle,” Croft said. “The Bradway is our biggest race out here with KWS so to get a third is pretty solid for us. We’ve had lots of speed so far this year so that gives me a lot of confidence. We’ll move on next week to Petaluma and see if we can get this car into victory lane.”
Evan Suggs finished the main event in fourth, with Roseville’s Colby Copeland doing a great in the feature to come home fifth. Completing the top-10 in the 40-lapper were Chico’s Jonathan Allard, who earned the hard charger award coming from 17th to sixth. Allard will go home with $1300 courtesy of Abreu Vineyards, Budget Landscaping, Browns Valley RV and Hunts Race World the Hunt Family, plus a pack of tear offs. Seventh through 10th in the main event were Oroville’s Sean Becker, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding and Hanford’s DJ Netto.
Leading all 12-laps to win the Last Chance Showdown was Placerville’s Andy Gregg, who claimed $1000 cash from Abreu Vineyards, plus an additional $600 in lap money. The eight-lap C-main was won by Chico’s Brad Bumgarner.
Rico Abreu won the six-lap Dash and took home the $1000 cash from Abreu Vineyards as previously noted.
Picking up wins in the four 10-lap heat races included Medford, Oregon’s Roger Crockett, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Brent Kaeding and Shane Golobic. Each heat race winner went home with $500 cash from Abreu, along with a right rear tire and five sleeves of tear offs courtesy of HoservilleCA, plus a Red Line Oil Sprint Car Oil Change. Opening the night by earning the Carwash Mike Fast Time Award was Roger Crockett, who takes home $1625 cash, plus a custom helmet paint job courtesy of Shell Shock Designs, along with a custom Jager Trophy & Coors Light cowboy hat in memory of Carwash Mike Avilla.
The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will head next for the Petaluma Speedway this coming Saturday night for Round number four in the 2014 season. Full results will be available at http://www.kwssprints.com/

 

Abreu Vineyards announces extensive support once again of Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial on Saturday Silver Dollar Speedway

Chico, CA….Excitement is in the air about Saturday's Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico & the incentives keep getting better & better! We’re proud to announce a gracious donation once again coming in from Abreu Vineyards!

Abreu Vineyards has donated $1000 cash to the Hard Charger in the feature, $1000 cash to the Dash winner, $1000 cash to the Last Chance Showdown winner and $500 cash to each Heat Race winner. For more information on Abreu Vineyards visit their website at http://abreuvineyard.com/

“We can’t thank Dave Abreu of Abreu Vineyards enough for his support of the Bradway again,” said Dave Durica. “Dianne and I have been blown away by the support from a number of people and it really means a lot. We’re very excited for Saturday and hope all the fans will come out and support the race. The weather looks great and it's going to be an awesome event.”

The Silver Dollar Speedway front gate will open at 5pm on Saturday May 3, with adult tickets costing $20, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and kids 6-11 are $5. Camping is available for the weekend and is $30 a night that is collected by 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 noon.

The Silver Dollar Speedway is located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, a half-mile west of SR 99 on Park Ave in Chico, California. Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.kwssprints.com/

 

 

Money & prestige on the line when the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series invades Silver Dollar Speedway this Saturday May 3 for the 24th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial

By Gary Thomas
Chico, CA – April 29, 2014…If you’re a Sprint Car enthusiast in Northern California then the place to be this Saturday night is the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, when the King of the West 410 Series invades the famed bullring for the prestigious 24th 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 a driver destined for stardom in Sprint Car racing 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 in Chico.

Dave and Diane Durica have once again collected lap money and each lap of the 40-lap A-main and 12-lap Last Chance Showdown will pay $100 to be distributed among the top three each lap. The leader of the lap gets $50, second $30 and third $20. Lap money has been a staple of the Bradway Memorial over the years and always adds a special element to the event. The A-main will also pay a minimum of $3500-to-win, courtesy of a $500 donation from Roth Motorsports.
The fan group HoservilleCA will be partnering with the heat races for the 12th consecutive season. Each 10-lap heat race winner on Saturday May 3 will receive a free Hoosier Right Rear Tire plus Five Sleeves of Tear Offs. HoservilleCA has been involved with the heat races at the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial since 2003 and it has grown to be a major part of the event each year. Each heat race winner will also stop on the front stretch for an interview & will receive a trophy from Trophy City to give to a child in the stands.
Red Line Oil is also donating a Red Line Sprint Car oil change of Motor Oil, Gear Oil and WaterWetter to each heat race winner. Red Line Oil will also be partnering with the pre-race autograph session/ meet & greet once again that will feature Dominic & Gary Scelzi, Kyle & Rick Hirst and Bud Kaeding! The session will take place from 5pm to 5:45pm inside the grandstands. We also have $50 on the line to the driver running 15th on the 15th lap of the feature with details on that to be released later. There is also $200 on the line for a hard luck award courtesy of Dan & Laurel Belton.
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 one of a kind Jagermeister Trophy & a Coors Light Cowboy Hat, in honor of super fan Carwash Mike Avilla, who passed away a few years ago. As of press time there was also $1325 cash on the line for the award! Donations have been from 50th Stater, Gloria & Manny Avilla, Hoseheads.com, Terry & Lori McCarl, F&F Racing, Top Wing, Sheree & Loree Toller, Stephen’s Scrap Metal, Andrew Kunas, Jigga Jay Motorsports and anonymous.
Last season’s edition of the event saw history be made when Rutherford’s Rico Abreu became the youngest winner ever of the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial and also took home the most money in the history of the show, pocketing over $8500. The 22-year-old will be in action once again at the event this weekend and looks to continue his red hot start to the season, which has seen him win eight main events already, including the April 19 KWS race in Placerville.
Always one of the sentimental favorites at the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial also happens to be the man sitting atop the King of the West standings going into Saturday, with that being Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst. The defending KWS champion and driver of the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr last season finished runner up at the Bradway and has been close in the past, but the event has eluded his grasp each time. This weekend he looks to change that however, and pick up his first King of the West Series win of the season at one of the biggest events all year.
"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’ve also been 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.”
Campbell’s Bud Kaeding is in his first season driving the Williams Motorsports No. 0 and goes into the Bradway ranking second in the KWS standings, 20-markers back of Hirst for the lead. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ earned his best career Bradway Memorial finish in 2010 when he charged from 13th to third at the event. Fremont’s Shane Golobic is in his first full-time season with KWS and currently stands third in the points going into Saturday, 23-digits out of the lead. The talented & versatile driver will be gunning for his first career Bradway win this weekend aboard the Joe VonSchriltz Racing No. 121 mount.
Princeton’s Mason Moore goes into his home track on Saturday sitting fourth in the points after two rounds of action. The driver of the Moore Insurance Services No. 22 Sprinter is 24-markers out of the lead in the standings. Last season Moore picked up a big win at Silver Dollar Speedway during the annual Fall Nationals in September. Rounding out the top-five in the King of the West standings coming into Saturday and 25 out of the lead is four-time Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial winner Brent Kaeding of Campbell. The 13-time series champion is fresh off a fourth place finish in Placerville, where he charged from 12th starting in the Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 machine.
Completing the top-10 in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings going into the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial are 2004 Bradway Memorial winner Jason Statler of Grass Valley, reigning KWS Rookie of the Year Dominic Scelzi from Fresno, 2006 Bradway Memorial winner Sean Becker of Oroville, past Mini Gold Cup champion Willie Croft from Sacramento and former Trophy Cup titlist Craig Stidham of Fresno.
Other drivers expected at the 24th Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial include five-time Bradway Memorial champion Jonathan Allard from Chico, Elk Grove’s Bobby & Sean McMahan, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Medford, Oregon’s Roger Crockett, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, New Zealander Michael Pickens, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Chico’s Brad Bumgarner & Jason York, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Anderson’s Keith Bloom Jr., Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Australian Todd Wanless, Corning’s Bud Walberg, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares and many more.
The Silver Dollar Speedway front gate will open at 5pm on Saturday May 3, with adult tickets costing $20, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and kids 6-11 are $5. All seating is general admission during the night. The track 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 and is $30 a night that is collected by 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 noon.

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

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 events after Chico May 3

Saturday May 10: Petaluma Speedway
Saturday May 17: Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
Friday June 6: Silver Dollar Speedway (David Tarter Memorial)
Saturday June 7: Marysville Raceway Park

 

 

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will have this coming weekend off, with the next scheduled event on Saturday May 3 at Silver Dollar Speedway being the 24th annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” race. The event is always a cornerstone showcase during the season for the series and will pack lap money and extra goodies on the line during the night. Lap money is still available for purchase and can be acquired by contacting Dave and Dianne Durica at Durica1414@sbcglobal.net or 916-988-5958.

All of the lap 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 LCS 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 don’t hesitate to contact Dave and 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. We currently have $200 in the pot for the “Carwash Mike Fast Time Award” courtesy of John Luther.

The Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial also features a 40-lap main event to conclude the night. Information and updates on the event will be found in the coming week at www.kwssprints.com & www.silverdollarspeedway.com and also stay glued to both the KWS and Silver Dollar Speedway Facebook pages.

 

 

Red hot Rico Abreu blazes to Hoosier Tires Gold Country Shootout victory with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at jam packed Placerville Speedway on Saturday
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – April 19, 2014…When you’re hot, you’re hot and Rutherford, CA’s Rico Abreu has kicked-off 2014 like a blazing inferno. The 22-year-old, fourth year Sprint Car driver has started the year as well as anybody across the country and continued his stellar beginning in front of a packed house at Placerville Speedway on Saturday, racing to his sixth career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory.
The triumph tied Abreu with Randy Tiner, Paul McMahan and Bobby McMahan for 19th on the all-time Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win list. It also marked his first career triumph at the Placerville Speedway and came aboard the Paul Silva prepared, Abreu Vineyards/ Stadelhofer Construction No. 24 Sprinter.
“I’ve always wanted to get a win here at Placerville so to finally do it is pretty special,” Abreu commented on the front stretch. “I can’t thank Paul Silva and all my guys enough for giving me a great car as always. We’ve had an awesome start to the year and hopefully we can come back here soon and do it again. We always love racing Placerville and I’m pretty pumped to come out of here with a win tonight.”
When the green flag waved in the 30-lapper Abreu jumped into the lead as the rest of the field battled for position behind him. The race took a number of turns with various drivers charging through the field to try and challenge Abreu, but through it all the Rutherford driver was never fazed. Early on it was five-time Placerville Speedway champion Andy Forsberg charging by cars with authority. The Auburn native got up to as high as second at one point, before ultimately ending the race in sixth.
Lake Havasu, Arizona’s Logan Forler was arguably the surprise driver of the night and made lots of noise as the laps ticked down from his 14th starting spot. Forler did a tremendous job during the feature and made some fantastic moves throughout the contest. Forler rolled the corners as well as anyone in the main event and jumped into second late in the race. Despite a pair of double file restarts over the final laps however, Abreu was able to hit his marks and drive off to take the checkered flag by 0.774 seconds over Forler.
The runner up finish marked Forler’s career best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series result aboard the Steve Forler Trucking/ Griffith Truck & Equipment No. 2l mount. The Washington native was very impressive during the main event and it was great to see him have a strong run. “We’re really happy to finish in second tonight and had a great run in the feature. I want to thank my team and all our sponsors for making this possible. This was a strong field of cars so to end up on the podium is an accomplishment.”
Visalia’s Cory Eliason rounded out the podium to cap a strong night for the driver of the Eliason Racing Composites/ Shell Shock Designs No. 00x machine. Eliason began the night by setting his second career fast time with KWS and battled up as high as second in the main event, before crossing the stripe in third. “This was a great night for us and I’m excited to be standing up here on the podium at Placerville. This is one of the more fun tracks we go to and if we keep running like this I know a win will be right around the corner.”
Campbell’s Brent Kaeding started 13th on the grid and finished fourth in the feature at the helm of the Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69, with defending KWS champ Kyle Hirst of Sacramento rounding out the top-five in the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr Sprint Car. Completing the top-10 in the 30-lap Hoosier Tires Gold Country Shootout were Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding and Grass Valley’s Jason Statler.
The night’s 12 lap Last Chance Showdown was captured by Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, with the six-lap Dash won by Kyle Hirst. The four 10-lap heat races were picked off by Mason Moore, Colby Copeland, Andy Forsberg and Bud Walberg. Cory Eliason began the night by setting fast time in the strong 35-car field by turning a time of 10.139 around the quarter mile. All of the action will be seen on MAVTV American Real in June, with the exact date and time to follow. The series will return to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday July 19 for the final time this season.
A-main finish: 1. 24 Rico Abreu, 2. 2l Logan Forler, 3. 00x Cory Eliason, 4. 69 Brent Kaeding, 5. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 6. 01 Andy Forsberg, 7. 121 Shane Golobic, 8. 22 Mason Moore, 9. 0 Bud Kaeding, 10. 00 Jason Statler, 11. 5v Colby Copeland, 12. 25 Bobby McMahan, 13. 33t Jimmy Trulli, 14. 26 Sean McMahan, 15. 53 Andy Gregg, 16. 3 Craig Stidham, 17. 35 Joey Magaruh, 18. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 19. 3c Jonathan Allard, 20. 55 Bud Walberg, 21. 35m Sean Becker, 22. 94 Steven Tiner
The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will have this coming weekend off, with the next scheduled event on Saturday May 3 at Silver Dollar Speedway being the 24th annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” race. The event is always a cornerstone showcase during the season for the series and will pack lap money and extra goodies on the line during the night. Lap money is still available for purchase and can be acquired by contacting Dave and Dianne Durica at Durica1414@sbcglobal.net or 916-988-5958.

All of the lap 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 LCS 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 don’t hesitate to contact Dave and 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. We currently have $200 in the pot for the “Carwash Mike Fast Time Award” courtesy of John Luther.
The Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial also features a 40-lap main event to conclude the night. Information and updates on the event will be found in the coming week at http://www.kwssprints.com/ & http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com/ and also stay glued to both the KWS and Silver Dollar Speedway Facebook pages.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel season-opener goes “Stealth Mode” with Easton’s Tommy Tarlton opening the year in victory lane at Thunderbowl Raceway
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – April 12, 2014…Easton’s Tommy Tarlton set out the goal this year to try his hand at the California Triple Crown title offered by Prentice Motorsports Group & on Saturday night at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway he kicked off the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season in stellar fashion, by claiming victory in the 30 lap Spring Thunder Nationals presented by KRC.
For Tarlton it marked his 10th career Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory, which gives him sole possession of ninth on the all-time win list. The win came aboard the always potent Paul Baines wrenched Elite Landscape Construction/ Tarlton & Son Inc./ Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino No. 21 machine.
“Wow to say this feels good would be an understatement,” said an exuberated Tarlton on the front stretch. “Winning these King of the West 410 races out here are never easy, so when you can get one under your belt it’s a big deal. I can’t thank Paul Baines, my dad Tom and my whole team enough for giving me a great car. We have some big goals this year and I have a lot of confidence that we can accomplish some great things.”
The 30-lap Spring Thunder Nationals main event came to the line with defending King of the West champion Kyle Hirst and Tarlton on the front row. When flagman Willie Williams waved the green flag it was Tarlton jumping out in front, but things early on got off to a slow start as cautions plagued the flow of the race. Fast qualifier Willie Croft proved to be one of Tarlton’s biggest challengers over the course of the race as he battled for the lead at times and looked very solid all night long.
As the race wore on and some green flag laps were finally ticked off Tarlton worked traffic well, as the rest of the field navigated their way around the tricky and treacherous Thunderbowl Raceway one-third mile oval. Croft continued to try and keep pace with the fast moving Tarlton, but would lose air pressure in his right rear tire during a late race yellow flag period, which hampered his chances at making one final charge. Hirst would move by Croft following the restart and give his best at tracking down Tarlton for the lead, but the Easton driver was not to be denied and took the checkered by 1.921 seconds for victory.
For Hirst his runner up effort was a solid start to his bid at making it back-to-back titles with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series aboard the Roth Motorsports/ HR Livestock/ Roth Enterprises No. 83jr mount. “It was a good run for us tonight and we would have liked to win of course, but we’ll take a second right out of the box,” commented the reigning champ. “The race took awhile to get going there, but we had some good battles at times. I really have to thank Dennis & Teresa Roth and the whole Roth Motorsports team for giving me the opportunity to drive this car and we’ll now go try to get a win next week at Placerville.”
Campbell’s Bud Kaeding had a back and forth main event, but charged forward at the end to complete the podium at the helm of the Williams Motorsports/ BZE/ Alviso Rock No. 0 sprinter. The three-time USAC Silver Crown has been very so fast so far this season in his new ride and will surely be one of the drivers to beat for the championship. “That was a pretty wild one there for a bit and I’m happy to be standing up here on the podium,” Kaeding said. “We had that open red and talked some things over and I think it definitely helped us move forward after that restart. I’m excited about this season and working with Ashley Smith and the Williams Motorsports guys.”
Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi won out in a side-by-side battle for fourth over Croft at the line, which was very impressive considering the fact that the youngster had to go to the rear of the field at one point during the 30-lap contest after stopping early on. Thus far in his early career Scelzi has certainly shown that he can persevere throughout the night and routinely carves his way forward in the main event. Although not what he was hoping for after running close to the lead during a majority of the feature, Croft’s fifth place finish capped a successful season-opener for the Sacramento driver. Last year’s third place finisher in the KWS points also set fast time, ran second in his heat and fourth in the dash.
Princeton’s Mason Moore had a great run in the main event to earn the hard charger award, coming from 22nd to sixth, after earning the final transfer spot out of the Last Chance Showdown. Oroville’s Sean Becker finished seventh in the feature after battling his way up into the top-five at one point. Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler and Hanford’s DJ Netto rounded out the top-10 in the main event.
The 12-lap Last Chance Showdown was claimed by Lake Steven’s, Washington’s Austen Wheatley, with the six-lap Dash as noted won by Kyle Hirst. The four 10-lap heat races were picked off by Bud Kaeding, Tommy Tarlton, Jason Statler and Shane Golobic. Willie Croft toured the one-third mile clay in 13.263 seconds to set fast time in the 31-car field at the beginning of the evening. Full results can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com/
The night’s action got started with a special ceremony involving Sydney, Australia native Peter Murphy that saw him make his final lap in a sprint car just prior to the National Anthem, which was sung by his 12-year-old son Tyler. Murphy was injured during the King of the West event last July in Antioch and it was announced last night that he would be retiring from the sport as a driver. He was also awarded with a plaque from the track for being one of the biggest ambassadors that we’ve had in sprint car racing.
The Spring Thunder Nationals presented by KRC Safety Company in Tulare was filmed by MAVTV American Real and can be seen the second week in June.
Up next for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel will be the “Hoosier Tires Gold Country Shootout” at the always action packed Placerville Speedway. The front gate will open at 5pm with qualifying scheduled for 6:30pm. An early arrival is always recommended for Placerville, with the grandstands always filling up at the high-banked red clay bullring. The event will also be filmed by MAVTV American Real for showing in June. More info on the track can be found at http://www.placervillespeedway.com/

 

Brent Kaeding begins march towards a 14th title this Saturday when the KWS Presented by WFO Apparel season fires-off at Thunderbowl Raceway with the Spring Thunder Nationals presented by KRC

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA - April 8, 2014...Campbell’s Brent Kaeding will begin his 36th season in a Sprint Car this Saturday when the King of the West 410 Series presented by WFO Apparel opens the year with the Spring Thunder Nationals presented by KRC Safety in Tulare.

The 13-time series champion finished 6th in the final standings last season & will be looking to move his way further up the order this year. Kaeding’s 84 career series wins lead all drivers in that category going into the 2014 campaign. The man simply known as "BK" began his Sprint Car career way back in 1978, earning Rookie of the Year honors at Santa Maria Speedway.

In 2007 Kaeding earned one of his highest honors, by being inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

This Saturday’s “Spring Thunder Nationals” presented by KRC at Thunderbowl Raceway will also be the first of five KWS shows this season filmed for airing by MAVTV American Real. The others include April 19 at Placerville Speedway, July 12 at Ocean Speedway, September 13 at Ventura Raceway and November 1 at the Stockton Dirt Track.

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/

This Saturday in Tulare we’ll also have a very special presentation honoring Peter Murphy during opening ceremonies that fans certainly won’t want to miss! Make plans to be there & show your support for one of nicest guys in our sport! If you’re a sprint car fan in Northern & Central California this will be one of the more special opening ceremonies that you’ll see. Don’t miss it!

A full program of qualifying time trials, heat races, a dash, LCS and the $3,000-to-win/ $500-to-start A-main will be on tap for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel on April 12.

Reserved grandstand seats for the “Spring Thunder Nationals” presented by KRC Safety 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 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

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel 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 after Tulare

Saturday April 19: Placerville Speedway (Hoosier Tires Gold Country Shootout) MAVTV event Saturday May 3: Silver Dollar Speedway (24th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial) Saturday May 10: Petaluma Speedway Saturday May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)

 

 

Spring Thunder Nationals presented by KRC Safety Company kicks-off 2014 season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel this Saturday April 12 in Tulare

By Gary Thomas Tulare, CA – April 7, 2014…A season packed full of special shows & historic events for the King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel is set to fire-off this Saturday at the always exciting Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway, with the inaugural running of the “Spring Thunder Nationals” presented by KRC Safety Company. Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst last year became the 12th different driver to win the Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series championship since it began in ’86, joining an illustrious list of past titlists that includes Tim Kaeding, Jonathan Allard, Kyle Larson, Tyler Walker, Brent Kaeding, Sean Becker, Jason Statler, Ronnie Day, Randy Hannagan, Tim Green and the “Original King” Steve Kent. A number of major showcases are on tap for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel this season, including some with historical significance. Among those will include the first ever combined event with the USAC/CRA Wingless 410 Sprint Car Series at the 29th “Cotton Classic” in Hanford on October 11, the first KWS & Civil War 360 Series combined show on November 1 at the 31st “Tribute to Gary Patterson” in Stockton and the inaugural Winged Sprint Car event at the famed Ventura Raceway on September 13. The fourth annual “Howard Kaeding Classic” will also feature a Civil War Friday & KWS Saturday double-header weekend on July 11 & 12 at Ocean Speedway. After winning the title last season Hirst returns to the seat of the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr in 2014 looking to make it back-to-back championships. The 26-year-old claimed three wins and a solid 13 podium finishes throughout the course of the year last season. Hirst is also gunning to become the first driver to win consecutive championships with the series since Brent Kaeding performed the feat in the mid 1990’s. Familiar faces in new places will also be seen this year, with three-time KWS presented by WFO Apparel champion Jonathan Allard moving over to the Clyde & Marion Lamar owned No. 3c, along with three-time USAC Silver Crown titlist Bud Kaeding taking over the seat of the Morrie & Katie Williams owned No. 0 machine. Allard last season finished runner up in the standings to Hirst and will be searching to give the Lamar family their first ever series championship in 2014. The Chico driver is also looking for the Triple Crown title this year aboard the Tri-C Manufacturing Sprinter. Kaeding this season returns to KWS, going for the championship for the first time since 2009. The 2014 campaign looks to be his best shot yet at joining his father and brother as a series champion. Along with Allard, fellow drivers attempting to go for the Triple Crown include Easton’s Tommy Tarlton and Fremont’s Shane Golobic. For Tarlton it will be his first attempt at the entire King of the West presented by WFO Apparel season in many years. His most recent season running the full tour came in the early 2000’s where he finished among the top-five in points. Golobic will be making his first career attempt at the KWS championship this season aboard the Joe VonSchriltz No. 121 Sprinter. The San Jose State mechanical engineering student was very solid in limited starts with the series last year, including a pair of runner ups. One of the strongest crops of drivers in some time are expected to start out the season looking to run the full campaign with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel. Those returning drivers from last year include Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Craig Stidham & 2004 champion Jason Statler, who finished third through fifth in the standings last year. More drivers returning that made the full season last year are expected to include 13-time KWS champ & Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Laton’s Geoffrey Strole and Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey. More faces that will be common sights in the pit area this season will include reigning KWS presented by WFO Apparel Rookie of the Year Dominic Scelzi of Fresno, 2005 series titlist Sean Becker of Roseville, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Elk Grove’s Bobby & Sean McMahan, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Pleasanton’s Nathan Washam, Merced’s Mark Barroso and others. For Becker it will be his first full season with the series since 2007, which saw him finish runner up to Brent Kaeding that year. Other drivers expected to be on hand this Saturday will include Washington’s Taylor Malsam, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Tipton’s Mike Faria, Visalia’s Danny Faria Jr. and more. This Saturday’s “Spring Thunder Nationals” presented by KRC at Thunderbowl Raceway will also be the first of five KWS shows this season filmed for airing by MAVTV American Real. The others include April 19 at Placerville Speedway, July 12 at Ocean Speedway, September 13 at Ventura Raceway and November 1 at the Stockton Dirt Track. 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 “Spring Thunder Nationals” presented by KRC Safety on Saturday cost just $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. To reserve your seat contact (559) 688-0909. A full program of qualifying time trials, heat races, a dash, LCS and A-main will be on tap for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel on Saturday. 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 www.thunderbowlraceway.com Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel 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 events after Tulare

Saturday April 19: Placerville Speedway (Hoosier Tires Gold Country Shootout) MAVTV event Saturday May 3: Silver Dollar Speedway (24th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial) Saturday May 10: Petaluma Speedway Saturday May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)

 

 

Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway returns to action on April 12 with inaugural KWS 410 “Spring Thunder Nationals” presented by KRC Safety filmed by MAVTV

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – April 1, 2014…After opening the season with the “Greatest Show on Dirt” in March the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway returns to life on Saturday April 12 with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series sanctioned “Spring Thunder Nationals” presented by KRC Safety Company. Also in action during the night will be IMCA Modifieds and WRA Vintage cars.

The event will mark the first time that the KWS Series presented by WFO Apparel opens the season at Thunderbowl Raceway and a talent laden roster is set to invade the track. The series competed on a trio of occasions last year at the one-third mile clay oval, with two-time World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers winning a pair of main events and former two-time KWS titlist Tim Kaeding claiming the other.

The “Spring Thunder Nationals” presented by KRC Safety will also be the first of five KWS shows this season filmed for airing by MAVTV American Real. The others include April 19 at Placerville Speedway, July 12 at Ocean Speedway, September 13 at Ventura Raceway and November 1 at the Stockton Dirt Track. Leading the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars presented by WFO Apparel into the “KRC Spring Thunder Nationals” will be defending series champion Kyle Hirst, who pilots the locally based Roth Motorsports No. 83jr Sprinter. The 26-year-old scored two runner-ups and a third in the three Thunderbowl events last season and will be gunning to put the Roth machine in victory circle on April 12, while competing in his car owner’s backyard.

Multiple-time Thunderbowl Raceway winner Bud Kaeding will be another favorite on April 12 aboard the Williams Motorsports No. 0 mount. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ is chasing his first KWS presented by WFO Apparel title this year and has been very quick so far in this early season. Two-time Thunderbowl champ Tommy Tarlton is also chasing the KWS championship this season and will be searching to begin the year with a victory on April 12 at his home track. The Easton, CA driver always gets around the one-third mile oval as good as anyone.

Other King of the West 410 competitors looking to find victory lane at the “Spring Thunder Nationals” presented by KRC will include three-time champion Jonathan Allard, 13-time titlist Brent Kaeding, 2004 champ Jason Statler, 2005 champion Sean Becker, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Craig Stidham & Dominic Scelzi, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan and many more.

A full program of qualifying time trials, heat races, a dash, LCS and A-main will be on tap for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel on April 12. The front gate will open at 4pm with racing expected to get underway around 7pm.

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 “Spring Thunder Nationals” presented by KRC Safety on Saturday April 12 cost $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. To reserve your seat contact (559) 688-0909. 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 Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel 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

Last year’s KWS presented by WFO Apparel champion Kyle Hirst races with eventual fourth place point finisher Craig Stidham last season at the Thunderbowl. Both figure to factor in the mix at the April 12 “Spring Thunder Nationals” presented by KRC Safety Company, which will air at a later date on MAVTV American Real. Photo by Chuck Fry

 

 

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series signs multiyear agreement with WFO Apparel of Capitola to become title sponsor of the tour/ Will also be sponsor at Ocean Speedway

By Gary Thomas Aptos, CA – March 27, 2014…Prentice Motorsports Group is pleased to announce that WFO Apparel of Capitola, CA has signed a multiyear agreement to become title sponsor of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. The company will also be a sponsor of Ocean Speedway in Watsonville for its 25-event schedule in 2014, supplying the track with a new Ford Excursion to make it the official vehicle of the speedway. The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel will open the season on April 12 in Tulare and PMG President John Prentice is happy to finally announce the new title sponsor. “I’m very excited to have WFO Apparel come on board as the title sponsor of KWS and also their involvement at Ocean Speedway. It’s great to be able to attract sponsors with the way the economy is and to get a title sponsor makes it even that much better. WFO Apparel General Manager Joe Wyatt and I have worked really hard these past six weeks to put this deal together and make it a win win for all involved.” WFO Apparel Owner J.D. has always been interested in cars & racing and is also looking forward to the new partnership. “It has been a goal of mine to get our business to a place where I can now get back into what I love, which is cars & racing. I’m really excited to be involved with the King of the West Series as title sponsor. I’ve seen what John Prentice has done with the Taco Bravo Ocean Sprints over the years and I approached him eight weeks ago to see if there was an opening to help promote WFO with one of his series’. We’re excited about the chance to market WFO Apparel with all the great racing fans in California.” WFO Apparel caters to every generation, from baby boomers to Gen X who want to live life on the edge. If you are into Motorcycles, Hot Rods, Metal Militia, X games, skating or punk rock, WFO Apparel is for you. We carry a variety of graphic T-shirts and tank tops for men and women, as well as hats, bandanas and even some hippie gear. To learn more about WFO Apparel of Capitola, CA log onto http://www.wfoapparel.com/ The upcoming season will be the fourth campaign held under the King of the West Sprints banner and the 29th overall year since the Golden State 410 Series came into existence back in 1986. It will also be the first full season contested with the direction & leadership of John Prentice and Brent Kaeding, who took over the KWS Series this past September. Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst claimed last year’s KWS championship for Roth Motorsports and will be back looking another in 2014.

The season-opener on April 12 in Tulare will mark the first time that the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel has opened the year at Thunderbowl Raceway. In total, this season features 18 events at 12 different tracks throughout California and is certainly one of the most anticipated in recent memory. All of the excitement goes green with the Spring Thunder Nationals presented by KRC Safety Company on April 12 and will be the first KWS event seen on MAVTV American Real.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by WFO Apparel 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

 

 

MAVTV American Real to telecast five King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events this season

By Gary Thomas

Aptos, CA – March 7, 2014…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is pleased to announce that five events during the upcoming 2014 season will be filmed for airing on the MAVTV American Real television network.

“This is big for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and the sport out here in California,” said Prentice Motorsports Group President John Prentice. “Some of the best Sprint Car drivers in the country have come through the Golden State Series & KWS, so being able to showcase the organization on MAVTV is a great thing. People across the USA will now get to see some of the outstanding racing that we have to offer in California and the many terrific drivers we have out here. It will be great exposure for the King of the West Series and all the teams that support it.”

The five King of the West races that are going to be seen on MAVTV this year include the season-opening Spring Thunder Nationals presented by KRC Safety Company at Thunderbowl Raceway on April 12, the Placerville Speedway event on April 19, the fourth annual Howard Kaeding Classic at Ocean Speedway on July 12, the inaugural Winged Sprint Car event at Ventura Raceway on September 13 and the season-ending 31st annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track.

To view a 30 second promo for the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars on MAVTV click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7epi8e9T9rw

The upcoming season will be the fourth campaign held under the King of the West Sprints banner and the 29th overall year since the Golden State 410 Series came into existence back in 1986. It will also be the first full season contested with the direction & leadership of John Prentice and Brent Kaeding, who took over helm of the KWS Series this past September. Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst claimed last year’s KWS championship for Roth Motorsports and will be back looking another in 2014.

The season-opener on April 12 in Tulare will mark the first time that the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series has opened the year at Thunderbowl Raceway, which has become one of the most popular tracks in the Western United States. In total, this season features 18 events at 12 different tracks throughout California and is certainly one of the most anticipated in recent memory. All of the excitement goes green on April 12 with the Spring Thunder Nationals presented by KRC Safety Company and will be the first KWS event seen on MAVTV American Real.

Both Direct TV and Dish Networks carry MAVTV. MAVTV was founded in 2002 by four former Showtime Networks executives and was originally geared towards a male dominated audience. In 2011, MAVTV was purchased by Lucas Oil Products, an automotive lubricant manufacturer with a history in television production. More info on the channel can be found at http://www.mavtv.com/

Having grown their company from a single product company into an international powerhouse in the lubricant and motorsports industries, Lucas Oil was eager to employ similar strategies to transform MAVTV into a premier cable network

Lucas envisioned a broader scoped network, geared towards the modern American family with significant enhancements to the network including but not limited to; investments in programming, updated on-air look, and increased production quality, all to add more value to the consumer experience. 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 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events to be filmed for MAVTV American Real

April 12: Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare (Spring Thunder Nationals presented by KRC Safety Company) April 19: Placerville Speedway July 12: Ocean Speedway in Watsonville (4th annual Howard Kaeding Classic) September 13: Ventura Raceway November 1: Stockton Dirt Track (31st annual Tribute to Gary Patterson)

 

 

Return to Santa Maria Speedway & a first-time ever event at Ventura Raceway mark final additions to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series slate in 2014

By Gary Thomas Aptos, CA – January 8, 2014…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series has announced an update to its 2014 schedule of events, with the previously TBD weekend in September being filled by an exciting two nights of action down the beautiful California coast. The final copy of the KWS schedule showcases 18 events at 12 different facilities throughout the Golden State of California. On Friday September 12 the series will return to the luxurious confines of the Santa Maria Speedway for the second straight season. 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 Speedway 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 following night will see history take place when the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series heads to the Ventura Raceway on Saturday September 13, for what will be the first 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. 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.” A Winged Sprint Car event at the Ventura bullring had been talked about behind the scenes for quite some time and it will finally become a reality in 2014. Make plans now for a great weekend of KWS 410 racing that will be capped with a historical event at the “Best Little Dirt Track in America.” “This is going to be a really fun weekend for fans and teams alike,” 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 that place when we come to town. Then on Saturday at Ventura it’s going to be an exciting night with KWS bringing the first ever Winged Sprint Car show to the track. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it, so be sure and put it on your calendar now. We have a lot of great events on tap this season and the September weekend at Santa Maria & Ventura is going to be as highly anticipated as any on the slate.” The upcoming 2014 season will mark the fourth campaign held under the King of the West Sprints banner and the 29th overall year since the Golden State 410 Series came into existence back in 1986. It will also be the first full season contested with the direction & leadership of John Prentice and Brent Kaeding, who took over helm of the KWS Series this past September. The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is the latest generation of what began in 1960 as the Northern Auto Racing Club – the West Coast’s premier traveling Sprint Car series. Since its inception it has evolved over the years, but the series and its drivers continue to be internationally recognized and its champions have been regarded as some of the best in the sport.

From earlier release: For the first time the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars will kick off the season at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare during the inaugural “Spring Thunder Nationals presented by KRC Safety Company” on Saturday April 12. The one-third mile clay oval has become one of the most popular venues on the west coast over the last handful of years and will also host KWS on Saturday May 17, for what will be the 21st annual “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” The Faria Memorial will also include the always entertaining USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprints that night.

The high-banked bullring of Placerville Speedway once again plays host to a pair of KWS 410 events next season, with those occurring on Saturday April 19 & Saturday July 19. The lightning fast and exciting track is a favorite among fans for its distinctive red clay and extremely close action. Both of last year’s events at the track were nail biters right down to the end and featured over-flowing crowds that packed the stands. The all-time King of the West 410 track record at Placerville is also a blistering 9.913 and is shared by Tim Kaeding & Evan Suggs.

The famed Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico will hold two King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events in 2014, with both being special shows. The first will be on Saturday May 3, which marks the always prestigious 24th annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” & the second will be on Friday June 6, in what will be the 2nd annual “David Tarter Memorial.” The Bradway Memorial each season is a major cornerstone event for the series and the Tarter Memorial is expected to become one as well at the quarter-mile clay oval. More information on both of these marquee events will be out as the season grows closer.

The Kings Speedway in Hanford will feature two dates during the upcoming season, including the return of the prestigious “Pombo/Sargent Classic” as a King of the West 410 event on Saturday June 14, which also coincides with the Kings County Fair for the first time. The 29th annual “Cotton Classic” on Saturday October 11 is another surely can’t miss show, with the KWS Winged 410’s paired with the Wingless 410 Sprint Cars of the USAC/CRA Series. It’s going to be one of the most anticipated events of the year, with the best of both “California 410 Worlds” coming together on one night at the 3/8 mile clay oval.

Hosting a pair of events in 2014 is the always pristine Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, with the first coming on Friday June 20 and the second on Saturday July 12, which will be the fourth annual “Howard Kaeding Classic.” The event has become a very special one paying honor to the legendary “Campbell Comet.” The “HK Classic” weekend also features the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series vs. Taco Bravo Ocean Sprints on Friday July 11, which will make for an exciting double-header weekend at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds quarter-mile. Extra info on the “HK Classic” weekend will also be out closer to the start of the season.

California’s newest dirt venue, the Stockton Dirt Track, will also see the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on two occasions, including Saturday August 2 and on Saturday November 1, which marks the season-finale for the second year in a row. The finale will also be the 31st annual “Tribute to Gary Patterson” and was a very successful one last season, with this coming year expected to be even bigger & better, as it also marks championship night for the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster. Fans and teams alike won’t want to miss November 1 when both of California’s premier traveling Winged Sprint Car Series’ cap the season in grand fashion at the Stockton Dirt Track.

Holding single-night KWS showcases in 2014 will be the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday May 10, Marysville Raceway Park on Saturday June 7, Calistoga Speedway on Saturday June 21 and the Antioch Speedway on Saturday July 26.

The King of the West 410’s returned to Petaluma Speedway last season for the first time in a few years and the series is excited to be back at the 3/8 mile clay oval in 2014. Racing through lapped traffic at Petaluma is some of the best you’ll see anywhere & always creates great action. The event at Marysville Raceway Park will be the first time 410’s have graced the quarter-mile clay oval since 2011 and is paired with the “Tarter Memorial” at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico the prior night on June 6, making for an action packed weekend of KWS racing in the North State.

After being off the KWS schedule last year the famed Calistoga Speedway returns in a big way with the “Wine Country Classic” and will be a much anticipated stop during the season, after numerous improvements were made to the track and facility last year. The show will be held during NASCAR weekend in Sonoma and is also paired that weekend with Ocean Speedway in Watsonville the night before on June 20. The Antioch Speedway visit in late-July will be another show that’s looked forward to and is your only chance to catch the series at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds track in 2014.

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

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series releases its 2014 schedule highlighted by big shows & marquee events

By Gary Thomas
Aptos, California – December 21, 2013…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series has officially released its 2014 schedule, which showcases 16 dates at 10 different tracks throughout California, including a number of special events that have been synonymous with the tour over the years, as well as a few new additions to the slate. Along with the 16 events already locked up, there is also currently a TBD weekend on the schedule for September 12 & 13.
The upcoming season will mark the fourth campaign held under the King of the West Sprints banner and the 29th overall year since the Golden State 410 Series came into existence back in 1986. It will also be the first full season contested with the direction & leadership of John Prentice and Brent Kaeding, who took over helm of the KWS Series this past September.
For the first time the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars will kick off the season at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare during the inaugural “Spring Thunder Nationals presented by KRC Safety Company” on Saturday April 12. The one-third mile clay oval has become one of the most popular venues on the west coast over the last handful of years and will also host KWS on Saturday May 17, for what will be the annual “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” The Faria Memorial will also include the always entertaining USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprints that night.
The high-banked bullring of Placerville Speedway once again plays host to a pair of KWS 410 events next season, with those occurring on Saturday April 19 & Saturday July 19. The lightning fast and exciting track is a favorite among fans for its distinctive red clay and extremely close action. Both of last year’s events at the track were nail biters right down to the end and featured over-flowing crowds that packed the stands. The all-time King of the West 410 track record at Placerville is also a blistering 9.913 and is shared by Tim Kaeding & Evan Suggs.
The famed Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico will hold two King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events in 2014, with both being special shows. The first will be on Saturday May 3, which marks the always prestigious 24th annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” & the second will be on Friday June 6, in what will be the 2nd annual “David Tarter Memorial.” The Bradway Memorial each season is a major cornerstone event for the series and the Tarter Memorial is expected to become one as well at the quarter-mile clay oval. More information on both of these marquee events will be out as the season grows closer.
The Kings Speedway in Hanford will feature two dates during the upcoming season, including the return of the prestigious “Pombo/Sargent Classic” as a King of the West 410 event on Saturday June 14, which also coincides with the Kings County Fair for the first time. The 29th annual “Cotton Classic” on Saturday October 11 is another surely can’t miss show, with the KWS Winged 410’s paired with the Wingless 410 Sprint Cars of the USAC/CRA Series. It’s going to be one of the most anticipated events of the year, with the best of both “California 410 Worlds” coming together on one night at the 3/8 mile clay oval.
Hosting a pair of events in 2014 is the always pristine Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, with the first coming on Friday June 20 and the second on Saturday July 12, which will be the fourth annual “Howard Kaeding Classic.” The event has become a very special one paying honor to the legendary “Campbell Comet.” The “HK Classic” weekend also features the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series vs. Taco Bravo Ocean Sprints on Friday July 11, which will make for an exciting double-header weekend at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds quarter-mile. Extra info on the “HK Classic” weekend will also be out closer to the start of the season.
California’s newest dirt venue, the Stockton Dirt Track, will also see the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on two occasions, including Saturday August 2 and on Saturday November 1, which marks the season-finale for the second year in a row. The finale will also be the 31st annual “Tribute to Gary Patterson” and was a very successful one last season, with this coming year expected to be even bigger & better, as it also marks championship night for the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster. Fans and teams alike won’t want to miss November 1 when both of California’s premier traveling Winged Sprint Car Series’ cap the season in grand fashion at the Stockton Dirt Track.
Holding single-night KWS showcases in 2014 will be the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday May 10, Marysville Raceway Park on Saturday June 7, Calistoga Speedway on Saturday June 21 and the Antioch Speedway on Saturday July 26.
The King of the West 410’s returned to Petaluma Speedway last season for the first time in a few years and the series is excited to be back at the 3/8 mile clay oval in 2014. Racing through lapped traffic at Petaluma is some of the best you’ll see anywhere & always creates great action. The event at Marysville Raceway Park will be the first time 410’s have graced the quarter-mile clay oval since 2011 and is paired with the “Tarter Memorial” at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico the prior night on June 6, making for an action packed weekend of KWS racing in the North State.
After being off the KWS schedule last year the famed Calistoga Speedway returns in a big way with the “Wine Country Classic” and will be a much anticipated stop during the season, after numerous improvements were made to the track and facility last year. The show will be held during NASCAR weekend in Sonoma and is also paired that weekend with Ocean Speedway in Watsonville the night before on June 20. The Antioch Speedway visit in late-July will be another show that’s looked forward to and is your only chance to catch the series at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds track in 2014.
The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be part of the "California Triple Crown" that includes the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster and the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo. If a driver can win all three championships they will take home a substantial bonus, with more details to be released following the start of the year. There are no conflicts between the three, so there is the possibility of a driver performing the feat for the first time ever.
“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. Having special shows is a key for any traveling series and next season you’ll see we have quite a few of them. The schedule worked out great with no conflicts between KWS, Civil War and the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, so I can’t thank all the promoters enough for working together to make it happen. There’s a lot of positive energy going on throughout the Sprint Car community in California right now and that is definitely a great thing.”
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
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Kyle Hirst captured three wins & 13 podium finishes en route to the King of the West 410 Series title this past season aboard the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr Sprinter. The 26-year-old will be gunning to make it two in a row this coming season, as he returns to the Dennis & Teresa Roth owned mount in 2014. The Sacramento resident will also look to become the first driver to earn back-to-back championships with the series since the mid-90’s when Brent Kaeding put together a string of five in a row. Photo by Tim Holland.

 

 

Rico Abreu charges to second straight “Tribute to Gary Patterson” victory & Kyle Hirst brings home first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series championship in Stockton Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA - November 2, 2013…A large & enthusiastic crowd at the Stockton Dirt Track witnessed a bit of history on Saturday night, as Rutherford’s Rico Abreu continued his stellar season by scoring his second consecutive victory in the “Tribute to Gary Patterson,” along with Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst locking up his first career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series title.

Abreu, in just his third year of Sprint Car racing, became the very first driver to ever win the “Tribute to Gary Patterson,” the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” and the “Johnny Key Classic” all in the same year. The immensely talented 21-year-old was thrilling to watch aboard the Paul Silva prepared Abreu Vineyards No. 24 during the night at the lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval. It was Abreu’s third KWS victory of the year and the fifth of his young career.

“This is awesome to come out here and win the Tribute to Gary Patterson for the second straight year,” said Abreu, who ends the season with an impressive 10 top-five finishes in his 10 King of the West Series starts this season. “I can’t say enough about Paul Silva, Trevor Canales and all my guys. They have given me great cars all year and it has been a lot of fun. I also want to congratulate Kyle Hirst on the championship this year and thank everyone for coming out to support us.”

Abreu captured the main event after battling with Kyle Hirst and Chico’s Jonathan Allard for much of the 30-lap contest. Hirst got the jump on the field when the green flag waved for the final time in 2013, as Allard hopped into second and Abreu into third. Racing through traffic Hirst attempted to keep Allard and Abreu at bay, as the fight for second went back and forth until Abreu locked himself into the runner up spot just prior to the halfway point.

The youngster would charge after Hirst and actually make the pass for the lead on three separate occasions, only to have the caution lights flash on each time. Abreu kept after it however, and continued to come hard for the lead, which he would finally get on lap-17 with a beautiful move to the inside in turns and two. Allard would follow along on lap-21, as he got around Hirst and began to track down Abreu up front. Allard motored up to his rear in traffic, but over the final couple laps issues on the right side of Allard’s car would allow Abreu to escape and take the checkered by a margin of 3.845 seconds for victory.

Allard limped across the line to narrowly score second over Hirst to cap another strong season driving for Morrie & Katie Williams in the ZERO Sprint Car. It should be noted that Allard flew all the way back from New Zealand just to compete at Stockton on Saturday, which shows the kind of dedication the three-time KWS champ has. The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series would like to wish him the best of luck as he heads back down to New Zealand for his annual tour down under. Allard ended the year with four series wins, which led all drivers during the season.

Hirst’s third place finish marked his 13th podium effort of the KWS 410 season and allowed him to wrap up his very first King of the West Series championship. When going back through the archives of the Northern Auto Racing Club and the Golden State Challenge/ King of the West Series, Kyle & Rick Hirst have become just the second father/son tandem to win the Nor Cal 410 title, joining Brent & Tim Kaeding. It also marked the third consecutive owners’ championship with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series for Fresno, CA based Roth Motorsports. Hirst ended the year with three series victories aboard the famed HR Livestock Transportation No. 83jr machine.

“It’s a great feeling to finally lock up this King of the West championship here in Stockton,” Hirst commented. “I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth, Todd Ventura and this whole Roth Motorsports team for the opportunity they have given me this year. I also want to thank all my family for always believing in me and all the fans for their support all year long. It’s pretty unbelievable getting my name on that list of champions for this series. My dad won the NARC title back in ’86, so it means the world to me that I’m able to get a KWS championship under my belt. It’s been a great season out here and I definitely need to thank everyone involved for making it happen.”

Visalia’s Cory Eliason finished the main event in fourth to cap one of the best nights of his King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series career at the helm of his Eliason Racing Composites No. 00x mount. The youngster began the night by setting fast time and then brought home third place finishes in both his heat race and the dash. It was nice to see Eliason finish the year on a strong note. San Jose’s Tim Kaeding, who won the 360 Sprint Car portion of the night, charged forward to round out the top-five in the feature aboard the Roth Enterprises No. 83. The remainder of the top-10 was completed by Sean Becker, Brent Kaeding, DJ Netto, Jason Statler and Willie Croft.

The 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier was captured by Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan and the six-lap Dash presented by Panella Racing Engines during the night was claimed by Fresno’s Craig Stidham, who earned an extra $500 for his efforts. Kyle Hirst finished second in the dash and will receive $300, while third place Cory Eliason will get $200. We’d like to thank Panella Racing Engines for their gracious support of the KWS dash at the “Tribute to GP” in Stockton. The four 10-lap Kaeding Performance Heat Races were brought home by Willie Croft, Kyle Hirst, Andy Gregg and Rico Abreu. As noted Cory Eliason began the evening by setting the BR Motorsports Fast Time with a lap of 13.414 around the Stockton Dirt Track.

On behalf of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series we’d like to thank all of the teams, fans, sponsors and everyone that made the 2013 season possible. We hope you all have a great off-season and can’t wait to see everybody in 2014. The championship awards banquet will occur on Saturday December 14 at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom in Santa Cruz. More details will be released this coming week. For updates during the off-season stay glued to our website www.kwssprints.com as well as Facebook and Twitter for the latest breaking news.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Results – “Tribute to Gary Patterson” at Stockton Dirt Track November 2, 2013

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Fast time: Cory Eliason 13.414

Heat one: 1. 29 Willie Croft, 2. 3 Craig Stidham, 3. 00x Cory Eliason, 4. 83sa Colby Copeland, 5. 21j Richard Brace Jr., 6. 69c Chad Compton, 7. 89 Brandon Mansfield, 8. 26 Sean McMahan, 9. 78 Mark Barroso

Heat two: 1. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 2. 0 Jonathan Allard, 3. 83 Tim Kaeding, 4. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 5. 3d Carl Droivold, 6. 17 Doug Gandy , 7. 15 Pat Harvey, 8. 3c Terry McCarl, 9. 8 Jim Richardson

Heat three: 1. 53 Andy Gregg, 2. 27 Sean Becker, 3. 33e Evan Suggs, 4. 69 Brent Kaeding, 5. 26 Sean McMahan, 6. 2 Brad Furr, 7. 49 Mike Monahan, 8. 09s Geoffrey Strole

Heat four: 1. 24 Rico Abreu, 2. 33v Henry Van Dam, 3. 00 Jason Statler, 4. 88n DJ Netto, 5. 51 Sheldon Haudenschild, 6. 7 Clayton Snow, 7. 55 Bud Walberg, 8. 77 Chris Magoon

Dash: 1. Craig Stidham, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Cory Eliason, 4. Jonathan Allard, 5. Andy Gregg, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Sean Becker, 8. Willie Croft

LCQ: 1. Bobby McMahan, 2. Richard Brace Jr, 3. Terry McCarl, 4. Brad Furr, 5. Bud Walberg, 6. Chad Compton, 7. Carl Droivold, 8. Mike Monahan, 9. Clayton Snow, 10. Pat Harvey, 11. Mark Barroso, 12. Brandon Mansfield, 13. Doug Gandy, 14. Sean McMahan, 15. Sheldon Haudenschild, 16. Jim Richardson

A-main: 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Jonathan Allard, 3. Kyle Hirst, 4. Cory Eliason, 5. Tim Kaeding, 6. Sean Becker, 7. Brent Kaeding, 8. DJ Netto, 9. Jason Statler, 10. Willie Croft, 11. Terry McCarl, 12. Colby Copeland, 13. Dominic Scelzi, 14. Bud Walberg, 15. Chad Compton, 16. Richard Brace, 17. Evan Suggs, 18. Bobby McMahan, 19. Andy Gregg, 20. Brad Furr, 21. Henry Van Dam, 22. Craig Stidham

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season wraps up on this Saturday November 2 at the Stockton Dirt Track as Kyle Hirst looks for first title
By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA – October 29, 2013…What started in late-April will come to an exciting conclusion this Saturday November 2, as the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars Series rolls into the new Stockton Dirt Track for championship night and the 30th running of the “Tribute to Gary Patterson” at the lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval.
It will be the 18th and final KWS 410 event of 2013 and the second appearance of the season for the series at the beautiful San Joaquin County Fairgrounds based facility. It also marks the first ever “Tribute to GP” in Stockton, as it becomes the third track to host the event, joining Calistoga Speedway and Silver Dollar Speedway. Going into the evening Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst holds a 45-point advantage over Chico’s Jonathan Allard, as he looks to join his father Rick Hirst as a Northern California 410 Sprint Car champion and bring home his initial King of the West title.
“It’s been a really consistent and solid season for us and we’re looking forward to the KWS finale this weekend in Stockton,” said Hirst, whose father captured the 1986 Northern Auto Racing Club championship while driving for DuWayne Starr. “It would really mean a lot to win the King of the West title. Out here on the west coast in Winged Sprint Car racing it’s hard to find a more prestigious list of series champions to be a part of when you look at all the past Golden State/ KWS title winners.”
So far this season Hirst has claimed 12 podium finishes in the 17 events held and has also picked up three KWS victories on the year, which has been his first full-time campaign driving the famed Roth Enterprises No. 83jr for owners’ Dennis & Teresa Roth. The 25-year-old began driving the car in June of last year and captured victory during his very first night in the 83jr at Antioch Speedway with the King of the West Series. That night coupled with other success during the year parlayed him into becoming the full-time driver of the car on the west coast.
“I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth and the whole Roth Motorsports team enough for the opportunity they have given me this season,” commented Hirst, who won the Tribute to Gary Patterson in 2009 when the event was being held at Silver Dollar Speedway and also finished fifth during the recent Trophy Cup in Tulare. “Being able to drive one car on a consistent basis this year has been really nice and for it to be in the Roth 83jr has made it pretty special. Dennis & Teresa have had some amazing drivers in their stable throughout the years and it’s just a first class operation all around.”
Jonathan Allard, the three-time and defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion will look for a strong night and a little help to try and retain the title at Stockton this weekend. The Chico veteran has captured four main event wins with the series this season, which is tops amongst all drivers and was dominating the August event in Stockton, until suffering a blown engine late in the race. With a perfect points night being worth 164-markers the championship isn’t over by any means and Allard has shown in the past that he can strive through adversity when it comes to winning championships and big races.
Hirst’s Roth Enterprises teammate Tim Kaeding will be gunning to keep up his hot streak, which has seen him claim victories in all three of his King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series starts this season. The former two-time series champion will make his second career start at the Stockton Dirt Track, after battling it out and finishing runner up to Kyle Larson in March with the World of Outlaws during the inaugural event at the speedway. Kaeding scored a clean sweep at the “Tribute to GP” in 2008 and is coming off a fourth place finish in the final points tally at the “Trophy Cup” in Tulare.
Rutherford’s Rico Abreu will be looking to defend his “Tribute to Gary Patterson” victory from last season in Calistoga and is coming off a strong showing at the recent “Trophy Cup” where he finished third in the overall standings at the event. The 21-year-old throttle-masher has raced to a pair of wins with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this season and finished fifth a couple weeks back in Hanford. With November 2 at Stockton also featuring a Winged 360 Sprint Car show during the night, Abreu will be pulling double duty with a pair of Paul Silva wrenched Abreu Vineyards No. 24 machines on hand.
The top-15 in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings going into the season finale at Stockton is rounded out by Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Fair Oaks Chad Compton, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole and Clovis’ Peter Murphy. The KWS event in August was captured by Scelzi, who earned his first career series win that night over Suggs and Lemoore’s Carson Macedo.
Both the KWS 410 & 360 Dash will feature bonus money on the line as well this Saturday. The King of the West 410 Dash is being backed by Panella Racing Engines and features a total of $1000 on the line, which will be broken up as follows: $500 to the winner, $300 to second place and $200 to third place. The Winged 360 Sprint Car Dash is being sponsored by Chase Chevrolet and features a total of $750 on the line, which will be broken up as follows: $400 to the winner, $200 to second place and $150 to third place.
A car show from noon to 4pm on November 2 will also take place behind the grandstands featuring Classic Hot Rods, Restored Classics, Race Cars, Motorcycles, Custom Hot Rod Trucks and more. Registration is free at the event and will be located through the front gate of the fairgrounds off Airport Way. Two GA tickets will be given per car owner who participates. The Central Valley Cruisers are the host car club for the event and live music will be performed by the Robert Flores Band. The concession stand will be open during the car show for food and refreshments.
The evening will also be capped with a huge 4th of July style fireworks show to finish off the season in grand fashion.
To purchase your tickets for November 2 contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want. Ticket office hours are 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30, with general admission bleachers being $20. Kids 6-12 in the bleachers cost $10 with children five and under free. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $5 convenience fee for each ticket purchased. Tickets will be left at will call on November 2 and can be picked up at 2pm that day.

With two classes of Winged Sprint Cars and a large field expected there will also be a slightly earlier than usual start time with things beginning just about an hour earlier than normal. The pit meeting will be held at 3:30pm with plans for wheel packing at 4pm, qualifying at 5pm and the first heat will be scheduled to push off at 6pm. The front gate will open at 3:30pm with the ticket booth opening at 2pm.

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 lucrative wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions when it was held at West Capital Raceway in Sacramento, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington at Skagit Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park in Gardena among others.
Patterson unfortunately 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. The event began at Calistoga Speedway, before moving to Silver Dollar Speedway in 2008-2011, prior to going back to Calistoga last year. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway, which makes for a perfect tie-in to pay tribute on the 30th anniversary of the event. More info on the late great “GP” can be found at http://garypattersonracing.com/
The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com and you can also like the track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/stocktondirt and also visit www.stockton99.com for information on the paved oval.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at 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

 

 

Sheldon Haudenschild returns to California for King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series portion of the “Tribute to Gary Patterson” on November 2 at Stockton Dirt Track

By Gary Thomas Stockton, CA – October 26, 2013…After running the recent “Trophy Cup” in Tulare the team of Brian Sperry Racing, Rick Fowzer Racing and Scott Miller have made the decision to bring Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild back to California to compete with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 2. The 20-year-old son of veteran driver & Hall of Famer Jac Haudenschild will climb back aboard the familiar No. 51 Sprint Car with help from C&H Veteran Enterprise, Uni Waste Inc., ART Enterprise, IPC, Benic Enterprise, S and S Pics and Circle of Girls, which can be seen on Facebook under Circle of Girls and a soon to be launched website. The Sperry 51 has most recently won in KWS competition with Sean Becker at the helm in 2010. It will mark Haudenschild’s first career start with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, during what is the season finale for the tour. So far this year there have been seven different winners in the 17 rounds held and when the series last visited Stockton, it happened to be a first time winner in the form of 16-year-old Dominic Scelzi. Haudenschild will be searching for a solid run at the 3/8 mile clay oval, as he races in front of the Golden State fans once again. A car show from noon to 4pm on November 2 will also take place behind the grandstands featuring Classic Hot Rods, Restored Classics, Race Cars, Motorcycles, Custom Hot Rod Trucks and more. Registration is free at the event and will be located through the front gate of the fairgrounds off Airport Way. Two GA tickets will be given per car owner who participates. The Central Valley Cruisers are the host car club for the event and live music will be performed by the Robert Flores Band. The evening will also be capped with a huge 4th of July style fireworks show to finish off the season in grand fashion. To purchase your tickets for November 2 contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want. Ticket office hours are 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30, with general admission bleachers being $20. Kids 6-12 in the bleachers cost $10 with children five and under free. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $5 convenience fee for each ticket purchased. Tickets will be left at will call on November 2 and can be picked up at 2pm that day.

With two classes of Winged Sprint Cars and a large field expected there will also be a slightly earlier than usual start time with things beginning just about an hour earlier than normal. The pit meeting will be held at 3:30pm with plans for wheel packing at 4pm, qualifying at 5pm and the first heat will be scheduled to push off at 6pm. The front gate will open at 3:30pm with the ticket booth opening at 2pm. 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 lucrative wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions when it was held at West Capital Raceway in Sacramento, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington at Skagit Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park in Gardena among others. Patterson unfortunately 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. The event began at Calistoga Speedway, before moving to Silver Dollar Speedway in 2008-2011, prior to going back to Calistoga last year. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway, which makes for a perfect tie-in to pay tribute on the 30th anniversary of the event. More info on the late great “GP” can be found at http://garypattersonracing.com/ The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com and you can also like the track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/stocktondirt and also visit www.stockton99.com for information on the paved oval located just minutes from the dirt track.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at 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 Photos courtesy S and S Pics

 

 

 

7-time Knoxville Raceway champ coming to Stockton on Nov. 2

Seven-time Knoxville Raceway champion Terry McCarl will be in action with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on Saturday November 2 at the Stockton Dirt Track. The Altoona, Iowa veteran will be aboard the famed Clyde & Marion Lamar owned Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c, for what will be the 18th and final King of the West 410 event of the season. McCarl has captured seven main event wins this year, including a World of Outlaws triumph at the Volusia Raceway Park in February.

With the event marking the 30th “Tribute to Gary Patterson” and with GP being known as a colorful and flamboyant personality, it’s only fitting that “T-Mac” is on hand driving a car that Patterson once sat aboard. McCarl recently brought home a 10th place finish in the final points tally at the “Trophy Cup” and should be very exciting to watch at the blazing fast 3/8 mile Stockton Dirt Track.

A car show from noon to 4pm on November 2 will also take place behind the grandstands featuring Classic Hot Rods, Restored Classics, Race Cars, Motorcycles, Custom Hot Rod Trucks and more. Registration is free at the event and will be located through the front gate of the fairgrounds off Airport Way. Two GA tickets will be given per car owner who participates. The Central Valley Cruisers are the host car club for the event and live music will be performed by the Robert Flores Band.

The evening will also be capped with a huge 4th of July style fireworks show to finish off the season in grand fashion. To purchase your tickets for November 2 contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want. Ticket office hours are 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30, with general admission bleachers being $20. Kids 6-12 in the bleachers cost $10 with children five and under free. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $5 convenience fee for each ticket purchased. Tickets will be left at will call on November 2 and can be picked up at 2pm that day.

With two classes of Winged Sprint Cars and a large field expected there will also be a slightly earlier than usual start time with things beginning just about an hour earlier than normal. The pit meeting will be held at 3:30pm with plans for wheel packing at 4pm, qualifying at 5pm and the first heat will be scheduled to push off at 6pm. The front gate will open at 3:30pm with the ticket booth opening at 2pm.

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 lucrative wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions when it was held at West Capital Raceway in Sacramento, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington at Skagit Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park in Gardena among others.

Patterson unfortunately 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. The event began at Calistoga Speedway, before moving to Silver Dollar Speedway in 2008-2011, prior to going back to Calistoga last year. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway, which makes for a perfect tie-in to pay tribute on the 30th anniversary of the event. More info on the late great “GP” can be found at http://garypattersonracing.com/

 

 

Extra money on the line for KWS 410 & 360 Sprint Car Dashes at the Stockton Dirt Track November 2 courtesy of Panella Racing Engines & Chase Chevrolet

By Gary Thomas Stockton, CA – October 25, 2013…The Northern California Sprint Car season is set to wrap up on November 2 at the Stockton Dirt Track and with tremendous buzz already in the air even more incentives for teams have been announced for the night, as extra cash will be on the line in both the King of the West 410 and Winged 360 Sprint Car Dash. The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Dash is being backed by Panella Racing Engines and features a total of $1000 on the line, which will be broken up as follows: $500 to the winner, $300 to second place and $200 to third place. The Winged 360 Sprint Car Dash is being sponsored by Chase Chevrolet and features a total of $750 on the line, which will be broken up as follows: $400 to the winner, $200 to second place and $150 to third place. “We can’t thank Panella Racing Engines and Chase Chevrolet enough for their support of the Tribute to Gary Patterson on November 2,” said Tony Noceti. “We have a lot of great things happening for the event and this will certainly add to it. We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone on November 2 and hope everybody has a great time. Fan & team experience is definitely something we’re focusing on and we look to put on a great show for all that attend.” Not only do the Dashes have extra money, but both the Panella Racing Engines KWS Dash and the Chase Chevrolet 360 Dash will also set the lineup in the first four rows of their respective main events. The dashes will be lined up by random draw with the heat race winners and next so many fastest qualifiers (depending on number of heats) who transfer from their heat to give us eight cars. If four heats are run it will be the four heat winners & top-four fastest qualifiers who transfer. If three heats are run it will be the three heat winners and top-five fastest qualifiers that transfer. This is the same Dash format seen all season long with KWS. “This is shaping up to be an outstanding show to end the season out here and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” said Troy Hennig of Silver Dollar Speedway, who is coming to guest announce at the 30th Tribute to Gary Patterson. “From the car show & live band, to the fireworks and all the great racing with two divisions of Winged Sprint Cars I can’t think of a better way to finish the year. If you’re a Sprint Car fan from Nor Cal then you should definitely make plans to be in Stockton on November 2.” A car show from noon to 4pm on November 2 will also take place behind the grandstands featuring Classic Hot Rods, Restored Classics, Race Cars, Motorcycles, Custom Hot Rod Trucks and more. Registration is free at the event and will be located through the front gate of the fairgrounds off Airport Way. Two GA tickets will be given per car owner who participates. The Central Valley Cruisers are the host car club for the event and live music will be performed by the Robert Flores Band. The evening will also be capped with a huge 4th of July style fireworks show to finish off the season in grand fashion. To purchase your tickets for November 2 contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want. Ticket office hours are 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30, with general admission bleachers being $20. Kids 6-12 in the bleachers cost $10 with children five and under free. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $5 convenience fee for each ticket purchased. Tickets will be left at will call on November 2 and can be picked up at 2pm that day.

With two classes of Winged Sprint Cars and a large field expected there will also be a slightly earlier than usual start time with things beginning just about an hour earlier than normal. The pit meeting will be held at 3:30pm with plans for wheel packing at 4pm, qualifying at 5pm and the first heat will be scheduled to push off at 6pm. The front gate will open at 3:30pm with the ticket booth opening at 2pm.

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 lucrative wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions when it was held at West Capital Raceway in Sacramento, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington at Skagit Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park in Gardena among others. Patterson unfortunately 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. The event began at Calistoga Speedway, before moving to Silver Dollar Speedway in 2008-2011, prior to going back to Calistoga last year. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway, which makes for a perfect tie-in to pay tribute on the 30th anniversary of the event. More info on the late great “GP” can be found at http://garypattersonracing.com/ The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com and you can also like the track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/stocktondirt

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at 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

 

 

Silver Dollar Speedway & Civil War Sprint Car Series champion Sean Becker joins Stockton Dirt Track roster for next Saturday November 2
By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA – October 24, 2013…This year’s Silver Dollar Speedway 410 track champion and Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series titlist Sean Becker will be one of the drivers set for double duty action during the 30th “Tribute to Gary Patterson” next Saturday November 2 at the Stockton Dirt Track.
The driver known as the “Shark” will be aboard the M&S Racing Products No. 27 mount with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and the M&M Structures No. 35 machine during the Winged 360 Sprint Car portion of the event.
Becker raced the No. 27 Sprinter to his second consecutive and third career 410 driving championship at the Silver Dollar Speedway this year, scoring a pair of victories along the way. The veteran also picked up a big World of Outlaws preliminary victory in the car last season during the prestigious “Gold Cup Race of Champions” at SDS.
The Oroville, CA native likewise drove the Dan Monhoff owned No. 35 Sprint Car to his third career Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series title this year and captured the annual “Gold Fever Open” at Marysville Raceway Park earlier this month. Becker also guided the machine to a Civil War victory in Petaluma on September 14 and claimed the “Sherm Toller Memorial” in March at Marysville.
Becker has been one of the most accomplished drivers in Northern California over the last 10 to 15-years and is also a former Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion, having claimed the title in 2005. He also ranks ninth on the all-time series win list, sitting in a tie with Bud Kaeding, Tommy Tarlton and Ronnie Day with nine triumphs to his credit. His most recent win with the tour came back in 2010 at the Santa Maria Speedway, where he drove Brian Sperry’s No. 51 to a final lap win over Andy Gregg.
“When you look at Sean Becker you think of the great driver he is, but just as important you point to how good of a person he really is,” said Silver Dollar Speedway announcer and director of communications Troy Hennig. “Year after year Sean is one of the best drivers out here on the west coast and he’s a great representative for Sprint Car racing. He’s one of those guys that make our sport pretty special and I know we’re extremely happy to have seen him so much at Silver Dollar Speedway over the last number of seasons.”
To purchase your tickets for November 2 contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want. There will be a car show and live band during the day from noon to 4pm behind the grandstands so make plans to arrive early and enjoy the festivities with us. The front gate will open at 3:30pm with the ticket booth opening at 2pm. The evening will also be capped with a huge fireworks show to finish off the season in grand fashion.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30, with general admission bleachers being $20. Kids 6-12 in the bleachers cost $10 with children five and under free. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $5 convenience fee for each ticket purchased. Tickets will be left at will call on November 2 and can be picked up at 2pm that day.
With two classes of Winged Sprint Cars and a large field expected there will also be a slightly earlier than usual start time with things beginning just about an hour earlier than normal. The pit meeting will be held at 3:30pm with cars on the track for wheel packing at 4pm, qualifying at 5pm and the first heat will be scheduled to push off at 6pm.
The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com and you can also like the track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/stocktondirt
Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at 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

 

 

Tickets on sale now for the much anticipated 30th annual “Tribute to Gary Patterson” at the Stockton Dirt Track November 2

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 16, 2013…Tickets are on sale now for the fast approaching “Tribute to Gary Patterson” at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 2 featuring championship night for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, a special open 360 Winged Sprint Car event and a large fireworks show to cap the evening.

To purchase your tickets contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want. There will also be a car show and live band during the day from noon to 4pm behind the grandstands so make plans to arrive early and enjoy the festivities with us. The front gate will open at 3:30pm on November 2 with the ticket booth opening at 2pm.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30, with general admission bleachers being $20. Kids 6-12 in the bleachers cost $10 with children five and under free. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $5 convenience fee for each ticket purchased. Tickets will be left at will call on November 2 and can be picked up at 2pm that day.

A number of drivers are expected to pull double duty at the event on November 2 event in Stockton, including defending “Tribute to Gary Patterson” winner Rico Abreu of St. Helena. The high-flying 21-year-old has scored two King of the West 410 victories so far this year and has had a solid season racing throughout the country in both Sprints & Midgets. Abreu’s win last season at the “Tribute to GP” came in dominating fashion and he’ll look to duplicate that once again this year.

Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst will be gunning to wrap up the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series title at Stockton and join his father Rick as a Northern California Sprint Car 410 champion. Hirst has claimed three KWS wins this year, as has his teammate Tim Kaeding of San Jose, who is another one looking to pull double duty on November 2. Kaeding has also ripped off nine World of Outlaws victories in 2013 and is coming off a thrilling win at the “Cotton Classic” this past weekend aboard the famed Roth 83.

The purse for the Winged 360 Sprint Car portion of the “Tribute to GP” is going to pay $2,200-to-win and $400-to-start. The runner up in the feature will earn $1500, with third place paying $1200, fourth place $1,000 and fifth place $900. Initial plans are to have the 360’s run a KWS style format during the night, which includes qualifying, heat races, a dash, LCQ and main event. For any info regarding the Winged 360 portion of the event, which will follow Civil War/ Rebel Cup rules contact 707-816-9901.

Three-time Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series champion Sean Becker of Roseville is expected to bring the Dan Monhoff owned No. 35 machine to Stockton looking to cap the 2013 campaign in style. The “Shark” recently won the “Gold Fever Open” at Marysville Raceway Park and also picked up opening night of the “Fall Nationals” in September at Silver Dollar Speedway. Princeton’s Mason Moore, who captured the “Fall Nationals” finale this year is another that will be gunning to take home the 360 portion of the “Tribute to GP” as is multi-time Civil War Series champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn and more.

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 unfortunately 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 actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway.

The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

You can also like the track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts and follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/stocktondirt

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

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Tickets on sale now for the much anticipated 30th annual “Tribute to Gary Patterson” at the Stockton Dirt Track November 2
By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA – October 16, 2013…Tickets are on sale now for the fast approaching “Tribute to Gary Patterson” at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 2 featuring championship night for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, a special open 360 Winged Sprint Car event and a large fireworks show to cap the evening.
To purchase your tickets contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want. There will also be a car show and live band during the day from noon to 4pm behind the grandstands so make plans to arrive early and enjoy the festivities with us. The front gate will open at 3:30pm on November 2 with the ticket booth opening at 2pm.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30, with general admission bleachers being $20. Kids 6-12 in the bleachers cost $10 with children five and under free. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $5 convenience fee for each ticket purchased. Tickets will be left at will call on November 2 and can be picked up at 2pm that day.
A number of drivers are expected to pull double duty at the event on November 2 event in Stockton, including defending “Tribute to Gary Patterson” winner Rico Abreu of St. Helena. The high-flying 21-year-old has scored two King of the West 410 victories so far this year and has had a solid season racing throughout the country in both Sprints & Midgets. Abreu’s win last season at the “Tribute to GP” came in dominating fashion and he’ll look to duplicate that once again this year.
Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst will be gunning to wrap up the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series title at Stockton and join his father Rick as a Northern California Sprint Car 410 champion. Hirst has claimed three KWS wins this year, as has his teammate Tim Kaeding of San Jose, who is another one looking to pull double duty on November 2. Kaeding has also ripped off nine World of Outlaws victories in 2013 and is coming off a thrilling win at the “Cotton Classic” this past weekend aboard the famed Roth 83.
The purse for the Winged 360 Sprint Car portion of the “Tribute to GP” is going to pay $2,200-to-win and $400-to-start. The runner up in the feature will earn $1500, with third place paying $1200, fourth place $1,000 and fifth place $900. Initial plans are to have the 360’s run a KWS style format during the night, which includes qualifying, heat races, a dash, LCQ and main event. For any info regarding the Winged 360 portion of the event, which will follow Civil War/ Rebel Cup rules contact 707-816-9901.
Three-time Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series champion Sean Becker of Roseville is expected to bring the Dan Monhoff owned No. 35 machine to Stockton looking to cap the 2013 campaign in style. The “Shark” recently won the “Gold Fever Open” at Marysville Raceway Park and also picked up opening night of the “Fall Nationals” in September at Silver Dollar Speedway. Princeton’s Mason Moore, who captured the “Fall Nationals” finale this year is another that will be gunning to take home the 360 portion of the “Tribute to GP” as is multi-time Civil War Series champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn and more.
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 unfortunately 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 actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway.
The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com
You can also like the track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts and follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/stocktondirt
Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.kwssprints.com
Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with visiting our official website www.kwssprints.com

 

 

 

Tim Kaeding wins a thriller with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at the 28th annual “Cotton Classic” in Hanford
By Gary Thomas
Hanford, CA – October 12, 2013…The annual “Cotton Classic” has routinely provided exciting moments throughout the years and on Saturday night the 28th edition certainly didn’t disappoint, as Tim Kaeding made a last lap pass of Jason Meyers to claim an exciting victory at the Kings Speedway with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.
It was Kaeding’s 63rd career Golden State/ King of the West 410 win and the third time he has captured the “Cotton Classic” at the 3/8 mile clay oval in a 410 Sprint Car. Ironically his first win at the event came in 2002 when he passed Tommy Tarlton on the final lap, which made for a bit of de ja vu on Saturday with Meyers aboard the Tarlton & Son No. 21m during the night.
“I really hope you fans liked that race because it sure was a lot of fun from my seat and that’s what it’s all about,” Kaeding said on the front stretch after the race. “It was great racing with Jason Meyers right there for the win and I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth enough for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to drive this race car. I hope all you fans come back next week to the Trophy Cup in Tulare because we’ll be putting on a show there as well.”
The 30-lapper came to the line with dash winner DJ Netto and current King of the West point leader Kyle Hirst on the front row. When the green lights came on it was Hirst jumping into the lead with Jason Meyers following along in second and Tim Kaeding in third. On lap nine-lap Kaeding charged by Meyers for the runner up spot and began to come after Hirst for the lead. The two Roth Enterprise teammates proceeded to put on a show for the solid crowd on hand, trading the lead back and forth over a two-lap period, prior to a caution flag waving.
On the double restart Hirst got a great start, as did Meyers who battled Kaeding for the second spot through turns one and two. Kaeding was able to hang onto the position though and keep chase after Hirst. The complexion of the race would change on lap 19 however, as Hirst got sideways in the second corner and surrendered the lead to Kaeding, with Meyers also coming along for second. The former two-time World of Outlaws champion then turned up the heat on Kaeding and on lap 23 made a beautiful move down low to take the lead exiting turn four.
Kaeding kept Meyers in his sights though and over the final six-circuits stalked his rear bumper with the crowd sensing a thrilling finish on tap. With the white flag in the air “TK” made a spectacular move to get by Meyers in turns one and two for the lead of the race that he would never relinquish. Kaeding crossed the Ed Entz checkered flag for his third King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory of the year in just three starts on the season. The two-time Golden State/ KWS 410 champ has had the best season his career this year and will be gunning for a fourth career “Trophy Cup” title next weekend in Tulare.
Meyers crossed the stripe in second to earn a runner up finish at the “Cotton Classic” for the second consecutive year at the event and Hirst brought home yet another podium finish in third. The KWS point leader has now claimed 12 podium finishes in the 17 series events held in 2013. Chico’s Jonathan Allard scored fourth at the finish in the Williams Motorsports No. 0 with St. Helena’s Rico Abreu rounding out the top-five aboard the Abreu Vineyards No. 24 mount. Completing the top-10 at the 28th “Cotton Classic” were Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding and Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs.
Winning the 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier was Evan Suggs and taking home the six-lap dash as previously noted was DJ Netto. The three 10-lap Kaeding Performance heat races were picked off by Tim Kaeding, Sacramento’s Willie Croft and DJ Netto. Tim Kaeding kicked off the night by setting the BR Motorsports fast time with a lap of 13.103 seconds around the blazing fast 3/8 mile oval. Full results are available at www.kwssprints.com
The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will conclude the 2013 season at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 2 during the 30th
annual “Tribute to Gary Patterson.” The exciting conclusion to the campaign will also be a double-header during the night with Winged 360 Sprint Cars also
competing. A large firework show will also take place to send off the 2013 year with a bang. A car show and live band will also take place prior to the races from noon-4 at the race track. More info at www.stocktondirttrack.com

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Results – Cotton Classic at Kings Speedway October 12 27-cars

Fast time: Tim Kaeding 13.103

Heat one: 1. 83 Tim Kaeding, 2. 3 Craig Stidham, 3. 53 Andy Gregg, 4. 21m Jason Meyers, 5. 27 Sean Becker, 6. 69c Chad Compton, 7. 21j Richard Brace, 8. 15 Pat Harvey, 9. 4f Mike Faria

Heat two: 1. 3c Willie Croft, 2. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 3. 0 Jonathan Allard, 4. 00 Jas...on Statler, 5. 23 Colby Copeland, 6. 91ri Eli Deshaies, 7. 00x Cory Eliason, 8. 3d Carl Droivold, 9. 69 Brent Kaeding

Heat three: 1. 88n DJ Netto, 2. 29 Bud Kaeding, 3. 24 Rico Abreu, 4. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 5. 21x Carson Macedo, 6. 33e Evan Suggs, 7. 55 Bud Walberg, 8. 09s Geoffrey Strole, 9. 17 Doug Gandy

Dash: 1. DJ Netto, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Jason Meyers, 4. Tim Kaeding, 5. Craig Stidham, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Jonathan Allard, 8. Willie Croft

LCQ: 1. Evan Suggs, 2. Cory Eliason, 3. Brent Kaeding, 4. Richard Brace, 5. Mike Faria, 6. Bud Walberg, 7. Doug Gandy, 8. Carl Droivold, 9. Geoffrey Strole, 10. Chad Compton, 11. Eli Deshaies, 12. Pat Harvey

A-main: 1. Tim Kaeding, 2. Jason Meyers, 3. Kyle Hirst, 4. Jonathan Allard, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Craig Stidham, 7. DJ Netto, 8. Jason Statler, 9. Bud Kaeding, 10. Evan Suggs, 11. Sean Becker, 12. Carson Macedo, 13. Cory Eliason, 14. Dominic Scelzi, 15. Brent Kaeding, 16. Colby Copeland, 17. Richard Brace, 18. Willie Croft, 19. Bud Walberg, 20. Mike Faria, 21. Doug Gandy, 22. Andy Gregg

 

 

Two-time World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers looks to hoist the cotton bail trophy this Saturday with KWS at the "Cotton Classic" in Hanford

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA - October 8, 2013...Two-time World of Outlaws champion & 2006 “Cotton Classic” winner Jason Meyers is set to make his fourth King of the West 410 Series start of the season aboard the Corporate America Lending, Tartlon & Son Inc. No. 21m machine on Saturday. The Clovis, CA native has scored a pair of wins so far this year with the series and was leading the most recent event until a flat tire cost him a shot at number three.

Meyers recently claimed his second career “Gold Cup” victory at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico when he topped a stout World of Outlaws field in September. It was also recently announced that he will be aboard a Kasey Kahne Racing Sprint Car during the World of Outlaws "World Finals" in November at the Charlotte Dirt Track. The driver known as "Hotfoot" has claimed 14 Golden State/ King of the West wins in his career, which places him in a tie for sixth on the all-time list with former series champ Tyler Walker.

The pit gate this Saturday at Kings Speedway will open at 2:00pm, ticket booth will open at 2:00pm and the front gate will open at 5:00pm, with qualifying around 6:30pm and racing around 7:00pm. Grandstand reserved tickets cost $28 for the “Cotton Classic” with general admission bleachers being $25. Tickets are on sale now and to reserve your seats simply contact (559) 584-7223.

The King of the West pre-race autograph session/ meet & greet on Saturday will include Tim Kaeding, Carson Macedo and DJ Netto. The trio will be just inside the front gate when it opens at 5pm so please stop by to say hi and get an autograph.

The Kings 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 information can be found at http://www.kingsspeedway.net/ or by contacting (559) 584-7223.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will then conclude the 2013 season at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 2 during the 30th annual “Tribute to Gary Patterson.” The exciting conclusion to the campaign will also be a double-header during the night with Winged 360 Sprint Cars also competing. A large firework show will also take place to send off the 2013 year with a bang.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with visiting our official website www.kwssprints.com

 

 

Wild night at the Thunderbowl Raceway sees 13th starting Bud Kaeding race to his first victory of the 2013 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – September 21, 2013…A wild & wacky night at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday featured just about everything & anything you could imagine and ultimately ended with three-time USAC Silver Crown Series champion Bud Kaeding charging from 13th to pick up his first King of the West 410 victory of 2013.
It marked Kaeding’s 10th career Golden State/ King of the West Series triumph, which places him into sole possession of ninth on the all-time win list. For the Campbell, California veteran it was his first KWS victory since June 2 of last year when he captured the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” in Hanford aboard the Buster & Ziggy Enterprise, Alviso Rock No. 29 mount.
The “Harry Talbot Memorial” on Saturday was surely an event nobody will forget anytime soon for a number of reasons. A freak dust storm initially engulfed the entire Thunderbowl Raceway during qualifying for the USAC West Coast 360’s and lasted until after the opening King of the West heat race. An issue with the track lights then occurred during the second KWS heat that left the entire track dark and caused a delay.
One of the major highlights of the night however, was having our favorite mate Peter Murphy back at the race track for the first time since his accident on July 20 in Antioch. Murphy was interviewed in front of the crowd following the dash and received a large roar from the solid crowd on hand. The Clovis resident thanked everyone for their support and well wishes over the last nine weeks. It was certainly special to have Murphy back at the track.
The 30-lap King of the West 410 feature definitely had its share of twists and turns throughout the entire distance, which started out with a nine-car pileup in the first corner. Included in the multi-car crash was second in points Jonathan Allard, who got upside down during the melee. Pole sitter Evan Suggs also suffered a flat tire and was forced to head back to the pits to change it. Once some green flag laps were ticked off it was two-time World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers out front and in charge of the race.
The tricky one-third mile clay oval claimed a number of competitors over the course of the main event at times, but through it all Meyers kept the rest of the field at bay. Things changed however, during a double file restart on lap 22 when 13th starting Bud Kaeding was able to out drag race Meyers into turn one and take command. Meyers would drop a couple more spots and then during an ensuing red flag period went to the pits with a flat tire. The upcoming double file restart then saw Bud Kaeding and Tim Kaeding share the front row. For “TK” it was another one of his patented charges from the rear after having issues early on and having to go to the back.
When the green came back out Bud took command during an exciting restart, but before a lap could be completed the yellow lights flashed on, which would set up a single file restart. After that Bud Kaeding hit his marks and raced off to take the Willie Williams checkered flag for the victory over Tim Kaeding in the Roth Enterprises No. 83 and King of the West Series point leader Kyle Hirst in the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr. It was Hirst’s 11th podium finish in the 16 series events held so far in 2013.
Sacramento’s Willie Croft brought the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c home in fourth and young DJ Netto of Hanford rounded out the top-five at the helm of his Netto Agriculture No. 88n. It marked Croft’s 10th top-five of the KWS season, which is a new personal record & was also Netto’s second career top-five finish with the series. Completing the top-10 were Chico’s Jonathan Allard, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler and Jason Meyers.
The 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier was picked off by Jason Statler, while the six-lap dash was claimed by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs. The four 10-lap Kaeding Performance heat races were captured by Jason Meyers, Brent Kaeding, Willie Croft and Dominic Scelzi. The BR Motorsports fast time award to begin the night was earned by Tim Kaeding who toured the one-third mile clay oval in 13.434 seconds.
The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now have a couple weeks off before heading back to the Central Valley for the annual “Cotton Classic” at Kings Speedway in Hanford. The prestigious event on Saturday October 12 will be the one and only time this season to catch the KWS 410’s at the 3/8 mile clay oval and is sure to be an exciting night as always. To purchase pre-sale tickets contact (559) 584-7223 and for more info on the track log onto www.kingsspeedway.net

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Results – Thunderbowl Raceway September 21
28-cars
Fast time: Tim Kaeding 13.434
Heat one: 1. 21m Jason Meyers, 2. 29 Bud Kaeding, 3. 83 Tim Kaeding, 4. 0 Jonathan Allard, 5. 00 Jason Statler, 6. 21j Richard Brace Jr., 7. 69c Chad Compton
Heat two: 1. 69 Brent Kaeding, 2. 53 Andy Gregg, 3. 3 Craig Stidham, 4. 00x Cory Eliason, 5. 96 Luca Romanzzi, 6. 25 Bobby... McMahan, 7. 17 Doug Gandy
Heat three: 1. 3c Willie Croft, 2. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 3. 5h Justyn Cox, 4. 88n DJ Netto, 5. 23 Colby Copeland, 6. 37 Mitchell Facinto, 7. 09s Geoffrey Strole
Heat four: 1. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 2. 94 Steven Tiner, 3. 33e Evan Suggs, 4. 21x Carson Macedo, 5. 3d Carl Droivold, 6. 15 Pat Harvey, 7. 4f Mike Faria
Dash: 1. Evan Suggs, 2. Jason Meyers, 3. Willie Croft, 4. Tim Kaeding, 5. Craig Stidham, 6. Jonathan Allard, 7. Cory Eliason, 8. Dominic Scelzi
LCQ: 1. Jason Statler, 2. Mike Faria, 3. Colby Copeland, 4. Mitchell Facinto, 5. Richard Brace, 6. Chad Compton, 7. Carl Droivold, 8. Geoffrey Strole, 9. Doug Gandy, 10. Luca Romanazzi
A-main: 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Tim Kaeding, 3. Kyle Hirst, 4. Willie Croft, 5. DJ Netto, 6. Jonathan Allard, 7. Dominic Scelzi, 8. Brent Kaeding, 9. Jason Statler, 10. Jason Meyers, 11. Justyn Cox, 12. Evan Suggs, 13. Cory Eliason, 14. Andy Gregg, 15. Craig Stidham, 16. Colby Copeland, 17. Mike Faria, 18. Mitchell Facinto, 19. Richard Brace Jr., 20. Chad Compton, 21. Steven Tiner, 22. Carson Macedo

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Info

Round 16 at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway “Harry Talbot Memorial”

Tulare, California – Saturday September 21

What:

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series rolls to the Central Valley this weekend with its final appearance of the season at Steve Faria’s bad-to-the-bone Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday night. It marks Round 16 in the battle for the KWS crown and will be the third time that the series competes at the Tulare County Fairgrounds based facility this year. It’s also the final chance for drivers to get ready for the fast approaching “Trophy Cup” that will be held at the track on October 17, 18 & 19. Driving for locally based Roth Motorsports out of Fresno, Kyle Hirst holds 42-point lead over Jonathan Allard in the King of the West 410 title chase and will be in search of victory at the Thunderbowl on Saturday. The 25-year-old Sacramento resident scored a pair of runner up finishes back in May with the series in Tulare and was also the winner last October of the 50-lap “Trophy Cup” final on Saturday night. Hirst has claimed two victories with KWS this season. Defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Allard chopped 13-markers off Hirst’s lead in the standings following his third place finish last weekend at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway. The Chico veteran leads the series with four wins on the season and will be gunning for a strong night at the Thunderbowl to try and inch closer to Hirst. Allard’s career highlight at the one-third mile clay oval came in 2010 when he captured the “Trophy Cup” that season. Sacramento’s Willie Croft continued his consistent season last Saturday at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway by finishing fifth in the main event while driving his own No. 29 Sprinter. “Double Down” has scored a pair of victories so far this year and tallied a best finish of fifth over Memorial Day weekend at the Thunderbowl. Croft goes into the weekend sitting third in the King of the West standings. Fresno’s Craig Stidham picked up his best finish of the season last weekend in Fernley and will be searching for victory on Saturday in Tulare at what is a home track for him and his team. The former Rebel Cup Series champ ran an impressive second to Tim Kaeding last week and also set fast time for the third time this year to open the night. Stidham continues to maintain the fourth spot in KWS points. Rounding out the top-five in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings is 2004 champion Jason Statler of Grass Valley, who has been very consistent as of late. The “Big Guy” has ran sixth or better in four of the last five KWS events held in his familiar DF Rios No. 00 mount. Other top-10 drivers in the points set for Saturday include 13-time series champion & Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding, Doug Gandy, Chad Compton and Carl Droivold. The always thrilling Tim Kaeding will also be on hand this Saturday looking to get tuned up for the 20th annual “Trophy Cup” in October. The San Jose wheel-man is a three-time winner of the Trophy Cup and is always good for a show at the Thunderbowl Raceway. In March the two-time KWS champ beat the World of Outlaws during opening night of the double-header weekend and also captured last Saturday’s KWS Series event in Fernley, Nevada. Two-time World of Outlaws champion and recent “Gold Cup Race of Champions” winner Jason Meyers will also invade the Thunderbowl on Saturday in the Tarlton & Son Inc. machine. The Clovis veteran captured last year’s “Trophy Cup” and in May swept the two-night King of the West Sprint Car Series weekend. Meyers has shown that he hasn’t skipped a beat despite running a limited schedule over the last couple seasons and will be tough to beat on Saturday night. Other drivers expected will include Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Carson Macedo, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Elk Grove’s Bobby & Sean McMahan, Visalia’s Cory Eliason & Danny Faria Jr, Tipton’s Mike Faria, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Merced’s Mark Barroso and more. The night of action this weekend also pays tribute to Harry Talbot, who was very instrumental at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Talbot was a right-hand-man to promoter Steve Faria and did everything he could to ensure things went smoothly at the Thunderbowl. He unfortunately passed away this year after an illness and we will be remembering him on Saturday at the “Harry Talbot Memorial.” When:

On Saturday September 21 the front grandstand gate will open at 4pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Also on hand will be the always exciting USAC West Coast Wingless 360’s, which always makes for a terrific combination Sprint Car show.

Where:

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. For directions visit http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=E+ ... code=93274

Tickets:

Advance tickets for the weekend are on sale and can be acquired by contacting the track ticket office at (559) 688-0909. Reserved grandstand seats cost just $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. For a seating chart visit the track website at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com

On the Internet:

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Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway-

http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thunderb ... -Tulare-Ca About the track:

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is a one-third mile clay oval with the all-time track record being 12.651, which was set by two-time Golden State/ King of the West 410 champion Tim Kaeding of San Jose on March 5, 2010. The track has gained a reputation of providing some of the most spectacular and memorable moments in all of California Sprint Car Racing and also hosts the prestigious “Trophy Cup” each October. Results from Memorial Day weekend KWS double header: Saturday May 25 “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial Night One”

24-cars

Fast time: Jason Meyers 13.548

Heat one: 1. 21m Jason Meyers, 2. 4f Mike Faria, 3. 24 Rico Abreu, 4. 11 Roger Crockett, 5. 21x Carson Macedo, 6. 12 Scott Parker, 7. 69 Brent Kaeding, 8. 15 Pat Harvey

Heat two: 1. 0 Jonathan Allard, 2. 3c Willie Croft, 3. 17v Danny Faria Jr., 4. 88n DJ Netto, 5. 21j Richard Brace, 6. 69c Chad Compton, 7. 09s Geoffrey Strole, 8. 33E Evan Suggs

Heat three: 1. 00 Jason Statler, 2. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 3. 1nz Peter Murphy, 4. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 5. 3 Craig Stidham, 6. 3d Carl Droivold, 7. 17 Doug Gandy, 8. 00x Cory Eliason

Dash: 1. Jason Meyers, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Willie Croft, 4. Jason Statler, 5. Jonathan Allard, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Dominic Scelzi, 8. Mike Faria

Last Chance Qualifier: 1. Brent Kaeding, 2. Carl Droivol, 3. Doug Gandy, 4. Geoffrey Strole, 5. Scott Parker, 6. Pat Harvey, 7. Chad Compton

A main: 1. Jason Meyers, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Roger Crockett, 5. Willie Croft, 6. Dominic Scelzi, 7. Peter Murphy, 8. Craig Stidham, 9. Carson Macedo, 10. Brent Kaeding, 11. Jason Statler, 12. Danny Faria Jr, 13. DJ Netto, 14. Scott Parker, 15. Richard Brace Jr., 16. Chad Compton, 17. Carl Droivold, 18. Doug Gandy, 19. Pat Harvey, 20. Geoffrey Strole, 21. Jonathan Allard, 22. Mike Faria Sunday May 26 “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial Finale”

25-cars

Fast time: Jonathan Allard 13.493

Heat one: 1. 29 Bud Kaeding, 2. 21m Jason Meyers, 3. 69 Brent Kaeding, 4. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 5. 17v Danny Faria Jr., 6. 21j Richard Brace Jr., 7. 17 Doug Gandy, 8. 78 Mark Barroso, 9. 0 Jonathan Allard

Heat two: 1. 1nz Peter Murphy, 2. 24 Rico Abreu, 3. 3c Willie Croft, 4. 00 Jason Statler, 5. 21x Carson Macedo, 6. 4f Mike Faria, 7. 3d Carl Droivold, 8. 09s Geoffrey Strole

Heat three: 1. 33e Evan Suggs, 2. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 3. 3 Craig Stidham, 4. 11 Roger Crockett, 5. 00x Cory Eliason, 6. 12 Scott Parker, 7. 69c Chad Compton, 8. 15 Pat Harvey

Dash: 1. Kyle Hirst, 2. Jason Meyers, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Evan Suggs, 5. Peter Murphy, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Willie Croft, 8. Roger Crockett

Last Chance Qualifier: 1. Jonathan Allard, 2. Mike Faria, 3. Richard Brace Jr., 4. Carl Droivold, 5. Chad Compton, 6. Geoffrey Strole, 7. Doug Gandy, 8. Mark Barroso, 9. Pat Harvey, 10. Scott Parker

A main: 1. Jason Meyers, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Jonathan Allard, 4. Peter Murphy, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Evan Suggs, 7. Jason Statler, 8. Brent Kaeding, 9. Carson Macedo, 10. Roger Crockett, 11. Willie Croft, 12. Dominic Scelzi, 13. Mike Faria, 14. Craig Stidham, 15. Cory Eliason, 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17. Chad Compton, 18. Richard Brace Jr., 19. Carl Droivold, 20. Doug Gandy, 21. Bud Kaeding, 22. Geoffrey Strole

Top-15 in driver standings after 15 rounds of competition:

1. Kyle Hirst 2266; 2. Jonathan Allard 2224; 3. Willie Croft 2187; 4. Craig Stidham 2102; 5. Jason Statler 1994; 6. Brent Kaeding 1974; 7. Doug Gandy 1702; 8. Chad Compton 1699; 9. Carl Droivold 1692; 10. Peter Murphy 1575; 11. Dominic Scelzi 1555; 12. Richard Brace Jr. 1554; 13. Pat Harvey 1509; 14. Geoffrey Strole 1486; 15. Evan Suggs 1388

Winners so far this season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series:

Antioch Speedway April 20: Willie Croft Placerville Speedway April 27: Kyle Hirst Silver Dollar Speedway May 4: Rico Abreu Petaluma Speedway May 11: Willie Croft Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 17: Rico Abreu Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 18: Jonathan Allard Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 25: Jason Meyers Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 26: Jason Meyers Placerville Speedway June 29: Jonathan Allard Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway July 6: Kyle Hirst Ocean Speedway July 13: Jonathan Allard Antioch Speedway July 20: Jonathan Allard Santa Maria Speedway July 27: Kyle Hirst Stockton 99 Dirt Track August 3: Dominic Scelzi Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway September 14: Tim Kaeding

Upcoming King of the West events:

Following the event in Tulare the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will have a couple weeks off before heading back to the Central Valley for the annual “Cotton Classic” at Kings Speedway in Hanford. The prestigious event on Saturday October 12 will be the one and only time this season to catch the KWS 410’s at the 3/8 mile clay oval and is sure to be an exciting night as always. To purchase pre-sale tickets contact (559) 584-7223 The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will then conclude the 2013 season at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 2 during the 30th annual “Tribute to Gary Patterson.” The exciting conclusion to the campaign will also be a double-header during the night with Winged 360 Sprint Cars also competing. Tickets will be on sale soon for the event. A large firework show will also take place to send off the 2013 year with a bang.

 

 

OCEAN SPEEDWAY, INC. TAKES OVER OPERATIONS OF KING OF THE WEST

WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA (September 16, 2013) - Ocean Speedway, Inc. Board of Directors, led by promoter John Prentice have reached an agreement with Dan Simpson to take over operations of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car series for the 2014 season. Prentice promotes the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville at the Santa Cruz County Fairgounds featuring the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo.

In a partnership with Hall of Fame driver Brent Kaeding, a new organization will be formed titled Sprint Car Management Group, LLC to manage the series.

Simpson will continue operations and promotions at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway moving forward and Ocean Speedway, Inc. would like to wish Simpson well in that endeavor.

"I'm exited for the challenge of operating a traveling series," Prentice said. "I'm still very much a rookie promoter with much more to learn. I look forward to the challenges ahead that will come my way."

"I could not have had this opportunity without all the support from the drivers and car owners and for that I thank you very much for putting the trust in me to take Sprint Car racing to the next level."

The new KWS management looks to bring the series back to California for a more extensive schedule in the Golden State, with more details to come by year's end. A small board of directors consisting of prominent car owners and drivers will be formed to try to continue the growth of 410 Sprint Car racing in California.

The series will work in the next few months to establish a new operations office and hire new staff as it strives to improve the series.

Sponsors, competitors, and promoters with business interest in the series are encouraged to contact oceanspeedway@aol.com for more information.

 

 

Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway hosts King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprints in “Harry Talbot Memorial” this Saturday
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, CA – September 16, 2013…After being dark for much of the summer the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway will return to action in a big way this Saturday evening September 21, with the powerful King of the West 410 Sprint Cars and the always exciting USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprints taking to the one-third mile clay oval.
The night of competition pays tribute to Harry Talbot, who was very instrumental at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Talbot was a right-hand-man to promoter Steve Faria and did everything he could to ensure things went smoothly at the Thunderbowl. He unfortunately passed away this year after an illness and we’ll be remembering him on Saturday at the “Harry Talbot Memorial.”
“We are really looking forward to Saturday night and paying honor to Harry Talbot,” said Thunderbowl Raceway’s Don Sharp. “It will be exciting as always with the King of the West 410’s and USAC West Coast 360’s on hand to give fans the best of both worlds. It’s also the final opportunity for drivers to get ready for Trophy Cup, so we invite everyone out to come have some fun with us at the Thunderbowl.”
Driving for Fresno based Roth Motorsports Kyle Hirst of Sacramento holds 42-point lead over Jonathan Allard in the King of the West 410 title chase and will be in search of victory at the Thunderbowl on September 21. The 25-year-old scored a pair of runner ups back in May with the series in Tulare and was also the winner last October of the 50-lap Trophy Cup final on Saturday night.
Hirst’s teammate Tim Kaeding will also be on hand this Saturday looking to get tuned up for the 20th annual “Trophy Cup” in October. The San Jose wheel-man is a three-time winner of the Trophy Cup and is always good for a show at the Thunderbowl Raceway. In March the two-time KWS champ beat the World of Outlaws during opening night of the double-header weekend and also captured last Saturday’s KWS Series event in Fernley, Nevada.
Two-time World of Outlaws champion and recent “Gold Cup Race of Champions” winner Jason Meyers will also invade the Thunderbowl on Saturday in the Tarlton & Son Inc. machine. The Clovis veteran captured last year’s “Trophy Cup” and in May swept the two-night King of the West Sprint Car Series weekend. Meyers has shown that he hasn’t skipped a beat despite running a limited schedule over the last couple seasons.
More top-10 drivers in the KWS standings expected on Saturday will include Chico’s Jonathan Allard, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy and Fair Oak’s Chad Compton.
Local favorite “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. will lead the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Series into the Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday. The veteran driver is fresh off a victory at the most recent series event in Bakersfield and holds a 44-point lead in the standings going into this weekend, which features a double-header outing including an event at Kings Speedway in Hanford on Friday.
Three-time USAC Silver Crown Series champion Bud Kaeding ranks second in the USAC West Coast point standings and is coming off a runner up finish to Faria in Bakersfield. Completing the top-five in the standings are Richard Vander Weerd, Ryan Bernal and Markus Niemela. Rounding out the top-10 are Rusty Carlile, Jace Vander Weerd, Austin Ligget, Ricky Kirkbride & Landon Hurst.
Also on hand during the night will be the Vintage Super Modifieds.
Advance tickets for the “Harry Talbot Memorial” are also on sale and can be acquired by contacting the track ticket office at (559) 688-0909. Reserved grandstand seats cost just $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. KWS Winged 410's & USAC Wingless 360's will surely be a can't miss night as drivers get geared up for the 20th annual "Trophy Cup" at the bad to the bone one-third mile clay oval!
The 20th annual Southwest Contractors Trophy Cup will take place on October 17, 18 & 19 at the Tulare Thunderbowl. The event is quickly gaining the reputation of being the premier Sprint Car showcase on the west coast and the 2013 version is sure to be another epic weekend of racing & fun. Tickets are on sale & can be acquired by contacting (559) 688-0909. More info at http://trophycup.org/

Returning to the Trophy Cup once again will be the “Taco Bravo Fiesta Night” on Friday and then the Saturday afternoon spaghetti feed, both located on the fairgrounds. The fiesta night will start 30 minutes after the races on Friday and the spaghetti feed will run from 12:30pm to 2:30pm on Saturday. As always the Trophy Cup benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation like it has since the very beginning.

On Thursday night after the races there will also be a post-race party featuring hot dogs, chili dogs & a live band as well, so fans and teams are encouraged to stay after the races on both Thursday & Friday. “It’s been great to see how much the Trophy Cup has grown each season,” said Faria. “These extra additions are definitely turning this event into a happening and one that racers and fans won’t want to miss. I know we are excited and hope everyone else is too.”

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. For more on the track log onto http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com/

 

 

Tim Kaeding makes first start of the KWS season pay off by leading flag-to-flag at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway for 61st career win

By Gary Thomas

Fernley, Nevada – September 14, 2013…After spending much of this season on the road San Jose, California’s Tim Kaeding returned to King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series competition on Saturday at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway and led all 30-laps in the main event en route to victory aboard the Dennis & Teresa Roth owned Roth Enterprises No. 83 machine.

It was Kaeding’s first career start at the Fernley, Nevada based 3/8 mile oval and his second win this season in the Silver State, with his other coming back in March at the Las Vegas Dirt Track while competing with the World of Outlaws. It also marked his 61st career Golden State/ King of the West 410 triumph, which ranks second on the all-time list to his father Brent Kaeding.

“I wasn’t really sure what to expect tonight in the feature, but it turned out to be a pretty good race there through traffic,” said the former two-time King of the West champion. “I really have to thank Dennis & Teresa Roth for giving me the opportunity to go out on the road this season and represent California on the Outlaw tour. We’re looking forward to running at home over the coming weeks now and are excited to get to Tulare next Saturday with the King of the West Series.”

The 30-lap King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series main event came to the line with dash winner Jonathan Allard of Chico and Kaeding on the front row. The two accomplished racers battled down the front stretch when the green flag waved and into turn one it was Kaeding getting the jump. Allard tried to keep the fast moving Kaeding within his sights as lapped traffic came into play. Behind the top-two, drivers tried to hit their marks the best they could around the blazing fast, yet tricky 3/8 mile.

Fresno’s Craig Stidham was able to make a couple of beautiful moves getting into turn three as the race wore on, making passes of Bobby McMahan and Allard in that same part of the speedway. The former “Trophy Cup” winner then closed on Kaeding rapidly in traffic, but “TK” ran smooth & strong over the final circuits and claimed the Matt Ramthum checkered flag for victory. Kaeding also became the fourth different winner in the four KWS events held at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway this season.

Stidham crossed the stripe in second to earn his best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish of the season in the Brad Johnson Trucking No. 3 Sprint Car. The veteran driver certainly took a liking to the Fernley oval this year and was one of the strongest cars at the track during the four races run. Stidham also kicked off the night by earning the BR Motorsports Fast Time award for the third time this season.

“This is our best finish of the season with the King of the West Series and of course I would have liked to win, but to be up here on the podium with Tim Kaeding and Jonathan Allard is pretty cool,” commented Stidham. “Tim and Jonathan are two of the best in the business so it’s an accomplishment to be up here with them. We’ve been really successful at Fernley and have had lots of speed all year here. We’ll now go on to Tulare and try to get a win next week because we’re running out of races to do so.”

Allard brought home yet another consistent finish to round out the podium aboard his Williams Motorsports No. 0 mount. The three-time King of the West champion currently ranks second in the standings and was able to shave a few markers off of Kyle Hirst’s point lead with just a few events remaining in 2013. “I really have to thank Morrie & Katie Williams and my whole team. It was a bit of a tricky track to get a hold of, but it’s nice to be back up here on the podium. We’ve been rolling along really well these last few races and hope to continue that at Tulare.”

Scoring fourth at the finish was Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, who sat aboard the famed Clyde & Marion Lamar Tri-C Machine during the night. It was McMahan’s first start in the 3c since 1996 and brought back some great memories for everyone. Completing the top-five in the feature was Sacramento’s Willie Croft in the Holy Smokes BBQ No. 29 Sprint Car. It marked Croft’s fourth top-five finish at Fernley in the four races contested at the track this season. The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Jason Statler, Brent Kaeding, Kyle Hirst, Jared Petersen & Chad Compton.

Brent Kaeding earned the Pit Stop USA/ KSE Hard Charger award by coming from 17th to seventh in the feature after suffering a blown motor in qualifying. Allard captured the six-lap dash while Kaeding Performance Heat Race wins went to Jared Petersen, Tim Kaeding and Kyle Hirst. As noted Craig Stidham opened the evening by setting his third fast time of the season.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be back in action next Saturday night September 21 during the “Harry Talbot Memorial” at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare. Former two-time World of Outlaws champion & recent “Gold Cup Race of Champions” winner Jason Meyers is set to be in action looking for his third KWS victory of the season.

Advance tickets are on sale and can be acquired by contacting the track ticket office at (559) 688-0909. Reserved grandstand seats cost just $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. 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. For more on the track log onto http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com/

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Results – Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway September 14

18-cars

Fast time: Craig Stidham

Heat one: 1. 7n Jared Petersen, 2. 0 Jonathan Allard, 3. 69c Chad Compton, 4. 3 Craig Stidham, 5. 15 Pat Harvey, 6. 38n Mark Tabor Jr.

Heat two: 1. 83 Tim Kaeding, 2. 3c Bobby McMahan, 3. 17 Doug Gandy, 4. 2 Adam Walters, 5. 55 Bud Walberg, 6. Danielle Simpson

Heat three: 1. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 2. 21j Richard Brace Jr, 3. 00 Jason Statler, 4. 69 Brent Kaeding, 5. 29 Willie Croft, 6. 3d Carl Droivold

Dash: 1. Jonathan Allard, 2. Tim Kaeding, 3. Bobby McMahan, 4. Craig Stidham, 5. Kyle Hirst, 6. Doug Gandy, 7. Jared Petersen, 8. Willie Croft

A-main: 1. Tim Kaeding, 2. Craig Stidham, 3. Jonathan Allard, 4. Bobby McMahan, 5. Willie Croft, 6. Jason Statler, 7. Brent Kaeding, 8. Kyle Hirst, 9. Jared Petersen, 10. Chad Compton, 11. Doug Gandy, 12. Richard Brace Jr., 13. Carl Droivold, 14. Adam Walters, 15. Pat Harvey, 16. Danielle Simpson, 17. Mark Tabor Jr.

 

 

Nine-time World of Outlaws winner in 2013 Tim Kaeding to make King of the West 410 Series season-debut at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway on Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Fernley, Nevada – September 11, 2013…Former two-time Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Tim Kaeding has had arguably the best season of his career in 2013, having captured the second most World of Outlaws wins of the year as of press time. With that said Kaeding is set to make his 2013 KWS Series debut on Saturday at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in Fernley, Nevada. The San Jose, California wheel-man claimed his eighth and ninth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victories of the season in Oregon during the recent “Gold Rush Tour” and is coming off a third place finish on Sunday night at the Antioch Speedway. The fan favorite ranks second in all-time Golden State/ KWS wins, with 60 to his credit since he began his Sprint Car career back in 1996. The only driver with more is his father Brent Kaeding, who has raced to 84 all-time triumphs. Kaeding is in his sixth consecutive season driving for well known car owner’s Dennis & Teresa Roth and has been on the road for much of the season. Last year he scooped up six King of the West Sprint Car Series wins and helped Roth Motorsports earn their second straight owner’s title at seasons end. This Saturday will also mark Kaeding’s first ever appearance at the Fernley based 3/8 mile oval and as always, should be worth the price of admission. With five events left in the 2013 campaign Kaeding’s teammate Kyle Hirst holds a 55-point lead over second place Jonathan Allard, as he continues his search at a first King of the West 410 championship. The 25-year-old Hirst has tallied 11 top-five finishes in the 14-events held thus far while driving the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr. Sprint Car. The last time the King of the West 410’s competed at RTF Speedway it was Hirst picking up the win after a late race pass of Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. Overall this season the second generation driver has scooped up three KWS wins and will be gunning for number four on Saturday in Fernley. Hirst last Sunday in Antioch scored a fourth place finish against the traveling World of Outlaws. More top-10 drivers in the KWS standings expected on Saturday will include Chico’s Jonathan Allard, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy and Fair Oak’s Chad Compton. The pit gate at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will open up at noon this Saturday, with the front gate for spectators opening at 3pm. Racing is anticipated to get underway around 7pm with cars hitting the track just before 6pm.

The purse this Saturday in Fernley will also be the standard payout as seen in California events, with the main event paying $3000-to-win & $500-to-start.

From Sacramento take I-80 East to exit 46 towards West Fernley, Nevada. Follow the road to Highway 95a and then make a right turn into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Motor Sports Complex. The physical address is 1965 US 95a Fernley, Nevada 89408.The pit gate at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will open up at noon this Saturday, with the front gate for spectators opening at 3pm. Racing is anticipated to get underway around 7pm with cars hitting the track just before 6pm. The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway 3/8 mile dirt track has been in existence since 1999. The overall facility also includes a road course, drag strip, moto cross track, off road course, gun range, paint ball facility and has been tabbed as “Racings Field of Dreams.” Sacramento’s Willie Croft holds the all-time Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway King of the West 410 track record at 13.673, which was set on May 18 of this year aboard the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c mount.

From Sacramento take I-80 East to exit 46 towards West Fernley, Nevada. Follow the road to Highway 95a and then make a right turn into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Motor Sports Complex. The physical address is 1965 US 95a Fernley, Nevada 89408. Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Info

Round 15 at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway

Fernley, Nevada – Saturday September 14

What:

For the fourth time this season the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be in action at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in Fernley, Nevada on Saturday night September 14. It will mark round 15 in the season long fight for the KWS crown and is held in conjunction with the Reno Air Races weekend in Reno. The purse this Saturday in Fernley will also be the standard payout as seen in California events, with the main event paying $3000-to-win & $500-to-start. With five events left in the 2013 campaign Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst holds a 55-point lead over second place Jonathan Allard, as he continues his search at a first King of the West 410 championship. The 25-year-old Hirst has tallied 11 top-five finishes in the 14-events held thus far while driving the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr. Sprint Car. The last time the King of the West 410’s competed at RTF Speedway it was Hirst picking up the win after a late race pass of Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. Overall this season the second generation driver has scooped up three KWS wins and will be gunning for number four on Saturday in Fernley. Hirst last Sunday in Antioch scored a fourth place finish against the traveling World of Outlaws. Three-time & defending series champion Jonathan Allard ranks second in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car points and is coming off a pair of podium finishes with the World of Outlaws in Chico & Antioch respectively. The Chico native has scooped up four wins with the KWS Series this season, including a victory at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in May aboard his Williams Motorsports No. 0 mount. Someone looking to keep Hirst & Allard out of victory lane on Saturday however, is sure to be Willie Croft of Sacramento, who has been the most consistent driver in the first three outings at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway. The veteran driver of the Tri-C Machine finished runner up to Hirst in July and brought home a pair of third place finishes during the double-header in May. Croft is also the RTF track record holder. Another driver that has shown immense speed at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway has certainly been Fresno’s Craig Stidham in the KRC Safety No. 3 mount. The former Rebel Cup 360 Series Champion has scored a pair of top-five finishes at the 3/8 mile dirt oval this year and has also earned a BR Motorsports Fast Time Award. Stidham will be someone to look at on Saturday, as he guns for his first KWS victory of the season. Grass Valley’s Jason Statler is coming off a strong night with the Outlaws in Antioch last Sunday and will be searching to break his way into King of the West 410 victory lane this Saturday at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway. The 2004 Golden State/King of the West 410 titlist has claimed top-five finishes in three of the last four KWS events held aboard his familiar DF Rios Motorsports No. 00 machine. Other drivers expected to tackle the lightning fast 3/8 mile oval will include 13-time series champion & Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding of Campbell, Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Corning’s Bud Walberg, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Reno, Nevada’s Mark Tabor Jr., Spark’s, Nevada’s Mike Monahan, Fallon, Nevada’s Rusty Baglin and more. When:

The pit gate at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will open up at noon, with the front gate for spectators opening at 3pm. Racing is anticipated to get underway around 7pm with cars hitting the track just before 6pm. noon, with the front gate for spectators opening at 3pm. Racing is anticipated to get underway around 7pm with cars hitting the track just before 6pm.

Where:

From Sacramento take I-80 East to exit 46 towards West Fernley, Nevada. Follow the road to Highway 95a and then make a right turn into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Motor Sports Complex. The physical address is 1965 US 95a Fernley, Nevada 89408.

Tickets:

Adult general admission tickets will cost $25 with kid’s prices also available. Pre-sale tickets can be acquired by contacting 775-325-8800. More info on RTF Speedway can also be acquired at 775-224-7644.

On the Internet:

King of the West Sprint Car Series-

Official Website- http://www.kwssprints.com/ Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/KWSSprintRacing You Tube- http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewe ... ature=mhee Instagram- kwssprints

About the track:

The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway 3/8 mile dirt track has been in existence since 1999. The overall facility also includes a road course, drag strip, moto cross track, off road course, gun range, paint ball facility and has been tabbed as “Racings Field of Dreams.” Sacramento’s Willie Croft holds the all-time Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway King of the West 410 track record at 13.673, which was set on May 18 of this year aboard the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c mount.

Top-15 in driver standings after 14 rounds of competition:

1. Kyle Hirst 2125; 2. Jonathan Allard 2070; 3. Willie Croft 2039; 4. Craig Stidham 1945; 5. Jason Statler 1851; 6. Brent Kaeding 1834; 7. Peter Murphy 1575; 8. Carl Droivold 1568; 9. Doug Gandy 1566; 10. Chad Compton 1564; 11. Dominic Scelzi 1555; 12. Geoffrey Strole 1486; 13. Richard Brace Jr. 1422; 14. Evan Suggs 1388; 15. Pat Harvey 1386

Winners so far this season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series:

Antioch Speedway April 20: Willie Croft Placerville Speedway April 27: Kyle Hirst Silver Dollar Speedway May 4: Rico Abreu Petaluma Speedway May 11: Willie Croft Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 17: Rico Abreu Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 18: Jonathan Allard Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 25: Jason Meyers Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 26: Jason Meyers Placerville Speedway June 29: Jonathan Allard Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway July 6: Kyle Hirst Ocean Speedway July 13: Jonathan Allard Antioch Speedway July 20: Jonathan Allard Santa Maria Speedway July 27: Kyle Hirst Stockton 99 Dirt Track August 3: Dominic Scelzi

Upcoming King of the West events: Saturday September 14 Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway

Saturday September 21 Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway “Harry Talbot Memorial”

Saturday October 12 Kings Speedway “Cotton Classic”

Saturday October 26 Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway

Saturday November 2 Stockton 99 Dirt Track “Tribute to Gary Patterson”

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Results – Stockton 99 Dirt Track 25-cars

Fast time: Willie Croft 13.677

Heat one: 1. 0 Jonathan Allard, 2. 3c Willie Croft, 3. 00 Jason Statler, 4. 55 Bud Walberg, 5. 74 Michael Cunningham, 6. 88n DJ Netto, 7. 09s Geoffrey Strole, 8. 17 Doug Gandy

Heat two: 1. 1n Cory Eliason, 2. 12 Scott Parker, 3. 25 Bobby McMahan, 4. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 5. 69c Chad Compto...n, 6. 69 Brent Kaeding, 7. 15 Pat Harvey, 8. 3 Craig Stidham

Heat three: 1. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 2. 33e Evan Suggs, 3. 21x Carson Macedo, 4. 26 Sean McMahan, 5. 3d Carl Droivold, 6. 21j Richard Brace Jr., 7. 88 Brad Bumgarner, 8. 19m Art McCarthy, 9. 78 Mark Barroso

Dash: 1. Willie Croft, 2. Jonathan Allard, 3. Dominic Scelzi, 4. Kyle Hirst, 5. Evan Suggs, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Cory Eliason, 8. Carl Droivold

LCQ: 1. Craig Stidham, 2. DJ Netto, 3. Richard Brace Jr., 4. Brent Kaeding, 5. Doug Gandy, 6. Geoffrey Strole, 7. Brad Bumgarner, 8. Pat Harvey, 9. Art McCarthy, 10. Mark Barroso

A-main: 1. Dominic Scelzi, 2. Evan Suggs, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Kyle Hirst, 5. Jason Statler, 6. Brent Kaeding, 7. DJ Netto, 8. Bobby McMahan, 9. Sean McMahan, 10. Bud Walberg, 11. Michael Cunningham, 12. Cory Eliason, 13. Carl Droivold, 14. Chad Compton, 15. Doug Gandy, 16. Geoffrey Strole, 17. Jonathan Allard, 18. Craig Stidham, 19. Brad Bumgarner, 20. Richard Brace Jr., 21. Willie Croft, 22. Pat Harvey

 

 

 

When you point at young talent in California Sprint Car racing Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi is certainly around the top of that list & on Saturday the 16-year-old will be gunning to break into KWS victory lane for the first time in his career. Scelzi has competed regularly with the King of the West Series during what is his first season aboard a fire breathing 410 Sprint Car. At the Stockton 99 Dirt Track on Saturday the youngster will join his father Gary Scelzi in our pre-race meet & greet just inside the front gate at 5pm.

We invite everyone to stop by and say hi to one of the fastest rising stars in the Golden State! If you haven’t had the chance to meet Dom he is also one of the nicest young men around!

Also appearing during the King of the West Series meet & greet on Saturday will be 13-time series Champion & Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding, Tri-C Machine driver Willie Croft, 8-time Northern Auto Racing Club Champion & Hall of Famer Leroy Van Connet, current King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series point leader Kyle Hirst and 1986 NARC titlist Rick Hirst. It will be your chance for autographs, photo opportunities and for any questions you may have about the cars and the sport in general, even drag racing!

The front gate will open at 5pm this Saturday August 3 with qualifying around 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start at about 7pm. Adult tickets will cost just $20, seniors & military will be $15, kids six to 12 will be $10 and children five and under free.

The Stockton 99 Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds with the physical address being 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. Just so there won't be any confusion the dirt track is not located on the same property as the pavement one. The exit to take off Highway 99 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Pit parking is located through the gate off of Martin Luther King Blvd/ Charter Way. Due to a number of events going on at the fairgrounds, spectator parking will be in lot B off of B Street (B Street runs along the backstretch of the one-mile track & the parking lot is located off of turns one & two). There will be signs located around the area giving directions to the spectator parking area. Parking during the night will also be at a reduced rate of $5.

 

 

Schedule update for remainder of 2013: Next weekend will now feature a one night show at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway on Saturday August 10. The King of the West 410 Series portion of the Friday event scheduled has been canceled, as have the remaining two Friday shows at Fernley on September 13 and October 25. The Saturday events on September 14 and October 26 will still be run as scheduled.

The scheduled event at Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon, NV on Labor Day weekend has also been canceled.

Updated 2013 Remaining King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Schedule

Saturday August 3 Stockton 99 Dirt Track

Saturday August 10 Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway

Saturday September 14 Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway

Saturday September 21 Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway “Harry Talbot Memorial”

Saturday October 12 Kings Speedway “Cotton Classic”

Saturday October 26 Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway

Saturday November 2 Stockton 99 Dirt Track

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Info

Round 14 at Stockton 99 Dirt Track

Stockton, California – Saturday August 3

What:

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will continue the battle for the season long championship this Saturday night at the brand new Stockton 99 Dirt Track. It marks the debut of the KWS Winged 410 tour at the much talked about speedway and serves as Round number 14 in the 2013 campaign. The series will also return to the track on November 2 for the season finale & championship night that will crown the “King of the West.”

We will feature a pre-race meet & greet from 5pm to 5:45pm this Saturday just inside the grandstand entrance with individuals scheduled to appear including 13-time series Champ Brent Kaeding, Tri-C Machine driver Willie Croft, 7-time NARC Champion Leroy Van Connet, young gun Dominic Scelzi and 4-time NHRA World Champion Gary Scelzi. It will be your chance for autographs, photo opportunities and for any questions you may have about the cars and the sport in general, even drag racing!

Fresh off his third King of the West win of the year Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst will invade the Stockton 99 Dirt Track looking to increase his lead in the series standings, which currently stands at 30-markers over Jonathan Allard. The 25-year-old driver dominated the action last Saturday at Santa Maria Speedway in Dennis & Teresa Roth’s potent No. 83jr machine. Overall Hirst has finished among the top-five in 10 of the 13 events held thus far, showing definite championship consistency in the famed HR Livestock Transportation Sprinter.

Chico’s Jonathan Allard has claimed three of the last five King of the West 410 events held and will be searching to put Morrie & Katie Williams’ ZERO Sprint Car in victory lane at the Stockton 3/8 mile clay oval. The three-time & defending series champion leads the tour in wins, having scooped up four victories in the first 13 races contended. In fact, no Winged 410 Sprint Car driver on the west coast has more wins than Allard in 2013, with him possessing nine victories, including his fourth career Dirt Cup, which paid $20,000.

Sacramento’s Willie Croft, in his first season driving for Clyde & Marion Lamar, picked up a victory at the Stockton 99 Dirt Track on June 21 during a non-sanctioned 360 Sprint Car event and will be gunning to duplicate that performance when KWS invades the track on Saturday. The driver known as “Double Down” has wheeled the Lee Lindgren wrenched Tri-C Machine to eight top-five finishes throughout the first 13 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events of the season and currently ranks third in points.

Former “Trophy Cup” winner and fourth place driver in the standings Craig Stidham will be looking for his first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win of the year on Saturday. The Fresno driver has been solid in 2013 and picked up a runner up finish on July 20 in Antioch aboard his Brad Johnson Trucking No. 3 mount. Stidham last week set his second BR Motorsports Fast Time of the season and rebounded in the feature to come from last to ninth, after getting into a spin during warm up laps.

Past Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champ Jason Statler has moved to the top-five in points and is coming off his second top-five effort in the last three events. The Grass Valley wheel-man has began to pick up steam during recent weeks in his familiar DF Rios Motorsports No. 00 Sprinter and will be a driver to look at on Saturday at the Stockton 99 Dirt Track. Statler set fast time at the 3/8 mile clay oval in June and was one of a handful of drivers who tested at the facility prior to its debut in March.

The legendary Brent Kaeding will make his Stockton 99 Dirt Track debut on Saturday as he guns for his first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win of the year. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer currently ranks sixth in the KWS point standings, but is just 10-markers back of fifth running Jason Statler. Kaeding is coming off an eighth place finish last weekend in Santa Maria and will be looking to move his way up the order in Stockton aboard the famed Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 Sprint Car.

Other top-10 drivers in the points that have traveled all season long with the series and set to tackle the Stockton 99 Dirt Track will include Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold and Fair Oaks Chad Compton. Also expected to be on hand will include Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Elk Grove’s Bobby & Sean McMahan, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Fresno’s Carson Macedo, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Chico’s Brad Bumgarner, Corning’s Bud Walberg, Australian Michael Cunningham, Merced’s Mark Barroso and more.

When:

The front gate at the Stockton 99 Dirt Track will open at 5pm on Saturday August 3 with qualifying around 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start at about 7pm. The pit gate will open at 1pm to allow teams to sign in and get parked. Extra staff will be at the pit gate to alleviate any long lines.

Where:

The Stockton 99 Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206 and for a map click http://www.sanjoaquinfair.com/mapsdirections.html

Pit parking is located through the gate off of Martin Luther King Blvd/ Charter Way. Due to a number of events going on at the fairgrounds, spectator parking will be in lot B off of B Street (B Street runs along the backstretch of the one-mile track & the parking lot is located off of turns one & two). There will be signs located around the area giving directions to the spectator parking area. Parking during the night will also be at a reduced rate of $5.

Tickets:

Adult tickets will cost just $20, seniors & military will be $15, kids six to 12 will be $10 and children five and under free. Pit passes will be $40 for KWS members and $45 for non-members.

On the Internet:

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About the track:

The lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval provided some thrilling moments earlier this year during its grand opening on March 22 with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The main event saw a couple of former Golden State/ King of the West 410 champions duke it out for the win, with 2010 series titlist Kyle Larson coming out on top of a nail biter over two-time series champ Tim Kaeding.

The grandstands and facility is one of the nicest on tour with the King of the West 410 Series & it certainly makes for a Sprint Car racing fan experience like no other. Following the World of Outlaws event in March the track was featured in various national publications and has been the talk of the sport throughout the state of California. Following the August 3 event the King of the West 410’s will also return on November 2 for championship night.

Top-15 in driver standings after 13 rounds of competition:

1. Kyle Hirst 1973; 2. Jonathan Allard 1943; 3. Willie Croft 1918; 4. Craig Stidham 1828; 5. Jason Statler 1706; 6. Brent Kaeding 1696; 7. Peter Murphy 1575; 8. Doug Gandy 1446; 9. Carl Droivold 1441; 10. Chad Compton 1439; 11. Dominic Scelzi 1398; 12. Geoffrey Strole 1368; 13. Richard Brace Jr. 1312; 14. Pat Harvey 1280; 15. Rico Abreu 1239

Winners so far this season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series:

Antioch Speedway April 20: Willie Croft Placerville Speedway April 27: Kyle Hirst Silver Dollar Speedway May 4: Rico Abreu Petaluma Speedway May 11: Willie Croft Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 17: Rico Abreu Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 18: Jonathan Allard Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 25: Jason Meyers Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 26: Jason Meyers Placerville Speedway June 29: Jonathan Allard Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway July 6: Kyle Hirst Ocean Speedway July 13: Jonathan Allard Antioch Speedway July 20: Jonathan Allard Santa Maria Speedway July 27: Kyle Hirst

Upcoming King of the West events:

Next weekend will now feature a one night show at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway on Saturday August 10. The KWS 410 portion of the Friday event scheduled has been canceled, as has the remaining two Friday shows at Fernley on September 13 and October 25. The Saturday events on September 14 and October 26 will still be run as scheduled.

 

 

Willie Croft looks to add another Stockton 99 Dirt Track victory to his resume when the King of the West 410's invade the track Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA - July 29, 2013...Sacramento, California's Willie Croft was able to fend off various challenges from Jonathan Allard over the course of the main event last Saturday in Santa Maria and came home second in the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c Sprinter. For the Sacramento driver it was his sixth podium finish of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season. “It was a good run for us and it was nice to be back up on the podium for Clyde & Marion Lamar and the whole Tri-C team,” he said. “We’ll now go on to Stockton and see if we can get another win there.”

Croft, in his first season driving for the Lamar family, picked up a victory at the Stockton 99 Dirt Track on June 21 during a non-sanctioned 360 Sprint Car event and will be gunning to duplicate that performance when KWS invades the 3/8 mile clay oval on Saturday. The driver known as “Double Down” has wheeled the Lee Lindgren wrenched Tri-C Machine to eight top-five finishes throughout the first 13 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events of the season.

Willie Croft will also be a part of our pre-race meet & greet on Saturday just inside the front gate when it opens at 5pm. It will be your chance for autographs, photo opportunities and for any questions you may have about the cars and the sport in general. Croft currently ranks third in the KWS 410 standings, sitting behind only leader Kyle Hirst, who happens to be his brother-in-law, and three-time series champion Jonathan Allard.

The event on August 3 will mark the 14th round of competition for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and the first of two season appearances at the Stockton 99 Dirt Track. The other will occur on Saturday November 2 and will also serve as championship night, with some special items on tap that will be announced soon.

The front gate will open at 5pm on Saturday August 3 with qualifying around 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start at about 7pm. Adult tickets will cost $20, seniors & military will be $15, kids six to 12 will be $10 and children five and under free. Parking will also be at a reduced rate on August 3 with it being just $5 to park.

The Stockton 99 Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds with the physical address being 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car point leader Kyle Hirst dominates Santa Maria Speedway main event to earn third series victory of the 2013 season

By Gary Thomas

Santa Maria, CA – July 27, 2013…Kyle Hirst returned to the site of his first ever Golden State/ King of the West 410 Series win on Saturday night and in front of a packed house put together a near perfect performance by winning his heat race, the dash and then scoring a flag-to-flag victory in the 30-lap feature aboard the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr machine at Santa Maria Speedway.

Hirst captured his first career series win at the one-third mile clay oval back in 2005 and at the time was a young 17-year-old in just his second season of Sprint Car racing.

The now 25-year-old came back to the track on Saturday as the current King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series point leader and certainly showed championship form en route to his third triumph of the year with the tour. It was his seventh career series win, placing him into a tie for 14th on the all-time list with some pretty stout company including Jimmy Sills, Kyle Larson, Greg Decaires and Randy Hannagan.

“It feels great to get another King of the West win for Dennis & Teresa Roth and this whole Roth Enterprises team,” Hirst said on the front stretch. “My mom was here tonight so it’s really cool to get a win for her and I also have to thank all you fans for packing this place, because it’s awesome to see so many people here supporting us. I also want to thank Maria and FK Rod Ends for putting up the bonus money tonight. All us racers really appreciate it and it’s awesome she was here to watch us tonight in Santa Maria.”

Hirst started on the pole of the feature by way of his win in the six-lap dash, where he made a mid-race pass of Cory Eliason to scoop up the victory. He was scheduled to start alongside Fresno’s Craig Stidham, but during warm up laps for the main event Stidham got into a spin in turn two and was forced to start from the rear. This moved Hirst’ brother-in-law Willie Croft to the outside of the front row and when the green flag waved it was Hirst jumping into the lead.

The first six-laps clicked off extremely fast, prior to a caution waving and then a red during the double file restart. All drivers were okay in the incident that saw Fresno’s Carson Macedo tip onto his side after a number of cars went different directions down the front stretch. When the green lights flashed back on Hirst pulled out to a sizeable lead and there was no touching him after that, as he drove a flawless main event to pick up the $3500 victory, with the extra $500 courtesy of FK Rod Ends.

Croft was able to fend off various challenges from Chico’s Jonathan Allard over the course of the main event to come home second in the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c machine. For the Sacramento driver it was his sixth podium finish of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season. “It was a good run for us tonight and it’s nice to be back up here on the podium for Clyde & Marion Lamar and the Tri-C team,” he said. “I want to congratulate Kyle on the win, but I can’t let him end up with more wins than me or else I’ll hear about it all offseason. We’ll go on to Stockton and see if we can get another win there.”

Allard crossed the stripe in third to score his fourth podium finish in the last five King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events. The three-time King of the West 410 Series champion pressured Croft a few times in the feature, but couldn’t find an opening to get by and rounded out the podium at the helm of the Williams Motorsports No. 0 mount. “It’s nice to be back here in Santa Maria tonight and I really have to thank all my guys for all their hard work,” Allard said. “The track was tough there in the feature, but I also want to thank everyone for coming out tonight and filling up these stands.”

Hanford’s DJ Netto tallied his best career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish by running fourth in the main event aboard his Netto Agriculture No. 88n Sprinter. The 17-year-old was fresh off his first career win at Ocean Speedway the night before and then put together a very impressive run with KWS on Saturday in Santa Maria. Netto also earned the hard charger award in the main event and will take home $500 courtesy of FK Rod Ends, plus the normal $200 certificate from Pit Stop USA.

Completing the top-five in the main event and continuing his strong efforts as of late was 2004 Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Jason Statler. The “Big Guy” scored his biggest career victory at the Santa Maria Speedway in 1999 and returned to the track on Saturday to claim his second top-five finish in the last three KWS events. The Grass Valley driver will now look to break into the win column next Saturday night at the Stockton 99 Dirt Track aboard his DF Rios Motorsports No. 00.

The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Fresno’s Craig Stidham and Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi. The six-lap dash as previously noted was claimed by Kyle Hirst, with the three 10-lap Kaeding Performance Heat Races going to Hirst, Cory Eliason and Willie Croft. The BR Motorsports Fast Time went to Craig Stidham, who also earned an extra $500 cash courtesy of FK Rod Ends. The Fresno driver toured the one-third mile oval in 12.848 seconds for his second fast time of the KWS season.

During the night a helmet pass was also seen to benefit the recovery of KWS driver Peter Murphy, who was injured in a wreck the previous Saturday in Antioch. A total of $4,294 was raised during the helmet pass and we can’t thank the fans and everyone that donated enough for your generosity. A number of Peter Murphy T-shirts were also sold throughout the night so thank you to everyone for their support!

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now get set for its debut at the brand new Stockton 99 Dirt Track this coming Saturday August 3. The track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The grandstands and facility is one of the nicest on tour with the King of the West 410 Series & it certainly makes for a Sprint Car racing fan experience like no other. Following the World of Outlaws event in March the track was featured in various national publications and has been the talk of the sport throughout the state of California.

The front gate will open at 5pm on Saturday August 3 with qualifying around 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start at about 7pm. Adult tickets will cost $20, seniors & military will be $15, kids six to 12 will be $10 and children five and under free. The pit gate will open at 1pm for haulers to move in. There will be a number of people working the pit booth to alleviate long lines and get everyone back into the pits as quick as possible.

Parking will also be at a reduced rate on August 3 with it being just $5 to park.

More information on the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com/

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series makes debut at the brand new Stockton 99 Dirt Track on Saturday August 3

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – July 23, 2013…On Saturday August 3 the fire breathing King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its anticipated debut at the brand new and much publicized Stockton 99 Dirt Track. After a very successful World of Outlaws event earlier this year everyone involved is eager to see the powerful Winged 410 Sprint Cars return to the venue on August 3.

The lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval provided some thrilling moments earlier this year during its grand opening on March 22 with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The main event saw a couple of former Golden State/ King of the West 410 champions duke it out for the win, with 2010 series titlist Kyle Larson coming out on top of a nail biter over two-time series champ Tim Kaeding.

“We are really looking forward to hosting all the cars and stars of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series coming up on August 3,” said promoter Toni Noceti. “This is one of those series that has fans all throughout California and has a great following wherever they go. They also put on a great event each night and know how to keep the fans entertained. It’s going to be a terrific show and we can’t wait to see the 410’s back at the Stockton 99 Dirt Track.”

The Stockton 99 Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The grandstands and facility is one of the nicest on tour with the King of the West 410 Series & it certainly makes for a Sprint Car racing fan experience like no other. Following the World of Outlaws event in March the track was featured in various national publications and has been the talk of the sport throughout the state of California.

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series regular Willie Croft captured a victory at the Stockton 99 Dirt Track during an open competition 360 Sprint Car show in June and looks forward to returning there on August 3. “They have done a really good job with the Stockton 99 Dirt Track and it’s a fun place to race at,” Croft said. “We’re excited for the KWS 410 event on August 3 and hope all the fans will come out, because they will see a great show. It’s definitely a high speed joint and has put on some great racing so far.”

The event on August 3 will mark the 14th round of competition for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and the first of two season appearances at the Stockton 99 Dirt Track. The other will occur on Saturday November 2 and will also serve as championship night, with some special items on tap that will be announced soon.

Three-time & defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Jonathan Allard is another one looking forward to the August 3 outing. “It’s always nice to see new tracks come into the mix out here and the Stockton 99 Dirt Track is a great facility for Sprint Car racing,” Allard commented. “It was pretty cool to see so many fans come out and support the Outlaw show in April and you don’t want to miss the KWS event on August 3. It’s a great location and a place you definitely have to check out if you haven’t been there yet.”

The front gate will open at 5pm on Saturday August 3 with qualifying around 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start at about 7pm. Adult tickets will cost $20, seniors & military will be $15, kids six to 12 will be $10 and children five and under free. The pit gate will open at 1pm for haulers to move in and then will be swept at 3pm. There will be a number of people working the pit booth to alleviate long lines and get everyone back into the pits as quick as possible.

Parking will also be at a reduced rate on August 3 with it being just $5 to park.

More information on the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com/

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

 

 

Two-grand in bonus money up for grabs this Saturday at Santa Maria Speedway courtesy FK Rod Ends in conjunction with Kaeding Performance & the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series

By Gary Thomas

Santa Maria, CA – July 23, 2013…We are pleased to announce that teams competing at the Santa Maria Speedway this Saturday night will be racing for some extra special incentives, with a total of $2,000 in bonus money up for grabs courtesy of FK Rod Ends, in conjunction with Kaeding Performance and the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.

The extra money will be broken down as follows:

$500 to the Fast Qualifier $500 to the Hard Charger $500 to the A-main Winner $500 to random draw in the A-main

The random draw will see envelopes be made for the number of A-main starters we have and during the King of the West 410 dash draw, we will choose an envelope. That envelope will be held until after the A-main event and on the front stretch we will open it to see which finishing position the $500 bonus will go to.

We are also very excited to welcome Maria Melillo of FK Rod Ends to the Santa Maria Speedway on Saturday, as she will take in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event this weekend. FK Rod Ends is also a weekly contingency partner with the series.

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The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its one and only appearance in the 2013 racing season at the popular Santa Maria Speedway this Saturday. The night of competition will mark Round 13 in the fight for the series crown and is the first event at the track since 2011. With its coastal and pleasant climate the track is always a favorite stop among teams and fans alike, especially during the heat of summer.

The front gate of the Santa Maria Speedway will open at 4:30pm on Saturday July 27 with qualifying around 5pm and racing anticipated to get underway around 6pm. Adult tickets will cost $25, students, military and seniors will be $23, kids six to 12 will be $6 and kids five and under free.

The Santa Maria Speedway is a one-third mile high banked clay oval 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. Information on the track & ticket info can be found at http://www.racesantamariaspeedway.com/

Amenities at the Speedway include free parking, handicapped parking, free transportation and assistance to bleachers and return for the handicapped, senior citizens and military rates, a designated “Family Section” in the bleachers with no smoking or drinking allowed, reserved terrace seating at both the north and south ends of the bleachers designed for lawn chairs, excellent P.A. system, stadium quality track lighting, clean restrooms, digital scoreboard and reasonably priced refreshments.

More information on the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com/

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Info

Round 13 at Santa Maria Speedway

Santa Maria, California – Saturday July 27

What:

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its one and only appearance in the 2013 racing season at the popular Santa Maria Speedway this Saturday evening. The night of competition will mark Round 13 in the fight for the series crown and is the first event at the track since 2011. With its coastal and pleasant climate the track is always a favorite stop among teams and fans alike, especially during the heat of summer.

Leading the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings going into Saturday happens to be Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst, who picked up his first career series victory at the Santa Maria Speedway in 2005. At the time Hirst was a 17-year-old youngster and has now grown into being one of the very best Sprint Car drivers on the west coast. This past Saturday he drove the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr to his ninth top-five finish in the first 12 events of the KWS season.

The man to look at going into the weekend is certainly three-time & defending King of the West 410 champion Jonathan Allard, who has won the past two series events and also captured the most recent KWS race at the Santa Maria Speedway. The Chico, California pilot has been the hottest Winged Sprint Car driver out west over the last month and will look to continue the hot streak at the cool confines of Santa Maria in his Williams Motorsports No. 0 mount.

Sacramento’s Willie Croft will bring the famed Tri-C Machine into the Santa Maria Speedway looking for his third King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win of the year. The driver known as “Double Down” scored yet another top-five finish last Saturday, as he continues having the best season of his Sprint Car career. Croft finished eighth during the most recent KWS 410 event at Santa Maria in 2011.

Fresh off his best finish of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car season Fresno, California’s Craig Stidham will be gunning to get into victory lane for the first time this year on Saturday at the Santa Maria Speedway. Stidham last week brought home a runner up finish to Jonathan Allard in the main event and has been right on the cusp of breaking into the win column with the series.

Rounding out the top-five in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings is Sydney, Australia native Peter Murphy, who we continue to keep in our thoughts and prayers following his accident last Saturday at Antioch Speedway. Keep glued to our Facebook page as we try and keep everyone updated on Peter’s condition.

Veteran driver’s Jason Statler and Brent Kaeding are currently tied for sixth in the point standings. Statler captured a World of Outlaws win at the Santa Maria Speedway in 1999 and also won a Golden State/ King of the West main event at the track in 2003. Kaeding began his Sprint Car career at Santa Maria Speedway and earned the 1978 Rookie of the Year Award at the track.

There is also amazingly a tie for eighth in the standings between Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy and Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold. Droivold is coming off a 10th place finish last Saturday and will be looking to move further up the order in Santa Maria. Completing the top-10 in the KWS 410 standings is Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. More drivers expected Saturday will include Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Carson Macedo, Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Elk Grove’s Bobby & Sean McMahan, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Merced’s Mark Barroso and more.

When:

The front gate of the Santa Maria Speedway this Saturday will open at 4:30pm with qualifying around 5pm and racing anticipated to get underway around 6pm. Please make note of the earlier start time. The drivers meeting will be held at 3:45pm so give plenty of time to get to the track early.

Where:

The Santa Maria Speedway 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.

Tickets:

Adult tickets will cost $25, students, military and seniors will be $23, kids six to 12 will be $6 and kids five and under free.

On the Internet:

King of the West Sprint Car Series-

Official Website- http://www.kwssprints.com/ Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/KWSSprintRacing You Tube- http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewe ... ature=mhee Instagram- kwssprints

Santa Maria Speedway-

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About the track:

Doug Fort built the Santa Maria Speedway in 1964 and helped mold it 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 all-time King of the West 410 track record is an 11.272 set by Campbell’s Brent Kaeding on July 10, 2004.

Amenities at the Speedway include free parking, handicapped parking, free transportation and assistance to bleachers and return for the handicapped, senior citizens and military rates, a designated “Family Section” in the bleachers with no smoking or drinking allowed, reserved terrace seating at both the north and south ends of the bleachers designed for lawn chairs, excellent P.A. system, stadium quality track lighting, clean restrooms, digital scoreboard and reasonably priced refreshments.

Recent Golden State/ King of the West 410 history at Santa Maria Speedway:

The King of the West 410 Series competed at the Santa Maria Speedway on two occasions in the 2011 season, with the first being captured by Placerville’s Andy Gregg and the second won by Chico’s Jonathan Allard. The victory for Gregg marked his first career Golden State/ King of the West 410 triumph and was a night many will never forget.

In 2010 the Golden State 410’s also competed at the track twice, with the early season event captured by Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, who performed a clean sweep of the night’s action. The summer showcase that season saw Oroville’s Sean Becker win a last lap thriller over Andy Gregg. In 2009 Los Angeles throttle masher Tyler Walker picked up the lone Golden State 410 event held at the track.

Top-15 in driver standings after 12 rounds of competition:

1. Kyle Hirst 1812; 2. Jonathan Allard 1791; 3. Willie Croft 1765; 4. Craig Stidham 1685; 5. Peter Murphy 1575; 6. Jason Statler 1562; 6. Brent Kaeding 1562; 8. Doug Gandy 1313; 8. Carl Droivold 1313; 10. Richard Brace Jr. 1312; 11. Chad Compton 1310; 12. Dominic Scelzi 1265; 13. Geoffrey Strole 1250; 14. Rico Abreu 1239; 15. Pat Harvey 1164

Winners so far this season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series:

Antioch Speedway April 20: Willie Croft Placerville Speedway April 27: Kyle Hirst Silver Dollar Speedway May 4: Rico Abreu Petaluma Speedway May 11: Willie Croft Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 17: Rico Abreu Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 18: Jonathan Allard Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 25: Jason Meyers Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 26: Jason Meyers Placerville Speedway June 29: Jonathan Allard Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway July 6: Kyle Hirst Ocean Speedway July 13: Jonathan Allard Antioch Speedway July 20: Jonathan Allard

Upcoming King of the West events:

On Saturday August 3 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its anticipated debut at the brand new Stockton 99 Dirt Track. After a very successful World of Outlaws event, everyone is eager to see Winged 410 Sprint Cars return to the venue on August 3. The Stockton 99 Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The grandstands are some of the nicest we will see all season long with KWS & makes it a unique experience for Sprint Car racing.

The following weekend will now feature a one night show at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway on Saturday August 10. The Friday event scheduled has been canceled, as has the remaining two Friday shows at Fernley on September 13 and October 25. The Saturday events on September 14 and October 26 will still be run as scheduled.

 

 

Jonathan Allard wins shortened King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series main event at Antioch Speedway Saturday night

By Gary Thomas

Antioch, CA…..Chico, California’s Jonathan Allard continued to be the hottest Winged 410 Sprint Car driver in the west on Saturday at the Antioch Speedway and raced to his fourth King of the West Sprint Car Series victory of the season. It was the third career 410 Sprint Car win for Allard at the track and his ninth overall in 2013 on the west coast.

The main event however, was ended following an incident involving Sydney, Australia native Peter Murphy on lap 14. The fan favorite had battled for the top spot over the first handful of laps and was running in the second position while trying to track down Allard for the lead, when contact with a lapped car sent him upside down just past the flag stand.

As his car came to a stop in turn one he was then struck by another car that had nowhere to go. Medics attended to Murphy in his car for a long period of time and he was then airlifted to the John Muir Medical Center, with reports last night that he suffered a concussion, but luckily was awake and alert. It’s hard to find a better person in our sport than Peter Murphy and we’d like to send all of our thoughts & prayers to Peter for a speedy recovery.

Due to the situation KWS race officials decided to end the feature at that point, as emotions were running high with everyone. The family aspect of our sport really showed last night. At that time everyone’s minds were on the health and well being of Peter Murphy, rather than continuing the race. Thank you to all of the fans for understanding the situation and showing a lot of respect last night.

Rounding out the top-five behind Allard were Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan and Sacramento’s Willie Croft. Allard also set fast time to begin the night and won the six-lap dash for the second week in a row. Heat wins went to Craig Stidham, Evan Suggs and Bobby McMahan.

Next Saturday July 27 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its return to the popular Santa Maria Speedway for the first time in two years. The front gate will open at 4:30pm on Saturday July 27 with qualifying around 5pm and racing anticipated to get underway around 6pm. Adult tickets will cost $25, students, military and seniors will be $23, kids six to 12 will be $6 and kids five and under free.

The Santa Maria Speedway is a one-third mile high banked clay oval 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. Information on the track & ticket info can be found at http://www.racesantamariaspeedway.com/

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Results – Antioch Speedway July 20

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Fast time: Jonathan Allard 11.980

Heat one: 1. 3 Craig Stidham, 2. 0 Jonathan Allard, 3. 55 Bud Walberg, 4. 00 Jason Statler, 5. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 6. 19m Art McCarthy, 7. 09s Geoffrey Strole, 8. 21j Richard Brace Jr.

Heat two: 1. 33e Evan Suggs, 2. 3c Willie Croft, 3. 69c Chad Compton, 4. 1nz Peter Murphy, 5. 74 Michael Cunningham, 6. 3d Carl Droivold, 7. 52 Dusty Green

Heat three: 1. 25 Bobby McMahan, 2. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 3. 69 Brent Kaeding, 4. 17 Doug Gandy, 5. 26 Sean McMahan, 6. 78 Mark Barroso, 7. 15 Pat Harvey

Dash: 1. Jonathan Allard, 2. Bobby McMahan, 3. Peter Murphy, 4. Craig Stidham, 5. Jason Statler, 6. Kyle Hirst, 7. Evan Suggs, 8. Willie Croft

A-main (Race ended at 14-laps): 1. Jonathan Allard, 2. Craig Stidham, 3. Kyle Hirst, 4. Bobby McMahan, 5. Willie Croft, 6. Evan Suggs, 7. Dominic Scelzi, 8. Brent Kaeding, 9. Sean McMahan, 10. Carl Droivold, 11. Bud Walberg, 12. Chad Compton, 13. Peter Murphy, 14. Jason Statler, 15. Doug Gandy, 16. Geoffrey Strole, 17. Michael Cunningham, 18. Pat Harvey, 19. Mark Barroso, 20. Dusty Green, 21. Art McCarthy

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series makes return to the famed Santa Maria Speedway on Saturday July 27 By Gary Thomas Santa Maria, CA – July 17, 2013…On Saturday July 27 the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its return to the popular Santa Maria Speedway in Santa Maria, California for the first time in two years. With its coastal climate the track is always a favorite stop among teams and fans alike, especially during the heat of summer. The King of the West 410 Series competed at the Santa Maria Speedway on two occasions during the 2011 season, with the first being captured by Placerville’s Andy Gregg and the second won by Chico’s Jonathan Allard. The victory for Gregg marked his first career Golden State/ King of the West 410 triumph and was a night many will never forget.

Doug Fort built the Santa Maria Speedway in 1964 and helped mold it 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. Thirteen-time Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Brent Kaeding was the 1978 Santa Maria Speedway Rookie of the Year and looks forward to the return on July 27. “We always love going to the Santa Maria Speedway and are really excited to have the chance to go back there on July 27 with the KWS 410’s,” he said. “It’s always a nice getaway during the summer and is one of those unique tracks we have out here. I know we can’t wait to see all the fans down there next week.” The event on Saturday July 27 will be the 13th round of competition for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and continues the busy month of July that has seen the tour go from Fernley, Nevada to Watsonville, Antioch and then Santa Maria. There are also some terrific restaurants and places to dine at just before getting to the track and don’t forget it is located near the renowned Pismo Beach area. For King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series competitor Jason Statler it will also be a return to the site of one of his major career accomplishments, which occurred in 1999 when he beat the traveling World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. “Going to Santa Maria always brings back some great memories from that night and we’re excited to head there on July 27,” Statler said. “It’s a great place to compete at and they usually pack the fans in so that makes it a lot of fun for all of us drivers and teams.” The front gate of the Santa Maria Speedway will open at 4:30pm on Saturday July 27 with qualifying around 5pm and racing anticipated to get underway around 6pm. Adult tickets will cost $25, students, military and seniors will be $23, kids six to 12 will be $6 and kids five and under free.

The Santa Maria Speedway is a one-third mile high banked clay oval 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. Information on the track & ticket info can be found at http://www.racesantamariaspeedway.com Amenities at the Speedway include free parking, handicapped parking, free transportation and assistance to bleachers and return for the handicapped, senior citizens and military rates, a designated “Family Section” in the bleachers with no smoking or drinking allowed, reserved terrace seating at both the north and south ends of the bleachers designed for lawn chairs, excellent P.A. system, stadium quality track lighting, clean restrooms, digital scoreboard and reasonably priced refreshments. More information on the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com

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Fresh off his big victory last Saturday at the “Howard Kaeding Classic” in Watsonville three-time & defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car champion Jonathan Allard will go into Antioch looking for his fourth series triumph of the year. The Chico driver has won a pair of Golden State/ KWS 410 races in his career at the Antioch Speedway, but recent events at the track haven’t been so kind to him Allard so far this year has claimed eight Winged 410 Sprint Car wins on the west coast and is certainly the hottest driver out west at the moment.

“We’ve been on a really good roll lately and hopefully we can continue that at Antioch on Saturday with the King of the West 410 Series,” said Allard. “The last few KWS events at Antioch we have had some rough luck, but we always enjoy going there and racing in front of all those great fans. They’re always really rowdy and passionate when we are there and that makes it a lot of fun. It’s going to be a great night of racing and we’ll be looking to put this Williams Motorsports No. 0 on the front stretch.”

This Saturday the front grandstand gate of the Antioch Speedway will open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. The series opened up the year at the “Action Track by the Delta” on April 20 and this Saturday evening is sure to be entertaining and wild as always at the high-banked one-third mile clay oval. So far this year there have been five different winners in the first 11 events

The Antioch Speedway is located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at the corner of 10th and L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10thStreet. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509. The track is located just a little over an hour from the capital city of Sacramento.

Tickets will be available the day of the race with adults being just $20, children 6-12 $10, seniors 65 & older $10 and children 5 & under free. A family pack with two adults & two children will also be available for $50. Don't miss it! This coming Saturday July 20 is the final appearance of the King of the West 410's at Antioch Speedway in 2013!

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Info

Round 12 at Antioch Speedway

Antioch, California – Saturday July 20

What:

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will invade the always exciting Antioch Speedway for the final time this season on Saturday night, during what will be the 12th round of competition in the 2013 racing season. The series opened up the year at the “Action Track by the Delta” on April 20 and this Saturday evening is sure to be entertaining and wild as always at the high-banked one-third mile clay oval. So far this year there have been five different winners in the first 11 events, with defending series champion Jonathan Allard becoming the first three-time winner last weekend.

After a runner up finish last Saturday in Watsonville Kyle Hirst continues to sit atop the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series point standings in his first full season driving the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr machine. The 25-year-old Sacramento wheel man this weekend will also return to the site of his first ever race in the Roth Sprinter. That event last year on June 23 saw Hirst set a new track record in qualifying, before claiming victory in the 30-lap feature to make it a grand debut driving for Dennis & Teresa Roth.

Fresh off his big victory last Saturday at the “Howard Kaeding Classic” in Watsonville three-time & defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car champion Jonathan Allard will go into Antioch looking for his fourth series triumph of the year. The Chico driver has won a pair of KWS 410 races in his career at the Antioch Speedway, but recent events at the track haven’t been so kind to him. Allard this year has claimed eight 410 Winged Sprint Car wins on the west coast and is certainly the hottest driver out west at the moment.

When the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series opened the season on April 20 it was Sacramento’s Willie Croft standing on the front stretch in victory lane aboard the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c mount. The man known as “Double Down” will return to the track on Saturday ranking third in the series standings, just 15-markers behind Allard for second. Croft has had a great season in 2013 and his win during the opener marked the first 410 Sprint Car triumph for his car owners’ Clyde & Marion Lamar since 1996.

Coming into Antioch Speedway sitting fourth in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings is Fresno’s Craig Stidham, who captured one of the biggest victories of his career at the track one year ago this weekend. That night saw Stidham claim an exciting win in the 30-lap feature and score his first ever 410 Sprint Car victory. The former Rebel Cup 360 Series champion has had a solid campaign in 2013, which is his second straight season of competing with the traveling King of the West 410’s.

Rounding out the top-five in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings happens to be Sydney, Australia’s Peter Murphy, who will be looking for his first series win of the season on Saturday. The reigning New Zealand Sprint Car champion finished 10th in the main event last Saturday in Watsonville and so far this year has one win on the west coast, with that being a preliminary night victory at the “Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup” at the Skagit Speedway in Washington.

Hot on Murphy’s heels now is former Golden State/ King of the West 410 champion Jason Statler, who captured a series win at the Antioch Speedway in 2003. The Grass Valley driver is coming off his best finish of the KWS season last Saturday in Watsonville and will be looking for his first win of the year this weekend. Statler sits just 12-digits back of Murphy for the fifth spot in points. Ranking seventh in the standings and only nine back of Statler is 13-time Golden State/ King of the West 410 champ Brent Kaeding.

The Campbell veteran is always a driver to beat at the Antioch Speedway and this Saturday will be gunning for his first win of 2013. “BK” has captured four main event victories at the track since 410 Sprint Car racing returned there in 2003. Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. recently picked up his best career King of the West 410 finish and currently ranks eighth in the series standings, followed by Rico Abreu and veteran Doug Gandy of Oakhurst rounding out the top-10 going into Saturday at the “Action Track by the Delta.”

After earning his best career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish last weekend Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi will invade the Antioch Speedway in search of his first win on Saturday. The 16-year-old phenom tallied a third place finish last week in Watsonville and it marked his third top-five effort of the season. In April Scelzi was the hard charger in the A-main at Antioch with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and also earned that same honor with KWS at the track last July.

Other drivers expected at the Antioch Speedway on Saturday will include Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Corning’s Bud Walberg, Pleasant Hill’s Dusty Green, San Jose’s Art Mccarthy and more.

Be sure and get there when the front gate opens at 5pm to take part in our pre-race autograph session that will last for approximately 45 minutes. Tentatively scheduled for the autograph session are 2004 Golden State/ King of the West 410 champ Jason Statler, reigning KWS Rookie of the Year Chad Compton and Antioch KWS April 20 winner Willie Croft. We’ll have some t-shirts to give away along with limited edition “Salute to Baylands” autograph cards and more. All in all it looks to be a great night of racing and we look forward to seeing all the wonderful Antioch Speedway fans on Saturday for the final time in 2013.

When:

On Saturday July 20 the front grandstand gate of the Antioch Speedway will open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. An early arrival is suggested as the Antioch Speedway routinely has a packed house of fans in attendance.

Where:

The Antioch Speedway is located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at the corner of 10th and L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10thStreet. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509. The track is located just a little over an hour from the capital city of Sacramento.

Tickets:

Tickets will be available the day of the race with adults being just $20, children 6-12 $10, seniors 65 & older $10 and children 5 & under free. A family pack with two adults & two children will also be available for $50.

On the Internet:

King of the West Sprint Car Series-

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Antioch Speedway-

Official Website- http://www.antiochspeedway.com/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Antioch-Speedway

About the track:

The Antioch Speedway was lengthened and re-configured prior to the 2009 season and is now a one-third mile high-banked clay oval. In June of last year the King of the West 410 track record fell when Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst blistered the speedway in 11.705 seconds aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr Sprinter.

Past winners of Golden State/King of the West Series events at Antioch Speedway since 410 racing returned to the facility in 2003:

2013- Willie Croft in April

2012- Tim Kaeding in April, Kyle Hirst in June & Craig Stidham in July

2011- Jonathan Allard in April and Tim Kaeding in July

2010- Jonathan Allard in April and Kyle Larson in July

2009- Tyler Walker in April and Brent Kaeding in July

2008- Tyler Walker in April and Tim Kaeding in July

2007- Brent Kaeding in April and Tim Kaeding in July

2006- Dennis Moore Jr. in July

2005- Lawrence Edlund in April and Robert Ballou in July

2004- Brent Kaeding in April and Brent Kaeding in July

2003- Jason Statler in July

Top-15 in driver standings after 11 rounds of competition:

1. Kyle Hirst 1657; 2. Jonathan Allard 1628; 3. Willie Croft 1613; 4. Craig Stidham 1532; 5. Peter Murphy 1444; 6. Jason Statler 1432; 7. Brent Kaeding 1423; 8. Richard Brace Jr. 1302; 9. Rico Abreu 1239; 10. Doug Gandy 1189; 11. Carl Droivold 1183; 12. Chad Compton 1179; 13. Geoffrey Strole 1132; 14. Dominic Scelzi 1126; 15. Pat Harvey 1050

Winners so far this season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series:

Antioch Speedway April 20: Willie Croft Placerville Speedway April 27: Kyle Hirst Silver Dollar Speedway May 4: Rico Abreu Petaluma Speedway May 11: Willie Croft Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 17: Rico Abreu Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 18: Jonathan Allard Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 25: Jason Meyers Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 26: Jason Meyers Placerville Speedway June 29: Jonathan Allard Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway July 6: Kyle Hirst Ocean Speedway July 13: Jonathan Allard

Upcoming King of the West events:

On Saturday July 27 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its much anticipated return to the popular Santa Maria Speedway for the first time in two years. With its coastal climate the track is always a favorite stop among teams and fans alike, especially during the heat of summer. In 2011 the King of the West Series competed at the Santa Maria Speedway on two occasions, with the first being captured by Andy Gregg and the second won by Jonathan Allard. The victory for Gregg marked his first career Golden State/ King of the West 410 triumph.

On Saturday August 3 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its anticipated debut at the brand new Stockton 99 Dirt Track. After a very successful World of Outlaws event, everyone is eager to see Winged 410 Sprint Cars return to the venue on August 3. The Stockton 99 Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The grandstands are some of the nicest we will see all season long with KWS & makes a unique experience for Sprint Car racing.

 

 

Large crowd sees the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series sanctioned “Howard Kaeding Classic” go to red hot Jonathan Allard on Saturday night at Ocean Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – July 13, 2013…Up until last season’s “Howard Kaeding Classic” Chico, California’s Jonathan Allard had never won a 410 Sprint Car main event in his career at the Ocean Speedway. After capturing the event last year the three-time & defending King of the West champion returned to the track on Saturday & in front of a huge crowd put together a near perfect night, en route to his second consecutive “HK Classic” triumph at the Watsonville, CA based quarter-mile.

For Allard it was his KWS Series-leading third main event victory of the season and the 35th of his Golden State/ King of the West 410 career, making him the third driver to reach that plateau in series history along with Brent & Tim Kaeding. On the season Allard now has eight Winged 410 Sprint Car wins on the west coast and Saturday was a near clean sweep as he set fast time, finished second in his heat, won the dash and led all 30-laps in the feature aboard his Williams Motorsports No. 0 machine.

“I can’t say enough about the team I have behind me with my crew chief Ashley Smith, all our crew guys and my owners Morrie & Katie Williams,” said Allard on the front stretch. “We’ve been on a pretty good roll lately and it’s been great. Winning the Dirt Cup last month gave us all a lot of confidence and it’s definitely showing. It’s really special to win the HK Classic again here in Watsonville and I really want to thank promoter John Prentice for having us here because we love racing at Ocean Speedway.”

Allard and current King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series point leader Kyle Hirst shared the front row in the 30-lapper and when flagman Willie Williams waved the green flag it was “JA” jumping into the lead. An extremely quick pace was set early on and when Allard got into lapped traffic he had to pick his spots wisely. As Hirst looked to find a way by the top-four cars ran nose to tail while weaving through the slower traffic, but a caution on lap-14 brought the party to a stop.

The surface had started to lay rubber more and more as the race went on and Allard hit his marks to perfection, even despite some pressure at times from Hirst. Over the final 10-laps Allard kicked it into overdrive and held a comfortable advantage with no worries out front. The four-time & reigning “Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup” winner eventually crossed the stripe by a little over a second to become the first driver to reach three wins on the season with the King of the West Series in 2013.

The battle to watch over the final lap was the fight for second between Hirst and youngster Dominic Scelzi. As the duo entered turn three for the final time Scelzi made a strong move to the inside and got alongside Hirst. They both drag raced to the checkered flag and Hirst was able to get the second position by just inches to earn his fifth runner up finish of the season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. Hirst continues to lead the points and has been the most consistent driver thus far in 2013 with the series.

“That was a pretty exciting last lap with Dominic Scelzi poking his nose in there, but luckily we were able to hang on for second, “Hirst commented after the race. “The track took rubber there in the main event and it was tough to make stuff happen. A couple times I thought I may have had a shot at Jonathan (Allard) but he was real strong tonight so I want to congratulate him on the win. I also want to thank Dennis & Teresa Roth and all my guys for giving me a great car tonight. We’ll go on to Antioch next week and try to put this thing in victory lane.”

Scelzi’s third place finish was a career best for him with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series in his Scelzi Enterprise No. 41 mount. The 16-year-old Fresno young gun has been extremely impressive in his first season of racing a Winged 410 Sprint Car. “This is pretty awesome to be up here on the podium tonight, but I just wish I could have got Kyle for second,” said a pumped up Scelzi in the front of the crowd. “It’s been a really good season so far but I really want to get some wins. I know they’re going to come and we’ll keep trying hard to get them. I want to thank everyone that helps us out and makes this possible.”

Three-time USAC Silver Crown Series champion Bud Kaeding made his second start of the King of the West 410 season on Saturday and brought home a nice fourth place finish in the feature aboard the Buster & Ziggy Enterprise No. 29 mount. It’s always nice to have the veteran on hand whenever possible. Former Golden State/ King of the West 410 champion Jason Statler picked up his best series finish of the season by crossing the line in fifth aboard the DF Rios Motorsports No. 00 Sprinter. The “Big Guy” made some great moves in the main event to gain spots as the race went on.

Easton’s Tommy Tarlton came home sixth, Fremont’s Shane Golobic carved his way from 16th to seventh to earn the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding scored eighth, Fresno’s Carson Macedo was ninth and Sydney, Australia’s Peter Murphy rounded out the top-10. The 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier was won by Australian Michael Cunningham, the six-lap Dash went to Jonathan Allard and the four very exciting 10-lap Kaeding Performance Heat Races were picked off by Tommy Tarlton, Willie Croft, Jason Statler and Bud Kaeding.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Series will now get ready for its second event of the season at John & Donna Soares' Antioch Speedway this coming Saturday July 20. The night of competition will also be the final visit of the year to the one-third mile clay oval that always provides thrilling moments. The KWS 410 Winged Warriors kicked off the season at Antioch on April 20 with Willie Croft coming out on top over Rico Abreu & Kyle Hirst.

The Antioch Speedway is located at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds on the corner of 10th & L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10thStreet. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Info

Round 11 at Ocean Speedway - Third annual “Howard Kaeding Classic”

Watsonville, California – Saturday July 13

What:

The cool coastal climate of Watsonville, California will welcome the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series to the Ocean Speedway for the only time in the 2013 season this Saturday night July 13. The much anticipated night of racing will also mark the third annual “Howard Kaeding Classic” and is the 11th round of action for the KWS 410’s.

The program will start a little earlier than usual on Saturday with the front gate opening at 3:30pm and qualifying scheduled to fire off around 5pm. Please be advised as things will start about an hour and a half earlier than usual.

Howard Kaeding was a multiple-time California state super-modified champion, a four-time Johnny Key Classic winner and once captured a record 17-straight races at the San Jose Speedway. The driver known as the "Campbell Comet" claimed over 300 main event victories in his career and even raced into his 60's, before retiring in the 1990's. The “HK Classic” has been a great weekend of re-living memories from the past and will certainly be so once again in 2013.

The two-night show features USAC Sprints & Midgets on Friday July 12, before the fire breathing KWS 410’s invade the bullring on Saturday July 13.

To commemorate the event, fans and teams are invited to attend the “HK Classic” luncheon held at the fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon July 13 from 2pm to 6pm, which will benefit the NARC Benevolent Fund. The luncheon is being backed by High Five Pizza & Catering Co. along with Roth Motorsports and will feature a terrific New York Steak & Chicken lunch for a $20 donation. There will also be a raffle and silent auction.

All proceeds from the “HK Classic” Luncheon will go directly to the NARC Benevolent Fund, so we invite everyone to come support a great cause on Saturday and do some bench racing with many of your favorite drivers and closest race fans.

Fresh off his second King of the West 410 victory of the year current point leader Kyle Hirst will lead the series into the “Howard Kaeding Classic” on Saturday night. The Sacramento driver set fast time and then led the final three-laps of the feature last weekend in Fernley to help extend his point lead to 28-markers over his brother-in-law Willie Croft. The wheel-man of the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr will be gunning for his first ever 410 Sprint Car Ocean Speedway win this Saturday evening.

The battle for second in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings continues to be a close one between Croft and three-time series champion Jonathan Allard. Going into the “HK Classic” just seven-points separate the talented duo. Croft charged to a runner up finish last weekend in Fernley to earn his seventh top-five effort of 2013 in the Tri-C Machine Sprinter. Allard claimed last season’s “HK Classic” after a thrilling battle with Shane Golobic and Tommy Tarlton in the main event.

Fresno’s Craig Stidham comes into the weekend ranking fourth in the King of the West 410 standings and is fresh off a top-five finish last Saturday in Fernley. The former “Trophy Cup” winner continues to knock on the door of his first series win of the year and he’ll look to accomplish that this weekend. Sydney, Australia’s Peter Murphy has moved to a season high fifth in the standings and has been one of the hotter drivers in recent weeks. Murphy will be searching to find victory lane on Saturday.

Completing the top-10 in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings going into the “HK Classic” are 2004 series champion Jason Statler, 13-time champion Brent Kaeding, St. Helena’s Rico Abreu, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. and Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy. Brace Jr. is coming off his best ever KWS finish last Saturday in Fernley, where he ran third behind Kyle Hirst and Willie Croft after leading much of the main event.

Other drivers expected this Saturday include three-time USAC Silver Crown champ Bud Kaeding, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Elk Grove’s Bobby & Sean McMahan, Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi and Carson Macedo, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold & Pat Harvey, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Corning’s Bud Walberg, Australian Michael Cunningham and more.

When:

The program will start a little earlier than usual this Saturday July 13 with the front gate opening at 3:30pm and qualifying scheduled to fire off around 5pm. The pit gate for competitors will open at noon.

Where:

The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, two miles east of Watsonville, California on SR 152. The physical address is 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076.

Tickets:

Adult tickets on Saturday will cost $25, seniors will be $24 and kids six to 12 will be $15. All seating will be general admission.

On the Internet:

King of the West Sprint Car Series-

Official Website- http://www.kwssprints.com/ Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/KWSSprintRacing You Tube- http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewe ... ature=mhee Instagram- kwssprints

Ocean Speedway:

www.oceanspeedway.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ocean-Speedway/169905873046770?fref=ts

About the track:

The Ocean Speedway is semi-banked quarter mile clay oval with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series track record being 11.345, which was set by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs on August 5, 2011. The all-time track record was set by Mark Kinser in 2000 with a blistering 10.949.

“Howard Kaeding Classic” King of the West history:

The “Howard Kaeding Classic” began in 2011 and featured a two-night KWS show that season, with the opener seeing Easton’s Tommy Tarlton make a lap 22 pass of Tim Kaeding to score the victory. T. Kaeding came home in second and Chico’s Jonathan Allard crossed the line in third to round out the podium. Completing the top-five were Bobby McMahan and Brad Furr.

The “HK Classic” finale in 2011 ended in popular fashion with Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs passing Tim Kaeding, Willie Croft and Tommy Tarlton to earn his first ever King of the West 410 Sprint Car victory. The exciting main event saw Tarlton, Bobby McMahan, T. Kaeding and Jason Statler complete top-five.

Last season Chico’s Jonathan Allard captured the “HK Classic” to mark his first ever KWS 410 win at Ocean Speedway. The entertaining main event saw Allard win out during what was a three-car fight for the lead over much of the race with Tommy Tarlton and Shane Golobic. Kyle Hirst and Peter Murphy rounded out the top-five.

Top-15 in driver standings after 10 rounds of competition:

1. Kyle Hirst 1500; 2. Willie Croft 1472; 3. Jonathan Allard 1365; 4. Craig Stidham 1405; 5. Peter Murphy 1308; 6. Jason Statler 1285; 7. Brent Kaeding 1284; 8. Rico Abreu 1239; 9. Richard Brace Jr. 1224; 10. Doug Gandy 1081; 11. Carl Droivold 1063; 12. Chad Compton 1057; 13. Geoffrey Strole 1022; 14. Pat Harvey 975; 14. Dominic Scelzi 975

Winners so far this season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series:

Antioch Speedway April 20: Willie Croft Placerville Speedway April 27: Kyle Hirst Silver Dollar Speedway May 4: Rico Abreu Petaluma Speedway May 11: Willie Croft Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 17: Rico Abreu Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 18: Jonathan Allard Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 25: Jason Meyers Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 26: Jason Meyers Placerville Speedway June 29: Jonathan Allard Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway July 13: Kyle Hirst

Upcoming King of the West events:

The King of the West 410 Sprint Series will get ready for its second event of the season at John & Donna Soares' Antioch Speedway on Saturday July 20. The night of competition will also be the final visit of the year to the one-third mile clay oval that always provides thrilling moments. The KWS Winged Warriors kicked off the season at Antioch on April 20 with Willie Croft coming out on top over Rico Abreu & Kyle Hirst.

On Saturday July 27 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its return to the popular Santa Maria Speedway for the first time in two years. With its coastal climate the track is always a favorite stop among teams and fans alike, especially during the heat of summer. In 2011 the King of the West Series competed at the Santa Maria Speedway on two occasions, with the first being captured by Andy Gregg and the second won by Jonathan Allard. The victory for Gregg marked his first career Golden State/ King of the West 410 triumph.

On Saturday August 3 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its anticipated debut at the brand new Stockton 99 Dirt Track. After a very successful World of Outlaws event, everyone is eager to see Winged 410 Sprint Cars return to the venue on August 3. The Stockton 99 Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The grandstands are some of the nicest we will see all season long with KWS & makes a unique experience for Sprint Car racing.See more

 

 

Kyle Hirst makes late race pass to earn second King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win of season on Saturday at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Fernley, Nevada – July 6, 2013…After losing a heart breaker on the final lap at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in May Sacramento, California’s Kyle Hirst was determined to find some redemption this past weekend and that he did. The second ...generation driver stalked Richard Brace Jr. for 26-laps, before making an inside move down the front stretch to grab the lead that he would never relinquish, as he drove off for his second victory of the 2013 King of the West 410 season.

For Hirst it marked his sixth career Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series triumph, placing him into a tie for 18th on the all-time win list with Rio Linda’s Randy “Boo” Tiner, current World of Outlaws regular Paul McMahan and KWS competitor Bobby McMahan.

In the main event Hirst stayed glued to Brace’ back bumper for much of the race and waited patiently for his opportunity to pounce. When that time came he then took full advantage to score his first Fernley victory over his brother-in-law Willie Croft and Brace Jr.

“We’ve had some tough luck here lately so it feels pretty awesome to get back in victory lane tonight at Fernley after the way that race in May ended,” Hirst said. “I want to congratulate Willie (Croft) on being up here on the podium with me and also Richard Brace Jr. because he drove a great race tonight. I have to thank Dennis & Teresa Roth and this whole Roth Enterprise team for all their hard work. It was a really good point’s night for us also and we’ll move on to Watsonville next week and try to do it again.”

Richard Brace Jr. earned the pole position for the 30-lap main event by way of his first career King of the West Series Dash win earlier in the night. When the green flag came out Brace impressively jumped into the lead aboard his Bear River Auto Tech, Brace Muffler & Welding No. 21j machine. The veteran driver from Auburn, California looked very solid during the feature and held a comfortable lead over the first half of the race. As the laps wound down however, Hirst and Croft began to reel him in as traffic came into play.

Hirst hounded Brace for a number of laps and with just a few circuits remaining would make the winning move off turn four as Brace got just a little loose off the exit. Brace remained close to him, but on a green-white-checkered double file restart would lose the second spot to a fast moving Croft. Hirst went on to cross the checkered flag by 1.303 seconds for the $3500 victory and extended his King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series point lead in the process.

Croft came home in second to score yet another consistent finish at the helm of his Clyde & Marion Lamar owned Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c mount. The Sacramento, California wheel man has finished on the podium in all three events held at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway thus far in the 2013 season. It also marked his seventh top-five effort in the first 10 events of the KWS season.

“I’m really happy to be back up here on the podium and I can’t thank the Lamar family enough for the opportunity this year,” Croft commented. “We had a great car tonight so I really have to thank Lee Lindgren and all my guys. I would have liked to start a couple rows further up to see if we could have won it, but I’m pleased with a second place finish to Kyle. I also want to congratulate Richard Brace on a great run, because he’s been out here working hard all year and it’s nice to see him do so well tonight.”

Brace Jr. came oh-so-close to his first KWS win and crossed the stripe in third to pick up his best ever King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish. It was an ultra impressive run for the Jeff Adell owned team and a great comeback after getting upside down the previous week. “All I can say is wow,” said an extremely happy Brace. “This is unreal to be up here on the podium and to lead that many laps in the feature felt pretty damn good. This year we’ve been finishing around 11th to 12th so to get third is pretty special for this whole team. I have to thank everyone and anyone that has ever helped me in my career.”

Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan had a great run in the main event for the second week in a row and finished the feature in fourth aboard the American Took & Mfg. No. 25 Sprinter. It was just McMahan’s third race back since returning from a back injury that had sidelined him since late-April. Fresno’s Craig Stidham again showed speed at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway and claimed a fifth place finish at the checked in his Brad Johnson Trucking No. 3 machine. Stidham has been one of the more impressive drivers in the three Fernley events and continues to have solid season in 2013.

Completing the top-10 in the 30-lapper were Sydney, Australia’s Peter Murphy, Chico’s Jonathan Allard, who rebounded nicely after having to come from the rear after an early incident, Chico’s Brad Bumgarner, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton and Laton’s Geoffrey Strole. For Compton it was his first top-10 effort of the season and for Strole his second straight top-10 finish. It was also great to have Bumgarner on hand during the night in Fernley and nice to see him earn a good result. For Murphy it was his second consecutive sixth place finish in KWS competition.

The 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier went to Jonathan Allard with the six-lap Dash going to Richard Brace Jr. The three 10-lap Kaeding Performance Heat Races were picked off by Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Peter Murphy and Willie Croft. Earning his first BR Motorsports Fast Time Award of the season was Kyle Hirst, who toured the 3/8 mile oval in 15.888 seconds. Full results can be found at www.kwssprints.com

Over the last two seasons the “Howard Kaeding Classic” has become one of the cornerstone events for the King of the West Sprint Car Series and next weekend the third installment of the race will be held at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway. To commemorate the event, fans and teams are invited to attend the “HK Classic” luncheon held at the fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon July 13 from 2pm to 6pm, which will benefit the NARC Benevolent Fund.

The luncheon is being backed by High Five Pizza & Catering Co. along with Roth Motorsports and will feature a terrific New York Steak & Chicken lunch for a $20 donation. There will also be a raffle and silent auction. All proceeds from the “HK Classic” Luncheon will go directly to the NARC Benevolent Fund, so we invite everyone to come support a great cause and do some bench racing with many of your favorite drivers and closest race fans.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Results – Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Saturday July 6

26 cars

Fast time: Kyle Hirst 15.888

Heat one: 1. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 2. 25 Bobby McMahan, 3. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 4. 00 Jason Statler, 5. 21j Richard Brace Jr, 6. 74 Michael Cunningham, 7. 2 Adam Walters, 8. 44r Rusty Baglan, 9. 15 Pat Harvey

Heat two: 1. 1nz Peter Murphy, 2. 55 Bud Walberg, 3. 09s Geoffrey Strole, 4. 69 Brent Kaeding, 5. 3d Carl Droivold, 6. 38n Mark Tabor Jr, 7. 8 Jim Richardson, 9. 0 Jonathan Allard

Heat three: 1. 3c Willie Croft, 2. 3 Craig Stidham, 3. 88 Brad Bumgarner, 4. 17 Doug Gandy, 5. 26 Sean McMahan, 6. 49 Mike Monahan, 7. 69c Chad Compton, 8. 6up Danielle Simpson, 9. 91ri Eli Deshaies

Dash: 1. Richard Brace Jr, 2. Bobby McMahan, 3. Dominic Scelzi, 4. Kyle Hirst, 5. Craig Stidham, 6. Peter Murphy, 7. Willie Croft, 8. Brad Bumgarner

LCQ: 1. Jonathan Allard, 2. Chad Compton, 3. Danielle Simpson, 4. Adam Walters, 5. Mike Monahan, 6. Mark Tabor Jr, 7. Michael Cunningham, 8. Rusty Baglan, 9. Pat Harvey, 10. Jim Richardson, 11. Eli Deshaies

A-main: 1. Kyle Hirst, 2. Willie Croft, 3. Richard Brace Jr, 4. Bobby McMahan, 5. Craig Stidham, 6. Peter Murphy, 7. Jonathan Allard, 8. Brad Bumgarner, 9. Chad Compton, 10. Geoffrey Strole, 11. Carl Droivold, 12. Mike Monahan, 13. Michael Cunningham, 14. Adam Walters, 15. Dominic Scelzi, 16. Jason Statler, 17. Doug Gandy, 18. Sean McMahan, 19. Danielle Simpson, 20. Mark Tabor Jr, 21. Brent Kaeding, 22. Bud Walberg

 

 

 

After tying his career best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish last Saturday Fresno's Dominic Scelzi will make his Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway debut this weekend. The 16-year-old son of 4-time NHRA World Champion Gary Scelzi & his wife Julianne scored the hard charger award in Placerville last week by carving his way from 18th to fifth in the feature. Scelzi has been very impressive in what is just his second season of driving a Sprint Car and first in a powerful 410.

The youngster has tallied five top-five finishes in his six King of the West Sprint Car Series starts this season and will be signing autographs Friday night at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway along with his father Gary, 2004 series champion Jason Statler and Statler’s father-in-law Pat Harvey, who was the 1987 Grass Valley track champion The trio will be just inside the front gate at approximately 5pm on Friday evening. Please stop by to say hi, get a picture and pick up an autograph card.

The pit gate at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will open up at noon on Friday and Saturday July 5 & 6 with the front gate for spectators opening at 3pm. Heat races are anticipated to get underway around 7pm with cars on the track just prior to 6pm. The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway is located just off Highway 95a in Fernley, Nevada.

From Sacramento take I-80 East to exit 46 towards West Fernley, Nevada. Follow the road to Highway 95a and then make a right turn into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Motor Sports Complex. The physical address is 1965 US 95a Fernley, Nevada 89408. Adult general admission tickets will cost $25. Pre-sale tickets can be acquired by contacting 775-325-8800. More info on RTF Speedway can also be acquired at 775-224-7644. The code to get the special KWS room rate at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget next weekend is GKWSC. To book rooms online simply visit www.janugget.com

 

 

 

In search of his first career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series title, Kyle Hirst goes into the “Cherry Bomb Classic” at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway this weekend as the current point leader. The 25-year-old second generation driver maintains the lead by a slim nine-marker’s over three-time & defending series champion Jonathan Allard. The Sacramento, California wheel-man was oh-so-close to victory in May at Fernley, leading 29 & 3/4 laps, until Rico Abreu made a wild final corner charge in traffic to the outside and stole the win away.

Hirst will also be looking to rebound this Friday & Saturday after a tough outing at the Placerville Speedway last weekend, in which he finished 13th in the feature. On the whole he has had the consistency down however, having tallied six top-five efforts in the first nine races of 2013. Included in those was an exciting victory in Placerville on April 27, where he made a late pass of Shane Golobic with just a couple laps left to score the win.

The Outlaw Kart graduate began his Sprint Car career back in 2004. The following season then saw him earn Rookie of the Year honors with the Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. In his career he has captured five victories with the tour and the 2013 season marks his first full-time campaign driving for owner’s Dennis & Teresa Roth, following a successful part time stint over the last half of 2012. Kyle’s father Rick was the 1986 Northern Auto Racing Club champion and this season the younger Hirst is looking to follow in his footsteps and become a Golden State/ King of the West 410 champ.

The pit gate at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will open up at noon on Friday and Saturday July 5 & 6 with the front gate for spectators opening at 3pm. Heat races are anticipated to get underway around 7pm with cars on the track just prior to 6pm. The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway is located just off Highway 95a in Fernley, Nevada.

From Sacramento take I-80 East to exit 46 towards West Fernley, Nevada. Follow the road to Highway 95a and then make a right turn into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Motor Sports Complex. The physical address is 1965 US 95a Fernley, Nevada 89408. Adult general admission tickets will cost $25. Pre-sale tickets can be acquired by contacting 775-325-8800. More info on RTF Speedway can also be acquired at 775-224-7644. The code to get the special KWS room rate at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget next weekend is GKWSC. To book rooms online simply visit www.janugget.com

The coming weekend is sure to be pivotal in the point’s race and we invite everyone to come and spend your Independence Day weekend with us in Fernley. Don’t forget that there is no sound rule at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway so it’s your only chance to hear the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars uncorked with open headers! The main event each night will also pay $3500-to-win and $1000-to-start!

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Info Rounds 10 & 11 at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway “Cherry Bomb Classic”

Fernley, Nevada – Friday & Saturday July 5 & 6

What:

For the second time this season the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will venture into the state of Nevada this Friday & Saturday July 5 & 6 for the inaugural running of the “Cherry Bomb Classic” at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway. The first event at the Fernley, Nevada based three-eighths mile clay oval in May proved entertaining as the new track configuration created some of the fastest speeds we see on tour with KWS. The racing so far this season on the whole has been as good as it’s been in recent memory, with a number of races coming right down to the wire. The coming weekend is sure to be pivotal in the points chase and we invite everyone to come and spend your Independence Day weekend with us in Fernley. Don’t forget that there is no sound rule at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway so it’s your only chance to hear the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars uncorked with open headers! The main event each night will also pay a very healthy $3500-to-win and $1000-to-start. The event in May attracted teams from as far away as Washington and it is expected to do so once again this weekend. After losing a main event on the final corner during the previous Fernley appearance, Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst will bring the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway this weekend sitting atop the point standings. The May event opener at Fernley saw Hirst lead 29 & ¾ laps until Rico Abreu was able to take advantage of traffic in the final turns and steal the win away. Hirst will also be looking to rebound this Friday & Saturday after a tough outing at the Placerville Speedway last weekend, in which he finished 13th. The 25-year-old has tallied six top-five efforts in the first nine races of 2013. Three-time & defending King of the West Sprint Car Series champion Jonathan Allard has closed to within just nine-markers of Hirst for the point lead & is fresh off a thrilling final corner victory last weekend in Placerville. Allard in fact has been the hottest Winged 410 Sprint Car driver in the area during recent weeks, having won his last three starts, including the $20,000-to-win Dirt Cup in Washington on June 22. The Chico native will be looking to continue his hot streak as he heads back to the site of his first KWS win of the season that came in May. Sacramento’s Willie Croft has a pair of wins this season and comes into the weekend just 24-points out of the lead and only 15-digits back of Allard for second. The driver of the Tri-C Machine Sprinter has been one of the most consistent throughout the first nine events, having claimed six top-five finishes thus far. In May Croft brought home a pair of third place finishes at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway and this weekend will be looking to give car owners Clyde & Marion Lamar another win. Former Rebel Cup Series champion Craig Stidham has moved to fourth in points going into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway this Friday & Saturday. The Fresno veteran looked very impressive at the track in May and scored a fourth place finish during opening night, along with setting fast time and winning the dash. Stidham will be searching to get into victory lane this weekend for the first time in 2013 with the King of the West 410 Series. The 2001 “Trophy Cup” champion scooped up his first career series win last season. Another close point battle to watch for at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will be the fight for sixth, which sees National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding, former Golden State/ King of the West 410 Series champion Jason Statler and Sydney, Australia native Peter Murphy separated by just 15-points. Kaeding is coming off his best run of the season in Placerville where he finished third in the main event and looked very strong late in the race. Statler in May at Fernley brought home a pair of sixth place efforts and Murphy scored a fifth place finish at the track during the final night in May. The veteran trio will be looking for their first King of the West wins of the season respectively this weekend to help move up the ladder. Rounding out the top-10 in KWS points going into the “Cherry Bomb Classic” are Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. and Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy. Brace is coming off a hard crash in the main event at Placerville last Saturday, but is expected back in action at Fernley, where he brought home an 11th place finish in May during opening night. Gandy is fresh off his best finish since returning to the seat of a Sprint Car a few years back. “The Mongoose” tallied an eighth place result at Placerville last weekend after starting 19th, bringing back a glimpse of the days gone by. After tying his career best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish last Saturday Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi will make his Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway debut this weekend. The 16-year-old son of former NHRA champion Gary Scelzi scored the hard charger award in Placerville last week by carving his way from 18th to fifth in the feature. Scelzi has been very impressive in what is just his second season of driving a Sprint Car. KWS regular Geoffrey Strole earned his career best series finish last Saturday in Placerville by crossing the stripe in ninth after starting 21st on the grid. The Fresno State student is in his second year of competing with the series and continues to improve with the track time. More drivers expected to tackle the three-eighths mile oval this Friday & Saturday will include Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold, who sits just on the cusp of the top-10 along with Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Elk Grove’s Bobby & Sean McMahan, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Everett, Washington’s Kevin Smith, Corning’s Bud Walberg, Reno, Nevada’s Mark Tabor Jr, Spark’s, Nevada’s Mike Monahan, Fallon, Nevada’s Rusty Baglan, Australian Michael Cunningham and others. Following the July 5 & 6 weekend the King of the West 410’s will return to the RTF Speedway on August 9 & 10 during Hot August Nights, September 13 & 14 during the Reno Air Races and on October 25 & 26 for the penultimate event of the 2013 racing season. When:

The pit gate at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will open up at noon on Friday and Saturday July 5 & 6, with the front gate for spectators opening at 3pm. Racing at the “Cherry Bomb Classic” is anticipated to get underway around 7pm with cars on the track just before 6pm.

Where:

From Sacramento take I-80 East to exit 46 towards West Fernley, Nevada. Follow the road to Highway 95a and then make a right turn into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Motor Sports Complex. The physical address is 1965 US 95a Fernley, Nevada 89408.

Tickets:

Adult general admission tickets will cost $25. Pre-sale tickets can be acquired by contacting 775-325-8800. More info on RTF Speedway can also be acquired at 775-224-7644. The code to get the special King of the West room rate at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget next weekend is GKWSC. To book rooms online simply visit www.janugget.com

On the Internet:

King of the West Sprint Car Series-

Official Website- http://www.kwssprints.com Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/KWSSprintRacing You Tube- http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewe ... ature=mhee Instagram- kwssprints

Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway:

http://www.rtfspeedway.com http://www.fernley95aspeedway.com http://www.facebook.com/ninetyfiveA?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/RtFernley95aSpeedway?fref=ts

About the track:

The new Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway is Northern Nevada’s premier three-eighths mile clay oval and is home to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and the Fernley 95A Racing Series. RTF Speedway runs from early-April until November and features everything from Winged 410 Sprint Cars to IMCA Dirt Modifieds, KWS Lites, Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Motorcycles, Outlaw Karts and more.

The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway dirt track has been in existence since 1999. The overall facility also includes a road course, drag strip, moto cross track, off road course, gun range, paint ball facility and has been tabbed as “Racings Field of Dreams.”

Recent history of 410 Winged Sprint Car Racing in Fernley: On May 17 & 18 the King of the West Sprint Car Series brought 410 racing back to the track for the first time in seven-years and a completely revamped surface proved exciting. On opening night St. Helena’s Rico Abreu made a final corner charge to the high-side pay off as he got around Kyle Hirst off turn four to claim the thrilling victory. During the finale Jonathan Allard made a lap-13 pass of Cory Eliason en route to his second career Fernley triumph.

The former Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series competed at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway on two occasions, with those occurring in 2004 and ’06. The inaugural event saw Santa Cruz, California veteran Kevin Pylant race to the win driving his father Don’s No. 14p machine. The event in ’06 then featured defending King of the West 410 champion Jonathan Allard dominating the main event en route to victory aboard the Morrie & Katie Williams No. 0 mount.

Top-15 in driver standings after nine rounds of competition:

1. Kyle Hirst 1338; 2. Jonathan Allard 1329; 3. Willie Croft 1314; 4. Craig Stidham 1259; 5. Rico Abreu 1239; 6. Brent Kaeding 1172; 7. Jason Statler 1163; 8. Peter Murphy 1157; 9. Richard Brace Jr. 1073; 10. Doug Gandy 961; 11. Carl Droivold 932; 12. Chad Compton 925; 13. Pat Harvey 900; 14. Geoffrey Strole 887; 15. Cory Eliason 871

Winners so far this season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series:

Antioch Speedway April 20: Willie Croft Placerville Speedway April 27: Kyle Hirst Silver Dollar Speedway May 4: Rico Abreu Petaluma Speedway May 11: Willie Croft Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 17: Rico Abreu Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 18: Jonathan Allard Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 25: Jason Meyers Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 26: Jason Meyers Placerville Speedway June 29: Jonathan Allard

Upcoming King of the West events:

On Saturday July 13 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be in action for the only time this season at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville during the third annual “Howard Kaeding Classic.” The event has been a very successful one over the last two years and will be another much anticipated night on the schedule. The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, two miles east of Watsonville, California on SR 152. The physical address is 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Series will then get ready for its second event of the season at John & Donna Soares’ Antioch Speedway on Saturday July 20. The night of competition will also be the final visit of the year to the one-third mile clay oval that always provides thrilling moments. The KWS Winged Warriors kicked off the season at Antioch on April 20 with Willie Croft coming out on top over Rico Abreu & Kyle Hirst. On Saturday July 27 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its return to the popular Santa Maria Speedway for the first time in two years. With its coastal climate the track is always a favorite stop among teams and fans alike, especially during the heat of summer. In 2011 the King of the West Series competed at the Santa Maria Speedway on two occasions, with the first being captured by Andy Gregg and the second won by Jonathan Allard. The victory for Gregg marked his first career Golden State/ King of the West 410 triumph.

 

 

“Allard Mania” returns to Placerville Speedway as defending KWS champion Jonathan Allard executes a last lap thriller to score his second King of the West 410 Sprint Car victory of 2013

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – June 29, 2013…Last season “Allard Mania” was a common theme at the Placerville Speedway when the late Stephen Allard battled Auburn’s Andy Forsberg toe-to-toe for the track title... and won a number of races along the way at the high banked red clay bullring. On Saturday night brother Jonathan gave the Placerville Speedway crowd another glimpse of “Allard Mania” and completed a thrilling final corner pass of Shane Golobic on the high-scary-side to capture his second King of the West 410 Series victory of the year.

Whenever the King of the West 410’s invade Placerville Speedway it always seems to come right down to the end, no matter what the circumstances and Saturday’s finish was as good as it gets in Sprint Car racing. The win for Allard was his 34th with the Golden State/ King of the West Sprint Car Series, which places him third on the all-time list behind just Brent and Tim Kaeding. It was also Allard’s third career 410 Sprint Car triumph in Placerville and his first at the track since the 2010 season aboard the Williams Motorsports No. 0 machine.

“That was an awesome race right there and I hope everybody in the stands enjoyed that one, because it doesn’t get much better than that,” said an exuberant Allard on the front stretch. “I drove this thing in there as hard as I could and hope she stuck and thankfully she did. This is a real special win for me because my brother had so much success here last season and he really enjoyed competing here like we all do. I know he was smiling down on us tonight and I’m glad we could put a show on. I have to thank Morrie & Katie Williams and all my guys. We’re on a roll right now and hope to keep it up.”

The main event started out with Dash winner Peter Murphy & Allard on the front row and when flagman Ed Entz waved the green it was Allard jumping into the lead with Murphy in toe. The tight confines of Placerville Speedway proved challenging at times for drivers, as the pace of the race was slowed by a number of yellows and reds. In between the cautions however, the racing was fantastic as drivers diced it up amongst each other and after a handful of laps, Fremont’s Shane Golobic was able to get by Murphy to claim second. The 30-lapper had about as many twists & turns of any feature we have seen in recent memory.

As Allard sat out front Easton’s Tommy Tarlton was thrilling the crowd with his usual hard charging style and was coming to the front after starting from the fifth row. Just past the halfway point Tarlton carved his way into third and proceeded to put on a tremendous battle with Shane Golobic, Willie Croft and others over a handful of laps. As Tarlton pounded the thick trademark Placerville cushion he appeared to be the fastest car on the track and got into second with under 10-laps remaining. A restart proved disastrous for him however, as he caught the cushion at just the wrong angle and sent him sideways off the track. He continued on, but reported fuel issues caused him to slow and bring out the yellow.

The final eight-laps of the main event then proved to be some of the most intense of the night as Allard continued to lead, but had Golobic and a rejuvenated Brent Kaeding hot on his heels. “BK” had originally started 14th on the grid and was running the high-side of the speedway to perfection trying to catch up with the top-two. The three-car fight for the lead had the crowd standing on their feet over the final laps of the feature and with just two-circuits remaining, Golobic cut a perfect corner off turn two and sliced to the inside of Allard to grab the top-spot. Coming to the white flag Allard remained composed and stayed glued to Golobic’s rear bumper and as the duo went into the final set of corners, “JA” drove the Williams Motorsports No. 0 hard to the high-side.

With Golobic’s momentum slowed just enough due to a lapped car ahead of him, Allard charged around top and beat him to the line by 0.273 seconds for the spectacular victory. The win was Allard’s third personal triumph in a row dating back to the previous Saturday’s $20,000 victory at the “Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup” in Washington. “I really have to thank all you fans for coming out tonight and braving the warm weather,” Allard said. “We have a great series here with King of the West and want to thank everyone involved. We’re looking forward to heading back up to Fernley next weekend and hope all the fans are as well.”

Golobic’s runner up finish continued his very consistent season, although the ending was similar to the April KWS event at the track, where he led much of the race, only to have Kyle Hirst get by with a couple laps remaining. It’s always a pleasure to have Golobic & the Joe VonSchriltz 121 team on hand with the King of the West Series and they’re certainly a team we’d love to see full time on tour. The 21-year-old has earned a trio of top-five finishes in his four starts with the series this year and continues to be one of the top talents out west.

“It’s nice to be up on the podium again but definitely disappointing for it to end like that since we were so close to winning this thing,” Golobic said. “Going into that final corner I didn’t expect the lapped car to be going that slow down there, but Jonathan made a great move so I have to congratulate him on the win. If there’s one guy I’d have to finish second to I’d say he is probably it. I also want to thank all my guys for giving me a great car and we’ll come back next week and try to get a win.”

Brent Kaeding rounded out the podium to bring home his best finish of the 2013 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season aboard the Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 mount. The 13-time series champion looked the best he has all season long and gave it a great run in the main event. It also marked Kaeding’s first top-five result of the year. “It feels great to be up here on the front stretch for the first time this year and we were rolling really good late in the race,” said the Hall of Famer. “We threw a few things at the car and they worked well so I’m definitely happy to get a podium tonight. We’re excited to head up to Fernley next weekend and hope to see everyone there.”

Sacramento’s Willie Croft battled up front all race long and scored fourth at the finish line behind the wheel of his Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c Machine. “Double Down” has now tallied six top-five finishes in the first nine races of the KWS season, as he continues having the best year of his Sprint Car career. Completing the top-five was young 16-year-old Dominic Scelzi, who started the main event from 18th and picked up the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award. The Fresno driver continues to impress in his just second season of Sprint Car racing aboard the Scelzi Enterprise No. 41 mount.

The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Peter Murphy; Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, who made a successful return to the seat following a hiatus since April 20 due to back problems; Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy; Laton’s Geoffrey Strole and Tommy Tarlton. It was nice to see Gandy, who started 19th and Strole, who started 21st both have great finishes in the main event. It marked Gandy’s best finish since returning to the seat a few years ago and was a career best result for Strole with the series.

The six-lap Dash as previously mentioned was picked off by Peter Murphy, with the three 10-lap Kaeding Performance Heat Races being won by Shane Golobic, Bobby McMahan and Murphy. Setting the BR Motorsports Fast Time to begin the night was Placerville’s Andy Gregg, who toured the quarter-mile in 10.376 seconds. It marked his first King of the West fast time effort.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now head for a two-night stand at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway next Friday & Saturday July 5 & 6. Pre-sale tickets for the “Cherry Bomb Classic” weekend can be acquired by contacting 775-325-8800. The code to get the special KWS room rate at the JA Nugget next weekend is GKWSC.

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series point battle heats up with Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway two-step on tap next Friday & Saturday July 5 & 6

By Gary Thomas

Fernley, Nevada – June 30, 2013…The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will welcome a hot and hectic points battle when the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series invades the high-banked oval this coming Friday & Saturday July 5 & 6 for the inaugural “Cherry Bomb Classic.”

Following last Saturday’s event in Placerville just 24-markers now separate the top-three in the KWS standings entering rounds 10 & 11 at the high-banked RTF Speedway in Fernley, Nevada. It will be the second outing of the season at the high-speed three-eighths mile oval, as the series also competed there on May 17 & 18. Victories that weekend were picked off by Rico Abreu and Jonathan Allard. The win for Abreu came in thrilling fashion as he made a final corner pass of Kyle Hirst on the high-side to thrill the crowd in attendance.

Second generation driver Kyle Hirst sits atop the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings going into the double-header weekend on July 5 & 6. The 25-year-old is in his first full-time year driving for famed car owners Dennis & Teresa Roth and is looking to bring home his first career KWS title in the HR Livestock Transportation No. 83jr machine. Hot on his heels however, is three-time & defending champion Jonathan Allard, who has closed to within nine-points of the lead while driving for Morrie & Katie Williams in the familiar No. 0 Sprint Car.

Allard in fact has been the hottest Winged 410 Sprint Car driver in the area during recent weeks, having won his last three starts, including the $20,000-to-win “Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup” in Washington on June 22. The Chico, California native will be looking to continue his hot streak as he heads back to the site of his first KWS win of the season in May. Sitting just 15-digits back of Allard for second is Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who has had a very consistent start to the year driving for well known car owners Clyde & Marion Lamar. The man known as “Double Down” has tallied two wins and six top-five’s in the first nine KWS races in 2013.

Another close battle to watch for at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will surely be the fight for sixth, which sees National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding, former Golden State/ King of the West 410 champion Jason Statler and Sydney, Australia native Peter Murphy separated by just 15-points. Kaeding is coming off his best run of the season in Placerville where he finished third in the main event and looked very strong late in the race. Statler in May at Fernley brought home a pair of sixth place efforts and Murphy scored a fifth place finish at the track during the final night in May.

The coming weekend is sure to be pivotal in the point’s race and we invite everyone to come and spend your Independence Day weekend with us in Fernley. Don’t forget that there is no sound rule at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway so it’s your only chance to hear the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars uncorked with open headers! The main event each night will also pay $3500-to-win and $1000-to-start!

The new Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway is Northern Nevada’s premier three-eighths mile clay oval and is home to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and the Fernley 95A Racing Series. RTF Speedway runs from early-April until November and features everything from Winged 410 Sprint Cars to IMCA Dirt Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Outlaw Karts and more.

The pit gate at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will open up at noon on Friday and Saturday July 5 & 6 with the front gate for spectators opening at 3pm. Heat races are anticipated to get underway around 7pm. The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway is located just off Highway 95a in Fernley, Nevada.

From Sacramento take I-80 East to exit 46 towards West Fernley, Nevada. Follow the road to Highway 95a and then make a right turn into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Motor Sports Complex. The physical address is 1965 US 95a Fernley, Nevada 89408. Adult general admission tickets will cost $25. Pre-sale tickets can be acquired by contacting 775-325-8800. More info on RTF Speedway can also be acquired at 775-224-7644. The code to get the special KWS room rate at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget next weekend is GKWSC. To book rooms online simply visit www.janugget.com

The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway dirt track has been in existence since 1999. The overall facility also includes a road course, drag strip, moto cross track, off road course, gun range, paint ball facility and has been tabbed as “Racings Field of Dreams.” More information and the full schedule can be found at http://www.rtfspeedway.com/

More information on the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com/

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With racing set to fire back off this weekend “KWS Tonight” will return to the net this evening as we highlight the 42nd annual Dirt Cup, young Buddy Kofoid, what’s on tap over the next month & feature some words with Dirt Cup runner up Peter Murphy, along with recent USAC National Midget winner Rico Abreu. To view the show simply log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm Thursday night June 27. It will also replay on the homepage to view at your leisurely pleasure.

The Dirt Cup last week saw Murphy win a preliminary night main event and back that up with a runner up finish to Jonathan Allard in the 40-lap finale. The Sydney, Australia native currently stands 8th in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series points, but is just 12-markers behind Brent Kaeding for seventh. Murphy also brought home a fourth place finish during the most recent KWS event on May 26 in Tulare.

Abreu scored a third place finish at the Dirt Cup last Saturday and then flew back to Wisconsin on Sunday morning, which ultimately saw him claim his first career USAC National Midget Series victory. The 21-year-old passed veteran Tracy Hines for the big win aboard his Keith Kunz Racing machine. Abreu currently leads the KWS standings, but will compete in the Midwest over the summer & we’ll get an update on his plans.

Young gun Michael “Buddy” Kofoid picked up his first career Sprint Car win last weekend at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway driving for Dan Simpson Racing. The 11-year-old phenom dominated the Aims Inc. KWS Lites main event en route to victory. We’ll showcase highlights from the evening & also feature an interview we did prior to Buddy’s first Sprint Car start in April at RTF Speedway. It was certainly a historic night at the Fernley high-banks.

This Saturday night at Placerville Speedway kicks off a big upcoming month of racing for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and we’ll document some of the exciting action coming up. Other tracks on tap will include the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway, the KWS debut at the Stockton 99 Dirt Track, the HK Classic at Ocean Speedway, the first visit to Santa Maria Speedway in two-years and the second and final appearance of the season at Antioch Speedway. All in all it’s going to be a huge month of racing up and down California and into Nevada.

The show this week will also be our final one with current video productions manager Brandon Skaggs, who moves on to the next phase of his life, moonlighting as a dancer in San Francisco. We want to thank Brandon for all the great work he has done with us and wish him well in his new endeavors.

The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 5pm, cars will be hitting the track for wheel packing around 6pm, qualifying is scheduled for 6:30pm and racing is anticipated to begin around 7pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the grandstands always pack in at the Placerville bullring. Adult tickets on Saturday will cost just $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $6. All seating is general admission during the night.

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. All of your information on the Placerville Speedway can be found online at www.placervillespeedway.com

More information on the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

Forsberg looks for 1st Placerville KWS win on Saturday

Fresh off a win last Saturday at the Placerville Speedway four-time & defending track champion Andy Forsberg is expected to have a 410 power plant under the hood of the Friends & Family Racing No. x1 Sprinter on Saturday. The Auburn, California driver has captured four victories in his Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series career, but is still in search of that elusive first 410 win at his home track of Placerville Speedway.

In fact, one year prior to a Golden State 410 event at the track Forsberg commented something along the lines, “If I don’t win tonight I’m riding home in the back of the pickup!” Forsberg’s four career wins with the series have come at Kings Speedway (twice), Silver Dollar Speedway and Santa Maria Speedway. This Saturday evening the man known as “Mr. Excitement” will look to add Placerville Speedway to that list.

Forsberg’s best career point finish with the Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series came in 2004 when he ran second to Grass Valley’s Jason Statler. That season saw him drive the famed Family Auto Service No. 98x machine and miss out on the title by just 12-markers, during what was an entertaining battle down to the end with Statler.

The Placerville Speedway is a high-banked quarter-mile oval with distinctive red clay and features an all-time track record that stands at a blistering fast 9.913. The mark was set in the spring of 2004 by San Jose’s Tim Kaeding and then was amazingly matched by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs in March of 2009. The tight confines of Placerville Speedway offer a perspective very unique in Northern California and makes it one of the most popular tracks throughout the region.

The pit gate on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 5pm, cars will be hitting the track for wheel packing around 6pm, qualifying is scheduled for 6:30pm and racing is anticipated to begin around 7pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the grandstands always pack in at the Placerville bullring.

Adult tickets on Saturday will cost just $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $6. All seating is general admission during the night. 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. Information on the track can be found online at www.placervillespeedway.com

 

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Pertinent Info

Round nine at Placerville Speedway

Placerville, California – Saturday June 29

What:

After a month off from competition the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is eagerly anticipating getting back at it this Saturday night at the always action packed Placerville Speedway. The quarter-mile bullring located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds routinely produces great racing and is a fan favorite among many in Northern California.

“The fans at Placerville are always great and really get into the racing,” said King of the West 410 Series Operations Manager George Hague. “They all have their local favorites and it’s a lot of fun to see so many people that love Sprint Car racing. The track itself is as action filled as it gets. Any time you are turning low 10-second laps you know it’s going to be wild and we always like to call it jet fighters in a gymnasium. We’re looking forward to Saturday and I think everyone is ready to finally get back to the track and resume the KWS season.”

So far in 2013 there have been eight King of the West 410 Series events contested with five different drivers visiting victory lane. St. Helena, California youngster Rico Abreu has been a consistency machine and leads the series standings on the strength of two wins and top-five finishes in every single event thus far. The 21-year-old however, is scheduled to compete in the Midwest over the summer months in both Sprint Cars & Midgets, which will hand the point lead over to second generation driver Kyle Hirst when KWS resumes action on Saturday.

When the King of the West 410’s last competed at Placerville Speedway in late-April it was Hirst that made a late race pass of Shane Golobic for victory in the main event. The 25-year-old Sacramento resident goes into the upcoming Placerville outing sitting 39-markers up on his brother-in-law Willie Croft, who ranks third in the series standings. “Placerville Speedway is always one of my favorite places to race at,” said Hirst. “When it gets slick & has that big cushion there aren’t many places more fun to drive a Sprint Car. Hopefully on Saturday we can park this Roth Enterprises 83jr on the front stretch again.” Croft will head into the night on Saturday looking for his third King of the West win of the year at what is the home track for both he and car owners’ Clyde & Marion Lamar. “Double Down” opened the season in victory lane at the Antioch Speedway and then scored his second triumph on May 11 at the Petaluma Speedway. Croft has had a consistent season thus far and will be searching to continue that on Saturday aboard the famed Tri-C Machine.

Ranking fourth in the standings, but less than a handful of points back of Croft for the third spot is Chico’s Jonathan Allard, who is fresh off a $20,000 victory last Saturday at the Skagit Speedway Dirt Cup. It was the three-time KWS champs’ fourth career Dirt Cup win and he’ll look to use the momentum from that triumph as we head into a busy stretch of races. Allard has one win on the year with the series and will look for number two this weekend. Completing the top-five in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings is former Rebel Cup & USAC West Coast Series champion Craig Stidham. The Fresno veteran has had a good start to the year with a number of solid finishes throughout the first eight events. During the time off over the last month Stidham also captured a Rebel Cup Series victory at the Kings Speedway in Hanford. In April he brought home a sixth place result at Placerville Speedway. Rounding out the top-10 in the KWS points coming into Saturday are 2004 King of the West 410 champ & past Placerville Speedway winner Jason Statler; 13-time series champion & Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding; Sydney, Australia’s Peter Murphy; Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. and Rookie of the Year contender Cory Eliason from Visalia. Murphy is coming off his personal best weekend of the year, having finished runner up at the Dirt Cup, which also included a preliminary night victory. Other drivers expected to tackle the high-banked quarter-mile include multiple-time Placerville champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn; co-track record holder of Evan Suggs from Scotts Valley, four-time Placerville feature winner this season Andy Gregg of Placerville, runner up finisher in April Shane Golobic from Fremont, Fresno youngster Dominic Scelzi, former track champ Doug Gandy, along with Carl Droivold, Chad Compton, Geoffrey Strole, Pat Harvey, Scott Parker, Eli Deshaies, Bud Walberg, Jimmy Trulli and more.

When:

The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 5pm, cars will be hitting the track for wheel packing around 6pm, qualifying is scheduled for 6:30pm and racing is anticipated to begin around 7pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the grandstands always pack in at the Placerville bullring.

Where:

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. The fairgrounds offers a great grass area for tailgating, so everyone is encouraged to make a day out of it and come have some fun with many of your fellow race fans during the afternoon.

Tickets:

Adult tickets on Saturday will cost just $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $6. All seating is general admission during the night.

On the Internet:

King of the West Sprint Car Series-

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Placerville Speedway

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About the track:

The Placerville Speedway is a high-banked quarter-mile oval with distinctive red clay and features an all-time track record that stands at a blistering fast 9.913. The mark was set in the spring of 2004 by San Jose’s Tim Kaeding and then was amazingly matched by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs in March of 2009. The tight confines of Placerville Speedway offers a perspective very unique in Northern California and makes it one of the most popular tracks throughout the region.

Recent history of 410 Winged Sprint Car Racing at Placerville: The King of the West 410’s competed at the Placerville Speedway on April 27 of this year and it saw Kyle Hirst win a thriller over Shane Golobic. Hirst stalked Golobic for a number of laps before making his move on the high-side off turn four with just a couple of laps left in the feature. Tommy Tarlton came home third with Rico Abreu and Jonathan Allard rounding out the top-five.

Last season saw the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series return to the Placerville Speedway after being absent during the 2011 year. A pair of events were held with the early season showcase being captured by Tim Kaeding after fending off his father Brent Kaeding who started 12th on the grid. The top-five was filled out by Willie Croft, Shane Golobic and Jason Statler.

In the June event last year it turned out to be a huge night of racing, as 13-time series champion Brent Kaeding made a glorious return to victory lane and break a Golden State/ KWS winless streak that dated back to 2009. The packed house on hand showed their respect to the Hall of Famer during one of the most memorable front stretch celebrations in recent memory. Kyle Hirst gave Kaeding everything he could handle and came home second, with Andy Gregg, Golobic and Croft completing the top-five.

In 2010 Tim Kaeding won a pair of Golden State/ King of the West 410 main events at Placerville Speedway, with Jonathan Allard earning a single win. In 2009 Brent Kaeding scored one victory at Placerville and eventual series titlist Tyler Walker scored two triumphs. The second victory for Walker also capped his championship year and was his ninth win during the season, which stands as an all-time record for the series in one year.

Top-10 in driver standings after eight rounds of competition: 1. <!--[endif]-->Rico Abreu 1239; 2. Kyle Hirst 1211; 3. Willie Croft 1172; 4. Jonathan Allard 1162; 5. Craig Stidham 1130; 6. Jason Statler 1042; 7. Brent Kaeding 1024; 8. Peter Murphy 1012; 9. Richard Brace Jr. 965; 10. Cory Eliason 871 Winners so far this season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series:

Antioch Speedway April 20: Willie Croft Placerville Speedway April 27: Kyle Hirst Silver Dollar Speedway May 4: Rico Abreu Petaluma Speedway May 11: Willie Croft Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 17: Rico Abreu Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 18: Jonathan Allard Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 25: Jason Meyers Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 26: Jason Meyers

Upcoming King of the West events: Following the Placerville event the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will then make a return engagement to the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway over 4th of July Weekend for the “Cherry Bomb Classic” on Friday & Saturday July 5 & 6. The previous outing at the blazing fast Fernley, Nevada based three-eighths mile oval saw Rico Abreu & Jonathan Allard score victories, with Abreu’s being a final corner thriller over Hirst. Now that drivers have gotten a taste of the high-banked speedway, the 4th of July Weekend double-header will be an anticipated visit. On Saturday July 13 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be in action for the only time this season at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville during the third annual “Howard Kaeding Classic.” The event has been a very successful one over the last two years and will be another much anticipated night on the schedule. The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, two miles east of Watsonville, California on SR 152. The physical address is 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076. The King of the West 410 Sprint Series will then get ready for its second event of the season at John & Donna Soares’ Antioch Speedway on Saturday July 20. The night of competition will also be the final visit of the year to the one-third mile clay oval that always provides thrilling moments. The KWS Winged Warriors kicked off the season at Antioch on April 20 with Willie Croft coming out on top over Rico Abreu & Kyle Hirst.

 

 

A look ahead to a busy & exciting summer of racing for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series beginning June 29 at Placerville Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Rio Vista, CA – June 5, 2013…Despite having the next few weekend's off from competition the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is gearing up for a busy stretch of action that begins on Saturday June 29 at the Placerville Speedway. The outing at the high-banked red clay quarter-mile oval will ultimately kick off an exciting string of events over the summer, which features seven consecutive weekend's of racing at six different facilities in California & Nevada.

So far in 2013 there have been eight King of the West 410 Series events contested with five different drivers visiting victory lane. St. Helena, California youngster Rico Abreu has been a consistency machine and leads the series standings on the strength of two wins and top-five finishes in every single event thus far. The 21-year-old however, is scheduled to compete in the Midwest over the summer months in both Sprint Cars & Midgets, which will hand the point lead over to second generation driver Kyle Hirst when KWS resumes action on June 29.

When the King of the West 410’s last competed at Placerville Speedway in late-April it was Hirst that made a late race pass of Shane Golobic for victory in the main event. The 25-year-old Sacramento resident goes into the upcoming Placerville outing sitting 39-markers up on his brother-in-law Willie Croft, who ranks third in the series standings. “Placerville Speedway is always one of my favorite places to race at,” said Hirst. “When it gets slick & has that big cushion there aren’t many places more fun to drive a Sprint Car at. Hopefully on June 29 we can park this Roth Enterprises 83jr on the front stretch again.”

The front grandstand gate on Saturday June 29 will be open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm & racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Adult tickets will cost $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 & children $6. All seating is general admission & fans are encouraged to get there early. Placerville Speedway is located on the 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. More information on the track can be found at http://www.placervillespeedway.com

Following the Placerville event the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will then make a return engagement to the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway over 4th of July Weekend for the “Cherry Bomb Classic” on Friday & Saturday July 5 & 6. The previous outing at the blazing fast Fernley, Nevada based three-eighths mile oval saw Rico Abreu & Jonathan Allard score victories, with Abreu’s being a final corner thriller over Hirst. Now that drivers have gotten a taste of the high-banked speedway, the 4th of July Weekend double-header will be an anticipated visit.

The pit gate at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will open up at noon on Friday and Saturday July 5 & 6 with the front gate for spectators opening at 3pm. Racing is anticipated to get underway around 7pm. The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway is located just off Highway 95a in Fernley, Nevada. From Sacramento take I-80 East to exit 46 towards West Fernley, Nevada. Follow the road to Highway 95a and then make a right turn into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Motor Sports Complex. The physical address is 1965 US 95a Fernley, Nevada 89408. Adult general admission tickets will cost $25, Kids under 6 FREE & Children 6-16 are $10.00.

On Saturday July 13 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be in action for the only time this season at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville during the third annual “Howard Kaeding Classic.” The event has been a very successful one over the last two years and will be another much anticipated night on the schedule. The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, two miles east of Watsonville, California on SR 152. The physical address is 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076. For more info on the track & ticket info log onto http://www.oceanspeedway.com

Howard Kaeding was a multiple-time California state super-modified champion, a four-time Johnny Key Classic winner and once captured 17-straight races at the San Jose Speedway, which is a record. The driver known as the "Campbell Comet" claimed over 300 main event victories in his career and even raced into his 60's, before retiring in the 1990's. The “HK Classic” has been a great weekend of re-living memories from the past and will be so once again in 2013. The two-night show features USAC Sprints & Midgets Friday July 12, before the fire breathing KWS 410’s invade the bullring on Saturday July 13.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Series will then get ready for its second event of the season at John & Donna Soares’ Antioch Speedway on Saturday July 20. The night of competition will also be the final visit of the year to the one-third mile clay oval that always provides thrilling moments. The KWS Winged Warriors kicked off the season at Antioch on April 20 with Willie Croft coming out on top over Rico Abreu & Kyle Hirst.

On Saturday July 20 the front grandstand gate of the Antioch Speedway will open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Tickets will be available the day of the race with adults being $20, children 6-12 $10, seniors 65 & older $10 and children 5 & under free. A family pack with two adults & two children will also be available for $50.

The Antioch Speedway is located at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds on the corner of 10th & L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10thStreet. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509 & for more info visit www.antiochspeedway.com

On Saturday July 27 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will then make its return to the popular Santa Maria Speedway for the first time in two years. With its coastal climate the track is always a favorite stop among teams and fans alike, especially during the heat of summer. In the 2011 season the King of the West Series competed at the Santa Maria Speedway on two occasions, with the first being captured by Andy Gregg and the second won by Jonathan Allard. The victory for Gregg marked his first career Golden State/ King of the West 410 triumph.

Doug Fort built the Santa Maria Speedway in 1964 and helped mold it 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 Speedway 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. Information on the track & ticket info can be found at www.racesantamariaspeedway.com

On Saturday August 3 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its anticipated debut at the brand new Stockton 99 Dirt Track. After a very successful World of Outlaws event, everyone is eager to see Winged 410 Sprint Cars return to the venue on August 3. The Stockton 99 Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The grandstands are some of the nicest we will see all season long with KWS & makes a unique experience for Sprint Car racing.

The lightning fast three-eighths mile clay oval provided some thrilling moments earlier this year during its grand opening on March 22 with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The main event saw a couple of former Golden State/ King of the West 410 champs duke it out for the win, with Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson coming out on top of a nail biter over San Jose’s Tim Kaeding. Contact info for the Stockton 99 Dirt Track can be found at http://www.stockton99.com/index.html

The busy stretch of racing will then be capped off with another double-header at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway on Friday & Saturday August 9 & 10. More information on the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

Jason Meyers gets out the broom & sweeps the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial Weekend” at the Tulare Thunderbowl with KWS 410’s

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – May 26, 2013…One night after coming out on top of a torrid battle for the lead in the feature Clovis, California’s Jason Meyers came back Sunday evening and left nothing on the table to dominate the later stages of the main event and sweep the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series in Tulare.

The victory for Meyers was the 14th of his Golden State/ King of the West 410 Series career, which places him into a tie for sixth on the all-time list with Los Angeles wheel-man Tyler Walker. It was also the second time in his career that he has captured the event that is held in memory of the late Chris & Brian Faria at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Meyers certainly showed and reminded everyone over the weekend why he is a two-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion.

“This car was perfect tonight and I can’t say enough about Paul Baines and this whole Tarlton & Son Inc. team,” commented an excited Meyers after leaping from his car. “To get the chance to come out and race for Tom Tarlton this weekend was great and to be able to sweep both nights is just awesome. There are some great drivers out here in California so it’s pretty special to run so strong. I love racing in Tulare because this track is so much fun and I really want to thank everyone that supports this team. Without all of them we couldn’t do this.”

The 30-lap main event came to the line with Meyers & Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst on the front row after the pair continued their battle from the night before during the six lap dash. Hirst was able to claim victory in the dash to earn the pole, but when the green flag waved in the feature it was Meyers getting the jump to lead the field. Over the first few laps Hirst & Campbell’s Bud Kaeding would please the crowd by throwing slide jobs at each other on both ends of the speedway, prior to the caution flag waving on lap four. After this the final 26-laps were clicked off caution free and the action throughout the field remained intense.

Once going back green Chico’s Jonathan Allard made some nifty moves to get up into the third spot after starting from the fifth row. As Meyers sat out front though, Hirst was able to get close to his bumper a couple times over the first half of the race, but with about 10-laps remaining Meyers kicked it into overdrive. The man known as “Hotfoot” pulled away to a sizeable advantage and took the checkered flag by nearly four seconds to earn his second King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win of the season. It was also the second time in his career that Meyers won the Memorial Day weekend finale with the series, as he also performed that feat in 2002 at Calistoga Speedway.

Some of the most excitement in the main event came from the battle for second between Hirst and Allard, as the pair ran closely together for much of the race while riding the high-scary side of the one-third mile clay oval. Allard tried his hardest to get by Hirst, but the 25-year-old driver of the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr did a solid job to earn his fourth runner up finish of the season. “I tried to get up there and race with Jason Meyers for the lead again tonight, but he was definitely the class of the field so I want to congratulate him on the win. I really have to thank Dennis & Teresa Roth and this whole team for working so hard. We’ve been really consistent and that’s what you have to do to win a championship.”

Allard crossed the stripe in third for a nice end to the weekend that had some adversity to it at times. On Saturday night the three-time King of the West champ got upside down in the main event and then came back to set fast time on Sunday, but contact while racing for position in turn three during his heat race resulted in him having to come through the LCQ. “We kind of got forced into the wall there in the heat race, but all my guys did a great job and we got rolling good there in the feature. This place is always fun to race at and it was great racing with Kyle Hirst like that tonight. I want to thank everyone for coming out and we’ll look forward to the next race.”

Peter Murphy of Sydney, Australia had a strong run in the main event to earn his best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish of the season in fourth. The veteran driver made some great moves in the feature and looked fast all night long in the Dalton’s Landscaping No. 1nz mount. Current King of the West point leader Rico Abreu rounded out the top-five in the main event to score his eighth top-five finish in the first eight races of the season. The consistency that the 21-year-old has put together has been ultra impressive and we’d like to wish him the best of luck as he heads back to the Midwest to compete for Keith Kunz Racing over the next handful of weeks.

Completing the top-10 in the main event were Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Fresno’s Carson Macedo and Medford, Oregon’s Roger Crockett. Capturing the 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier was Jonathan Allard and winning the six-lap dash was Kyle Hirst. Kaeding Performance heat race wins went to Bud Kaeding, Peter Murphy and Evan Suggs. Allard became the first repeat fast time qualifier to begin the night in BR Motorsports qualifying by ripping the one-third mile oval in 13.492 seconds.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now have some time off before resuming action on June 29 at the Placerville Speedway in Placerville, California.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Results – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway Sunday May 26 “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial Finale”

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Fast time: Jonathan Allard 13.493

Heat one: 1. 29 Bud Kaeding, 2. 21m Jason Meyers, 3. 69 Brent Kaeding, 4. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 5. 17v Danny Faria Jr., 6. 21j Richard Brace Jr., 7. 17 Doug Gandy, 8. 78 Mark Barroso, 9. 0 Jonathan Allard

Heat two: 1. 1nz Peter Murphy, 2. 24 Rico Abreu, 3. 3c Willie Croft, 4. 00 Jason Statler, 5. 21x Carson Macedo, 6. 4f Mike Faria, 7. 3d Carl Droivold, 8. 09s Geoffrey Strole

Heat three: 1. 33e Evan Suggs, 2. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 3. 3 Craig Stidham, 4. 11 Roger Crockett, 5. 00x Cory Eliason, 6. 12 Scott Parker, 7. 69c Chad Compton, 8. 15 Pat Harvey

Dash: 1. Kyle Hirst, 2. Jason Meyers, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Evan Suggs, 5. Peter Murphy, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Willie Croft, 8. Roger Crockett

Last Chance Qualifier: 1. Jonathan Allard, 2. Mike Faria, 3. Richard Brace Jr., 4. Carl Droivold, 5. Chad Compton, 6. Geoffrey Strole, 7. Doug Gandy, 8. Mark Barroso, 9. Pat Harvey, 10. Scott Parker

A main: 1. Jason Meyers, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Jonathan Allard, 4. Peter Murphy, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Evan Suggs, 7. Jason Statler, 8. Brent Kaeding, 9. Carson Macedo, 10. Roger Crockett, 11. Willie Croft, 12. Dominic Scelzi, 13. Mike Faria, 14. Craig Stidham, 15. Cory Eliason, 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17. Chad Compton, 18. Richard Brace Jr., 19. Carl Droivold, 20. Doug Gandy, 21. Bud Kaeding, 22. Geoffrey Strole

 

 

Get out the brooms- Jason Meyers sweeps KWS Round 7

Two-time Outlaw champ Meyers fends off Kyle Hirst to win a thriller on opening night of the King of the West Sprint Car Series “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” in Tulare

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – May 25, 2013…Clovis, California’s Jason Meyers showed the form that made him a two-time World of Outlaws champion on Saturday night at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway, fending off the relentless challenges of Kyle Hirst and others to complete a clean sweep during the seventh round of action for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.

It was the 13th Golden State/ King of the West 410 Series victory of Meyers’ career, giving him sole possession of seventh place on the all-time list and putting him within one win of tying Tyler Walker for sixth. The evening couldn’t have gone better for Meyers, who set fast time, won his heat race, won the dash and then claimed an immensely entertaining 30-lap main event to cap the night. The triumph came aboard the Tarlton & Son Inc., Corporate America Investments No. 21m KPC machine and was the first clean sweep in series competition since 2010.

“Wow is all I can say right now,” said an exuberant Meyers on the front stretch. “I hope all you fans enjoyed that because it sure was fun from my seat. Kyle Hirst gave me everything I could handle there and I really had to get up on my toes and work for it. I love racing out here in California when I get the chance and there is no better place than the Thunderbowl. This place is awesome. I really have to thank the whole Tarlton family for the chance to drive this car and all the sponsors that support our efforts.”

The 30-lap feature went green with Meyers getting the advantage into turn one, but the pack of 22 cars strong immediately began to dice it up throughout the field. Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who married long time fiancée Samantha last Sunday, had his elbows up early on and closed in on Meyers quickly. Rounding turn four to complete lap three “Double Down” charged to the high scary side and zoomed around the No. 21m sprint car to take the lead as the crowd came to their feet. Croft was able to maintain the lead as lapped traffic came into play and did a terrific job navigating the slower cars with Meyers breathing down his neck.

Croft was in search of his third victory of the KWS season aboard the Tri-C Machine sprinter and sat out front as the midway point was reached, but at that same time had Meyers, Kyle Hirst and current point leader Rico Abreu right there within striking distance. Racing through thick and heavy lapped traffic Croft would make one minor slip up and allowed Meyers the chance to retake the lead off turn two on lap 17, with Hirst following along in second. Three-time & defending KWS champ Jonathan Allard was also beginning to pick up steam and got by Abreu for fourth, but shortly after would bring out the red flag when he got upside down in turn three on lap 19.

When racing got back underway it soon became a fight for the lead between Meyers and Hirst up front. With just under 10-circuits remaining Hirst got a big run down the back stretch and pulled a crowd pleasing slide job to get by Meyers through turns three and four, but the two-time Outlaw champion crossed over and sliced back into the lead heading into turn one. The 25-year-old Hirst wasn’t done just yet however, as a couple laps later pulled off the same maneuver through three and four, but once again Meyers was able to use his veteran prowess to cut back to the inside and reclaim the lead.

With the crowd buzzing with excitement Hirst remained glued to Meyers’ back bumper as the laps ticked off and when Willie Williams waved the white flag, Hirst gave it one more shot. The driver of the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr mount railed the high side through turns one and two and got another big run down the back stretch. Going into the final set of corners Hirst charged to the low line to get side by side with Meyers and as the duo came off turn four it was Meyers just hanging on by 0.165 seconds for the thrilling victory.

Hirst gave it all he had over the final half of the race but came up just short of winning his second King of the West 410 main event of the year. “That was a great race there with Jason Meyers and I had a lot of fun tonight racing on this track,” Hirst commented. “Those final few laps were some of the best racing you’ll see and I really wanted to give Dennis & Teresa Roth a win at their home track. I want to congratulate Jason on the win because he did a great job. We’ll come back here tomorrow and try to put this Roth Enterprises car into victory lane. Big thanks to this whole team for all their hard work.”

Abreu was able to cross the stripe in third aboard the Abreu Vineyards No. 24 and did another great job to earn his sixth podium finish in the first seven races of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season. “I just love racing here in Tulare and it’s nice to be back up here again on the podium,” said Abreu. “We were a tick free in the feature, but Jason Meyers and Kyle Hirst were really good tonight and that was a great battle there over the last few laps. I want to thank Paul Silva and all my guys and hopefully we can come back tomorrow and put this thing in the winner’s circle.”

Medford, Oregon’s Roger Crockett made the trip down for Memorial Day Weekend and had a strong run in the feature to come from 10th to fourth in the SKS Racing No. 11 machine. It’s always a pleasure to have the multiple-time NW Sprint Car Champion on hand with the King of the West 410 Series. After leading a number of laps in the main event Croft came home in fifth to score his fourth consecutive top-five finish. Completing the top-10 in the 30-lapper were Dominic Scelzi, Peter Murphy, Craig Stidham, Carson Macedo and Brent Kaeding. Full results are available at www.kwssprints.com

Racing continues tonight at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare to cap the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial Weekend.” It will mark the eighth round of action for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.

 

 

 

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Fast time: Jason Meyers 13.548

Heat one: 1. 21m Jason Meyers, 2. 4f Mike Faria, 3. 24 Rico Abreu, 4. 11 Roger Crockett, 5. 21x Carson Macedo, 6. 12 Scott Parker, 7. 69 Brent Kaeding, 8. 15 Pat Harvey

Heat two: 1. 0 Jonathan Allard, 2. 3c W...illie Croft, 3. 17v Danny Faria Jr., 4. 88n DJ Netto, 5. 21j Richard Brace, 6. 69c Chad Compton, 7. 09s Geoffrey Strole, 8. 33E Evan Suggs

Heat three: 1. 00 Jason Statler, 2. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 3. 1nz Peter Murphy, 4. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 5. 3 Craig Stidham, 6. 3d Carl Droivold, 7. 17 Doug Gandy, 8. 00x Cory Eliason

Dash: 1. Jason Meyers, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Willie Croft, 4. Jason Statler, 5. Jonathan Allard, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Dominic Scelzi, 8. Mike Faria

Last Chance Qualifier: 1. Brent Kaeding, 2. Carl Droivol, 3. Doug Gandy, 4. Geoffrey Strole, 5. Scott Parker, 6. Pat Harvey, 7. Chad Compton

A main: 1. Jason Meyers, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Roger Crockett, 5. Willie Croft, 6. Dominic Scelzi, 7. Peter Murphy, 8. Craig Stidham, 9. Carson Macedo, 10. Brent Kaeding, 11. Jason Statler, 12. Danny Faria Jr, 13. DJ Netto, 14. Scott Parker, 15. Richard Brace Jr., 16. Chad Compton, 17. Carl Droivold, 18. Doug Gandy, 19. Pat Harvey, 20. Geoffrey Strole, 21. Jonathan Allard, 22. Mike Faria

 

 

Tune into “KWS Tonight” this evening starting at 7pm pst on www.kwssprints.com for highlights from last week’s King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway. Included is Rico Abreu’s thrilling final corner charge to score the victory on Friday over Kyle Hirst, as the pair battled through a gaggle of lapped cars. The exciting conclusion marked Abreu’s fourth career series win and his second of 2013.

Special thanks to Craig Jensen of JackSlash.com and the “Helicopter Man” Greg Stephen’s for the extra camera angles this week. To view “KWS Tonight” log onto http://www.kwssprints.com/ starting at 7pm on Thursday May 23. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week and will be archived on our You Tube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

We also preview this weekend’s “Faria Memorial” at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway and feature a sound bite with two-time World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers, who will be making his King of the West season debut on Saturday & Sunday in Tulare. The Clovis, California wheel-man captured the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” in 2002 and will be looking to do it once again, this weekend driving the Tarlton Racing No. 21m KPC.

Abreu goes into this weekend as the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series point leader by 35-markers over Hirst. The “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” last season also saw Abreu claim his first ever KWS 410 victory, after inheriting the top spot when race long leader Kyle Larson suffered car problems just a few laps from the finish. So far this year the 21-year-old has been a consistency machine, having scooped up five podium finishes in the first six events.

Over the last few weeks Abreu has certainly racked up the dough, taking home $16,000 in that time span.

“I can’t wait for Tulare this weekend,” said the 21-year-old third-year Sprint Car driver, who also won opening night of the Trophy Cup last October in Tulare. “The Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway is my favorite track to compete at, because you can usually move around and it’s a lot of fun to bang off that wall. Paul Silva and my guys have been working hard and giving me great cars every week. We’ve been on a roll to start the season and hopefully we can continue that on Memorial Day Weekend.”

On Saturday night immediately following the races and once the front stretch interviews are completed there will be a free concert in the grandstands featuring Nashville recording artist Jon Webber. The beer booth will remain open after the races and soft drinks will also be available. Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant will also be in the grandstands selling tacos and burritos during the concert, so we invite everyone to stay after the races, hang out and listen to some great music to commemorate Memorial Day Weekend.

This Saturday & Sunday the front grandstand gate will open at 4pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Also on hand during the Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza will be the Vintage Hardtops to give a glimpse of the days gone by.

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.

Advance tickets for the weekend are on sale and be acquired by contacting the track ticket office at (559) 688-0909. Reserved grandstand seats cost just $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. For a seating chart visit the track website at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com/

 

 

Jason Meyers to compete in Tulare this weekend

Two-time World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers of Clovis will make his 2013 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series debut this weekend at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The man known as “Hotfoot” will be aboard one of two Tarlton & Son Inc. entries, with the other being driven by talented young racer Carson Macedo from Fresno.

Meyers last season drove the Tarlton Racing machine to a preliminary night triumph at the Knoxville Nationals in August and also claimed his second career “Trophy Cup” title in October at the Tulare Thunderbowl. He also made one King of the West 410 start, bringing home a second place finish to Tim Kaeding in the “Cotton Classic” at Kings Speedway.

In his career Meyers has scooped up 12 Golden State/ King of the West 410 Series victories, which places him in a tie with Santa Cruz, CA’s Kevin Pylant for seventh on the all-time list. The three-time “Mini Gold Cup” champion also won the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” in 2002 at the Thunderbowl. That season saw him sweep all three Golden State/ KWS events at the one-third mile clay oval.

On Saturday night immediately following the races and once the front stretch interviews are completed there will be a free concert in the grandstands featuring Nashville recording artist Jon Webber. The beer booth will remain open after the races and soft drinks will also be available. Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant will also be in the grandstands selling tacos and burritos during the concert, so we invite everyone to stay after the races, hang out and listen to some great music to commemorate Memorial Day Weekend.

This Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26 the front grandstand gate will open at 4pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Also on hand during the Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza will be the Vintage Hardtops to give a glimpse of the days gone by.

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. For directions visit http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=E+ ... code=93274

Advance tickets for the weekend are on sale and be acquired by contacting the track ticket office at (559) 688-0909. Reserved grandstand seats cost just $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. For a seating chart visit the track website at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com/

Drivers that compete this weekend in Tulare and display the Kaeding Performance decal along with the Kaeding Performance contingency company’s decals’ will have the chance to take part in over $1000 of contingency awards each night. The Kaeding Performance contingency program is in effect for each and every King of the West Sprint Car Series event.

Companies taking part in the contingency program and awarding nightly certificates at each race include KSE Racing Products, Red Devil, Weld Racing, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Kaeding Performance, MAXIM, FK Rod Ends, Wilwood Brakes, Astro Titanium, QTM Brakes, Kwik Change, Factory Kahne Shocks, MPD Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Outerwears, Racing Optics, SCI Racing Products, Conroy Pneu Control, CRV Carbon Solutions, Saldana Racing Products, Dirt Solution, Joes Racing Products, Winters Performance and Go-Pro cameras.

It pays to display the decals! If you would like a decal pack to take part or are in need of individual decals please email gary7n@sbcglobal.net or see us in the pits on race night.

For more info on Kaeding Performance log onto http://www.kaedings.com/

 

 

Hirst looks for success at car owners' home track

Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst will bring the Fresno, California based Roth Enterprises No. 83jr into the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway sitting second in the King of the West 410 standings. The one-third mile clay oval is a home track for car owner’s Dennis & Teresa Roth and the 25-year-old Hirst will look to give them a win this weekend in their backyard.

Last Friday night in Fernley the second generation driver appeared to be on way to his second victory of the year, until Rico Abreu made a final corner charge to steal that opportunity away. Hirst last October scored his first ever Thunderbowl victory when he charged from 17th starting during the 50-lap “Trophy Cup” finale. Last season he brought home a pair of fifth place finishes at the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial Weekend” in Tulare.

"That win at the Trophy Cup last year was pretty special when considering how far back we started," said Hirst, who finished third in the overall Trophy Cup standings last season behind only Jason Meyers and Shane Stewart. "Dennis & Teresa Roth have given me the opportunity of lifetime this year and I really hope I can bring them home a win in Tulare this weekend. There should be a great field of cars so it will be fun."

As a team Roth Motorsports captured the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” in 2011 with San Jose’s Tim Kaeding behind the wheel. Kaeding won the main event that night over Tommy Tarlton, Kyle Larson, Jason Statler and Roger Crockett.

This Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26 the front grandstand gate at the Tulare Thunderbowl will open at 4pm during the "Chris & Brian Faria Memorial Weekend." Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Also on hand during the Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza will be the Vintage Hardtops to give a glimpse of the days gone by.

The double-header event will pay tribute to 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 Raceway, 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 the Faria family. Advance tickets for the weekend are on sale and be acquired by contacting the track ticket office at (559) 688-0909. Reserved grandstand seats cost just $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. For a seating chart visit the track website at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com/

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is a one-third mile clay oval with the all-time track record being 12.651, which was set by two-time Golden State/ King of the West 410 champion Tim Kaeding of San Jose on March 5, 2010.

The track has gained a reputation of providing some of the most spectacular and memorable moments in all of California Sprint Car Racing and also hosts the prestigious “Trophy Cup” each October. The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will return to Tulare later this year on Saturday September 21 for the “John Anthony Sharp Memorial.”

On Saturday night immediately following the races and once the front stretch interviews are completed there will be a free concert in the grandstands featuring Nashville recording artist Jon Webber. The beer booth will remain open after the races and soft drinks will also be available. Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant will also be in the grandstands selling tacos and burritos during the concert, so we invite everyone to stay after the races, hang out and listen to some great music to commemorate Memorial Day Weekend.

The Tulare County Fairgrounds also features a great campground so we invite everyone to come on down, camp out and make a weekend out of it. Memorial Day Weekend is always a traditional time to camp out and it’s always a fun time at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Another group will also be sharing the fairgrounds so RV Spots will fill rapidly. To make sure you get the best spot available be sure and contact the Tulare County Fairgrounds Office at 559-686-4707.

 

 

Peter Murphy returns to the site of 1st Nor Cal 410 Win after top-five effort last weekend with King of the West Sprint Car Series

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA...Sydney, Australia's Peter Murphy scored his first top-five finish of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season last Saturday in Fernley. The veteran driver has suffered through bad luck at times so far this year, but has cracked his way back into the top-10 of points going into the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway this weekend.

The current Clovis, California resident was involved in an opening lap incident last Saturday, but rebounded nicely to get back up to fifth by the conclusion of the 30-lapper at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway. "It was a good night for us, but we have to stop getting into these wrecks on the start," Murphy commented. "We'll look forward to Tulare this weekend and hope to put this Dalton's 1nz up front."

Murphy claimed his first ever traveling Nothern Auto Racing Club 410 victory at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway in 1998, at the time driving the Williams Motorsports No. 0 sprinter.

A look back at Murphy's first career NARC win in May of 1998:

"AUSSIE" PETER MURPHY CLAIMS FIRST EVER NARC WIN AT TULARE

Tulare, CA (May 30) . . . Australian sprint car driver Peter Murphy claimed his first Northern Auto Racing Club feature event victory of his career, posting top honors in the 30-lap NARC-Budweiser Black & White Classic at the Thunderbowl Raceway Saturday night.

Wearing a drivers uniform that was proudly adorned with his country's flag, Murphy powered past Paul McMahan on lap 10 and went on to score a popular ten-car length victory. The winning march was performed in Morrie Williams' Katie's BJ's Kountry Kitchen/Mountain View Mortgage Brokers Maxim.

"Morrie could have stuck a bunch of good American drivers in his car," said the jubilant winner, with a down under accent. "I am just glad that he gave me a chance to drive and even happier that I could provide him with a win."

A-main finish that night: Peter Murphy, Paul McMahan, Randy Hannagan, Brent Kaeding, Jason Meyers, Bobby McMahan, Randy Tiner, Jason Lund, Jimmy Sills, Brian Coelho, Lee Brewer, Steve Kent, Graydon Cross, Greg DeCaires, Jason Statler, Todd Bammer, Tommy Tarlton, Steve Coelho, Ryan Riley, Ryan Bailey, Jimmy Trulli, Kevin Pylant.

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This Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26 the front grandstand gate at the Tulare Thunderbowl will open at 4pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Also on hand during the Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza will be the Vintage Hardtops to give a glimpse of the days gone by.

Advance tickets for the weekend are on sale and be acquired by contacting the track ticket office at (559) 688-0909. Reserved grandstand seats cost just $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. For a seating chart visit the track website at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com/

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is a one-third mile clay oval with the all-time track record being 12.651, which was set by two-time Golden State/ King of the West 410 champion Tim Kaeding of San Jose on March 5, 2010.

The track has gained a reputation of providing some of the most spectacular and memorable moments in all of California Sprint Car Racing and also hosts the prestigious “Trophy Cup” each October. The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will return to Tulare later this year on Saturday September 21 for the “John Anthony Sharp Memorial.”

On Saturday night immediately following the races and once the front stretch interviews are completed there will be a free concert in the grandstands featuring Nashville recording artist Jon Webber. The beer booth will remain open after the races and soft drinks will also be available. Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant will also be in the grandstands selling tacos and burritos during the concert, so we invite everyone to stay after the races, hang out and listen to some great music to commemorate Memorial Day Weekend.

The Tulare County Fairgrounds also features a great campground so we invite everyone to come on down, camp out and make a weekend out of it. Memorial Day Weekend is always a traditional time to camp out and it’s always a fun time at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Another group will also be sharing the fairgrounds so RV Spots will fill rapidly. To make sure you get the best spot available be sure and contact the Tulare County Fairgrounds Office at 559-686-4707.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Pertinent Info

Rounds seven & eight at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

“Chris & Brian Faria Memorial Weekend”

Tulare, California – Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26

What:

With six rounds complete in the 2013 racing season the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will charge into its first outing of the year in the Central Valley this coming Memorial Day Weekend at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The double-header event on Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26 will pay tribute to 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 Raceway, 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 the Faria family.

On Saturday night immediately following the races and once the front stretch interviews are completed there will be a free concert in the grandstands featuring Nashville recording artist Jon Webber. The beer booth will remain open after the races and soft drinks will also be available. Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant will also be in the grandstands selling tacos and burritos during the concert, so we invite everyone to stay after the races, hang out and listen to some great music to commemorate Memorial Day Weekend.

Current King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series point leader Rico Abreu goes into this weekend as the defending “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” winner aboard his potent Paul Silva wrenched Abreu Vineyards No. 24 machine. The St. Helena, California racer is off to a blazing hot start in 2013, having claimed five podium finishes in the first six events of the KWS season, including two victories. Over the last few weeks Abreu has racked up the dough, taking home $16,000 over that span.

“I can’t wait for Tulare this weekend,” said the 21-year-old third-year Sprint Car driver, who also won opening night of the Trophy Cup last October in Tulare. “The Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway is my favorite track to compete at, because you can usually move around and it’s a lot of fun to bang off that wall. Paul Silva and my guys have been working hard and giving me great cars every week. We’ve been on a roll to start the season and hopefully we can continue that on Memorial Day Weekend.”

Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst will bring the locally based Roth Enterprises No. 83jr into the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway sitting second in the King of the West 410 standings. The one-third mile clay oval is a home track for car owner’s Dennis & Teresa Roth and the 25-year-old Hirst will look to give them a win this weekend. Last Friday night in Fernley the second generation driver appeared to be on way to his second victory of the year, until Abreu made a final corner charge to steal that opportunity away.

Fresh off his first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win of the year last weekend Chico’s Jonathan Allard comes into the Thunderbowl ranking third in the standings and has closed to within just six-markers of Hirst for the runner up spot. The wheel-man of the Williams Motorsports No. 0 sprinter captured the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” in 2003, at the time driving for car owner Rick Wright. Allard was also the 2010 “Trophy Cup” champion at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl and will be gunning to get on a hot streak this weekend.

Sacramento’s Willie Croft is off to the best start of his Sprint Car career and invades the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway maintaining the fourth spot in the KWS points, just nine-digits behind Allard for the third position. The newlywed has driven the Clyde & Marion Lamar owned Tri-C Machine to a pair of wins already this season and has claimed three consecutive podium finishes in King of the West competition. “Double Down” very nearly won a Golden State/ KWS 410 main event at Tulare in ’07, but was passed by Brent Kaeding with just a few laps left that night.

Fresno’s Craig Stidham goes into a track he calls home rounding out the top-five in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings. The former Rebel Cup 360 Series champion has come out strong in 2013 and is fresh off his best outing of the season last weekend in Fernley, which saw him set fast time and finish fourth in the main event on Friday. Stidham looked very impressive last week and will be a strong threat for victory this Saturday & Sunday at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway aboard his KRC Safety Equipment No. 3 mount.

Completing the top-10 in points going into Tulare this weekend is 2004 Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car champion Jason Statler of Grass Valley, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer & 13-time series titlist Brent Kaeding from Campbell, King of the West Rookie of the Year contender Cory Eliason of nearby Visalia, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. and reigning New Zealand Sprint Car champion Peter Murphy of Sydney, Australia.

A strong field of powerful 410 Sprint Cars are set to invade the blazing fast one-third mile clay oval this weekend including two-time World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers of Clovis, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Carson Macedo and DJ Netto, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Tipton’s Mike Faria, Visalia’s Danny Faria Jr., Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold & Pat Harvey, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Corning’s Bud Walberg, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Merced’s Mark Barroso and more.

When:

On Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26 the front grandstand gate will open at 4pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Also on hand during the Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza will be the Vintage Hardtops to give a glimpse of the days gone by.

Where:

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. For directions visit http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=E+ ... code=93274

The Tulare County Fairgrounds also features a great campground so we invite everyone to come on down, camp out and make a weekend out of it. Memorial Day Weekend is always a traditional time to camp out and it’s always a fun time at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Another group will also be sharing the fairgrounds so RV Spots will fill rapidly. To make sure you get the best spot available be sure and contact the Tulare County Fairgrounds Office at 559-686-4707.

Tickets:

Advance tickets for the weekend are on sale and be acquired by contacting the track ticket office at (559) 688-0909. Reserved grandstand seats cost just $20 with general admission bleacher tickets $18. For a seating chart visit the track website at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com

On the Internet:

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About the track:

The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is a one-third mile clay oval with the all-time track record being 12.651, which was set by two-time Golden State/ King of the West 410 champion Tim Kaeding of San Jose on March 5, 2010. The track has gained a reputation of providing some of the most spectacular and memorable moments in all of California Sprint Car Racing and also hosts the prestigious “Trophy Cup” each October. The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will return to Tulare later this year on Saturday September 21 for the “John Anthony Sharp Memorial.”

Last year’s “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” at the Thunderbowl:

The “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” last season also featured a double-header weekend at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Opening night saw Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson make a mid-race pass of Easton’s Tommy Tarlton to grab the lead and then hold off a fast moving Jonathan Allard for victory.

The following night Larson looked to be on way to sweeping the weekend aboard the Paul Silva 57, but a problem with the oil filter left him parked on the infield late in the race. This allowed St. Helena’s Rico Abreu the chance to assume the lead and he would go on to score at the time, his first ever King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory.

Results from last year’s “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial Weekend”

Opening night

26-cars

Fast time: Cody Lamar 13.361

Heat one: Tommy Tarlton, Jason Statler, Kyle Hirst, Bud Kaeding, Bobby McMahan, Craig Stidham, Doug Gandy, Pat Harvey

Heat two: Evan Suggs, Tim Kaeding, Jonathan Allard, Cory Eliason, Peter Murphy, Sean McMahan, Trey Starks, Danielle Simpson, Geoffrey Strole

Heat three: Kyle Larson, Roger Crockett, Brent Kaeding, Andy Gregg, Mike Faria, Chad Compton, Willie Croft, Rico Abreu

Dash: Brent Kaeding, Tim Kaeding, Tommy Tarlton, Jason Statler, Jonathan Allard, Kyle Larson, Evan Suggs, Andy Gregg

LCQ: Rico Abreu, Willie Croft, Sean McMahan, Chad Compton, Danielle Simpson, Geoffrey Strole, Doug Gandy, Craig Stidham, Pat Harvey, Trey Starks, Cody Lamar

Amain: Kyle Larson, Jonathan Allard, Tommy Tarlton, Roger Crockett, Kyle Hirst, Evan Suggs, Bud Kaeding, Peter Murphy, Bobby McMahan, Andy Gregg, Cory Eliason, Mike Faria, Chad Compton, Brent Kaeding, Sean McMahan, Danielle Simpson, Doug Gandy, Geoffrey Strole, Tim Kaeding, Jason Statler, Rico Abreu, Willie Croft

Night two

28-cars

Fast time: Roger Crockett 13.800

Heat one: Kyle Hirst, Shane Golobic, Roger Crockett, Cory Eliason, Trey Starks, Sean McMahan, Doug Gandy

Heat two: Tommy Tarlton, Tim Kaeding, Jonathan Allard, Bud Kaeding, Andy Gregg, Mike Faria, Koen Shaw

Heat three: Willie Croft, Brent Kaeding, Bobby McMahan, Peter Murphy, Cody Lamar, Chad Compton, Geoffrey Strole

Heat four: Kyle Larson, Evan Suggs, Rico Abreu, Jason Statler, Craig Stidham, Pat Harvey, Danielle Simpson

Dash: Rico Abreu, Willie Croft, Kyle Hirst, Kyle Larson, Tommy Tarlton, Roger Crockett, Bobby McMahan, Jonathan Allard

LCQ: Andy Gregg, Sean McMahan, Trey Starks, Craig Stidham, Cody Lamar, Chad Compton, Mike Faria, Doug Gandy, Danielle Simpson, Pat Harvey, Geoffrey Strole

Amain: Rico Abreu, Jonathan Allard, Tim Kaeding, Tommy Tarlton, Kyle Hirst, Roger Crockett, Trey Starks, Brent Kaeding, Andy Gregg, Peter Murphy, Evan Suggs, Craig Stidham, Chad Compton, Kyle Larson, Cody Lamar, Sean McMahan, Bobby McMahan, Bud Kaeding, Shane Golobic, Cory Eliason, Jason Statler, Willie Croft

Top-10 in King of the West driver standings after six rounds of competition:

1. Rico Abreu 937; 2. Kyle Hirst 902; 3. Jonathan Allard 896; 4. Willie Croft 887; 5. Craig Stidham 866; 6. Jason Statler 767; 7. Brent Kaeding 755; 8. Cory Eliason 738; 9. Richard Brace Jr. 728; 10. Peter Murphy 722

Winners so far this season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series:

Antioch Speedway April 20: Willie Croft Placerville Speedway April 27: Kyle Hirst Silver Dollar Speedway May 4: Rico Abreu Petaluma Speedway May 11: Willie Croft Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 17: Rico Abreu Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 18: Jonathan Allard

Upcoming King of the West events:

As noted in a prior release the June 1 date at Merced Speedway has been cancelled with no makeup date being scheduled.

On Friday & Saturday June 7 & 8 the King of the West 410’s will invade Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon, Nevada for the very first time ever. The exciting weekend of action will be held in conjunction with the Fallon Octane Fest. Along with Sprint Cars the Octane Fest will also feature the Monster Truck Jamboree including a Freestyle Nevada vs. California Motocross jump show, and the Lucas Oil Drag Races featuring a jet duel in the desert: The Beast jet car vs. Jet-Lagg diesel truck. For more information visit http://visitfallonnevada.com/octanefest/

 

 

Jonathan Allard races to first King of the West 410 victory of the year on Saturday night at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Fernley, Nevada – May 18, 2013…After battling through adversity at times early in the season three-time & defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Jonathan Allard put it all together on Saturday night at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway and charged to his first win of the year, during what was the sixth round of competition for the tour.

Allard the previously weekend had scored his best KWS finish of the season up to that point by running second in Petaluma and this past Saturday executed a veteran move on a double file restart to get under rookie contender Cory Eliason for the lead. After that it was clear sailing for the Chico, California veteran as he drove off to claim the $3500 top prize and his 33rd career Golden State/ King of the West 410 Series win, which ranks third all-time.

“We’ve had our ups and downs to begin the season, but my guys have stuck with me and I couldn’t be happier to be standing in victory lane right now,” said a very ecstatic Allard on the front stretch. “This car was a rocket ship tonight and I really have to thank Ashley Smith, Bob Scovel, our new addition this week Randy V and my whole team that works so hard. I also want to thank you fans for coming out tonight and we’ll look forward to seeing you all again soon here in Fernley.”

The second night of the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway weekend saw 26-cars return for the finale and earning the pole in the main event was Visalia’s Cory Eliason, who picked up his first career King of the West 410 Dash victory earlier in the evening. When the green lights flashed on Eliason charged into the lead and took command of the 22-car starting field in the 30-lapper. The Central Valley youngster was also in search of his first ever King of the West win and early on did a great job to hold off the pack of hungry racers.

Eliason soon had Allard breathing down his neck, while at the same time having to deal with lapped traffic around the 3/8 mile oval. “JA” hounded the rear bumper of the Eliason Racing Composites No. 00x mount and looked to find an opportunity to get by, but Eliason hit his marks to perfection. It then became a five car fight for the lead just before the halfway point with Corning’s Bud Walberg, St. Helena’s Rico Abreu and Sacramento’s Willie Croft joining the fray. Just as things looked to get interesting however, the yellow lights would flash on and bring the party to a stop.

With a double file restart on tap Eliason led the field into turn one, but slipped up just enough to allow Allard the opportunity to slice his way to the inside and steal the lead away. Allard showed his strength following that as he blasted away from the rest of the pack and looked extremely motivated to get that first KWS win of the season. With just over five-laps remaining it was then heartbreak city for Eliason, as the throttle linkage broke on his sprinter and caused him to slow to a stop. This moved Abreu up to second, but despite a pair of double file restarts, nothing could slow the fast moving Allard who crossed the checkered by 1.303 seconds for victory in the Morrie & Katie Williams owned No. 0 machine.

Abreu capped a strong weekend by finishing second at the conclusion aboard his Abreu Vineyards No. 24 mount. The 21-year-old has now finished on the podium in all but one King of the West event so far this season, showing great consistency and maturity behind the wheel during his third season in Sprint Car racing. “I have to give a big thanks to Paul Silva, Trevor Canales and all my guys once again,” said Abreu, who hasn’t finished worse than fourth this season with KWS. “I want to congratulate Jonathan Allard on the win and we’re excited to move on to Tulare next weekend.”

Croft also continued his impressive start to the season and came home third at the checkered flag behind the wheel of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c Machine. It marked the fourth podium finish of the season for “Double Down” and his third podium in a row dating back to his win on May 11 in Petaluma. “It’s just been a great start to the season for us and I can’t thank Lee Lindgren and my whole team enough,” said Croft, who is also getting married on Sunday to long time fiancée Samantha Hirst. “I’m happy to be standing up here on the podium again. We really are in a groove right now and I can’t wait for next weekend.”

Bringing home his career best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish in fourth was Bud Walberg, who did a tremendous job all night in the Walberg Inc. No. 55 mount. The former dirt modified driver also qualified fifth quick and ran third in the Dash to complete a very impressive night. Rounding out the top-five and rebounding nicely after a first lap incident was Sydney, Australia’s Peter Murphy in the Dalton’s Landscaping No. 1nz Sprinter. It marked Murphy’s best finish of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season up to this point. Grass Valley’s Jason Statler scored sixth for the second consecutive night at RTF Speedway. The “Big Guy” in fact has finished in sixth the last three events.

Youngster Chris Martin from Des Moines, Iowa claimed his best ever KWS finish in seventh after winning the Last Chance Qualifier and starting 14th in the feature. Fresno’s Craig Stidham crossed the stripe in eighth, with Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst and Laton’s Geoffrey Strole completing the top-10. For Strole it also marked his first career top-10 finish with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and earned him the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award after starting 19th.

As previously mentioned Chris Martin won the LCQ, with Cory Eliason claiming the six-lap Dash. Kaeding Performance heat race wins went to Jason Statler, Cory Eliason and Kyle Hirst. Willie Croft paced the 26-car field in BR Motorsports qualifying by turning a new track record at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway. Croft toured the 3/8 mile oval in 13.673 seconds.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will return to action next Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26 at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. The Memorial Day Weekend double-header will pay tribute to brothers Chris & Brian Faria in the annual “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” at the one-third mile clay oval. Advance tickets can be purchased by contacting the Thunderbowl box office at 559-688-0909 and for more info on the track visit www.thunderbowlraceway.com

 

Rico Abreu makes last lap count at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Friday night

By Gary Thomas

Fernley, Nevada....St. Helena's Rico Abreu made a final corner charge on the high side of the speedway to get by Kyle Hirst in thrilling fashion and score his second King of the West 410 Sprint Car main event win of the year on Friday night in Fernley, Nevada. Hirst hung on for second with Sacramento’s Willie Croft, the night's fastest qualifier Craig Stidham of Fresno and defending KWS champ Jonathan Allard from Chico rounding out the top five.

“That was pretty awesome right there and I hope you fans enjoyed that show,” said Abreu on the front stretch. “I was just hoping that Kyle (Hirst) would follow those lappers and I’d get a chance to make something happen up high. Luckily for us that’s how it worked out and we are standing here in victory lane again. Big thanks to Paul Silva and all my guys. We’ve been running strong and hopefully we can come back tomorrow and do it again.”

A total of 28-cars signed into the pits on Friday at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway, for what was the first of 10-nights of racing for the King of the West 410’s at the track this season. The 30-lap main event came to the line with Dash winner Craig Stidham and Kyle Hirst on the front row. After a few spins and a red flag during the early portion things got going after one-lap was complete, in fact the final 29-circuits were clicked off caution free.

Hirst led the fast moving field once green flag laps ticked away and weaved his way by lapped cars with perfection, as he looked for his second win of the year. All along however, Rico Abreu stayed within striking distance of the Roth Enterprises No. 83 jr mount. With the race winding down Abreu closed right up to the bumper of Hirst and when the white flag waved, he looked to make his move. Going into the final set of corners a big gaggle of lapped cars was just ahead of Hirst, which gave the 21-year-old Abreu the opportunity he needed.

Abreu blasted to the high scary side and got the momentum he needed to charge around Hirst and score the thrilling victory. It marked the fourth career win with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series for the talented St. Helena youngster. Abreu also continues to lead to lead the KWS points going into tonight’s action at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway. For Hirst the runner up finish was another consistent effort with the series and was his fourth podium in the first five races of the season. After his win last week Croft rounded out the podium in Fernley on Friday to continue his impressive start to the year.

Craig Stidham capped a strong night by earning his best finish of the KWS season in fourth and Jonathan Allard rebounded nicely from an opening lap incident to complete the top-five. The remainder of the top-10 was filled by Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Sydney, Australia’s Peter Murphy, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Washington driver Jared Ridge and Des Moines, Iowa’s Chris Martin, who started last on the grid.

Racing continues tonight for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway for round six of the 2013 season. Qualifying is slated for 6:30pm with racing at 7pm.

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King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Results – Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Friday May 17, 2013

28 cars

Fast time: Craig Stidham 13.781 New Track Record

Heat one: 1. 69 Brent Kaeding, 2. 3 Craig Stidham, 3. 7n Jared Ridge, 4. 1nz Peter Murphy, 5. 17 Doug Gandy, 6. 6up Danielle Simpson, 7. 15 Pat Harvey

Heat two: 1. 5h Justyn Cox, 2. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 3. 00x Cory Eliason, 4. 7c Andy Forsberg, 5. 7x Kevin Smith, 6. 55 Bud Walberg, 7. 2w Adam Walters

Heat three: 1. 3c Willie Croft, 2. 38n Mark Tabor Jr, 3. 00 Jason Statler, 4. 91ri Eli Deshaies, 5. 3d Carl Droivold, 6. 44 Chris Martin, 7. 5 Brian Boswell

Heat four: 1. 24 Rico Abreu, 2. 21j Richard Brace Jr, 3. 0 Jonathan Allard, 4. 09s Geoffrey Strole, 5. 49 Mike Monahan, 6. 69c Chad Compton, 7. 44r Rusty Baglan

Dash: 1. Craig Stidham, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Brent Kaeding, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Justyn Cox, 6. Cory Eliason, 7. Willie Croft, 8. Peter Murphy

LCQ: 1. Adam Walters, 2. Doug Gandy, 3. Mike Monahan, 4. Carl Droivold, 5. Danielle Simpson, 6. Chris Martin, 7. Bud Walberg, 8. Kevin Smith, 9. Pat Harvey, 10. Chad Compton, 11. Brian Boswell

A-main: 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Willie Croft, 4. Craig Stidham, 5. Jonathan Allard, 6. Jason Statler, 7. Peter Murphy, 8. Brent Kaeding, 9. Jared Ridge, 10. Chris Martin, 11. Richard Brace Jr, 12. Eli Deshaies, 13. Doug Gandy, 14. Geoffrey Strole, 15. Danielle Simpson, 16. Carl Droivold, 17. Adam Walters, 18. Mike Monahan, 19. Cory Eliason, 20. Justyn Cox, 21. Mark Tabor Jr, 22. Andy Forsberg

 

Point leader Rico Abreu leads the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series into lucrative double header Summit Racing Weekend at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway this Friday & Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Fernley, Nevada – May 14, 2013…One of the most anticipated weekend’s of the season is here for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, as the West’s top Winged 410 Sprint Car drivers get set to invade the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in Fernley, Nevada this Friday & Saturday May 17 & 18.

A strong field of Winged 410 Warriors will invade the newly reconfigured & high-banked three-eighths mile clay oval for Summit Weekend, with the A-main each night paying $3500-to-win and a very stout $1000-to-start. The increased payoff has already gotten immense interest from teams all around the West Coast and will likely see teams from as far north as Washington make the town down to Fernley this weekend.

“We are really looking forward to competing at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway this weekend,” commented King of the West Series Operations Manager George Hague. “Dan Simpson and the whole staff up there have worked extremely hard over the off-season reconfiguring and rejuvenating the track surface, so fans will see a brand new track when they get to Fernley on Friday. It’s been a great season thus far and we’re expecting more of the same this weekend.”

On the strength of three podium finishes in the first four races this season, 21-year-old Rico Abreu sits atop the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings for the first time in his career. In just his third season driving a Sprint Car, Abreu has shown to have no fear whatsoever behind the wheel & has put together the consistency to go along with that early on in the year. The immensely exciting St. Helena driver is always worth the price of admission and will be fun to watch on the Fernley high-banks this Friday & Saturday.

Roth Enterprises driver Kyle Hirst goes into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway sitting second in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings. The hard charging Sacramento wheel-man has claimed one victory in this young season to go along with a trio of podium finishes. The 25-year-old will bring the famed Dennis & Teresa Roth owned No. 83jr Sprinter into Fernley looking for a strong weekend to get back into the points lead.

Past Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway winner Jonathan Allard is coming off his best finish of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season last weekend and will be gunning for victory in Fernley. The three-time & defending King of the West 410 champion dominated the 2006 running in Fernley and will hope for more of the same on Friday & Saturday. Allard comes into the weekend third in the standings and looks for a strong run to catapult his way up the points.

Last weekend’s big winner at the Petaluma Speedway, Willie Croft of Sacramento goes into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway as the only repeat winner thus far in 2013 with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. The man known as “Double Down” currently ranks fourth in the series standings and is off to the hottest start of his career driving for famed car owners Clyde & Marion Lamar. Croft battled Allard for the lead last Saturday and won out to claim his fifth career series win.

Rounding out the top-five in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings is former “Trophy Cup” winner Craig Stidham of Fresno. The veteran Sprint Car driver has claimed top-10 finishes in all one but one race and will be looking to secure his first win of the season this weekend. Rookie of the Year contender Cory Eliason of Visalia has moved his way up to seventh in the standings and will make his Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway debut this weekend. Reigning RoY Chad Compton sits eighth in the points and will be another one making his Sprint Car debut at RTF Speedway.

National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding will be looking for a strong weekend at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway aboard the famous Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 Sprinter. The 13-time Golden State/ King of the West 410 Series champion & living legend currently ranks ninth in the KWS standings. Rounding out the top-10 in points is former Marysville Raceway Park Modified champ Richard Brace Jr. of Auburn. The 2013 season marks Brace’s first full time campaign in a 410 Sprint Car with the series.

Former Golden State/ King of the West 410 titlist Jason Statler brings his familiar DF Rios Motorsports No. 00 mount into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway fresh off a charge from 15th to sixth last Saturday in Petaluma. Following a couple weeks of tough luck it was nice to see Statler have a strong run. Fan favorite Peter Murphy of Sydney, Australia rebounded last week to score a top-10 finish in the feature and will be looking to move up the ladder even more this week. In the off-season Murphy claimed the New Zealand Sprint Car title at the famed Western Springs Speedway.

Other drivers set to take on the Reno Tahoe Fernley high banks include Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold and Pat Harvey, Corning’s Bud Walberg, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Reno, Nevada’s Mark Tabor Jr. & Rusty Baglan, Spark’s, Nevada’s Mike Monahan, Washington drivers Kevin Smith and Jared Ridge, Des Moines, Iowa’s Chris Martin and more.

The pit gate at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will open up at noon on Friday and Saturday May 17 & 18 with the front gate for spectators opening at 3pm. Racing is anticipated to get underway around 7pm. The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway is located just off Highway 95a in Fernley, Nevada. From Sacramento take I-80 East to exit 46 towards West Fernley, Nevada. Follow the road to Highway 95a and then make a right turn into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Motor Sports Complex. The physical address is 1965 US 95a Fernley, Nevada 89408.

Advance tickets can be purchased by contacting 775-325-8800. Adult general admission is $25.00, reserve seating is $30.00, VIP All Access is $45.00. Reserve seating and VIP comes with preferred parking. All Access includes Pit Pass.

This weekend’s double header “Summit Weekend at the Races” will be just a taste of what’s to come at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway, as the mighty King of the West 410’s will return on July 5 & 6 for the “Cherry Bomb Classic,” August 9 & 10 for the “Hot August Nights Shootout,” September 13 & 14 during the Reno Air Races and championship weekend on October 25 & 26. Don’t forget to book your rooms at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget for all these weekends.

The Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Series competed at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway on two occasions, with those occurring in 2004 and ’06. The inaugural event saw Santa Cruz, California veteran Kevin Pylant race to the win driving his father Don’s No. 14p machine. The most recent event in ’06 then featured defending KWS champion Jonathan Allard dominating the main event en route to victory.

The new Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway is Northern Nevada’s premier three-eighths mile clay oval and is home to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and the Fernley 95A Racing Series. RTF Speedway runs from early-April until late-October and features everything from Winged 410 Sprint Cars to IMCA Dirt Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Motorcycles, Outlaw Karts and more.

The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway dirt track has been in existence since 1999 and is geared up for its best season to date in 2013. The overall facility also includes a road course, drag strip, motor cross track, off road course, gun range, paint ball facility and has been tabbed as “Racings Field of Dreams.” More information and the full schedule can be found at http://www.rtfspeedway.com

More information on the traveling King of the West Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

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King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Pertinent Info

Rounds five & six at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway

Fernley, Nevada - Friday & Saturday May 17 & 18

What:

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is locked and loaded for two night’s of exciting action at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway this Friday & Saturday May 17 & 18. It will be the first of five weekends of competition this season at Dan Simpson’s high-banked RTF Speedway and the double header outing this weekend is the first time 410 Sprint Cars will grace the blazing fast speedway in a number of years.

The KWS 410 fields are expected to be fully loaded, with extra money on the line. The lucrative purses will be $3,500 to win the A-main and a very stout $1,000-to-start. The purses are focused on paying down solidly to make sure all teams in competition have a piece of the pie. The stout payoff has already gotten immense interest from teams all around the West Coast and a stout field is expected.

On the strength of three podium finishes in the first four races this season, 21-year-old Rico Abreu sits atop the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings for the first time in his career. In just his third season driving a Sprint Car, Abreu has shown to have no fear whatsoever behind the wheel & has put together the consistency to go along with that early on in the year. The immensely exciting St. Helena driver is always worth the price of admission and will be fun to watch on the Fernley high-banks this Friday & Saturday.

Roth Enterprises driver Kyle Hirst goes into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway sitting second in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings. The hard charging Sacramento wheel-man has claimed one victory in this young season to go along with a trio of podium finishes. The 25-year-old will bring the famed Dennis & Teresa Roth owned No. 83jr Sprinter into Fernley looking for a strong weekend to get back into the points lead.

Past Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway winner Jonathan Allard is coming off his best finish of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season last weekend and will be gunning for victory in Fernley. The three-time & defending King of the West 410 champion dominated the 2006 running in Fernley and will hope for more of the same on Friday & Saturday. Allard comes into the weekend third in the standings and looks for a strong run to catapult his way up the points.

Last weekend’s big winner at the Petaluma Speedway, Willie Croft of Sacramento goes into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway as the only repeat winner thus far in 2013 with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. The man known as “Double Down” currently ranks fourth in the series standings and is off to the hottest start of his career driving for famed car owners Clyde & Marion Lamar. Croft battled Allard for the lead last Saturday and won out to claim his fifth career series win.

Rounding out the top-five in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings is former “Trophy Cup” winner Craig Stidham of Fresno. The veteran Sprint Car driver has claimed top-10 finishes in all one but one race and will be looking to secure his first win of the season this weekend. Completing the top-10 in the standings going into Fernley is Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding and Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr.

This weekend’s double header featuring “Summit Night at the Races” will be just a taste of what’s to come at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway, as the mighty King of the West 410’s will return on July 5 & 6 for the “Cherry Bomb Classic,” August 9 & 10 for the “Hot August Nights Shootout,” September 13 & 14 during the Reno Air Races and championship weekend on October 25 & 26. Don’t forget to book your rooms at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget for all these weekends.

When:

The pit gate at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will open up at noon on Friday and Saturday May 17 & 18, with the front gate for spectators opening at 3pm. Racing is anticipated to get underway around 7pm.

Where:

The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway is located just off Highway 95a in Fernley, Nevada. From Sacramento take I-80 East to exit 46 in Fernley, Nevada. Follow the road to Highway 95a and then make a right turn into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway motor sports complex.

Tickets:

Ticket prices Kids under 6 FREE Children 6-16 $10.00 General Admission $25.00 Reserve Seating $30.00 VIP All Access $45.00 Reserve seating and VIP comes with preferred parking.

All Access includes Pit Pass

Advance tickets can be purchased for KWS events at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway & Rattlesnake Raceway by contacting 775-325-8800.

On the Internet:

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series-

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Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway: http://www.rtfspeedway.com http://www.fernley95aspeedway.com http://www.facebook.com/ninetyfiveA?fref=ts

About the track:

The new Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway is Northern Nevada’s premier three-eighths mile clay oval and is home to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and the Fernley 95A Racing Series. RTF Speedway runs from early-April until late-October and features everything from Winged 410 Sprint Cars to IMCA Dirt Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Motorcycles, Outlaw Karts and more.

The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway dirt track has been in existence since 1999 and is geared up for its best season to date in 2013. The overall facility also includes a road course, drag strip, motor cross track, off road course, gun range, paint ball facility and has been tabbed as “Racings Field of Dreams.”

Recent history of 410 Winged Sprint Car Racing in Fernley:

The former Golden State Challenge 410 Sprint Car Series competed at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway on two occasions, with those occurring in 2004 and ’06. The inaugural event saw Santa Cruz, California veteran Kevin Pylant race to the win driving his father Don’s No. 14p machine. The most recent event in ’06 then featured defending King of the West 410 champion Jonathan Allard dominating the main event en route to victory.

2004 Golden State 410 Series Results

Fast Time-Jason York 15.340

Heat 1-Trevor Green, Wayne Williams, Andy Forsberg, Billy Wallace, York.

Heat 2- Shain Matthews, Steve Kent, Kyle Hirst, Mark Beck, Jim Skinner.

Heat 3- Ivan Worden, Willie Croft, Roger Crockett, Brent Kaeding, Jason Statler.

Heat 4-Kevin Pylant, Sean Becker, Blake Robertson, Herman Klein, Pat Harvey Jr.

B Main-York, Statler, Skinner, Craig Stidham, Mike Quigley, Harvey, Mark Tabor Jr, Doug Lippincott, Bob Maiwald, Mark Tabor Sr.

A Main-Pylant, Crockett, Kent, Forsberg, Becker, Kaeding, Hirst, Robertson, York, Matthews, Statler, Stidham, Green, Croft, Williams, Worden, Skinner, Quigley, Tabor Jr, Klein, Harvey Jr, Beck.

2006 Golden State 410 Series Results

Fast Time-Sean Becker 14.730

Heat 1-Stephen Allard, Ronnie Day, Jon Maiwald, Becker, Peter Murphy.

Heat 2- Johnny Gray, Jason Statler, Jason York, Brent Kaeding, Jonathan Allard.

Heat 3- Robert Ballou, Dennis Moore Jr, Shain Matthews, Mike Monahan, Steve Kent.

Dash- Kaeding, Becker, Murphy, J Allard, York, Day, Kent, Moore.

Main-J Allard, Kaeding, Moore, Day, Ballou, Kent, S Allard, York, Gray, Jim Skinner, Eddy Lewis, Carl Droivold, Jim Richardson, Mark Tabor Sr, Chase Wood, Maiwald, Pat Harvey, Tom Haxall, Mark Tabor Jr, Monahan, Statler, Murphy, Becker, Matthews.

Top-10 in King of the West driver standings after four rounds of competition:

1. Rico Abreu 619; 2. Kyle Hirst 605; 3. Jonathan Allard 592; 4. Willie Croft 477; 5. Craig Stidham 565; 6. Evan Suggs 555; 7. Cory Eliason 492; 8. Chad Compton 490; 9. Brent Kaeding 488; 10. Richard Brace Jr. 483

Winners so far this season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series:

Antioch Speedway April 20: Willie Croft; Placerville Speedway April 27: Kyle Hirst; Silver Dollar Speedway May 4: Rico Abreu; Petaluma Speedway May 11: Willie Croft

Upcoming King of the West events:

Following the Fernley weekend the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will then head for another double header outing over Memorial Day Weekend at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26. The two-night show at the Tulare County Fairgrounds based one-third mile clay oval will pay honor to brothers Chris & Brian Faria in the running of the annual “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.”

As noted in a prior release the June 1 date at Merced Speedway has been cancelled with no makeup date being scheduled.

On Friday & Saturday June 7 & 8 the King of the West 410’s will invade Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon, Nevada for the very first time ever. The exciting weekend of action will be held in conjunction with the Fallon Octane Fest. Along with Sprint Cars the Octane Fest will also feature the Monster Truck Jamboree including a Freestyle Nevada vs. California Motocross jump show, and the Lucas Oil Drag Races featuring a jet duel in the desert: The Beast jet car vs. Jet-Lagg diesel truck. For more information visit http://visitfallonnevada.com/octanefest/

 

 

Willie Croft brings back the past & takes the Clyde Lamar Tri-C Machine to KWS victory lane during the “Salute to Baylands” at Petaluma Speedway on Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Petaluma, CA – May 11, 2013…On a night paying respect to the famed Baylands Raceway Park there were a few select cars that everyone pointed to as sentimental favorites and when all had been settled, one of them parked in victory lane, as Sacramento’s Willie Croft continued the hottest start of his career to claim his second KWS 410 win of the year aboard the Clyde & Marion Lamar owned Tri-C Machine Sprinter.

Throughout the night a number of past Baylands Raceway Park stories were told from the likes of David Vodden, George Hague, Jimmy Sills, Chuck Gurney, Lee James, Paul Torzilli, Ron Lingron, Willie Williams and more. The Baylands Raceway announcing duo of Vodden & Hague also took part in the event by announcing the second KWS heat race, bringing back some memories of the days gone by at the historic track that was located in Fremont, California.

The victory for Croft makes him the first repeat winner of the King of the West Sprint Car Series season and marked his first ever 410 triumph at the sticky 3/8 mile clay oval. It was also the fifth Golden State/ King of the West 410 win of Croft’s career and places him into a tie for 21st on the all-time list with current series competitor Kyle Hirst; Grinnell, Iowa’s Dennis Moore Jr. and Gilroy’s Eric Rossi. All in all it was certainly one of the best drives of his career, as he battled toe to toe with Jonathan Allard, along with lapped traffic much of the race.

“This is just such a great feeling and I’m really pumped to bring home a win here at Petaluma during the Salute to Baylands night,” commented an extremely happy Croft on the front stretch. “I grew up watching races at Baylands and to win tonight knowing that guys like Jimmy Sills, Chuck Gurney, Lee James and others were here makes it so special for us. I couldn’t be happier to bring home another win for Clyde & Marion Lamar and the Tri-C Machine team with the King of the West Series. It’s been a great start to the year and we aren’t done yet.”

The 30-lap main event came to the line with Dash winner Jonathan Allard and Croft on the front row. The Petaluma Speedway black adobe gumbo surface remained hooked up all night long in typical fashion and when the green lights came on the action became intense right from the get go. Croft jumped out to the lead, but had Allard right on his back bumper as the field blasted around the 3/8 mile oval in very fast fashion. As often times at Petaluma lapped traffic created some of the best racing seen all season and after a number of laps Allard would charge his way by Croft to steal the top spot.

The fight for the lead didn’t stop there however, as Croft showed his muscle by staying right with the Williams Motorsports No. 0 and would re-pass the defending King of the West champ in impressive fashion to reclaim the point shortly after. As the race continued on the fight for the lead proved to be a torrid one, but in the open track Croft was a rocket ship and pulled away to a steady advantage. Lapped traffic though allowed Allard to close in multiple times and kept fans on the edge of their seats.

Things then got interesting as Allard was called for a jump during a double file restart and was put back two spots for the ensuing start. This now moved the Abreu Vineyards No. 24 of St. Helena’s Rico Abreu up to the front row with Croft for the double file restart. When the green flag waved again Croft jumped back out to the lead with Abreu following along in second and Allard right there in third. The intensity level heated up with the race winding down and it soon became a three car battle for the lead over the closing laps.

The lead trio darted in and out of lapped traffic playing a high speed game of chess and looked to set up an epic finish, but everything came to a slow down on lap-27 when the yellow lights flashed on for a spun car in turns one & two. The final restart of the night saw Croft choose the outside, which put Abreu on the inside and when flagman Willie Williams waved the green Abreu popped a huge wheelie in dramatic fashion and gave Allard the chance to charge back into second. Allard tried to get close to Croft, but “Double Down” drove a perfect final few circuits and crossed the checkered by 1.203 seconds for victory.

“This car was absolutely perfect tonight and I can’t thank my crew chief Lee Lindgren and all my guys enough because I could put this thing anywhere on the track,” said Croft. “To get passed by Jon Allard and then pass him back is pretty cool. Jonathan is one of the best there is and you don’t get that chance very often, so it’s definitely a confidence builder. I also want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting us tonight. We’re all really excited to be back in Petaluma and had a lot of fun tonight and hope all the fans did too.”

Allard’s runner up finish was his best result of this young King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season and continued his strong consistency at the Petaluma Speedway. “To put it quite frankly this track is bad ass,” said Allard of Petaluma Speedway. “Every time we come here the racing is tremendous and we always have multiple lines to use. It’s great to see all of you fans pack this place for us and we hope you’ll let the promoter know how much fun you had. We love coming here and hope to do so once again next season. I want to give a big thanks to Morrie & Katie Williams and my whole team for their support.”

One week after picking up the biggest win of his young career Abreu crossed the stripe in third to also earn his third podium finish of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season. “I want to thank Paul Silva and all my guys for getting me back up here on the podium tonight,” commented the 21-year-old throttle masher. “The track was really hooked up tonight and got crazy there a few times. I had a lot of fun racing with Willie and Jonathan there in traffic, but I wish that last restart would have gone a little better for me. I got the wheels up in the air and did everything I could to straighten it back up and continue on.”

Fremont’s Shane Golobic continued his strong start to the season and brought the Soltis Brothers backed No. 121 home in fourth to record his second straight top-five finish with KWS. Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi came from the sixth row to score fifth and earn his first career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series top-five finish in the Scelzi Enterprise No. 41 mount. It was another very impressive night for the recently turned 16-year-old Scelzi, who was making his first ever start at the Petaluma Speedway.

Grass Valley’s Jason Statler had a strong run in the main event and earned the PitStopUSA Hard Charger Award by coming from 15th to sixth in the 30-lapper. It was very nice to see the former Golden State/ KWS 410 champ have a solid night after two straight weeks of tough luck. Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs rebounded nicely to finish seventh after an early incident in traffic forced him to the rear. Rounding out the top-10 in the feature were Sydney, Australia’s Peter Murphy; Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst and Campbell’s Brent Kaeding.

The 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier was captured by Brent Kaeding with the six-lap Dash being won by Jonathan Allard. The three 10-lap Kaeding Performance heat races were picked off by Shane Golobic, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders and Kyle Hirst. Earning his first career King of the West BR Motorsports fast time award to begin the night was young and talented 18-year-old Christopher Bell from Norman, Oklahoma. Making his first ever Petaluma Speedway start Bell took the Finley Farms No. 77 machine around the 3/8 mile oval in 12.518 seconds to set the mark out of the 25-cars on hand.

Drivers that competed at Petaluma Speedway and displayed the Kaeding Performance decal, along with the Kaeding Performance contingency company’s decals’ will also have the chance to take part in over $1000 of contingency awards for the night. The Kaeding Performance contingency program is in effect for each and every King of the West Sprint Car Series event. For details on companies involved with the program and how to take part please visit http://kwssprints.com/sponsors.html and for more on Kaeding Performance log onto www.kaedings.com

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now head for two night’s of action at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in Fernley, Nevada next Friday & Saturday May 17 & 18. Don’t forget to book your rooms at the JA Nugget in Sparks, Nevada! The double header outing will be the first of five weekend’s of competition at the RTF Speedway, which is promoted by KWS Managing Director Dan Simpson. The event will also feature a beefed up purse each night, with the A-main’s being $3500-to-win & $1000-to-start both nights. The high-banked 3/8 mile oval will make for some great racing and we invite everyone to come out and have some fun with us.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Kaeding Performance announce continuation of extensive contingency program for 2013 season

By Gary Thomas

Rio Vista, CA – May 9, 2013…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, in association with Kaeding Performance in Campbell, California are pleased to announce that the extensive contingency program put together by the company will return this season, bigger and better than ever.

The Kaeding Performance staff has rounded up a number of quality sprint car parts & manufacturers once again to give the King of the West 410 Series a thorough list of contingency awards to hand out each week and at the end of the year awards banquet. Last season the program was a very popular one among teams each week and will be so again in 2013.

“We once again wanted to put something together so the teams that support KWS events will have the opportunity to earn contingency awards that will be very beneficial to each and every team that wants to be involved,” Kaeding Performance has worked on putting together a solid contingency program with the most prominent manufacturers involved in Sprint Car Racing today. These manufacturers stepped right up to give back to the racers and support California Sprint Car Racing.

Companies taking part in the contingency program and awarding nightly certificates at each race include KSE Racing Products, Red Devil, Weld Racing, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Kaeding Performance, MAXIM, FK Rod Ends, Wilwood Brakes, Astro Titanium, QTM Brakes, Kwik Change, Factory Kahne Shocks, MPD Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Outerwears, Racing Optics, SCI Racing Products, Conroy Pneu Control, CRV Carbon Solutions, Saldana Racing Products, Dirt Solution, Joes Racing Products, Winters Performance and Go-Pro cameras.

“I can’t tell you how pumped we are to be working with Kaeding Performance again on the contingency program,” said King of the West Communications Director Gary Thomas. “They have been great partners with the King of the West Series and the program they have put together is just simply amazing. We really hope all the teams can see just how big of a supporter the Kaeding Performance team is for the sport. The contingency program they have gathered up is second to none across the country.”

To take part in the contingency program competitors must display the Kaeding Performance decal on both sides of their car, along with each individual company’s decal that you wish to have a chance at winning. Decal packages will be available at the Kaeding Performance trailer and the KWS Officials Trailer each and every race night.

“We’re excited about continuing our partnership with Kaeding Performance on the contingency program this season,” said King of the West Operations Manager George Hague. “The guys at Kaeding Performance have put together an outstanding package for the series once again and the teams will certainly benefit from it.”

The Kaeding family has had a long and successful history in both racing and business in California and over the years they combined the two into a successful racing business. The property where the business is located has been in the family since the early 1940’s.

The family is represented by three generations of champions including Howard, Brent, Tim and Bud. Kaeding Performance relies on this racing experience to offer their customers the latest in sprint car technology, set-up advice and confidence in the parts they sell.

Their staff has many years of racing experience as well so feel free to rely on them for any and all of your racing needs. To learn more about Kaeding Performance visit http://www.kaedings.com/index.php or visit them at their beautiful facility in Campbell, California.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series set for much anticipated return to Petaluma Speedway this Saturday for the “Salute to Baylands”

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – May 7, 2013…When hanging around the track and bench racing with fans throughout Northern California the now defunct Baylands Raceway Park often comes up in conversation. The famous dirt track located in Fremont, California was a favorite among many and this Saturday night at the Petaluma Speedway we will be paying honor to the famed Baylands Raceway.

Sprint Car Announcer, Writer & Historian Bobby Gerould has said of Baylands: "Baylands was a hot spot for great sprint car racing during a much too short-lived time in the 1980's. Located in the heart of the thriving Bay Area, Baylands ran weekly winged sprints, as well as special World of Outlaws, CRA, BCRA, Golden State Challenge and NARC shows. Opening in August, 1981, and racing until November, 1988, Baylands played a vital role in the booming sprint car scene in Northern California.”

Former champions at the track included Jimmy Sills, who dominated action at Baylands and led the speedway in all-time wins, as well as Jimmy Boyd, Dave Bradway Jr., Ed Organ, Steve Kent and “Charging” Chuck Miller on two occasions. A vintage Baylands Raceway Park autograph session is scheduled to go on from 5pm to 5:30pm this Saturday so be sure and stop by to see past racers & officials such as Tim Green, Chuck Gurney, John Golobic, Brent Kaeding, Bruce Homer, David Vodden, George Hague and more.

“We are very excited to be back at the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday and want to thank Rick Faeth and John Soares for making it possible,” said KWS Operations Manager & former Baylands Raceway Park Announcer George Hague. “I have a lot of memories of Baylands from my days as an announcer there and we think it will be great to hold an event to relive the history of the track. We love racing at Petaluma Speedway and getting back on that famous black gumbo will be fun.”

Petaluma Speedway had been commonplace on the Northern Auto Racing Club/ Golden State 410 Series schedule over the years, but a hiatus from the track occurred from the late 90’s to 2004. In 2005 the Golden State 410 Series returned to Petaluma and ran each season through 2010, until another hiatus was seen over the last couple years. In total there have been 11 Winged 410 Sprint Car events held at Petaluma Speedway since ’05.

Three-time & defending King of the West 410 champion Jonathan Allard has been the most dominant driver in 410 competition at Petaluma since 2005 and currently ranks third in the series standings. The Chico native has claimed five victories at Petaluma Speedway out of the last 11 Winged 410 events held at the track, including the most recent race in 2010. Allard is coming off his first podium of the KWS season last Saturday in Chico.

“We’ve had a lot of success at Petaluma Speedway over the last eight or nine years and have really missed going there the last couple seasons,” said Allard. “The racing at Petaluma can be some of the best you will see anywhere and when we get into traffic it can be real hairy. Definitely excited that we have the opportunity to get there on Saturday with the King of the West Series and we hope all the fans will come out and support the show.”

Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst leads the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings going into the “Salute to Baylands” on Saturday. The 25-year-old has scored podium finishes in each of the first three events, including a runner up effort last weekend at the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” aboard his Dennis & Teresa Roth owned Roth Enterprises No. 83jr mount. Hirst claimed victory in round two at the Placerville Speedway and will be looking for another on Saturday.

Sitting just one-point back of Hirst in second happens to be last Saturday’s big winner at the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” young Rico Abreu. The hard charging driver from St. Helena picked up the biggest win of his young career last weekend at the Silver Dollar Speedway and went home with over $8500 for his efforts during the night. Abreu has claimed finishes of fourth or better in all of the first three races in his Abreu Vineyards No. 24 sprinter.

Fresno’s Craig Stidham has had a consistent start to the year and goes into the “Salute to Baylands” on Saturday holding down the fourth spot in the standings. The former “Trophy Cup” winner has scooped up top-10 finishes in every race so far this season. Opening night winner Willie Croft currently rounds out the top-five in KWS points while driving the Clyde Lamar Tri-C Machine mount, which was seen quite often at the Baylands Raceway Park.

Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs ranks sixth in the standings and brought home a runner up finish during the most recent Winged 410 Sprint Car event at the Petaluma Speedway in May of 2010. Reigning Rookie of the Year Chad Compton holds down the seventh spot in points during his sophomore season with the King of the West Series. 2013 Rookie of the Year contender Cory Eliason sits eighth in the standings, while 13-time champion Brent Kaeding and Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. complete the top-10.

Just on the cusp of the top-10 is past Petaluma Speedway winner Jason Statler of Grass Valley, who has been bit by bad luck the last couple weekends. Statler’s last Golden State/ KWS win came at the Petaluma Speedway and he will be trying hard to make a return to victory lane on Saturday. Elk Grove youngster Sean McMahan is 12th in the series standings, with Sydney, Australia native Peter Murphy 13th, Fresno young gun Dominic Scelzi 14th and Coarsegold, CA youngster Scott Parker completing the top-15 in the standings.

Scelzi is coming off a strong performance at the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” last Saturday, where he won a heat race and tied his career best KWS finish with a sixth place effort in the feature. Murphy suffered through his second straight week of tough luck last Saturday, which saw him get upside down in the Last Chance Qualifier. After finishing fourth in the KWS points last season Murphy will look to make up ground in the standings beginning at Petaluma this weekend.

Other’s expected to take on the sticky 3/8 mile clay oval Saturday will include World of Outlaw winner earlier this season Shane Golobic of Fremont, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Fresno’s Carson Macedo, Chico’s Brad Bumgarner, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey & Carl Droivold, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Corning’s Bud Walberg, San Jose’s Nick Green, Rhode Island native Eli Deshaies, Des Moines, Iowa’s Chris Martin and more.

The front gate at the Petaluma Speedway will open at 4pm on Saturday May 11 with racing anticipated to get underway around 7pm. Adult tickets cost $20, with it being $15 for seniors/juniors. The pit gate will open at noon for competitors. 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 information on the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

Upcoming King of the West events:

Next Friday & Saturday May 17 & 18 the King of the West 410’s will head for the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in Fernley, Nevada for the first of five weekends of action at the facility. KWS Managing Director Dan Simpson also happens to be the promoter at RTF Speedway and during the off season a revitalization of the track surface took place. The high-banked 3/8 mile oval should provide great racing over the two-night’s of action.

Be sure and reserve your rooms at the host hotel for KWS in Sparks, Nevada the John Ascuaga’s Nugget. The KWS fan code to use is GKWS2 and to book your rooms visit http://www.janugget.com/hotel/book-a-group.asp or by contacting 800-648-1177. All the teams & crews will be staying at the Nugget & we will have a fan fest party on Friday night after the races! Book your rooms now! You won't wanna stay anywhere else! The JA Nugget is the place to be during KWS weekends at RTF Speedway!

On Memorial Day Weekend the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be in action at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway for the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” The exciting double header will occur on Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26 and will hopefully be the start of a new Memorial Day tradition for 410 Sprint Car fans and teams in California. The Tulare County Fairgrounds offers a great campground so we invite everyone to come on down and camp out for the special event at Thunderbowl Raceway. More information on the one-third mile clay oval can be found at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Pertinent Info

Round four at Petaluma Speedway “Salute to Baylands”

Petaluma, California – Saturday May 11

What:

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is geared up and ready for round number four in the fight for the season long title this Saturday night at the always exciting Petaluma Speedway. So far this year the KWS warriors have visited Antioch, Placerville, Chico and it’s now on to the coastal climate of Petaluma for the much anticipated return to the facility this weekend.

The event on Saturday is billed as the inaugural “Salute to Baylands” and marks the first Winged 410 Sprint Car race at the sticky 3/8 mile oval since 2010. Fans and teams alike have been wanting to see the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series back on the hooked up Petaluma gumbo and now they have their wish. It is expected to be a fun night for all involved, as we pay homage to the now defunct Baylands Raceway Park that was located in Fremont, California.

Petaluma Speedway had been a staple on the Northern Auto Racing Club/ Golden State 410 Series schedule over the years, but a multiple-season hiatus from the track occurred from the late 90’s to 2004. In 2005 the Golden State 410 Series returned to Petaluma and ran each season through 2010, until another hiatus was seen over the last couple years. In total there have been 11 Winged Sprint Car events held at Petaluma Speedway since ’05.

Second generation driver Kyle Hirst leads the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings going into the “Salute to Baylands” on Saturday. The 25-year-old from Sacramento has scored podium finishes in each of the first three events, including a runner up effort last weekend at the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” aboard his Dennis & Teresa Roth owned Roth Enterprises No. 83jr mount.

Sitting just one-point back of Hirst in second happens to be last Saturday’s big winner at the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” young Rico Abreu. The hard charging driver from St. Helena picked up the biggest win of his young career last weekend at the Silver Dollar Speedway and went home with over $8500 for his efforts during the night. Abreu has claimed finishes of fourth or better in all of the first three races in his Abreu Vineyards No. 24 sprinter.

Three-time & defending King of the West 410 champion Jonathan Allard has been the most dominant driver in 410 competition at Petaluma since 2005 and currently ranks third in the series standings. The Chico native has claimed five victories at Petaluma Speedway out of the last 11 Winged 410 events held at the track, including the most recent race in 2010. Allard is coming off his first podium of the KWS season last Saturday in Chico.

Fresno’s Craig Stidham has had a consistent start to the year and goes into the “Salute to Baylands” on Saturday holding down the fourth spot in the standings. The former “Trophy Cup” winner has scooped up top-10 finishes in every race so far this season. Opening night winner Willie Croft currently rounds out the top-five in KWS points while driving the Clyde Lamar Tri-C Machine mount, which was seen quite often at the Baylands Raceway Park.

When:

The front gate at the Petaluma Speedway will open at 4pm on Saturday May 11 with racing anticipated to get underway around 7pm. Adult tickets cost $20, with it being $15 for seniors/juniors. The pit gate will open at noon for competitors. The vintage Baylands Raceway Park autograph session is scheduled to go on from 5pm to 5:30pm so be sure and stop by to see past racers & officials such as Tim Green, Chuck Gurney, John Golobic, Brent Kaeding, David Vodden, George Hague and more.

Where:

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.

On the Internet:

King of the West Sprint Car Series-

Official Website- http://www.kwssprints.com Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/KWSSprintRacing You Tube- http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee Instagram- kwssprints

Petaluma Speedway Official Website- http://www.petaluma-speedway.com Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Petaluma-Speedway/195710236914?fref=ts Twitter- https://twitter.com/PetalumaSpeedwy

About the track:

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

The all-time 410 track record at Petaluma Speedway is held by 2009 Golden State/ 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.

Recent winners of Golden State/ King of the West 410 Winged Sprint Car events at Petaluma:

2005- Sean Becker 2006- Jonathan Allard twice 2007- Sean Becker & Jonathan Allard 2008- Bud Kaeding & Jason Statler 2009- Tyler Walker twice 2010- Jonathan Allard twice

Baylands Raceway Park history from Bobby Gerould/HammerdownUSA and Auto Racing Legends of California:

"Baylands" was a hot spot for great sprint car racing during a much too short-lived time in the 1980's. Located in Fremont, CA, in the heart of the thriving Bay Area, Baylands ran weekly winged sprints, as well as special World of Outlaws, CRA, BCRA, Golden State Challenge and NARC shows. Opening in August, 1981, and racing until November, 1988, Baylands played a vital role in the booming sprint car scene in Northern California.

Winning wasn't easy at Baylands. The track required strong horsepower, and thus ruled out the underfunded teams. The Baylands Winners List is a Who's Who in sprint car racing. Close proximity to major Bay Area airports made it simple for car owners to fly drivers in from around the globe. Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Bobby Davis Jr., Rich Vogler, and many others flew in to drive unfamiliar cars.

Fans (including us), would get all hyped for the special races at Baylands, because you knew you would see something fresh or different. The late, Rich Vogler raced for Harold Casto, Steve Kinser drove for Richard Lovell, and Sammy Swindell was a driver for Jim Klein.

The regulars at Baylands were among the best in the world. Jimmy Sills owned the joint. Not literally, but figuratively. Sills was special at Baylands driving for the Bailey Brothers in the black #01, but was equally strong in the Owen & Smith #14. Chuck Gurney, Jimmy Boyd, Tim Green, Ronnie Day, Darrell Hanestad, Chuck Miller, Steve Kent and the late Dave Bradway Jr., were there almost every Saturday night. Lealand McSpadden would buzz in from Arizona. Brent Kaeding was concentrating on NARC but ran as many Baylands races as he could. Oklahoma's Tommie Estes Jr., replaced Bradway in the Tri-C #3 and ran often in 1987 and 1988.

Former champions at Baylands Raceway Park:

1982 – Jimmy Sills 1983 – Jimmy Boyd 1984 – Dave Bradway Jr 1985 – Ed Organ 1986 – Chuck Miller 1987 – Steve Kent 1988 – Chuck Miller

1st race – 8/14/81 – LeRoy Van Connett Last Race – 10/8/88 – Steve Kent Track closed November 1988

Top-10 in King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series driver standings after three rounds of competition:

1. Kyle Hirst 466; 2. Rico Abreu 465; 3. Jonathan Allard 437; 4. Craig Stidham 431; 5. Willie Croft 419; 6. Evan Suggs 416; 7. Chad Compton 368; 8. Cory Eliason 360; 9. Brent Kaeding 358; 10. Richard Brace Jr. 357

Winners so far this season with King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series:

Antioch Speedway April 20: Willie Croft; Placerville Speedway April 27: Kyle Hirst; Silver Dollar Speedway May 4: Rico Abreu

Upcoming King of the West events:

Next Friday & Saturday May 17 & 18 the King of the West 410’s will head for the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in Fernley, Nevada for the first of five weekends of action at the facility. KWS Managing Director Dan Simpson also happens to be the promoter at RTF Speedway and during the off season a revitalization of the track surface took place.

Be sure and reserve your rooms at the host hotel for KWS in Sparks, Nevada the John Ascuaga’s Nugget. The KWS fan code to use is GKWS2 and to book your rooms visit http://www.janugget.com/hotel/book-a-group.asp or by contacting 800-648-1177. All the teams & crews will be staying at the Nugget & we will have a fan fest party on Friday night after the races! Book your rooms now! You won't wanna stay anywhere else! The JA Nugget is the place to be during KWS weekends at RTF Speedway!

On Memorial Day Weekend the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be in action at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway for the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” The exciting double header will occur on Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26 and will hopefully be the start of a new Memorial Day tradition for 410 Sprint Car fans and teams in California. The Tulare County Fairgrounds offers a great campground so we invite everyone to come on down and camp out for the special event at Thunderbowl Raceway. More information on the one-third mile clay oval can be found at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com

 

 

St. Helena wheel-man Rico Abreu races to the biggest win of his career & goes home with over $8500 at the 23rd annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” on Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – May 4, 2013…The annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico is always a race that Northern California Sprint Car drivers mark on their calendar. The past winners list of the event is a practical who’s who of Sprint Car racing in the Golden State over the years and after Saturday a new name has been etched on the list, with that driver being 21-year-old Rico Abreu.

The talented St. Helena, California youngster had a near perfect night at the 23rd edition of the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial,” setting the Carwash Mike Fast Time to begin the night and also winning the six-lap Dash. The fast time effort earned him $1140 cash, plus a custom Jagermeister Trophy & Coors Light Cowboy hat in honor of late Sprint Car fan Carwash Mike Avilla. His victory in the Dash also paid $1000 cash, with that ironically coming courtesy of Abreu Vineyards.

Overall Abreu will walk out of the Silver Dollar Speedway with over $8500, during what was his third career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory. His other two wins with the series also came during special races and included the Tribute to Gary Patterson at Calistoga and the Chris/Brian Faria Memorial in Tulare last season. Abreu scooped up the lead on Saturday with just under 10-laps left in the feature when race long leader Shane Stewart suffered a reported broken U-Joint.

“Ah man this is just awesome to come out here and win the Bradway,” Abreu said after leaping from the top wing of his car on the front stretch. “I can’t thank Paul Silva and this whole team enough. This is a brand new ART Chassis and it really worked well all weekend. It’s pretty special to add my name to the list of Bradway winners, because this is a huge race and it’s such a big honor to win it. I felt bad for Shane Stewart to drop out like that, but that’s how racing goes sometimes and I couldn’t be happier to be standing here in victory lane at Chico.”

Fans, teams, drivers and officials showed definite grit to begin the night as a freak wind and rain storm pounded down on the Chico area just as hot laps were getting started. Despite forecasts of mid-90’s and no rain the Midwest-like storm came in and threatened to put a damper on things, but everyone hunkered down and waited things out. Once the brief rain shower passed the track was worked back in and the program was run to completion.

The 40-lap main event came to the line with Dash winner Abreu and Bixby, Oklahoma’s Shane Stewart on the front row. Stewart jumped out to the early lead and seemed to have the car to beat as he looked for his second career “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” victory aboard the Silva Motorsports No. 57 mount. In the open track the two-time ASCS National champion had no problems pulling away to a healthy advantage, but his biggest challenges came on a number of double-file restarts, where Abreu tried his hardest to get by while running the high-side.

As Stewart stayed committed to the bottom Abreu attempted to sail his Abreu Vineyards No. 24 sprinter around the top, but each time would come up just short of getting by off the second corner. With the race winding down and just 10-laps left Stewart entered turn three and a puff of smoke emitted from the 57 machine, which ultimately saw him slow and park it in the infield to end his night in heartbreaking fashion. This handed the lead to Abreu, who had a fast closing Kyle Hirst and Jonathan Allard trying to run him down and take command.

The lead trio had to deal with lapped traffic and a couple times Hirst closed right up to Abreu’s back bumper, but the youngster drove a perfect final few laps and crossed the checkered for the biggest victory of his three-year Sprint Car career. Extra money to bump up the normal A-main winners share was donated from Red Line Oil, Butler Built Performance, Roth Motorsports and Gil & Al Velo. For setting fast time, winning the dash, winning the A-main and also receiving lap money, Abreu as mentioned earned over $8500 for the night, which is an all-time record in the 23-year history of the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial.”

Hirst came home second to record his career best “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” finish and also claim his third consecutive podium to start the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season. “I gave it everything I had right there to try and get by Rico but he did a great job so I want to congratulate him on the win. I want to win this race really bad and one of these years I’ll get a Bradway. We’ve had a great start to the season and I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth and this whole Roth Enterprises team enough for giving me great stuff each week.”

Allard crossed the stripe in third to score his first podium finish of the season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. “I’m happy to be up here on the podium tonight and tried to find another groove to make up ground on some guys and luckily it paid off. I want to thank the Durica’s for always doing a great job with the Bradway Memorial and want to give a big thanks to Dan Simpson for giving us just a tremendous series to run with KWS, because he doesn’t get enough thanks for all he does as well. We’ll go on to Petaluma and try to get this Williams 0 in victory lane.”

Placerville’s Andy Gregg did a great job in the main event to battle among the top few cars much of the race and bring home a fourth place finish at the helm of the Coors Light No. 53 mount. It marked Gregg’s career best result at the Bradway Memorial. Former Bradway winner Sean Becker rounded out the top-five in the feature and earned the “Abreu Vineyards Hard Charger Award” for the night after starting from the sixth row, which paid $1000 cash. “The Shark” will also go home with a custom award donated by Alan Bradway & Grant’s Foto Art. The top-10 was rounded out by Dominic Scelzi, Justyn Cox, Craig Stidham, Christopher Bell and Willie Croft.

The 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier was captured by Corning’s Bud Walberg, who will go home with $1000 cash courtesy of Abreu Vineyards plus lap money. As previously mentioned Rico Abreu took home the $1000 Abreu Vineyards Dash, while Justin Sanders won the 10-lap C-main. The four 10-lap heat races were picked off by Shane Stewart, Willie Croft, Jonathan Allard and Dominic Scelzi. The heat winners received $500 cash from Abreu Vineyards, a right rear tire & five sleeves of tear offs from HoservilleCA and a case of gear oil from Red Line Oil.

As also noted Rico Abreu kicked off the night by earning the Carwash Mike Fast Time Award with a clocking of 12.199 around the quarter mile. Donations for the $1140 to win Carwash Mike Fast Time Award came in from Gloria & Manny Avilla, Gary Thomas, Chico Truck & RV, Steve & Donna Gomez, All Transmission & Fleet Service, Brody & Lauren Vickers and Sheree & Loree Toller. It marked Abreu’s second career fast time with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.

On behalf of everyone with the King of the West Sprint Car Series we’d like to thank everybody for their support of the 23rd annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” and for continuing to make it one of the biggest events each season on the West Coast. Special thanks to Dave & Dianne Durica for all the hard work they put in to organize all the lap money and special awards that are gathered for the Bradway.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now get ready for the inaugural “Salute to Baylands” this coming Saturday night May 11 at the Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, California. It will be the first 410 Winged Sprint Car event at the sticky three-eighths mile clay oval since 2010 and has been a much anticipated outing on the schedule. For more info on Petaluma Speedway visit them on the web at http://www.petaluma-speedway.com

More information on the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

“Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” Silver Dollar Speedway Results – King of the West Sprint Car Series

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Fast time: Rico Abreu

Heat one: 1. Shane Stewart, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Sean Becker, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Jason Statler, 6. Keith Bloom Jr., 7. Jason York, 8. Brad Bumgarner, 9. Scott Parker, 10. Clint Wilson

Heat two: 1. Willie Croft, 2. Andy Gregg, 3. Mason Moore, 4. Craig Stidham, 5. Mich...ael Tarter, 6. Eli Deshaies, 7. Chad Compton, 8. Doug Gandy, 9. Pat Harvey, 10. Andy Forsberg

Heat three: 1. Jonathan Allard, 2. Evan Suggs, 3. Nick Green, 4. Cory Eliason, 5. Brent Kaeding, 6. Chris Martin, 7. RC Smith, 8. Bud Walberg, 9. Mike Funkhouser, 10. Carl Droivold

Heat four: 1. Dominic Scelzi, 2. Justyn Cox, 3. Kyle Hirst, 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Peter Murphy, 6. Justin Sanders, 7. Richard Brace Jr., 8. Kevin Sharrah, 9. Sean McMahan, 10. Geoffrey Strole

C-main: 1. Justin Sanders, 2. Brad Bumgarner, 3. Brent Kaeding, 4. Pat Harvey, 5. Clint Wilson, 6. Mike Funkhouser, 7. Doug Gandy, 8. Geoffrey Strole

Dash: 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Shane Stewart, 3. Kyle Hirst, 4. Andy Gregg, 5. Jonathan Allard, 6. Dominic Scelzi, 7. Craig Stidham, 8. Willie Croft

LCQ: 1. Bud Walberg, 2. Keith Bloom Jr., 3. Chad Compton, 4. Richard Brace Jr., 5. Kevin Sharrah, 6. RC Smith

A-main: 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Jonathan Allard, 4. Andy Gregg, 5. Sean Becker, 6. Dominic Scelzi, 7. Justyn Cox, 8. Craig Stidham, 9. Christopher Bell, 10. Willie Croft, 11. Mason Moore, 12. Bud Walberg, 13. Evan Suggs, 14. Richard Brace Jr., 15. Keith Bloom Jr., 16. RC Smith, 17. Chad Compton, 18. Shane Stewart, 19. Kevin Sharrah, 20. Nick Green, 21. Cory Eliason, 22. Carson Macedo

 

 

Jonathan Allard on "KWS Tonight"

Buzz is in the air over Saturday’s “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” at Silver Dollar Speedway & “KWS Tonight” will be on the air this Thursday evening getting everyone ready for the special event. We will also showcase a great highlight package from last Saturday’s event at the Placerville Speedway, along with putting a wrap on what was a great night of racing at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds bullring.

Kyle Hirst won his fifth career Golden State/ King of the West 410 main event in Placerville and leads the points heading into this Saturday’s “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” in Chico. During the show we also have a sound bite with Hirst on the “Kaeding Performance Winners Circle” with some words about what it would mean to win the Bradway.

If you didn’t make Placerville last weekend be sure and tune into the show this Thursday for all the exciting action that took place last week. It was a spectacular finish to the 30-lapper with Hirst and Fremont’s Shane Golobic fighting it out for the win. Easton’s Tommy Tarlton put on a stunning charge from the rear to third in his first time competing at the track driving a 410 in many years.

We also caught up with our own “Mr. 5-time” himself, Jonathan Allard last weekend in the pits at Placerville & got some words with him about the 23rd annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial.” Allard last year became the first ever 5-time Bradway Memorial champion and actually won his very first Golden State/ King of the West feature at the event in 2001.

George Hague will also share various quotes about Dave Bradway Jr. from a few members of the racing community including David Vodden, Grove Hill and Brent Kaeding. Troy Hennig will also call in to discuss his excitement for the weekend ahead at Silver Dollar Speedway. Dave Bradway Jr. was a hero of Hennig’s growing up so it has always been a special event for him personally.

We will break down some of the special awards on the line and give thanks to everyone for their generosity shown towards this year’s Bradway Memorial. Saturday will be your one-time only this season to catch the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars at Silver Dollar Speedway, so don’t miss it! We’re excited and we hope you all are too!

We'll also introduce everyone to Tex Raceworthy during the show! If you don't know him yet, you will after watching "KWS Tonight!"

The pit gate this Saturday May 4 will open at 3pm with the front grandstand gate for fans opening at 5pm, qualifying around 6:30pm and racing is scheduled to begin around 7pm. Adult tickets will cost just $20 on Saturday, juniors will be $15 and children are $6. There will also be 150 complimentary hot dogs & Pepsi’s available to children on Saturday night, so bring the kids and come enjoy what will be a great night of entertainment.

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

Don't forget to make your reservations now at the JA Nugget for the first King of the West Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway weekend on May 17 & 18 by logging onto http://www.janugget.com/hotel/book-a-group.asp & enter the code GKWS2 for the KWS rate!

To view “KWS Tonight” log onto http://www.kwssprints.com/ starting at 7pm on Thursday May 2. The show will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week and will be archived on our You Tube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

 

 

Packed house sees Kyle Hirst make the closing laps count to win a thriller at Placerville Speedway with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – April 27, 2013…The Placerville Speedway always has a reputation of providing late race drama whenever the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series visits the tight, high-banked bullring. On Saturday night that certainly rang true, as Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst made a late charge to ride the high-line and get around Shane Golobic with just a couple laps left to score his fifth career series victory in thrilling fashion.

Driving the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr Hirst claimed a bit of redemption at his home track, after another thrilling King of the West event last June in Placerville saw him come home second to Brent Kaeding following a wheel-to-wheel battle over the closing laps. This time however, the 25-year-old came out on the winning end to give car owners’ Dennis & Teresa Roth yet another 410 Sprint Car victory on the red clay.

“That was one awesome race right there and I hope all you fans enjoyed it,” said an immensely excited Hirst on the front stretch after leaping from the car. “I kept trying that high line in three and four and finally got close enough there at the end to sweep past Shane (Golobic) and get the lead. I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth and this whole Roth Enterprises team for giving me a great car and a great opportunity. It’s awesome to see these grandstands so full tonight so thank you everyone for coming out.”

The 30-lap main event began with Dash winner Shane Golobic of Fremont getting the lead aboard his Soltis Brothers No. 121 mount. The recent World of Outlaws winner looked extremely strong much of the race with no challengers seemingly in sight early on. The action behind him though was intense with drivers trying to find the fastest way around the slicked off quarter mile clay oval.

Lap seven saw Golobic dodge a big bullet as he got sideways into the infield and looked to have lost the lead, but a yellow flag at that same time for Chad Compton saved it. As the race went on Hirst, who had got up to second, began to the find the high side in turns three and four to his liking. The hard charging Sacramento wheel man blasted around the cushion on that end of the speedway and tried to get close enough to Golobic to make something happen.

A double file restart with just over five laps remaining gave Hirst his chance and when the green lights came on he stayed within striking distance of the leader. As the crowd sensed the upcoming fight for the lead Hirst closed in quickly riding the cushion and coming off turn four he executed the move of the night to slice past Golobic and take the top spot with just a couple laps left.

Golobic stayed close, but Hirst drove a perfect final two circuits and crossed the checkered flag to pick up the ultra exciting victory. Hirst’s fifth career Golden State/ King of the West win places him into a tie for 21st on the all-time list with Grinnell, Iowa’s Dennis Moore Jr. and Gilroy’s Eric Rossi. The triumph also gives him and his Roth Enterprises team lots of momentum heading into next Saturday’s “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” in Chico, an event Hirst wants to win as much as any other.

Golobic crossed the line in second to pick up another strong finish aboard the JoeVonschriltz No. 121 machine. The 21-year-old has had a very strong start to 2013 and it was great to have him in the field on Saturday. “I’m happy to be up here on the podium, but real disappointed to get second after leading so many laps. We were pretty much a sitting duck out there and Kyle Hirst did what he had to do and found something up top. Sometimes it’s better to be in second late in the race and that was the case here. I want to thank my whole team for giving me a great car all night long.”

Easton’s Tommy Tarlton put on arguably the drive of the night to rebound after getting in an early incident and charge all the way back through the field to earn a strong third place finish. “The Terminator” originally started from 18th on the grid and earned the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award in the feature. “That was so much fun out there being able to come through the field like we did and I can’t say enough about Paul Baines and this whole crew. It’s been a long time since I’ve ran here in a 410 and we really got rolling good there in the main event. It’s great to see this place packed with fans and I want to thank all you for coming out and supporting us.”

St. Helena’s Rico Abreu also charged from the rear of the field to thrill the capacity crowd on hand aboard his Abreu Vineyards No. 24 mount. The 21-year-old got in an early spin and carved his way back forward to earn a solid finish. Abreu was able to hang onto his car despite contact on the final corner with Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, which left the DF Rios 00 stopped off the surface. For Statler it was a tough way to end what was a great run going for the former Golden State/ KWS champ. Defending King of the West champion Jonathan Allard from Chico rounded out the top-five in the feature behind the wheel of the Williams Motorsports No. 0 Sprinter.

Coming home sixth in the 30-lapper was Fresno’s Craig Stidham, seventh went to 22nd starter Jimmy Trulli, who had a very impressive run after earning the final transfer spot out of the Last Chance Qualifier. It’s always a pleasure to have Trulli and the 33t team on hand when we visit Placerville Speedway. 15-year-old young guns Dominic Scelzi of Fresno and Chris Martin of Des Moines, Iowa came home eighth and ninth respectably for solid 410 debuts at the Placerville Speedway. Rounding out the top-10 was National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding of Campbell.

Sacramento’s Willie Croft captured the night’s 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier and Shane Golobic claimed the six-lap Dash. The four 10-lap Kaeding Performance Heat Races went to Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Rico Abreu, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs and Craig Stidham. Cory Eliason paced the 32-car field in qualifying to earn his first career King of the West BR Motorsports Fast Time Award. The youngster toured the quarter-mile in 10.286 seconds.

Next Saturday night May 4 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be in action for the only time this season at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. It also marks the 23rd annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” and looks to be the best field we will see all season long.

There will be extra money & awards on the line all night next Saturday. The “Carwash Mike Fast Time Award” currently stands at $1100 cash plus a custom Jagermeister Trophy & Coors Light Cowboy Hat, along with a $100 certificate from BR Motorsports. The “Abreu Vineyards Hard Charger Award” will pay $1000 cash to the hard charger in the 40-lap A-main. The hard charger will also receive the usual KWS $200 certificate from Pit Stop USA & $50 certificate from KSE Racing Products.

The 40-lap A-main will also pay a guaranteed $4500-to-win, courtesy donations from Butler Built Performance, Red Line Oil and Roth Motorsports. Dave and Diane Durica have once again collected lap money for the night. Each lap of the A-main and Last Chance Qualifier will pay $100 to be distributed among the top three each lap. The leader of the lap gets $50, second $30 and third $20.

The six-lap Dash during the night will pay a shocking $1000 cash to win courtesy Abreu Vineyards.

Each heat race will pay $500 cash to win courtesy Abreu Vineyards, plus a right rear tire & five sleeves of tear offs courtesy HoservilleCA, plus a case of gear oil courtesy Red Line Oil. The Last Chance Qualifier also will feature an extra perk during the night, with $1000 cash going to the winner courtesy of Abreu Vineyards. If a driver could lead all 12-laps in the Last Chance Qualifier and with lapped money added in, they would go home with $1600 just for the LCQ!

To keep up to date with all the great happening’s at the 23rd annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” stay glued to http://www.kwssprints.com and http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Pertinent Info

Round three at Silver Dollar Speedway - 23rd annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial”

Chico, California – Saturday May 4

What:

The 23rd annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” is on tap this Saturday night for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. The event is always one of the biggest each season and packs special awards and extra money all night long. It will also be the only time this season to catch the KWS 410’s at the historic quarter-mile bullring.

Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst goes into the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” sitting atop the King of the West Series standings for the first time in his career. The 25-year-old last Saturday drove the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr to an exciting victory at the Placerville Speedway and will be trying hard to make it two in a row this weekend.

"The Bradway means so much to me and my family and I really hope to add my name to the winners list,” 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 I always have circled on my calendar. My mom & dad were such good friends of David and put so much into this race for so many years that I would love to win it for them.”

Former “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” winners scheduled to compete include five-time & defending event champion Jonathan Allard, four-time victor Brent Kaeding, 2010 winner Shane Stewart, ’04 winner Jason Statler, ’06 champion Sean Becker and 2011 winner Peter Murphy. The Alan Bradway/Steve Tuccelli owned No. x1 will also make its return to the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” with two-time Silver Dollar Speedway 410 champion Andy Forsberg at the helm.

An immensely talented field made up of World of Outlaws winners, King of the West winners, ASCS winners, Silver Dollar Speedway winners, Civil War winners and more will tackle the challenging quarter-mile clay oval on Saturday.

Keep in mind that this is T-Shirt year at the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” so be sure and bring some extra money to pick up your commemorative event shirt that turned out great, designed by artist extraordinaire Randy Frank. Bradway shirts are $20 and will be available at the Durica Family RV in the campground over the weekend.

The “Carwash Mike Fast Time Award” currently stands at $1100 cash plus a custom Jagermeister Trophy & Coors Light Cowboy Hat in memory of the late sprint car super fan Mike Avilla, along with a $100 certificate from BR Motorsports. Mancamp Motorsports has also donated $100 to the second fastest qualifier.

The “Abreu Vineyards Hard Charger Award” at the Bradway will pay $1000 cash to the hard charger in the 40-lap A-main. The hard charger will also receive the usual KWS $200 certificate from Pit Stop USA & $50 certificate from KSE Racing Products.

The 40-lap A-main will also pay a guaranteed $4500-to-win, courtesy donations from Butler Built Performance, Red Line Oil and Roth Motorsports. Dave and Diane Durica have once again collected lap money for the night so each lap of the A-main and Last Chance Qualifier will pay $100 to be distributed among the top three each lap. The leader of the lap gets $50, second $30 and third $20.

The six-lap Dash during the night will pay a shocking $1000 cash to win courtesy of Abreu Vineyards. The Dash is always oh so important in determining the fate of a drivers night, so the six-lapper this Saturday is sure to be an all out war going for the pole position of the feature and a cool grand that goes along with it.

Each heat race will also pay $500 cash to win courtesy of Abreu Vineyards, plus a right rear Hoosier Tire & five sleeves of tear offs courtesy of HoservilleCA, plus a case of gear oil courtesy of Red Line Oil. Each heat race winner will also receive a trophy from HoservilleCA that they will give to a child in the stands following a short interview on the front stretch.

The Last Chance Qualifier also will feature an extra perk during the night, with $1000 cash going to the winner courtesy of Abreu Vineyards. If a driver could lead all 12-laps in the Last Chance Qualifier and with lap money added in, they would go home with $1600 just for the LCQ!

The “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” pays tribute to fallen 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 a driver destined for stardom in Sprint Car racing and the event held in his memory has become a cornerstone for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series each season. With all the money and awards on the line this year it looks to be one of the very best Bradway’s on record.

“I can’t wait for the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial this weekend,” said Silver Dollar Speedway announcer and communications director Troy Hennig. “The King of the West Series has had two great car counts so far this season and we’re expecting a huge field on Saturday. We also had a terrific race last Friday here in Chico so that has us all pumped up. When it comes to Sprint Car racing in California it doesn’t get much better than what we will see on Saturday night at the Bradway.”

When:

The pit gate this Saturday May 4 will open at 3pm with the front grandstand gate for fans opening at 5pm, qualifying around 6:30pm and racing is scheduled to begin around 7pm. Be sure and get there early for a special autograph session that you won’t want to miss!

Where:

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

Tickets:

Adult tickets will cost just $20 on Saturday, juniors will be $15 and children are $6. There will also be a number of complimentary hot dogs & Pepsi’s available to children on Saturday night, so bring the kids and come enjoy what will be a great night of entertainment.

About the track:

The Silver Dollar Speedway is a high-banked quarter-mile clay oval and is considered one of the most famous dirt tracks in the country. The all-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series track record at SDS was set by Chico’s Jonathan Allard during the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” on May 9, 2009 at a time of 11.119 seconds. The all-time track record stands at a blistering 10.918 and was set in 2009 by Brownsburg, Indiana’s Joey Saldana.

Last year’s “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” at Silver Dollar Speedway:

History was made last year when Chico’s Jonathan Allard became the first driver to win the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” on five occasions. The three-time and defending series champion in fact has captured five of the last 12 Bradway Memorial’s after getting his first career series win at the 2001 event. Oroville’s Sean Becker had a strong run last season to charge from 11th to second and San Jose’s Tim Kaeding rounded out the podium. Shane Stewart brought home a fourth place finish and Roger Crockett completed the top-five in the 40-lapper.

Rounding out the top-10 last year was 14th starter Bobby McMahan, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Mitch Olson. Earning the hard charger award in the main event was Suggs, who drove from 17th to seventh. The "Carwash Mike Fast Time Award" last season was Tim Kaeding, who toured the quarter-mile in 12.165 seconds.

Top-10 in King of the West points going into this Saturday night:

1. Kyle Hirst 311; 2. Rico Abreu 304; 3. Craig Stidham 287; 4. Evan Suggs 286; 5. Willie Croft 282; 6. Jonathan Allard 281; 7. Brent Kaeding 280; 8. Shane Golobic 271; 9. Jason Statler 260; 10. Chad Compton 252

KWS main event winners so far this season:

Antioch Speedway April 20- Willie Croft; Placerville Speedway April 27- Kyle Hirst

On the internet:

King of the West Sprint Car Series-

Official Website- http://www.kwssprints.com Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/kwssprintracing You Tube- http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee Instagram- kwssprints

Silver Dollar Speedway-

Official Website- http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Silver-Dollar-Speedway-Chico-Ca/245116138498 Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/sdspeedway

Upcoming King of the West events:

Round number four for the King of the West 410’s is slated for the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday May 11 and will be the inaugural “Salute to Baylands,” as we pay tribute to the now defunct Baylands Raceway Park that was located in Fremont, CA.

The event also marks the very first Winged 410 Sprint Car race at the sticky three-eighths mile clay oval since 2010 and is a much anticipated stop on the schedule. A number of past Baylands Raceway Park stars will be on hand for autographs and interviews during the night. The Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & information on the track can be found at http://www.petaluma-speedway.com

On Friday & Saturday May 17 & 18 the King of the West 410’s will head for the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in Fernley, Nevada for the first of five weekends of action at the facility. KWS Managing Director Dan Simpson also happens to be the promoter at RTF Speedway and during the off season a revitalization of the track surface took place. Be sure and reserve your rooms at the host hotel for KWS in Sparks, Nevada the John Ascuaga’s Nugget. The KWS fan code to use is GKWS2 and to book your rooms visit http://www.janugget.com/hotel/book-a-group.asp

The month of May will then be capped with a double-header at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway over Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26. The much anticipated weekend will pay tribute to brothers Chris & Brian Faria in the annual “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” at the one-third mile clay oval. The Thunderbowl Raceway is located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds in Tulare. More information can be found at http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Results – Saturday April 27 Placerville Speedway

32-cars

Fast time: Cory Eliason 10.286

Heat one: 1. Cory Eliason, 2. Jonathan Allard, 3. Scott Parker, 4. Todd Wanless, 5. Pat Harvey, 6. Willie Croft, 7. Danielle Simpson

Heat two: 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Richard Brace Jr., 4. Jason Statler, 5. Chris Martin, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Bud Walberg

Heat three: 1. Evan Suggs, 2. Dominic Scelzi, 3. Andy Gregg, 4. Tommy Tarlton, 5. Sean McMahan, 6. Carl Droivold, 7. Doug Gandy, 8. Peter Murphy

Heat four: 1. Craig Stidham, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Brent Kaeding, 4. Chad Compton, 5. Jimmy Trulli, 6. Geoffrey Strole, 7. Eli Deshaies, 8. Justin Johnson

Dash: 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Jason Statler, 3. Kyle Hirst, 4. Andy Gregg, 5. Evan Suggs, 6. Craig Stidham, 7. Rico Abreu, 8. Cory Eliason

Last Chance Qualifier: 1. Willie Croft, 2. Sean McMahan, 3. Chris Martin, 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Mark Barroso, 6. Jimmy Trulli, 7. Justin Johnson, 8. Pat Harvey, 9. Carl Droivold, 10. Geoffrey Strole, 11. Eli Deshaies, 12. Peter Murphy, 13. Doug Gandy

A-main: 1. Kyle Hirst, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Tommy Tarlton, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Jonathan Allard, 6. Craig Stidham, 7. Jimmy Trulli, 8. Dominic Scelzi, 9. Chris Martin, 10. Brent Kaeding, 11. Evan Suggs, 12. Scott Parker, 13. Mark Barroso, 14. Chad Compton, 15. Jason Statler, 16. Willie Croft, 17. Carson Macedo, 18. Cory Eliason, 19. Sean McMahan, 20. Andy Gregg, 21. Richard Brace Jr., 22. Todd Wanless

 

 

 

 

With the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season off & running the “KWS Tonight” gang will put a wrap on the Antioch Speedway opener last weekend & showcase highlights from the night’s action starting tonight at 7pm pst on www.kwssprints.com

We also have a sound bite with last Saturday’s big winner Willie Croft, who won his fourth career Golden State/ King of the West main event in Antioch. We had the chance to talk with him about the special bounty that has been put up for Friday night’s point race at Silver Dollar Speedway. Croft has won three races in a row & if he could win Friday & make it four in a row, then he will earn a $400 bonus from SDS promoter Dennis Gage.

Our featured guest on the show this week is Pit Stop USA President Ed Coughenour, who talks about Pit Stop USA, what products they focus on and how excited he is for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series return to Petaluma Speedway on May 11. Pit Stop USA is also returning as the KWS hard charger partner for the third straight season and also sponsors the Friends & Family Racing No. x1 Sprint Car driven by Andy Forsberg.

We will preview KWS Round two this Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway and give a first look at some of the special awards on the line at next weekend’s “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” at Silver Dollar Speedway. All in all it looks to be one the biggest Bradway’s in many years, if not ever!!!

To view “KWS Tonight” log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm on Thursday April 25. The show will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week and will be archived on our You Tube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

This Saturday April 27 the front grandstand gate at the Placerville Speedway will open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Adult tickets on Saturday will cost $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $6. All seating is general admission and fans are encouraged to get there early.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the 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. More information on the track can be found at http://www.placervillespeedway.com

 

 

High-banks of Placerville Speedway play host to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this Saturday night April 27

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – April 23, 2013… Famous for its steep banks, distinctive red clay & extremely close action the Placerville Speedway is also known for having some of the most loyal fans in Northern California racing and this Saturday night the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will hit the quarter-mile for round number two of the 2013 season.

The Placerville Speedway is located just 40 minutes from the capital city of Sacramento and is known for its challenging high-banks and trademark red-clay, which makes for a unique style of racing that can't be seen anywhere else in the state. Saturday will mark the first of two season appearances by KWS with the other occurring later in the summer on June 29.

“The fans at Placerville are always great and really get into the racing,” said King of the West Series Operations Manager George Hague. “They all have their local favorites and it’s a lot of fun to see so many people that love sprint car racing. The track itself is as action-packed as it gets. Any time you are turning low 10-second laps you know it’s going to be wild. We like to call it jet fighters in a gymnasium.”

“Double Down” Willie Croft leads the King of the West Series standings going into Saturday on the strength of his win last weekend at the Antioch Speedway aboard his Clyde & Marion Lamar owned No. 3c sprinter. Placerville Speedway is also a home game for Croft and the Tri-C Machine team, as both call the Sacramento area home.

Last season the former “Mini Gold Cup” winner brought home a pair of top-five finishes in the two Placerville events, including a podium in April.

Croft also recently scored a weekly main event win at the Placerville Speedway on April 13 and at the Silver Dollar Speedway this past Friday. With three wins in his last three starts the Sacramento wheel-man will look to keep up his hot streak on Saturday. By winning last week Croft tied Kyle Hirst, Peter Murphy, Andy Forsberg, Chuck Miller and Darrell Hanestad on the all-time Golden State/ King of the West win list with four triumphs.

Last June Campbell's Brent Kaeding broke a long winless streak with the King of the West 410 Series by picking up a thrilling victory at the Placerville Speedway. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer that night battled toe to toe with Kyle Hirst over the final laps of the feature and kept the packed house on the edge of their seats. “BK” also tallied a runner up finish at the track last April after charging from the 12th starting spot. Kaeding is coming off a sixth place effort at the KWS opener in Antioch.

Rico Abreu had a solid outing at the opener in Antioch and goes into Placerville Speedway looking to claim his third career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win. The 21-year-old finished second at Antioch and had a great run going in weekly action at Placerville on April 6, until a spin in traffic while chasing down leader Kyle Larson relegated him to the rear. The hard charging driver from St. Helena is always worth the price of admission and will be fun to watch on the high banks this Saturday.

KWS competitor Doug Gandy was a fixture at the Placerville Speedway in his day and claimed a trio of track title’s in the 1970’s. "I have some great memories at Placerville," Gandy has said. “I'm not quite sure what we would have done as a family back then if they hadn't built it. It's a special place to me and I look forward to coming back. I will always appreciate those days racing there and all the great fans.” This Saturday night Gandy will join Jason Statler & Chad Compton in the pre-race King of the West Series autograph session at 5pm when the front gate opens.

The always consistent Evan Suggs ranks third in the King of the West points after finishing fifth in the main event at Antioch during the opener. The 26-year-old Scotts Valley native shares the Placerville Speedway 410 track record with Tim Kaeding at a blazing fast 9.913 seconds. In August of 2010 Suggs led all but three laps in the main event at Placerville, eventually scoring a second place finish to Tim Kaeding.

A tie for the fourth spot in points is currently seen between Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst and Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan. Hirst last week was the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger coming from 11th to third in the 30-lapper. The 25-year-old also routinely runs strong at the Placerville Speedway and has multiple wins at the track in his career. Hirst last year ran second to Brent Kaeding in the June event at Placerville aboard his Roth Enterprises No. 83jr.

McMahan began his Sprint Car career at the Placerville Speedway in 1982 by earning Rookie of the Year honors and always loves going back to the high-banked bullring. "It's always special for me to go back to Placerville since that's where I started racing sprint cars,” the veteran driver has said. McMahan scored a fourth place finish in the feature at the opener and will be looking to break his way into victory lane at Placerville on Saturday.

Ranking seventh through 10th in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings after one round of competition are Sydney, Australia native Peter Murphy, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Australian traveler Todd Wanless and Grass Valley’s Jason Statler. In 2004 Statler picked up a Golden State/ King of the West victory at Placerville Speedway and is another driver that typically runs strong on the red clay.

Three-time & defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Jonathan Allard will look to rebound following a tough main event at the opener that saw him finish 13th. The Chico veteran has been one of the most consistent drivers in 410 action at the Placerville Speedway over the last 10-years and will be trying hard to get back into victory circle at the bullring. Allard claimed a Golden State/ King of the West win at the track in 2006 aboard the familiar Williams Motorsports No. 0 sprinter.

Other drivers expected to tackle the Placerville Speedway on Saturday include Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Chico’s Brad Bumgarner & Kenny Allen, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Carson Macedo, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli, Corning’s Bud Walberg, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Rhode Island native Eli Deshaies and more.

This Saturday April 27 the front grandstand gate will be open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Adult tickets on Saturday will cost $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $6. All seating is general admission and fans are encouraged to get there early.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the 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. More information on the track can be found at http://www.placervillespeedway.com

More information on the traveling King of the West Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

Abreu Vineyards announces extensive & gracious support of the 23rd annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial on Saturday May 4 at Silver Dollar Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – April 23, 2013….Excitement is in the air about next weekend’s 23rd annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico & the incentives keep getting better & better! We’re proud to announce a gracious donation coming in from Abreu Vineyards that teams will definitely want to take a look at!

Abreu Vineyards has donated money to make the hard charger in the 40-lap A-main worth $1000 cash, the Dash winner will also receive $1000 cash and each heat race winner will earn $500 cash apiece. For more information on Abreu Vineyards visit their website at http://abreuvineyard.com/

“We can’t thank Dave Abreu of Abreu Vineyards enough for his support of the Bradway,” said Dave Durica. “Dianne and I have been blown away by the support this year from a number of people and it really means a lot. We’re really excited for next weekend and hope all the fans will come out and support the race”

The Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial takes place next Saturday May 4 at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. It will be the only time this season that the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series visits Silver Dollar Speedway and is always a cornerstone on the series schedule. With the extra money on the line drivers are sure to get their elbows up even that much higher throughout the night.

“I can’t wait for the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial next weekend,” said Silver Dollar Speedway announcer and communications director Troy Hennig. “Dave Bradway Jr. was a hero of mine growing up and this race has always been special to me. To see so many people getting on board and giving their support is just awesome. It’s also the only time KWS will be here this year so fans don’t want to miss it.”

Don’t forget that brand new Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial shirts will be on sale at the event and can be purchased from Dave & Dianne Durica in the campground during the weekend. The “Carwash Mike Fast Time Award” at the event currently stands at $1100 cash plus the custom Jager trophy & Coors Light cowboy hat. All of this is adding up to be an event that can’t be missed!

Even more incentives and awards are set to be announced over the next week so stay tuned!

A number of former Bradway Memorial champions are expected at the event next Saturday May 4 including 2010 winner Shane Stewart, who will reunite with car owner Paul Silva in the potent No. 57 machine. The talented driver has driven the Silva Motorsports mount to a trio of Knoxville Raceway 360 Nationals wins and a pair of ASCS National titles.

Five-time & defending Bradway Memorial champ Jonathan Allard will also be in the field, along with four-time winner Brent Kaeding, 2004 winner Jason Statler, ’06 winner Sean Becker and 2011 winner Peter Murphy. The Alan Bradway/Steve Tuccelli owned No. x1 will also make its return to the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial with two-time Silver Dollar Speedway 410 champion Andy Forsberg at the helm.

An immensely talented field made up of World of Outlaws winners, King of the West winners, ASCS winners, Silver Dollar Speedway winners, Civil War winners and more will tackle the challenging quarter-mile clay oval on Saturday May 4. 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 information on the Silver Dollar Speedway visit the track website at http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com

More information on the traveling King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Pertinent Info

Round two at Placerville Speedway “Battle on the red clay bullring”

Placerville, California – Saturday April 27

What:

After opening the season last weekend the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will head for round number two this Saturday night at the always fun Placerville Speedway. The quarter-mile bullring located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds routinely produces great racing and is a fan favorite among many in Northern California.

This Saturday’s event will be the first of two season appearances for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at the Placerville Speedway, with the other occurring on Saturday June 29.

Sacramento’s Willie Croft has confidence flowing after his victory at the KWS season opener this past weekend at the Antioch Speedway. It was the first 410 Sprint Car win for car owners’ Clyde & Marion Lamar since 1996 and because of that, the Tri-C Machine sits atop the points going into the second round of competition. Croft also captured victory at Placerville Speedway on April 13 & Silver Dollar Speedway on April 19.

“This is just so unreal I don’t even know what to say,” said Croft last week. “I can’t thank Clyde & Marion Lamar and the whole Lamar family enough for the opportunity to drive the Tri-C Machine. Lee Lindgren gave me a great car tonight and I really focused on hitting my marks. I truly know that we had an angel riding with us tonight with Stephen Allard looking down on us, so to get this win is so special I can’t even put it into words.”

Rico Abreu had a solid outing at the opener and goes into Placerville Speedway looking to claim his third career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win. The 21-year-old finished second at Antioch and had a great run going in weekly action at Placerville on April 6, until a spin in traffic while chasing down leader Kyle Larson relegated him to the rear. The hard charging driver from St. Helena is always worth the price of admission and will be fun to watch on the high banks this Saturday.

The top-five in the standings following the opener is rounded out by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst and Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan. For McMahan it’s a return home to the track where he began his Sprint Car career way back in 1982. Completing the top-10 in points going into Placerville are Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Sydney, Australia’s Peter Murphy, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Queensland, Australia’s Todd Wanless and Grass Valley veteran Jason Statler.

Other drivers looking to fight their way to the front this Saturday will include three-time & defending KWS champion Jonathan Allard of Chico, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Carson Macedo, Chico’s Brad Bumgarner & Kenny Allen, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, three-time Placerville champion Doug Gandy, local favorite Jimmy Trulli and more.

When:

The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 5pm, cars will be hitting the track for wheel packing around 6pm, qualifying is scheduled for 6:30pm and racing is anticipated to begin around 7pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the grandstands always pack in at the Placerville bullring.

Where:

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. The fairgrounds offers a great grass area for tailgating, so everyone is encouraged to make a day out of it and come have some fun with many of your fellow race fans during the afternoon.

Tickets:

Adult tickets on Saturday will cost just $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $6. All seating is general admission during the night.

On the Internet:

King of the West Sprint Car Series-

Official Website- http://www.kwssprints.com Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/KWSSprintRacing You Tube- http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee Instagram- kwssprints

Placerville Speedway Official Website- http://www.placervillespeedway.com Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Placerville-Speedway-Placerville-Ca/246478558924 Twitter- https://twitter.com/#!/pvllspeedway

About the track:

The Placerville Speedway is a high-banked quarter-mile oval with distinctive red clay and features an all-time track record that stands at a blistering fast 9.913. The mark was set in the spring of 2004 by San Jose’s Tim Kaeding and then was amazingly matched by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs in March of 2009. The tight confines of Placerville Speedway offers a perspective very unique in Northern California and makes it one of the most popular tracks throughout the region.

Recent history of 410 Winged Sprint Car Racing at Placerville:

Last season saw the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series return to the Placerville Speedway after being absent during the 2011 year. A pair of events were held with the early season showcase being captured by Tim Kaeding after fending off his father Brent Kaeding who started 12th on the grid. The top-five was filled out by Willie Croft, Shane Golobic and Jason Statler.

In the June event it turned out to be a huge night of racing, as 13-time series champion Brent Kaeding made a glorious return to victory lane and break a Golden State/ KWS winless streak that dated back to 2009. The packed house on hand showed their respect to the Hall of Famer during one of the most memorable front stretch celebrations in recent memory. Kyle Hirst gave Kaeding everything he could handle and came home second, with Andy Gregg, Golobic and Croft completing the top-five.

In 2010 Tim Kaeding won a pair of Golden State/ King of the West 410 main events at Placerville Speedway, with Jonathan Allard earning a single win. In 2009 Brent Kaeding scored one victory at Placerville and eventual series titlist Tyler Walker scored two triumphs. The second victory for Walker also capped his championship year and was his ninth win during the season, which stands as an all-time record for the series in one year.

Top-10 in driver standings after one round of competition:

1. Willie Croft 161; 2. Rico Abreu 155; 3. Evan Suggs 151; 4. Kyle Hirst 149; 4. Bobby McMahan 149; 6. Brent Kaeding 145; 7. Peter Murphy 142; 7. Craig Stidham 142; 9. Todd Wanless 137; 10. Jason Statler 136

Upcoming King of the West events:

Coming up on Saturday May 4 the King of the West 410 warriors will invade Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico for the 23rd annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” race. The prestigious event will mark the lone race at Silver Dollar this season for KWS and is expected to be a huge night as always, which will be capped with a 40-lap main event.

There is currently $900 cash on the line for the “Carwash Mike Fast Time Award” plus the $100 weekly certificate from BR Motorsports and a special Jagermeister Trophy & Coors Light Cowboy Hat in honor of Carwash Mike Avilla. The Hard Charger Award currently stands at $250 cash plus the weekly $200 certificate from Pit Stop USA & $50 certificate from KSE Racing Products. There is also talk of a special custom “Alan Bradway/ Grant’s Foto Art Hard Charger Award.” More details on all the special awards & giveaways will be documented over the next week.

To inquire about supporting the event with giveaway items or sponsorship money please contact Dave & Dianne Durica at durica1414@sbcglobal.net or by phone (916) 988-5958. The Silver Dollar Speedway is located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico and info can be seen at http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com

Round number four is slated for the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday May 11 and will be the inaugural “Salute to Baylands,” as we pay tribute to the now defunct Baylands Raceway Park that was located in Fremont, CA.

The event also marks the very first Winged 410 Sprint Car race at the sticky three-eighths mile clay oval since 2010 and is a much anticipated stop on the schedule. A number of past Baylands Raceway Park stars will be on hand for autographs and interviews during the night. The Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & information on the track can be found at http://www.petaluma-speedway.com

On Friday & Saturday May 17 & 18 the King of the West 410’s will head for the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in Fernley, Nevada for the first of five weekends of action at the facility. KWS Managing Director Dan Simpson also happens to be the promoter at RTF Speedway and during the off season a revitalization of the track surface took place. Be sure and reserve your rooms at the host hotel for KWS in Sparks, Nevada the John Ascuaga’s Nugget. The KWS fan code to use is GKWS2 and to book your rooms visit http://www.janugget.com/hotel/book-a-group.asp

 

 

 

Willie Croft scores an emotional win to park the Tri-C Machine Sprinter in KWS victory lane at the 2013 season opener in Antioch

By Gary Thomas

Antioch, California – April 20, 2013…In late-January Sacramento, California’s Willie Croft received the biggest opportunity of his career by getting the chance to pilot the famed Clyde Lamar owned No. 3c sprinter. Over the years the Tri-C Machine mount has remained one of the more well known cars throughout California, but it hadn’t made a trip to 410 Sprint Car victory lane since 1996.

That all changed on Saturday night at the King of the West Series season opener however, when Croft drove a flawless 30-laps to pick up one of the biggest victories of his career. Croft’s most recent KWS win had come in 2011 at Marysville Raceway Park and his triumph on Saturday was the second time he has kicked off the Golden State/ King of the West season in victory lane, with his win at the 2004 “Mini Gold Cup” being the first.

“This is just so unreal I don’t even know what to say,” said an emotional Croft on the front stretch. “I can’t thank Clyde & Marion Lamar and the whole Lamar family enough for the opportunity to drive the Tri-C Machine. Lee Lindgren gave me a great car tonight and I really focused on hitting my marks. I truly know that we had an angel riding with us tonight with Stephen Allard looking down on us, so to get this win is so special I can’t even put it into words.”

The 30-lap feature came to the line with St. Helena’s Rico Abreu on the pole and Croft to his outside. The original start had seen Abreu get the jump, but would be penalized one row, after being deemed to have picked up the throttle a little early in turn four.

The ensuing complete restart then saw Croft get the advantage over new pole sitter Bobby McMahan of Elk Grove. As the night wore on the track surface had gotten extremely slick and treacherous and drivers fought for the bottom side of the speedway at both ends.

Abreu was able to get back up to second early on and try his best to close in on Croft, but each time traffic came into play the yellow lights of caution would seem to flash on. In the open track there was no catching the fast moving Tri-C Machine as Croft distanced himself from the rest of the pack with ease. The 41-year-old veteran hit his marks all race long and drove off to claim the checkered flag and pick up his fourth career Golden State/ King of the West 410 victory.

Croft’s other previous Golden State/ King of the West 410 Series wins as mentioned came at the Silver Dollar Speedway in the 2004 “Mini Gold Cup” & the Marysville Raceway Park in 2011, along with a triumph at Quincy’s American Valley Speedway in ’07. Other drivers with four career victories under their belt with the series’ include Kyle Hirst, Peter Murphy, Andy Forsberg, Chuck Miller and Darrell Hanestad.

Abreu crossed the line in second to record a podium finish for the second straight year at the King of the West Sprint Car Series opener aboard his Abreu Vineyards, Stadelhofer Construction No. 24 mount. “It’s nice to bring home a strong finish tonight, but I’m disappointed we couldn’t win this thing because whoever got the start had a good shot at it. Paul Silva is doing a great job with this car and it’s giving me more confidence each week. I wanna congratulate Willie Croft on the win and we’ll go on to Placerville and try to get one there.”

Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst made some nice moves as the race went on and carved his way from 11th to third at the finish line behind the wheel of the Roth Enterprises, 3-H Cattle No. 83jr sprinter. It also earned the 25-year-old the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award in the main event. “The track was tough tonight in the feature, but my guys made the right adjustments and this was a nice way to start out the year. I wanna thank Dennis & Teresa Roth for the opportunity this season and we’re looking forward to Placerville next week.”

Bobby McMahan continued his strong prowess at the Antioch Speedway by claiming fourth at the checkered flag in his American Tool & Mfg No. 25 machine. The former NARC Speedweek champion has now finished among the top-five on five consecutive occasions at the track with the King of the West Series. Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs rounded out the top-five to cap a solid night that also saw him qualify second fastest aboard the S&S Automotive No. 33e mount. It also marked the KWS debut for Suggs having veteran crew chief Scott McMillen turning the wrenches.

Completing the top-10 in the season opening main event were Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Sydney, Australia’s Peter Murphy, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler and Queensland, Australia’s Todd Wanless.

The 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier was picked off by veteran Doug Gandy from Oakhurst, with the six-lap Dash being won by Rico Abreu. The four 10-lap Kaeding Performance Heat Races were captured by Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Bobby McMahan, Todd Wanless and Brent Kaeding. Defending King of the West champion Jonathan Allard earned the first BR Motorsports Fast Time Award of the year by pacing the 30-car field in qualifying with a lap of 11.940 seconds.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will return to action next Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway in Placerville, California. Adult tickets will cost $20, seniors $16, juniors $12 and children $6. The front gate will open at 5pm and an early arrival is recommended to get the best seat possible at the action packed red clay quarter-mile bullring. More information can be found at http://www.placervillespeedway.com

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King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Results – Antioch Speedway Saturday April 20

Fast Time: Jonathan Allard 11.940

Heat one: 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Peter Murphy, 3. Craig Stidham, 4. Jonathan Allard, 5. Scott Parker, 6. Chad Compton, 7. Carl Droivold, 8. Dusty Green

Heat two: 1. Bobby McMahan, 2. Cory Eliason, 3. Evan Suggs, 4. Jason Statler, 5. Brad Bumgarner, 6. Danielle Simpson

Heat three:... 1. Todd Wanless, 2. Willie Croft, 3. Kyle Hirst, 4. Richard Brace Jr., 5. Pat Harvey, 6. Geoffrey Strole, 7. Eli Deshaies

Heat four: 1. Brent Kaeding, 2. Sean McMahan, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Tanner Swanson, 5. Bud Walberg, 6. Doug Gandy, 7. Chase Wood, 8. Kenny Allen

Dash: 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Willie Croft, 3. Jonathan Allard, 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Bobby McMahan, 6. Brent Kaeding, 7. Evan Suggs, 8. Todd Wanless

LCQ: 1. Doug Gandy, 2. Brad Bumgarner, 3. Chad Compton, 4. Bud Walberg, 5. Pat Harvey, 6. Geoffrey Strole, 7. Scott Parker, 8. Danielle Simpson, 9. Carl Droivold, 10. Chase Wood, 11. Mark Barroso, 12. Dusty Green, 13. Eli Deshaies

A-main: 1. Willie Croft, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Kyle Hirst, 4. Bobby McMahan, 5. Evan Suggs, 6. Brent Kaeding, 7. Peter Murphy, 8. Craig Stidham, 9. Jason Statler, 10. Todd Wanless, 11. Brad Bumgarner, 12. Chad Compton, 13. Jonathan Allard, 14. Doug Gandy, 15. Geoffrey Strole, 16. Richard Brace Jr., 17. Pat Harvey, 18. Cory Eliason, 19. Bud Walberg, 20. Tanner Swanson, 21. Shane Golobic, 22. Sean McMahan

 

 

 

Opening a new season always brings anticipation to the forefront & that is certainly the case for this Saturday night at the Antioch Speedway. With that on the horizon “KWS Tonight” will present a sit down interview with Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst this evening, along with a preview of the weekend ahead.

The 25-year-old is set to contend for the King of the West 410 Series title this season as driver of the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr Sprint Car. It also marks his first attempt at a title with the series since way back in 2005 when he was driving the Hirst family owned No. 1k mount.

Kyle's father Rick Hirst was the 1986 Northern Auto Racing Club Champion in the famed Duwayne Starr No. 18 machine. This year the younger Hirst will look to follow in his fathers footsteps as a King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Champion and it all starts on Saturday night at the Antioch Speedway.

During the interview we discuss the excitement he has for the year ahead & also talk about his career in general. The driver known as ‘pickles’ captured nine main event wins last season, while driving for a number of different car owners, including a KWS triumph in June at Antioch and the final night of the Trophy Cup in October for Roth Motorsports.

To view “KWS Tonight” log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm on Thursday April 18. The show will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week and will be archived on our You Tube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

This Saturday April 20 the front grandstand gate of the Antioch Speedway will open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Tickets will be available the day of the race with adults being $20, children 6-12 $10, seniors 65 & older $10 and children 5 & under free. A family pack with two adults & two children will also be available for $50.

The pre-race King of the West autograph session at 5pm when the gates open will include Antioch Speedway winners last season, Kyle Hirst & Craig Stidham, along with recent World of Outlaws winner Shane Golobic. Be sure and get there early to meet the trio and get an autograph.

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Strong field set to fire off the 2013 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season at Antioch Speedway this Saturday night April 20

By Gary Thomas

Antioch, CA – April 16, 2013…Three-time & defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car champion Jonathan Allard of Chico, California will lead a stout cast of stars into the Antioch Speedway this Saturday night to finally open the long awaited 2013 racing season for the traveling series.

It will be the first of 28 scheduled events for the KWS 410 Series, marking the biggest season in over 10-years for the tour. As documented the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will also be expanding into several new markets this season with a number of new tracks on tap. All in all it looks to be one of the largest years in recent memory for Winged 410 Sprint Car racing on the West Coast.

Allard last season became just the second driver to earn three Golden State/ King of the West 410 titles since the Golden State Series was founded in 1986. The veteran wheel-man claimed four victories during the season, including his all-time leading fifth “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” at Silver Dollar Speedway and for the very first time in his career the “Howard Kaeding Classic” in Watsonville. This season Allard enters his ninth season of competition aboard the Williams Motorsports No. 0 sprinter.

“It was a great accomplishment for our whole team to win the King of the West title last year,” said Allard. “I can’t thank Morrie & Katie Williams and all my guys enough. I also have to thank Dan Simpson and the King of the West Series because we have a great organization and it’s the best thing going out here. Seeing all these great fans each week is what makes it so much fun for all of us and we’ll look forward to seeing everyone once again during the year.”

National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding made a popular return to victory lane last year and will look to do it once again on April 20 in Antioch. The Campbell, California legend and 13-time series champion ended last season third in the King of the West standings on the strength of 13 top-ten’s in 17 starts aboard his famed Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 machine. “BK” routinely runs strong at the Antioch Speedway and has four wins at the facility since 410 Sprint Car racing returned there in 2003.

Former King of the West champion Jason Statler of Grass Valley is a past winner at the Antioch Speedway and will be another driver looking for a fast start in 2013. The “Big Guy” came oh so close to another top-five finish in the points last season, missing out on it by just four-scant markers. Along the way Statler earned six top-five finishes, including a pair of runner up efforts, with one of those coming at Antioch Speedway in July behind the wheel of his DF Rios Motorsports No. 00 sprinter.

Recent World of Outlaws winner at the Antioch Speedway, Shane Golobic of Fremont will bring his Joe VonSchriltz Racing No. 121 machine back to the track looking for another victory. Golobic picked up the biggest win of his career on April 5 at Antioch when he topped a talented field of STP World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. The 21-year-old also battled for the lead last June in Antioch with KWS until an incident in lapped traffic took away his shot at victory.

Australian native and current Clovis, California resident Peter Murphy made his return to the King of the West Sprint Car Series last season and brought home a fourth place finish in the standings. It had been over six-years since the fan favorite had competed full time in Winged 410 Sprint Car racing and was a welcomed addition back to the tour driving the Dalton’s Landscaping mount. Over the winter Murphy also claimed the New Zealand Sprint Car title while aboard the very same Dalton’s sprinter.

One of the most the consistent drivers last season at the Antioch Speedway was Elk Grove, California veteran Bobby McMahan, who rounded out the top-five in points last season with the King of the West Sprint Car Series. The former NARC Speedweek champ scored a trio of top-five finishes in the three Antioch events last year, including a podium effort in July aboard his American Tool & MFG No. 25 machine. McMahan has been knocking on the door of victory lane the last couple years and will look to kick off the season on the front stretch in Antioch.

Among the other title contenders this season is Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst, who takes over the seat of the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr Sprint Car. The 25-year-old last year drove the Roth Motorsports mount to a King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory on June 23 in Antioch and also captured the 50-lap Saturday finale at the prestigious Trophy Cup in Tulare. Hirst finished among the top-five in eight races last season, the third most of any driver all year long with the King of the West Series.

Sacramento’s Willie Croft will look to have a breakout season driving for famed car owner Clyde Lamar with the King of the West Sprint Car Series. “Double Down” last year finished seventh in the points driving his own No. 29 machine and was tied for the most BR Motorsports Fast Times with three, along with the most Kaeding Performance Heat Race wins with six. Croft is going to be gunning to move his way up the ladder in 2013 aboard the Tri-C Machine Special and it all begins at the Antioch Speedway on Saturday.

The only driver other than Tim Kaeding and Jonathan Allard last season to earn multiple victories during the year with the King of the West Series was St. Helena, California throttle-masher Rico Abreu. The 21-year-old rising star scored big wins last year at the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” in Tulare and the “Tribute to Gary Patterson” at his home track of Calistoga Speedway. Abreu last season scored a third place finish at the KWS season opener in Antioch and will be searching to move up a couple more spots on Saturday in his Abreu Vineyards No. 24 sprinter.

A strong field of fire breathing 410 Sprint Cars will be on hand Saturday to kick off the season and will also include Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, who has finished second in points the last two years with KWS, Fresno's Craig Stidham, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Chico’s Kenny Allen & Brad Bumgarner, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Australian Todd Wanless, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Rhode Island native Eli Deshaies, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Merced's Mark Barroso and more.

On Saturday April 20 the front grandstand gate of the Antioch Speedway will open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Tickets will be available the day of the race with adults being $20, children 6-12 $10, seniors 65 & older $10 and children 5 & under free. A family pack with two adults & two children will also be available for $50.

The pre-race King of the West autograph session at 5pm when the gates open will include Antioch Speedway winners last season, Kyle Hirst & Craig Stidham, along with World of Outlaws winner Shane Golobic. Be sure and get there early to meet the trio and get an autograph.

The Antioch Speedway is located at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds on the corner of 10th & L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10thStreet. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509.

More information on the traveling King of the West Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee

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Kyle Hirst & Craig Stidham look to parlay 2012 wins at Antioch Speedway into even more success at King of the West Series opener on April 20

By Gary Thomas

Antioch, CA – April 15, 2013…Two drivers that are certainly looking forward to opening the King of the West Sprint Car Series season at the Antioch Speedway on April 20 have to be Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst and Fresno native Craig Stidham, who both scored big victories with the tour at the one-third mile clay oval last year.

The Antioch Speedway has gained a reputation of always providing excitement and drama when the powerful King of the West 410 Sprint Cars are on hand at the sticky and hooked up speed plant located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds. Last season saw three different winners in the three KWS events at the track, with the final two being captured by Kyle Hirst and Craig Stidham.

The victory for Hirst came on June 23 and happened to be during his first ever night driving the Dennis & Teresa Roth owned, Roth Enterprises No. 83jr machine. The 25-year-old charger also began that evening by setting a brand new KWS track record at the Antioch Speedway by touring the one-third mile oval in 11.705 seconds. That night and many other impressive runs have earned Hirst a full time ride with Roth Motorsports this season.

“It was awesome to come out and win with the King of the West Series in Antioch last year during my first night driving for Roth Motorsports,” Hirst commented. “I couldn’t have asked for a better debut to set a new track record and win the main event. We had a lot of success together over the last half of the season and definitely want to continue where we left off and bring home that KWS title this year.”

Hirst showed solid consistency driving for Roth Motorsports last season, including top-five finishes in all of his five starts with the King of the West Series aboard the 83jr mount. During the year overall the talented second generation driver claimed nine wins while competing for a number of different car owners. One of his biggest came during the final night of the Trophy Cup, where he carved his way from 17th to first in the 50-lap feature.

“It was a great feeling to win that main event at the Trophy Cup after starting so far back in the field,” said Hirst, who ended the prestigious event with a third place result in the points, finishing behind only two-time World of Outlaws champ Jason Meyers & multiple-time ASCS National titlist Shane Stewart. “I can’t say enough about Dennis & Teresa Roth for giving me this opportunity to drive for such a great team. It’s been a blast and we’re looking forward to having some fun this season.”

Craig Stidham has been an accomplished racer for a number of years, having claimed championships with the Rebel Cup Winged 360 Sprint Car Series and USAC West Coast 360 Wingless Sprints, along with a victory at the prestigious Trophy Cup in 2001. Last July however, the Fresno veteran knocked another item off his bucket list, when he claimed his first career 410 Sprint Car win with the King of the West Series at the Antioch Speedway.

“It’s hard to put into words what that victory in Antioch last season meant to me and the whole team,” Stidham stated. “I’ve been trying for so long to win a 410 Sprint Car race and to finally do so was just a feeling like no other. I definitely can’t thank Dan Simpson enough for putting on the King of the West Series. It’s like one big family out here and that’s how racing should be.”

Stidham not only captured victory at the Antioch Speedway on July 21, but he also scored a runner up finish to Hirst at the track on June 23 during the second KWS visit to the one-third mile oval. Last season marked his first campaign running full time in a Winged 410 Sprint Car since 2003 and he capped it by finishing ninth in the King of the West standings. With last year under his belt Stidham will look to move his way up the ladder and that all begins in Antioch on April 20.

Another driver that experienced success at the Antioch Speedway last season was former NARC Speedweek champion Bobby McMahan, who finished among the top-five in all three of the KWS events at the track. At season’s end the Elk Grove veteran solidified the fifth spot in the King of the West Sprint Car Series standings and will be another driver gunning to slice his way even further forward in 2013.

“They’ve done a lot of work at Antioch over the last few years and it has become a really racy track once again,” commented McMahan, who has finished in the top-five on four consecutive occasions at Antioch with KWS dating back to 2011. “Both ends of the speedway are different and it kind of throws a challenge at you, but it’s had a top and bottom groove lately so that’s all you can ask for as a driver. We’ll hope to continue our success there on April 20 and can’t wait to get the season started.”

Other drivers set to tackle the Antioch clay include three-time & defending KWS champion Jonathan Allard, 13-time time titlist Brent Kaeding, 2004 champ Jason Statler, along with Evan Suggs, Peter Murphy, Willie Croft, Rico Abreu, Justin Sanders, Shane Golobic, Chad Compton, Cory Eliason, Kenny Allen, Brad Bumgarner, Sean McMahan, Richard Brace Jr., Eli Deshaies, Doug Gandy, Danielle Simpson, Pat Harvey, Geoffrey Strole, Todd Wanless and more.

The pre-race King of the West autograph session at 5pm when the gates open will include Antioch Speedway winners last season, Hirst & Stidham, along with recent World of Outlaws winner Shane Golobic. Be sure and get there early to meet the trio and get an autograph.

On Saturday April 20 the front grandstand gate of the Antioch Speedway will open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Tickets will be available the day of the race with adults being $20, children 6-12 $10, seniors 65 & older $10 and children 5 & under free. A family pack with two adults & two children will also be available for $50.

The Antioch Speedway is located at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds on the corner of 10th & L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10thStreet. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509.

More information on the traveling King of the West Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Pertinent Info

Season opener at Antioch Speedway

Antioch, California – Saturday April 20

What:

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will officially kick off the 2013 racing season at John Soares’ always action packed Antioch Speedway on Saturday April 20. The upcoming campaign will mark the third year under the KWS banner and includes 28 races at 12 different tracks in California and Nevada.

The schedule this season is the largest in a number of years for the series, as it comes off a strong 2012 campaign that saw the largest cash point fund in the history of West Coast 410 Sprint Car Racing handed out. The top-14 "Members in Good Standing" took part in a $121,500 cash point fund and car owner champion Roth Motorsports walked away with $20,000.

The Saturday April 20 opener in Antioch will be the first of two season appearances at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds facility, with the other occurring on Saturday July 20. A fully loaded roster of 410 Sprint Cars will hit the exciting one-third mile clay oval to finally kick off the much anticipated campaign.

Reigning KWS champion Jonathan Allard will look to jump start his title defense at the Antioch Speedway opener on April 20. He will however, face strong challenges from a number of other competitors, including KWS track record holder Kyle Hirst, who won at Antioch last June and takes over the seat of the Roth Enterprises 83jr full time in 2013.

Recent World of Outlaws winner at Antioch Speedway, Shane Golobic of Fremont will bring his Von Schriltz Racing No. 121 machine back to the track looking for another victory. Golobic picked up the biggest win of his career this past Friday in Antioch when he bested a stout field of WOO STP Sprint Cars to claim a non-stop feature.

Sacramento’s Willie Croft will be at the helm of the famed Clyde Lamar owned Tri-C Machine No. 3c sprinter, as he guns for his first King of the West Series championship. Other drivers looking to make a splash at the season opener will include Evan Suggs, Brent Kaeding, Peter Murphy, Rico Abreu, Bobby McMahan, Jason Statler, Craig Stidham, Cory Eliason, Chad Compton, Kenny Allen and many more.

When:

On Saturday April 20 the front grandstand gate of the Antioch Speedway will open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. An early arrival is suggested as the Antioch Speedway routinely has a packed house of fans in attendance.

Where:

The Antioch Speedway is located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at the corner of 10th and L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10thStreet. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509.

Tickets:

Tickets will be available the day of the race with adults being just $20, children 6-12 $10, seniors 65 & older $10 and children 5 & under free. A family pack with two adults & two children will also be available for $50.

On the Internet:

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About the track:

The Antioch Speedway was lengthened and re-configured prior to the 2009 season and is now a one-third mile semi-banked clay oval. This past June saw the KWS 410 track record fall when Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst blistered the speedway in 11.705 seconds aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr sprinter.

Past winners of Golden State/King of the West events at Antioch Speedway since 410 racing returned to the facility in 2003:

2012- Tim Kaeding in April, Kyle Hirst in June & Craig Stidham in July

2011- Jonathan Allard in April and Tim Kaeding in July

2010- Jonathan Allard in April and Kyle Larson in July

2009- Tyler Walker in April and Brent Kaeding in July

2008- Tyler Walker in April and Tim Kaeding in July

2007- Brent Kaeding in April and Tim Kaeding in July

2006- Dennis Moore Jr. in July

2005- Lawrence Edlund in April and Robert Ballou in July

2004- Brent Kaeding in April and Brent Kaeding in July

2003- Jason Statler in July

Last season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series:

Chico’s Jonathan Allard claimed four victories en route to his third career King of the West Sprint Car Series title last year. The three-time Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup champion picked up a pair of wins at his home track of Silver Dollar Speedway along the way, including the fifth Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial triumph of his career.

San Jose wheel man Tim Kaeding and Sacramento driver Kyle Hirst combined forces to bring home the owner championship for Roth Motorsports at seasons’ end. It marked the second consecutive owner title for the Fresno based team that is owned by Dennis & Teresa Roth.

The top-five in the final driver standings for 2012 was rounded out by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, who finished runner up for the second straight year, 13-time champion & Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding of Campbell, fan favorite Peter Murphy from Clovis and 1996 NARC Speedweek titlist Bobby McMahan of Elk Grove.

Main event winners in 2012 (number of wins in parentheses):

Tim Kaeding (6), Jonathan Allard (4), Rico Abreu (2), Kyle Hirst (1), Brent Kaeding (1), Kyle Larson (1), Craig Stidham (1), Bud Kaeding (1)

Final top-10 in driver standings for 2012:

1. Jonathan Allard; 2. Evan Suggs; 3. Brent Kaeding; 4. Peter Murphy; 5. Bobby McMahan; 6. Jason Statler; 7. Willie Croft; 8. Andy Gregg; 9. Craig Stidham; 10. Tim Kaeding

Upcoming King of the West events:

After opening the season in Antioch, the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will then head for the Placerville Speedway on Saturday April 27. The high-banked quarter-mile bullring with its distinctive red clay is always a favorite among fans for its close action and high speeds. Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville and more info can be found at http://www.placervillespeedway.com

On Saturday May 4 the King of the West 410 warriors will invade Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico for the 23rd annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” race. The prestigious event will mark the lone show at Silver Dollar this season for KWS and is expected to be a huge night as always, which will be capped with a 40-lap main event.

To inquire about supporting the event with giveaway items or sponsorship money please contact Dave & Dianne Durica at durica1414@sbcglobal.net or by phone (916) 988-5958. The Silver Dollar Speedway is located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico and info can be seen at http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com

Round number four is slated for the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday May 11 and will be the inaugural “Salute to Baylands,” as we pay tribute to the now defunct Baylands Raceway Park that was located in Fremont, CA.

The event also marks the very first Winged 410 Sprint Car race at the sticky three-eighths mile clay oval since 2010 and is a much anticipated stop on the schedule. A number of past Baylands Raceway Park stars will be on hand for autographs and interviews during the night. The Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & information on the track can be found at http://www.petaluma-speedway.com

 

 

 

The second part of our interview with National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding airs tonight starting at 7pm pst on www.kwssprints.com & takes a look at the business side, as well as the personal side of the Campbell, California veteran.

Brent talks about the devastating fire that occurred at Kaeding Performance in 2005 and how they were able to recover from it with the help of numerous individuals.

Along with that we discuss the upcoming KWS season with Brent & what his thoughts are on the health of 410 Sprint Car Racing out West. We also talk about the drivers that have come through the BK Racing stable including Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu and now young Dominic Scelzi.

Throughout the show we include various highlights from Grove Hill of Quality Race Video that will bring back some memories for long time fans and introduce new fans to just a few of the accomplishments that BK has garnered in his career.

We hope everyone will tune in as we try & bring a side of Kaeding to you that many may not always see. Once again tune into www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm pst this evening to catch part two with the living legend Brent Kaeding.

 

 

 

When it comes to famous Sprint Car drivers from the West Coast there have been few more notable over the last 30-years than Campbell, California’s Brent Kaeding. The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Member in his career has captured 13 Northern Auto Racing Club titles & 13 (Golden State) King of the West 410 Series championships, among countless other accolades he has gathered.

The living legend sat down with “KWS Tonight” recently and discussed his storied career that began in 1978 at the Santa Maria Speedway. Our interview with Kaeding will be a two-part series with the first being shown this Thursday night starting at 7pm on http://www.kwssprints.com

On the show this week “BK” talks about growing up around the track watching his father Howard race and some of the early parts of his career, which included his first Northern Auto Racing Club title in 1982 and his triumph in the prestigious “Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ascot Raceway in 1985.

We also talk to Kaeding about some of the special people in his life and career that include among others, past car owners Bob Miller & Al Peterson, along with long time crew chief Billy Albini. Throughout the show we’ll also share some vintage Quality Race Video highlights from a few of Kaeding’s wins at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico.

“BK” is the all-time leader in wins at the famed quarter-mile bullring with 88 victories at SDS in his career. One of the highlights during the show happens to be the 1991 "Mini Gold Cup" at Silver Dollar Speedway, where Kaeding charged to the front on a rough and treacherous surface to beat the World of Outlaws.

To view “KWS Tonight” log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm on Thursday March 28. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the couple weeks and will be archived on our You Tube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will open the 2013 season on Saturday April 20 at the Antioch Speedway located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch, California.

 

 

Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada hosts Christopher Lindor during recent Big Al Kids & Motorsports Foundation trip

Reno, Nevada – March 25, 2013…When it comes to inspiring stories six-year-old race fan and Washington native Christopher Lindor, who has Spina Bifida, is certainly one of them. Christopher & his family recently had the opportunity to take part in a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada with the Big Al Kids & Motorsports Foundation for the World of Outlaws/ NASCAR weekend.

From a recent Shawn Miller Press Release: "Christopher’s spinal cord didn't close all the way when he was in the womb," said his mother, Amy. "He is on a ventilator to breathe. Many of his problems he had because of his birth defect were problems with his brain stem, so he can't swallow or breathe very well on his own. But his intelligence is completely unaffected. He's as sharp as a little tack."

To say that Christopher is a racing fan is about as obvious of a statement as the sun is bright. There are countless stories of his knowledge and passion toward the sport, including last year when he cried "hysterically" throughout an entire church service because the Daytona 500 was in a rain delay.

Not only does he know who NASCAR star Tony Stewart is, Christopher can name his two World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series drivers. His favorite sprint car driver is five-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz - one of the stars of the Tony Stewart Racing stable.”

While on way to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the Big Al Kids & Motorsports Foundation in early March, young Christopher & his family stopped in and were hosted by the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. King of the West Sprint Car Series Managing Director Dan Simpson also had the series’ show car placed inside the hotel with Christopher’s name on the car to surprise the group upon arrival.

“We definitely want to thank everyone at the Grand Sierra Resort for being gracious hosts to Christopher Lindor & his family during their recent stay at the hotel,” Simpson commented. “Christopher and his family are a great group of people and we certainly hope he had the trip of a lifetime with the Big Al Kids & Motorsports Foundation to Las Vegas. We had a great time meeting them all and were happy to host them.”

The mission of the Big Al Kids & Motorsports Foundation is to provide Motorsports trips and racing opportunities for Kids battling life threatening conditions and illnesses. The man behind the foundation is 38-year-old Al Tschider, a Washington native known as “Big Al.”

“I want to give a big thanks to the Grand Sierra Resort, Dan Simpson and the King of the West Series for playing host to Christopher and his family in Reno,” Big Al said. “The Lindor’s had a great trip all around and it was awesome to see all the support we received for the Big Al Kids & Motorsports Foundation trip. It shows there are some really great people in the world and everyone during the trip was so nice it made for an amazing time.”

Information on the Big Al Kids & Motorsports Foundation and photos of the trip can be viewed at http://bigalkidsandmotorsportsfoundation.org/

The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is located in the heart of Reno/Tahoe USA. Guests have access to over 40 championship golf courses, 18 legendary ski resorts, hiking, biking and equestrian trails, fishing, boating and guided tours to Tahoe, Carson and Virginia City. GSR is northern Nevada's largest resort destination with 1,990 guest rooms, 850 of them luxury suites.

The property offers a wide variety of accommodations for the everyday business traveler to the complete family vacation with amenities that include 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, branded retail shopping, headliner entertainment, a movie theater, a 50-lane championship bowling center, outdoor thrill rides, aqua golf driving range, the largest casino north of Las Vegas, plus much more.

To learn more about the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino and to book a stay there visit http://www.grandsierraresort.com/

 

 

Summit Racing Equipment of Sparks forms partnership with Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway & King of the West Sprint Car Series

By Gary Thomas

Sparks, Nevada – March 18, 2013…The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway & King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series are pleased to announce a partnership with Summit Racing Equipment of Sparks, Nevada for the upcoming 2013 racing season.

For over 40 years, Summit Racing Equipment has set and reset the standard for fast shipping, customer service, and tech expertise. Since the beginning, they’ve followed a simple formula: Give customers the parts they want at a fair price, deliver those parts fast, and back them with the best customer service on the planet.

As an active member in the Specialty Equipment Market Association, National Hot Rod Association, International Hot Rod Association, and National Street Rod Association, Summit Racing Equipment is the leader in the high performance automotive industry.

Take a look at the history page on the Summit Racing website http://www.summitracing.com/customerservice/about/history to see how a small side business turned into the largest mail order, retail, and Internet supplier of high performance automotive parts and accessories.

“We are really looking forward to the fast approaching season at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway and with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series,” commented RTF Promoter & KWS Managing Director Dan Simpson. “Having a great company like Summit Racing Equipment come on board is a very good thing for us and we’re excited for the partnership.”

Summit Racing Equipment in Sparks, Nevada is located at 960 E Glendale Ave, Sparks, NV 89431 and they can be contacted via phone at (775) 352-8787. Also visit them online at http://www.summitracing.com/

The 2013 season for the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will kick off with a play day on Saturday April 6, before the actual racing campaign begins on Saturday April 13, with the first of 10 point races for the Fernley 95a Series. Divisions set to tackle the three-eighths mile oval on opening night will include IMCA Modifieds, Sports Mods, Pro Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Outlaw Karts, Mod Minis & KWS Lites.

The new Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway is Northern Nevada’s premier three-eighths mile clay oval and is home to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and the Fernley 95A Racing Series. RTF Speedway runs from early-April until late-October and features everything from Winged 410 Sprint Cars to IMCA Dirt Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Motorcycles, Outlaw Karts and more.

The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway dirt track has been in existence since 1999 and is geared up for its best season to date in 2013. The overall facility also includes a road course, drag strip, motor cross track, off road course, gun range, paint ball facility and has been tabbed as “Racings Field of Dreams.” More information and the full schedule can be found at http://www.rtfspeedway.com

The 2013 racing season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will get underway on Saturday April 20. Three-time & defending series champion Jonathan Allard will look to open the season in a big way, but will face a strong field of challengers at the always action packed one-third mile clay oval.

Among the drivers looking to take over the top spot from Allard this season is Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst, who assumes the seat of the Dennis & Teresa Roth owned Roth Enterprises No. 83jr sprint car. Hirst last year drove the Roth Motorsports mount to a King of the West victory on June 23 and also claimed the 50-lap finale at the prestigious Trophy Cup.

Just a few of the other title contenders are sure to include Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who is behind the wheel of the Clyde Lamar owned 3c machine this year, 13-time champion Brent Kaeding, former titlist Jason Statler, New Zealand Sprint Car Champion Peter Murphy, past Silver Dollar Speedway 410 champion Bobby McMahan, former Trophy Cup titlist Craig Stidham and more.

More drivers set to open the season April 20 will include two-time KWS champ Tim Kaeding of San Jose, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, St. Helena’s Rico Abreu, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Prunedale’s Justin Sanders, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Chico’s Brad Bumgarner & Kenny Allen, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Rhode Island transplant Eli Deshaies, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey and others.

Information on the fire breathing King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

 

 

K&N Filters joins on as contingency partner with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series in 2013

By Gary Thomas

Rio Vista, CA – March 14, 2013…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is happy to welcome Riverside, California based K&N Filters to its growing list of contingency partners for the upcoming 2013 racing season that kicks off Saturday April 20 at the Antioch Speedway.

At each of the 28-nights of competition for the King of the West Sprint Car Series this year, K&N Filters will award the main event winner with a $100 certificate and the runner up with a $50 certificate. K&N will also support the season ending championship awards banquet with other giveaways as well.

“A lot of engine builders in the industry stand by K&N Filters and I know that for my racing endeavors I certainly do too,” said three-time USAC Silver Crown champion & last year’s KWS Pombo/Sargent Classic winner Bud Kaeding. “K&N makes the best oil and air filters on the market and I’ve been proud to be associated with them for many years now.”

K&N Engineering in Riverside, California is the world's leading manufacturer of washable performance air filters and air intake systems. K&N invented the reusable high flow cotton air filter in 1969 and has been perfecting the technology ever since. K&N is a world class filtration company selling air filters, oil filters, and intake systems worldwide.

K&N sells over 5,000 products designed for cars, trucks, motorcycles, engines, and industrial applications. From their Million Mile Warranty to their Consumer Protection Pledge, K&N stands behind their products and their consumers 100%. The distinctive K&N logo represents performance from one of the original performance companies. For more information, visit http://www.knfilters.com

Three-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car champion Jonathan Allard and his Williams Motorsports team are also associated with K&N Filters and had this to say: “K&N Filters provide us with the components that we need to win races. My Crew Chief Ashley Smith busts his tail in the shop during the week using K&N products to get our car ready to go compete and have the opportunity to win races and championships.”

To be eligible for the K&N Filters contingency awards with the King of the West Sprint Car Series, competitors must display the K&N Filters decal on their car. The K&N decals will be provided each night at the KWS command center.

The 2013 racing season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will get underway on Saturday April 20 at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, California. Three-time & defending series champion Jonathan Allard will look to open the season in a big way, but will face a strong field of challengers at the always action packed one-third mile clay oval.

Among the drivers looking to take over the top spot from Allard this season is Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst, who assumes the seat of the Dennis & Teresa Roth owned Roth Enterprises No. 83jr sprint car. Hirst last year drove the Roth Motorsports mount to a King of the West victory in Antioch and also claimed the 50-lap finale at the prestigious Trophy Cup in Tulare.

Just a few of the other title contenders are sure to include Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who is behind the wheel of the Clyde Lamar owned 3c machine this year, 13-time champion Brent Kaeding, former titlist Jason Statler, New Zealand Sprint Car Champion Peter Murphy, past Silver Dollar Speedway 410 champion Bobby McMahan, former Trophy Cup titlist Craig Stidham and more.

More drivers set to take on the Antioch Speedway April 20 will include two-time KWS champ Tim Kaeding of San Jose, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, St. Helena’s Rico Abreu, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Prunedale’s Justin Sanders, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Chico’s Brad Bumgarner & Kenny Allen, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Rhode Island transplant Eli Deshaies, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey and others.

The Antioch Speedway is located at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds on the corner of 10th & L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10thStreet. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509.

Information on the fire breathing King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube by checking out http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

“KWS Tonight” returns on Thursday evening & will feature an interview with veteran sprint car driver Mike Monahan at his business Superior Hydraulics in Sparks, Nevada. Monahan returned to action last season after a work related injury kept him out of the seat for a couple months. We will talk to him about his long career in racing & learn a little about what he does for a living at Superior Hydraulics.

We will also show a tour of Gilson’s Autobody in the Reno-Sparks area, which won the Mercedes-Benz body shop of the year award in 2011. We spoke with Gilbert of Gilson’s Autobody and learned about the type of business they do and the kinds of high performance cars that come into the shop. To view the show simply log onto www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm Thursday night.

In two weeks time we will present the first of a two part series with legendary sprint car driver & Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding discussing his storied career. Past “BK” highlights from Grove Hill will also be featured to make for a solid two-part episode that should bring back some memories for long time fans & give a little insight to the life & career of Kaeding to new fans. Remember to stay glued to our Facebook, Twitter & website to keep up with any late breaking news on the upcoming 2013 season.

 

 

Past King of the West 410 champs run strong at “Sin City Showdown” in Las Vegas with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

By Gary Thomas

Rio Vista, CA – March 8, 2013…For the second consecutive year San Jose, California’s Tim Kaeding put on a strong display of driving & parked the Dennis & Teresa Roth owned Roth Enterprises No. 83 in victory lane at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas during the “Sin City Showdown” with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

The two-time King of the West 410 Series champion lined up third in the feature and made a bold move on the start to slide under both Joey Saldana and Donny Schatz to claim the lead. Schatz, the five-time & defending WOO champ, would take the lead on lap-14, but Kaeding returned the favor with 21 laps complete and that was all she wrote for the “TK Express” as he went on to accept the checkered flag. It capped a successful two-night’s for Kaeding, who also finished fourth on the prelim night at Las Vegas.

"I think a couple of years ago I lost all my luck at the casinos and it's paying me back out here at the race track," TK said. "We had a great race car all night long and we did what we had to do and that was run up front and steal the win from everybody."

Kaeding last year drove the Roth Motorsports sprinter to four victories with the World of Outlaws and also captured six King of the West wins throughout the course of the season to help Dennis & Teresa Roth earn their second straight KWS car owner championship.

Along with Kaeding, 2010 King of the West 410 titlist Kyle Larson sat aboard the Morrie & Katie Williams owned Williams Motorsports No. 0 mount and earned the KSE Hard Charger Award in the main event on Thursday. The Elk Grove, California native started 15th in the feature and carved his way through the field to cross the stripe in fifth after 30-laps of competition. Larson also scored a third place finish during the prelim night after battling Schatz for the lead over the final laps. Normal Williams Motorsports pilot Jonathan Allard, the defending King of the West champ returns home from New Zealand this coming week in time for the two-night double header at Thunderbowl Raceway next Friday & Saturday.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series would like to congratulate both teams on their success in “Sin City” and representing the Golden State extremely well!

The 2013 racing season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will get underway on Saturday April 20 at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, California. Three-time & defending series champion Jonathan Allard will look to open the season on the right note, but will face a strong field of challengers at the always action packed one-third mile clay oval.

Among the drivers looking to take over the top spot from Allard this season is Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst, who assumes the seat of the Dennis & Teresa Roth owned Roth Enterprises No. 83jr sprint car. Hirst last year drove the Roth Motorsports mount to a King of the West victory in Antioch and also claimed the 50-lap finale at the prestigious Trophy Cup in Tulare.

Just a few of the other title contenders are sure to include Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who is behind the wheel of the Clyde Lamar owned 3c machine this year, 13-time champion Brent Kaeding, former titlist Jason Statler, Clovis fan favorite Peter Murphy, past Silver Dollar Speedway 410 champ Bobby McMahan, former Trophy Cup titlist Craig Stidham and more.

More drivers set to take on the Antioch Speedway April 20 will include two-time KWS champ Tim Kaeding of San Jose, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, St. Helena’s Rico Abreu, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Prunedale’s Justin Sanders, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Chico’s Brad Bumgarner & Kenny Allen, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Rhode Island transplant Eli Deshaies, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey and others.

Information on the traveling King of the West Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube by checking out http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

BR Motorsports & King Racing Products partner with King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series once again to present Fast Time & “Show Maker Award”

By Gary Thomas

Rio Vista, CA – March 6, 2013…Visalia, California based companies BR Motorsports and King Racing Products are pleased to announce that they will continue their partnership with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series by presenting the Fast Time Award and the Show Maker Award once again.

Qualifying is always critical part of the program each night and BR Motorsports will award the driver that sets fast time at every King of the West Sprint Car Series event with a $100 product certificate. Last season parody reigned supreme in qualifying, as 12 different drivers set a “BR Motorsports Fast Time” out of the 17 races that were held.

The “Show Maker Award” will be given to the driver that earns the final transfer spot into the A-main event from the Last Chance Qualifier. King Racing Products will award that driver with a $100 product certificate. If no LCQ is run during a particular night then the award will go to the last place finisher in the A-main.

“We’re excited to have Blake Robertson and BR Motorsports, along with King Racing Products back with the King of the West Sprint Car Series this season,” said KWS Operations Manager George Hague. “It’s always nice to have great companies like BR Motorsports & King Racing support 410 Sprint Cars in California and it’s another key piece of our overall contingency program for the 2013 year.”

To be eligible for the “BR Motorsports Fast Time Award” and “King Racing Products Show Maker Award” teams must display each company’s decal respectively on both sides of the top wing at King of the West Series events. The decals will be provided each night at the KWS command center.

BR Motorsports was established in 1993 and has become the world’s leader in sprint car technology. They are the world’s largest supplier of sprint car & midget parts. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a nut & bolt or a complete car BR Motorsports has what you need. To receive your free copy of the BR Motorsports super parts catalog call today 1-800-328-3333.

King Racing Products is located in Visalia, California. In 2006 King Racing Products stormed into the sprint car world leading the way to the future of sprint car & midget parts. The purpose for King Racing Products being started was to build the best product out of the finest American materials. Racers depend on quality and durability and that is what King Racing Products is all about. From axels to steering arms and leak down testers to front hubs King Racing Products has what you need.

The 2013 racing season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will get underway on Saturday April 20 at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, California. Three-time & defending series champion Jonathan Allard will look to open the season on the right note, but will face a strong field of challengers at the always action packed one-third mile clay oval.

Among the drivers looking to take over the top spot from Allard this season is Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst, who assumes the seat of the Dennis & Teresa Roth owned Roth Enterprises No. 83jr sprint car. Hirst last year drove the Roth Motorsports mount to a King of the West victory in Antioch and also claimed the 50-lap finale at the prestigious Trophy Cup in Tulare.

Just a few of the other title contenders are sure to include Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who is behind the wheel of the Clyde Lamar owned 3c machine this year, 13-time champion Brent Kaeding, former titlist Jason Statler, Clovis fan favorite Peter Murphy, past Silver Dollar Speedway 410 champ Bobby McMahan, former Trophy Cup titlist Craig Stidham and more.

More drivers set to take on the Antioch Speedway April 20 will include two-time KWS champ Tim Kaeding of San Jose, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, St. Helena’s Rico Abreu, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Prunedale’s Justin Sanders, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Chico’s Brad Bumgarner & Kenny Allen, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Rhode Island transplant Eli Deshaies, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey and others.

Information on the traveling King of the West Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube by checking out http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series announces tow money & hotel package for Northern Nevada events

By Gary Thomas

Fernley, Nevada – March 5, 2013…The anticipation continues to mount for the upcoming 2013 King of the West Sprint Car Series season and the already lucrative events in Northern Nevada just got even that much better, with the announcement of a tow money & hotel package for the seven KWS 410 weekends in the Silver State.

As previously announced the amount of money on the line for teams this year with the King of the West Series during the Northern Nevada dates will be inflated as well, with each event at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway & Rattlesnake Raceway paying $3,500 to win the A-main and a very stout $1,000-to-start each night. All teams are eligible for the beefed up nightly purses in Nevada.

For King of the West Sprint Car Series teams that compete on a full time basis in 2013, there is also an extra incentive for the Northern Nevada events, with tow money and complimentary hotel rooms being offered.

To be eligible for the extra benefits a team must be in the top-25 of points & also be a “Member in Good Standing,” which specifies you can’t miss more than two races at any point during the season. The “Member in Good Standing” system has been used for the end of the season point fund payout the last two years and will once again be used in 2013.

At each of the seven Northern Nevada weekends for the King of the West Series this year, the top-25 “Members in Good Standing” will receive a complimentary hotel room on Friday & Saturday night.

In addition to the free hotel rooms, tow money will also be handed out for the top-25 “Members in Good Standing” during the Nevada weekends. A team will earn $100 if they attend the race on Friday night & another $100 for Saturday to make for a total of $200 a weekend.

“The community support has been just phenomenal up here in Northern Nevada and we’re excited to get the season started,” said KWS Managing Director & RTF Speedway Promoter Dan Simpson. “Many of our events in Nevada are held in conjunction with major festivals & that will give all our great supporters something fun to do when they visit Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway and Rattlesnake Raceway.”

The first weekend of competition in Northern Nevada for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is slated for May 17 & 18 at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in Fernley. The double-header outing will mark round’s five and six in the battle for the KWS crown in 2013. The series is set to compete on five weekend’s at the RTF Speedway, along with a pair at the Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon.

The two-night weekends in Nevada for the King of the West Sprint Car Series are evenly spread throughout the season and in addition to the May 17 & 18 event at RTF others include June 7 & 8 at Rattlesnake, July 5 & 6 at RTF, August 9 & 10 at RTF, August 31 & September 1 at Rattlesnake, September 13 & 14 at RTF and KWS championship weekend on October 25 & 26 at RTF.

The 2013 season for the King of the West Sprint Car Series will officially kick off on Saturday April 20 at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, California.

More information on the traveling King of the West Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning-in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube by checking out http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

Pit Stop USA continues support of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Hard Charger Award in 2013

By Gary Thomas

Rio Vista, CA – February 28, 2013…The thrill of watching drivers charge through the field is one of the most intense aspects of sprint car racing and in 2013 King of the West Sprint Car Series competitors will have more incentive to do so once again, with the announcement of the PitStopUSA.com Hard Charger Award returning to the tour this season.

Overall the King of the West Sprint Car Series schedule features 28-events at 12 different tracks and Pit Stop USA will award the hard charger each night with a $200 product certificate. The award has been a very popular one among teams that compete with KWS and we’re happy to have the support of Pit Stop USA once again.

In April of 2000, Pit Stop USA became one of the first companies ever to open a circle track online store. Since that time the company has grown very rapidly and 2013 is looking to be another great year for the Petaluma, California based company.

Pit Stop USA has become a leading retailer of circle track parts and accessories and currently offers over 40,000 parts and accessories from over 400 manufacturers. Pit Stop USA’s goal is provide a one-stop shopping environment featuring the widest assortment of circle track racing products available at low everyday prices.

“We are very excited to partner with the King of the West Sprint Car Series again this year as a sponsor of the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award,” said Pit Stop USA President Ed Coughenour. “Dan Simpson and his staff have done a great job with the series and they’ve done an outstanding job the last two years promoting Pit Stop USA to the competitors and fans. We are especially looking forward to the return of the KWS series to Petaluma Speedway this year with the “Salute to Baylands” event on May 11 and proud to be a part of this great series again in 2013.”

To be eligible for the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award with the King of the West Sprint Car Series, competitors must display the Pit Stop USA decal on their car. The decals will be provided each night at the KWS command center.

“Ed Coughenour and the Pit Stop USA staff have been great supporters of KWS over the past couple years and we’re looking forward to working with them again on the Hard Charger Award,” said KWS Operations Manager George Hague. “It really does give the drivers starting further back in the field an extra incentive to get their elbows up and charge to the front. Like Ed we are also excited about returning to the Petaluma Speedway on May 11 for the Salute to Baylands.”

To shop for products at “The Online Motorsports Superstore” please visit http://www.pitstopusa.com and check them out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pitstopusa?ref=ts&fref=ts

The 2013 racing season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will get underway on Saturday April 20 at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, California. Three-time & defending series champion Jonathan Allard will look to open the season on the right note, but will face a strong field of challengers at the always action packed one-third mile clay oval.

Among the drivers looking to take over the top spot from Allard this season is Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst, who assumes the seat of the Dennis & Teresa Roth owned Roth Enterprises No. 83jr sprint car. Hirst last year drove the Roth Motorsports mount to a King of the West victory in Antioch and also claimed the 50-lap finale at the prestigious Trophy Cup in Tulare.

Information on the traveling King of the West Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube by checking out http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial lap money on sale for Saturday May 4 King of the West event at Silver Dollar Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Sacramento, CA – February 26, 2013...The 23rd annual King of the West Sprint Car Series sanctioned “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” at Silver Dollar Speedway is coming up on Saturday May 4 and to get a head start on things lap money is on sale for the prestigious event.

If anyone would like to purchase a lap please contact Dave and Dianne Durica at Durica1414@sbcglobal.net or 916-988-5958.

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 don’t hesitate to contact Dave and 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 one of the cornerstone events on the King of the West Sprint Car Series schedule and will be the third round of action in the fight for the title this season. The May 4 extravaganza also marks the lone appearance in 2013 for the series at Silver Dollar Speedway and will feature a large car count as we pay respect to fallen driver Dave Bradway Jr.

Last season’s edition of the event saw history be made when Chico, California native and eventual King of the West Series champion Jonathan Allard became the first driver to win the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” on five occasions. With lap money & more added in Allard walked home with over $6,000 for the night. The stout top-five was rounded out by Sean Becker, Tim Kaeding, Shane Stewart & Roger Crockett.

For more info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series visit http://www.kwssprints.com and for more on Silver Dollar Speedway log onto http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube by checking out http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Auto Meter Products Inc. returns as contingency partner with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series in 2013

By Gary Thomas

Rio Vista, CA – February 18, 2013…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is pleased to announce that Sycamore, Illinois based Auto Meter Products Inc. will return as a contingency partner for the 2013 racing season.

Since 1957 Auto Meter has been driven to provide performance enthusiasts with the information they need to win, revolutionizing the way that racers and vehicle builders think about instrumentation and vehicle electronics for more than 50 years.

During each of the 28 KWS events this season Auto Meter will be awarding a total of $150 in certificates. The breakdown will be $100 for the winner of the A-main and $50 each for the fifth place finisher and 10th place finisher in the feature. An additional $1000 in certificates will be given out at the championship awards banquet.

“It’s great to have the support once again of an industry leader such as Auto Meter involved with the King of the West Sprint Car Series,” said KWS Operations Manager George Hague. “We’re excited about our contingency program once again this year and we will have more announcements coming up documenting the whole program for 2013.”

To be eligible for Auto Meter Products Inc. contingency awards with the King of the West Sprint Car Series, competitors must run the Auto Meter decal on their car. The decals will be provided each night at the KWS command center in the pit area.

For more information on Auto Meter Products Inc. log onto http://autometer.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/AutoMeterProductsInc

The 2013 racing season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will get underway on Saturday April 20 at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, California. Three-time & defending series champion Jonathan Allard looks to open the season in strong fashion, but will face challenges from a number of competitors at the always action packed one-third mile clay oval.

Among the drivers looking to steal the top spot from Allard this season is Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst, who takes over the seat of the Dennis & Teresa Roth owned HR Cattle No. 83jr sprint car. Hirst last year drove the Roth Motorsports mount to a King of the West Series victory in Antioch and also claimed the 50-lap finale at the annual Trophy Cup in Tulare.

Just a few of the other title contenders are sure to include Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who is behind the wheel of the Clyde Lamar owned 3c machine this year, 13-time champion Brent Kaeding, former titlist Jason Statler, Clovis fan favorite Peter Murphy, past Silver Dollar Speedway 410 champ Bobby McMahan, former Trophy Cup titlist Craig Stidham and more.

More information on the traveling King of the West Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com and by tuning in to “KWS Tonight” every Thursday evening throughout the season on the homepage of the website.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube by checking out http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

 

KWS Lites division to make splash at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway during 2013 racing season

By Gary Thomas

Fernley, Nevada – January 22, 2013…The motorsports community in Northern Nevada is eagerly awaiting the 2013 season at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway and the Winged Sprint Car crowd will get even more than expected, with the announcement of the newly formed KWS Lites.

The initial meeting for the class was held in mid-December in Fernley, Nevada and featured nearly 30 people representing 18 teams in attendance. The basic concept behind the Winged KWS Lites division is to help organize the many Economy Sprint Cars in the area that utilize low cost engine packages, such as those seen in Spec Sprints.

“I think it was a very productive first meeting for the KWS Lites division,” said King of the West Operations Manager George Hague. “We are very enthused about having a 12-race series for the Lites and look forward to working with Gary Thomas on helping to promote the division, much like we have with the King of the West 410’s. There will be a championship fund & weekly purse announced in a few weeks, with 10 of the 12 races counting towards the championship.”

Rules packages are currently being finalized for the KWS Lites and another meeting will be held prior to the start of the season. A consistent set of rules will be put together to make things equal for all the competitors involved and to keep costs down. There have been a number of Economy Sprints race throughout Northern Nevada and the idea is to build an organization and tie it all together at RTF Speedway.

“We will continue having meetings to get everyone on board with what we are doing,” commented Simpson. “We’re really excited to get the season started at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway, because it’s going to be a great year. We also look forward to working with the Ruby Mountain Winged Sprints in the 2013 year as well, which is really going to help build up an economic sprint car class for people to get into.”

More info on the KWS Lites can be acquired by contacting the KWS Series office at 707-374-2222 and will also be on our RTF Speedway website that is under construction at http://www.rtfspeedway.com

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KWS Lites 2013 Schedule of Events at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway & Rattlesnake Raceway

Saturday April 6 (Playday)

Saturday April 13

Saturday May 18

Saturday June 8 (Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon)

Saturday June 22

Thursday July 4 Friday July 5

Saturday August 10

Saturday August 31 (Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon)

Saturday September 7

Saturday September 14

Saturday October 5

Saturday October 26

 

 

 

"KWS Tonight" will present a tribute show to Stephen Allard this evening at 7pm, showcasing a handful of his victories from the 2005 & '06 seasons, including his 1st ever Golden State 410 Sprint Car win. We will also discuss lasting memories of Stephen, along with a brief Chili Bowl recap and breakdown some of the major events on the 2013 King of the West schedule.

To view “KWS Tonight” log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm on Thursday December 13. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the couple weeks and will be archived on our You Tube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

The wins we will highlight for Stephen Allard came while driving the Redi-Green Motorsports 1k in 2005 and then the McMillen/Rolfe No. 10 sprint car in '06. All three of his Golden State 410 Series career triumphs will be included in the show. Special thanks to Grove Hill of Quality Race Video for the video highlights.

Don't forget the 2013 King of the West Sprint Car Series schedule is available on our website at www.kwssprints.com so please take a look and get your plans ready. The season will kick off on Saturday April 20 at John Soares' always action packed Antioch Speedway, located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds.

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

King of the West Sprint Car Series announces updates to 2013 schedule including a return engagement to Petaluma Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Rio Vista, CA – January 15, 2013…Since the original release of the King of the West Sprint Car Series schedule there have been a couple of exciting modifications to detail, highlighted by the Winged 410 Sprint Car return to Petaluma Speedway on Saturday May 11.

The event at Petaluma Speedway will be billed as the “Tribute to Baylands Raceway Park” and marks the first Winged 410 Sprint Car race at the sticky three-eighths mile since 2010. Fans and teams alike have been hoping to see the King of the West Sprint Car Series back on the hooked up Petaluma gumbo and now they have their wish.

From Bobby Gerould’s Baylands Raceway Park page: "Baylands was a hot spot for great sprint car racing during a much too short-lived time in the 1980's. Located in Fremont, CA, in the heart of the thriving Bay Area, Baylands ran weekly winged sprints, as well as special World of Outlaws, CRA, BCRA, Golden State Challenge, and NARC shows. Opening in August, 1981 and racing until November, 1988, Baylands played a vital role in the booming sprint car scene in Northern California.”

To commemorate the evening on May 11 many names and faces from the days gone by at Baylands Raceway Park are expected to be on hand for autographs and interviews. The two most recent Winged 410 events at the Petaluma Speedway in 2010 were captured by reigning KWS champion Jonathan Allard in his familiar Williams Motorsports No. 0 sprinter.

“We are very excited to be back at the Petaluma Speedway in 2013 and want to thank Rick Faeth and John Soares for making it possible,” said KWS Operations Manager & former Baylands Raceway Park Announcer George Hague. “I have a lot of memories of Baylands from my days as an announcer there and we think it will be great to hold an event to relive the history of the track.”

To open up the date for Petaluma the King of the West Sprint Car Series and Merced promoter John Soares have moved the previous date for Merced Speedway to Saturday June 1. The quarter-mile bullring has played host to the World of Outlaws the last couple years, but in 2013 the KWS Series will be the only Winged 410 show at the facility.

Additional updates to the schedule include the annual “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” being added to the Sunday May 26 date at Thunderbowl Raceway. The event is part of a King of the West Series double-header during Memorial Day weekend at the Tulare, California oval on Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26. The “Faria Memorial” has been a mainstay on the schedule for a number of years.

The Saturday September 21 date at Thunderbowl Raceway will also be tabbed as the “John Anthony Sharp Memorial” and features the USAC West Coast Wingless Sprinters running alongside KWS to make for a great combo night of racing. Drivers such as Bud Kaeding and Peter Murphy are sure to pull double duty during the event at the blazing fast one-third mile clay oval.

More information on the traveling King of the West Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube by checking out http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

From an earlier release:

The 2013 racing season kicks off on Saturday April 20 with the traditional KWS opener at John Soares’ Antioch Speedway located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds. Quickly gaining a reputation as one of the raciest tracks in the West; the one-third mile clay oval will also host the King of the West 410 Sprints on Saturday July 20.

The high-banked quarter-mile bullring of Placerville Speedway will host the King of the West Series on two occasions once again this season. The first of those will be Saturday April 27 and the second is slated for Saturday June 29. The lightning fast track is a favorite among fans for its distinctive red clay and close action. The all-time KWS track record at Placerville is a blistering 9.913 shared by Tim Kaeding & Evan Suggs.

The always exciting Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway will play host to three nights of action in 2013, which will be anchored by a double header outing during Memorial Day weekend on Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26. The King of the West 410’s will then return to the lightning fast one-third mile clay oval for a single night showing on Saturday September 21. The Sunday May 26 event will be the annual “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” and the September 21 race will be tabbed as the “John Anthony Sharp Memorial.”

The famed Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico will hold one King of the West event this season and it happens to be the 23rd annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” on Saturday May 4. The event has been a cornerstone for the series and always features extra money and awards packed into the night. Expect a huge show as fans will get to see the KWS Series at SDS one time only in 2013, so don’t miss out on what is sure to be a definite special event on Saturday May 4.

Also hosting single events this season will be the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville on Saturday July 13, the new Stockton 99 Dirt Track on Saturday August 3, a return to the Santa Maria Speedway on Saturday July 27 and the 28th annual “Cotton Classic” at Kings Speedway in Hanford on Saturday October 12.

The event at Ocean Speedway on July 13 is the third annual “Howard Kaeding Classic,” which has become a very big event over the past two years at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds bullring. The “HK Classic” is part of an exciting two night weekend that also features USAC Sprints & Midgets during the Friday portion.

The Santa Maria Speedway visit on July 27 will mark the first KWS appearance at the track since 2011 and the Stockton event on August 3 will be the inaugural appearance for the series at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds track. The prestigious “Cotton Classic” on October 12 will mark the lone 2013 appearance at Hanford’s Kings Speedway and will be a huge event as always, with the USAC West Coast Wingless Sprints also competing that night.

Friday & Saturday May 17 & 18 will be the first of five weekends of competition at the newly refurbished Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in Fernley, Nevada. During the off-season KWS Managing Director Dan Simpson became promoter of the track known as “Racings Field of Dreams” and is bringing 410 Sprint Car racing back to it for the first time since 2006.

In addition to May 17 & 18 the King of the West 410 Sprints will also invade the three-eighths mile oval on July 5 & 6 for the “Cherry Bomb Classic,” August 9 & 10 (during Hot August Nights in Reno), September 13 & 14 (during the Reno Air Races) and for the KWS season-finale on Friday & Saturday October 25 & 26. Stay tuned for all the exciting plans that are being put in place for RTF Speedway.

Another track located in Northern Nevada that joins the mix in 2013 is Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon, hosting a pair of events with the first occurring on Friday & Saturday June 7 & 8. The two-night show is part of the town’s annual “Octane Fest” that features drag racing, monster trucks, tuff trucks and more. KWS will then return to Rattlesnake on Saturday & Sunday August 31 & September 1 during the “Cantaloupe Festival” in Fallon.

The amount of money on the line for teams this year with the King of the West Series during the Northern Nevada dates will be inflated as well, with each event at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway & Rattlesnake Raceway paying $3,500 to win the A-main and a very stout $1,000-to-start. The purses are focused on paying down solidly to make sure all teams in competition have a piece of the pie.

 

 

 

King of the West Sprint Car Series unveils a fully loaded & lucrative schedule of events for 2013 season

By Gary Thomas

Rio Vista, California – January 6, 2013…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series office has unveiled a 2013 slate of events that is truly fitting of a “Western King” and encompasses 27-dates at 11 different tracks in California and Nevada.

“The upcoming season is looking to be one of the best in recent memory for 410 Sprint Car racing on the West Coast,” commented KWS Operations Manager George Hague. “We are looking forward to having some new faces join KWS and many familiar ones returning as well. We’re also excited to welcome Hoosier Racing Tires into the King of the West family and building a great relationship with the company.”

The 2013 racing season kicks off on Saturday April 20 with the traditional KWS opener at John Soares’ Antioch Speedway located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds. Quickly gaining a reputation as one of the raciest tracks in the West; the one-third mile clay oval will also host the King of the West 410 Sprints on Saturday July 20.

The high-banked quarter-mile bullring of Placerville Speedway will host the King of the West Series on two occasions once again this season. The first of those will be Saturday April 27 and the second is slated for Saturday June 29. The lightning fast track is a favorite among fans for its distinctive red clay and close action. The all-time KWS track record at Placerville is a blistering 9.913 shared by Tim Kaeding & Evan Suggs.

The always exciting Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway will play host to three nights of action in 2013, which will be anchored by a double header outing during Memorial Day weekend on Saturday & Sunday May 25 & 26. The King of the West 410’s will then return to the lightning fast one-third mile clay oval for a single night showing on Saturday September 21.

The famed Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico will hold one King of the West event this season and it happens to be the 23rd annual “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” on Saturday May 4. The event has been a cornerstone for the series and always features extra money and awards packed into the night. Expect a huge show as fans will get to see the KWS Series at SDS one time only in 2013, so don’t miss out on what is sure to be a definite special event on Saturday May 4.

Also hosting single events this season will be the Merced Speedway on Saturday May 11, the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville on Saturday July 13, the new Stockton 99 Dirt Track on Saturday August 3, a return to the Santa Maria Speedway on Saturday July 27 and the 28th annual “Cotton Classic” at Kings Speedway in Hanford on Saturday October 12.

The Merced outing on May 11 will be the first KWS event at the track and also marks the lone 410 Sprint Car race for the facility in 2013. The event at Ocean Speedway on July 13 is the third annual “Howard Kaeding Classic,” which has become a very big event over the past two years at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds bullring. The “HK Classic” is part of an exciting two night weekend that also features USAC Sprints & Midgets during the Friday portion.

The Santa Maria Speedway visit on July 27 will mark the first KWS appearance at the track since 2011 and the Stockton event on August 3 will be the inaugural appearance for the series at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds track. The prestigious “Cotton Classic” on October 12 will mark the lone 2013 appearance at Hanford’s Kings Speedway and will be a huge event as always, with the USAC West Coast Wingless Sprints also competing that night.

Friday & Saturday May 17 & 18 will be the first of five weekends of competition at the newly refurbished Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in Fernley, Nevada. During the off-season KWS Managing Director Dan Simpson became promoter of the track known as “Racings Field of Dreams” and is bringing 410 Sprint Car racing back to it for the first time since 2006.

In addition to May 17 & 18 the King of the West 410 Sprints will also invade the three-eighths mile oval on July 5 & 6 for the “Cherry Bomb Classic,” August 9 & 10 (during Hot August Nights in Reno), September 13 & 14 (during the Reno Air Races) and for the KWS season-finale on Friday & Saturday October 25 & 26. Stay tuned for all the exciting plans that are being put in place for RTF Speedway.

Another track located in Northern Nevada that joins the mix in 2013 is Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon, hosting a pair of events with the first occurring on Friday & Saturday June 7 & 8. The two-night show is part of the town’s annual “Octane Fest” that features drag racing, monster trucks, tuff trucks and more. KWS will then return to Rattlesnake on Saturday & Sunday August 31 & September 1 during the “Cantaloupe Festival” in Fallon.

“The community support has been phenomenal up here in Northern Nevada and we’re excited to bring our style of sprint car racing to the many fans in the area,” said KWS Managing Director Dan Simpson. “The majority of our events in Nevada are held with major festivals & that will give all our great supporters something fun to do when they visit Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway and Rattlesnake Raceway.”

The amount of money on the line for teams this year with the King of the West Series during the Northern Nevada dates will be inflated as well, with each event at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway & Rattlesnake Raceway paying $3,500 to win the A-main and a very stout $1,000-to-start. The purses are focused on paying down solidly to make sure all teams in competition have a piece of the pie.

“When you add up our nightly purses, contingencies and point fund we’ll be racing for more money & awards than we have in many years out here,” said Simpson. “Each season we continue to build the KWS brand and look for new things to do with the series. I think we’re in for a very exciting 2013 season and can’t wait to get it started. We’ll have even more to announce in the weeks to come so stay tuned.”

More information on the traveling King of the West Sprint Car Series can be found online at http://www.kwssprints.com

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing along with subscribing to us on You Tube by checking out http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints?feature=mhee

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

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King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series 2013 Schedule

Saturday April 20: Antioch Speedway

Saturday April 27: Placerville Speedway

Saturday May 4: Silver Dollar Speedway (23rd annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial)

Saturday May 11: Merced Speedway

Friday May 17: Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Saturday May 18: Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway

Saturday May 25: Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Sunday May 26: Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway

Friday June 7: Rattlesnake Raceway (Octane Fest Fallon, NV) Saturday June 8: Rattlesnake Raceway (Octane Fest Fallon, NV)

Saturday June 29: Placerville Speedway

Friday July 5: Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway (Cherry Bomb Classic) Saturday July 6: Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway (Cherry Bomb Classic)

Saturday July 13: Ocean Speedway (3rd annual Howard Kaeding Classic)

Saturday July 20: Antioch Speedway ­

Saturday July 27: Santa Maria Speedway ­

Saturday August 3: Stockton 99 Dirt Track

Friday August 9: Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Saturday August 10: Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway

Saturday August 31: Rattlesnake Raceway (Fallon Cantaloupe Festival) Sunday September 1: Rattlesnake Raceway (Fallon Cantaloupe Festival)

Friday September 13: Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway (Reno Air Races) Saturday September 14: Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway (Reno Air Races)

Saturday September 21: Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway

Saturday October 12: Kings Speedway (28th annual Cotton Classic)

Friday October 25: Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway (Championship Weekend) Saturday October 26: Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway (Championship Weekend)

 

 

 

We will be joined in the KWS Studio by reigning Rookie of the Year Chad Compton for a sit down interview on "KWS Tonight" presented by Hoosier Racing Tire this week.

This week’s holiday episode of “KWS Tonight” is presented by Hoosier Racing Tire and includes a phone interview with renowned ‘Track Chaser’ Randy Lewis and an in-studio sit down with reigning King of the West Series Rookie of the Year Chad Compton, as well as a sneak peak at the first few races of the 2013 season.

To view “KWS Tonight” log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm on Thursday December 13. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the couple weeks and will be archived on our You Tube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

Randy Lewis is known as the “World’s Number One Track Chaser” and has visited 1806 tracks in 62 different countries during his travels. He resides in San Clemente, California and once called Ascot Park in Gardena a home track prior to its closing in the early 1990’s. Lewis set the track chasing record in 2005 by traveling to an amazing 182 new tracks that season.

Last season Fair Oaks, California’s Chad Compton competed in his first season of 410 Sprint Car racing and brought home the King of the West Series Rookie of the Year award. We were joined in the KWS Studio by Compton and discussed his career in racing thus far, as well as his family life and what his goals are for next year. Compton’s family has been in the Super Market business for a number of years with “Compton’s Markets” in Sacramento.

Our special holiday episode will also feature a glimpse at the first three races of the 2013 King of the West Sprint Car Series season. With the schedule having the final touches put on it as we speak, the release date is fast approaching, but prior to that we’ll take a look at races one, two and three on the show this week.

Hoosier Racing Tire has grown to be one of the largest employers in Plymouth, Indiana, and produces over 1000 different types of race tires. The company has its own 300-mph test wheel; a technology center; state-of-the-art, fully-integrated production facilities; and a model sales and distribution network in Lakeville, Indiana, which others seek to emulate.

The pride that exists among those associated with the Hoosier "family" continues to be the focal point of the success that the company has enjoyed over the years. This philosophy has been, and will continue to be, the secret behind Hoosier's success in building, "Tires Designed for Champions." More information on Hoosier Racing Tire can be found at http://www.hoosiertire.com and for more on Hoosier Tire West please visit http://www.hoosiertirewest.com

Be sure to like us on the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing

You can also follow us on Instagram by searching “kwssprints” and contact us via phone at the King of the West office (707) 374-2222. For questions or comments please don’t be hesitate to shoot us an email at kwsseries@yahoo.com

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series hands out over $160,000 in cash & awards during the 2012 championship banquet this past Saturday at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort

By Gary Thomas

Jackson, CA – November 14, 2012…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented its annual championship awards banquet on Saturday November 10 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, where driving champion Jonathan Allard, owner titlist Roth Motorsports and others were honored for their achievements this past season.

During the banquet on Saturday the largest cash point fund in the history of California Sprint Car racing was given out and totaled $121,500 for the top-14 “Members in Good Standing,” who didn’t miss more than two races this season. The championship awards banquet was part of a three day weekend at Jackson Rancheria that featured a fan kickoff party on Friday evening, a car show & model car show on Saturday afternoon and a general business meeting on Sunday morning.

The KWS driving title for Allard was the third of his career with the traveling 410 Sprint Car Series. Although he was unable to attend due to being in New Zealand, car owner Morrie Williams accepted the honor. Allard and Williams walked away with $17,500 from the cash point fund and spoke highly of the teams that compete with KWS and all the people that make it happen.

”This has been such a great year and tough at times, but it sure puts things in perspective,” Allard said in a previously typed speech. “I'm very fortunate to be a part of such a great team. We push so hard to win every time we race and to win championships. I have been given an opportunity to do both, but there is so much more than that with this team. Katie and Morrie Williams have given me the ability to grow as a leader inside the car and out.”

Winning the King of the West Series owner championship for the second year in a row, Roth Motorsports was well represented at the awards banquet on Saturday and took home $20,000 from the cash point fund. One of the biggest rounds of applause during the night came when it was announced that Dennis Roth would be donating out of his championship winnings $5000 to the Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund and $5000 to the Tyler Wolf Memorial Fund.

Roth Motorsports this past season utilized Tim Kaeding and Kyle Hirst for the 17-race schedule and as a team totaled seven main event victories, along with scoring five BR Motorsports Fast Time Awards. “I really want to thank Tim Kaeding & Kyle Hirst for doing a great job with Roth Motorsports this year,” said Dennis Roth. “I also have to thank our whole team, my wife Teresa and Dan Simpson for giving us a great series to run in California.”

For the first time the teams that ranked 15 through 35 in the standings, who missed the cut for the main point fund, were also honored and brought up on stage. They received plaques in appreciation of their support and took part in a secondary point fund. Those on hand included Cody Lamar, Jeff Griffin, Golobic Motorsports, Richard Brace Jr. and Kenny Allen. Along with Peter Murphy, who was representing Scott Parker & Dean Brindle, and Brent Kaeding who was representing BK Racing & Brian Matherly.

The 2012 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year Chad Compton of Fair Oaks was also honored during the night and received a custom plaque from Tim Grant of Grant’s Fine Art, along with certificates from Auto Meter Products Inc., KSE Racing, Winters Racing, Racing Optics, Pro Shocks and Red Devil Brakes. He also went home with a $200 concert package courtesy Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. Compton stated that he’s never had more fun in racing than he had this year with KWS.

The KWS Hard Luck Award this year went to Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar, who suffered through various tough luck all season long. Driving the famed Tri-C No. 3c sprint car Lamar made all but five events this year and as a team they missed just four races with the series. For the award Lamar took home a very unique trophy made by Bob Carter, a $250 detail at Carters Detailing in Chico, along with a certificate for Auto Meter Products Inc. and A.R.T. Manufactured Products in Sacramento.

Each of the top-14 teams also received a custom Bob Olson painted die cast replica of their own sprint car, along with a unique steering wheel trophy. Tim Kaeding and Willie Croft earned the fast time award this season by setting the most BR Motorsports Quick Time efforts in 2012. “TK” and “Double Down” each set three fast times this year and were awarded with custom plaques by Grant’s Fine Art that depicted the honor. Williams Motorsports crew chief Ashley Smith received the crew chief of the year award that featured a custom spark plug trophy. Smith also earned a standing ovation from the packed room.

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series partner Kaeding Performance gathered some great items for this year’s “Royal Court Drawing,” which saw the top-14 teams/drivers that didn’t miss more than two events during the season take part. Those included Roth Motorsports, Williams Motorsports, Evan Suggs, Brent Kaeding, Peter Murphy, Bobby McMahan (Danielle Simpson filled in for Bobby, who couldn’t attend due to work), Jason Statler, Willie Croft, Andy Gregg, Craig Stidham, Chad Compton, Doug Gandy and Pat Harvey. Prizes in the “Royal Court Drawing” totaled to $15,000.

The major items in the drawing included a Maxim Chassis & Body donated by Kaeding Performance that was powder coated by Hot Coats Powder Coating, in addition to a Red Devil Inboard Brake Kit, a Butler Built seat, a Vortex Wing & Ben Cook Racing Products Wing Tree, a Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Cockpit Hose Kit, a set of four Pro Shocks, a set of SCI Racing Products arms and Pittman Arm, a Maxim set of arms, two sets of FK Rod Ends, a KSE Racing Products Steering Pump, a set of Schoenfeld Headers & Mufflers, an Astro Titanium Nut Stud Kit, a MPD 8x3 Wheel Bead Lock and a Kwik Change Econo Bleeder Kit.

More companies taking part in the drawing included fellow year-long KWS partners Auto Meter Products Inc., Winters Racing, Weld Racing, Flowmaster Muffler, Conroy Control and MPD Racing Products.

The “Royal Court Drawing” utilized the envelope draw that is seen during the KWS Dash at each series event, where the drivers/teams could trade one another at their discretion. Everyone had some fun with it, but when it came down to the last person that got a chance to trade, Dennis Roth’s young grandson Cole decided to swap envelopes with Peter Murphy. As it turned out that was a wise choice & Roth Motorsports claimed the Maxim Chassis & Body donated by Kaeding Performance.

Other giveaways during the night also included those from Van De Pol Distributors; Allied Washoe Petroleum; Western Central Petroleum; Summit Racing Equipment; the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada; Pioneer Crossing Casino in Fernley, Nevada; multiple cases of Pennzoil racing motor oil and Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort goodie bags.

King of the West Series sponsors, officials and staff were also recognized during the night for their support of the KWS season. Other highlights at the banquet included a tribute portion of the night paying respect to Tyler Wolf, Duke McMillen and David Tarter. The event was emceed by George Hague and Gary Thomas, with live entertainment by the Sterling Silver Band on stage. Series Managing Director Dan Simpson spoke highly of all the teams, officials, sponsors and fans on hand, thanking them for their contributions during the King of the West season.

Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund coordinators Ashley Smith and Brent Kaeding put on a terrific silent and live auction that saw nearly $20,000 collected for the benevolent fund. The Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund uses 100% of the funds raised to support the families of drivers, crew members and officials running 410 Sprint Car Series’ in California. We’d like to thank everyone for their support of the auction and give big thanks to Ashley Smith and Brent Kaeding.

KWS Video Productions Manager Brandon Skaggs put together a fabulous video presentation to begin the night, along with great vignettes featuring the top-14 drivers/teams, plus the special awards given out. Special thanks to the staff at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort for being gracious hosts all weekend long. Thank you to the executive chef for the great dinner menu, along with Jackson Rancheria Special Events Director Emily Tirapelle for all her help in organizing the weekend.

Photos from the night’s festivities can be viewed at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.463836053668201.123265.150145691703907&type=1

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You can also check out our official website at http://www.kwssprints.com for the latest news, results, history and more on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.

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2012 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Cash Point Fund Payout

1st place owner- Roth Motorsports $20,000

1st place driver/ 2nd place owner- Jonathan Allard & Williams Motorsports $17,500

2nd place driver/3rd place owner- Evan Suggs $13,500

3rd place/4th place owner- Brent Kaeding $11,000

4th place driver/5th place owner- Peter Murphy $9,500

5th place driver/6th place owner- Bobby McMahan $8,500

6th place driver/7th place owner- Jason Statler $7,500

7th place driver/8th place owner- Willie Croft $6,500

8th place driver/9th place owner- Andy Gregg $5,800

9th place driver/10th place owner- Craig Stidham $5,400

10th place driver/11th place owner- Chad Compton $4,875

11th place driver/12th place owner- Doug Gandy $4,250

12th place driver/14th place owner- Pat Harvey $3,625

13th place driver/13th place owner- Danielle Simpson $3,500

 

 

Jonathan Allard claimed this year's King of the West driving title by 98-points over Evan Suggs from Scotts Valley

King of the West Sprint Car Series champion Jonathan Allard and Elk Grove, California’s Bobby McMahan will be featured guests on “KWS Tonight” this Thursday evening during our season-finale recap show.

To view “KWS Tonight” log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week and will be archived on your You Tube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

Allard became a three-time California state 410 champion by winning the King of the West title this past weekend by 98-points over Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs. We’ll talk to the Chico native about that accomplishment, as well as what it’s been like driving for Williams Motorsports the last eight years.

McMahan went into last weekend locked in a tight three-way fight for fifth in the King of the West standings and when all the dust had settled the former NARC Speedweek champion secured that elusive fifth spot. McMahan had the biggest jump of any driver this season, moving up from 8th in points last year.

The KWS Video Productions unit will showcase some extended highlights from last Saturday’s “Cotton Classic” to go along with our recap of the night. A large crowd was on hand to witness one of the strongest KWS fields of the season at the always exciting Kings Speedway in Hanford.

Remember to get you tickets ordered for the upcoming KWS banquet weekend on November 9 & 10 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (209) 223-1677. The special KWS pricing on rooms will be available until next Friday October 26.

We’ll also have some new announcements regarding the championship banquet weekend, including an added twist to the Friday night fan party, which now features beer tasting to go along with hor devours, music, vintage Grove Hill videos and more. Tickets to the party are free with a paid banquet reservation or $10.

Don't forget to “like” the King of the West Series presented on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series. Also subscribe to us on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

 

 

Late race move nets Tim Kaeding 60th career Golden State/ King of the West main event victory on Saturday at the “Cotton Classic”

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA – October 13, 2012…Kyle Larson’s misfortune was Tim Kaeding’s gain at the Kings Speedway on Saturday during the 27th annual “Cotton Classic” in Hanford. The 20-year-old Elk Grove native took the lead on lap-seven, but fuel starvation on a green, white, checkered restart allowed the “TK Express” an opportunity to gobble up the lead that he wouldn’t relinquish.

In front of a packed house Kaeding crossed the line by 0.986 seconds to record his sixth King of the West Sprint Car Series win of the season over two-time World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers and 2012 KWS titlist Jonathan Allard. It was also the 60th combined Golden State/ KWS win of Kaeding’s career, making him the second driver to reach that mark, joining father Brent Kaeding who has 84 wins to his credit.

“It’s been a great season for us and I can’t say enough about Dennis & Teresa Roth for giving me the opportunity of a life time to drive this 83 car,” said Kaeding, who helped Roth Motorsports wrap up the KWS car owner title for the second straight year. “My guys have given me a great car all season long and Kyle Hirst has done a great job for us as well, so it feels good to give Roth Motorsports another owner’s championship. I also want to thank all the fans for coming out tonight and supporting KWS.”

Kaeding started from the pole by way of winning the KSE Racing Products Dash and when the green came out he would jump into the lead aboard his HR Cattle No. 83 mount. “TK” had his way out front over the early laps, but on a lap-six restart outside front row starter Kyle Larson sliced to the inside off turn four and took the lead. Various yellows would slow the pace at times, but all along Larson was able to maintain a steady advantage out front until the final laps started to approach.

Lapped traffic allowed Kaeding the chance to close and the San Jose driver charged hard after Larson looking to find a way back by. With only five-circuits remaining Kaeding hounded the bumper of the Finley Farms No. 77, but just when it looked like it’d be a shootout in thick lapped traffic, the yellow lights came on to set up a green, white, checkered restart.

During it Larson led the field into turn one, but off the second corner it was Kaeding who made a quick move to blast by and take command as the 77 car was running low on fuel. “TK” then charged off to score his second career 410 “Cotton Classic” victory at the Kings Speedway and give himself momentum heading into the annual “Trophy Cup” next week. Larson was ultimately able to limp the car home and cross the checkered flag in the eighth spot.

Coming home second at the finish was Clovis, California driver Jason Meyers, who was making his first 410 Sprint Car start in his home state since March. “We haven’t raced a whole lot this year, but I can’t say enough about this Tarlton & Son team and want to thank them for allowing me to drive such a great car,” commented the two-time World of Outlaws champion. “It’s great to see so many people come out tonight for the Cotton Classic and we always love racing at Kings Speedway.”

Rounding out the podium and becoming the 2012 “King of the West” was Jonathan Allard, who finished the season with four wins, ten top-five’s and a series leading thirteen top-ten’s. The Chico native started 11th in the feature and methodically picked his way forward to claim another solid finish.

“This is just a great accomplishment for our whole team,” said Allard, who has now won three state 410 titles since joining Williams Motorsports in 2005. “I wish we could have got a few more wins, but that’s part of racing and we’re happy with how the season went. I can’t thank Morrie & Katie Williams and all my guys enough. I also have to thank Dan Simpson and the King of the West Series because we have a great organization and it’s the best thing going out here. Seeing all these great fans is what makes it so much fun for all of us.”

Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst ended the feature in fourth while making his fifth start of the season for Roth Motorsports. The talented driver scored top-five finishes in every event that he drove for the team and has put together one of the best seasons of his career. Hirst in fact scored the third most top-five finishes with KWS this year, behind only Jonathan Allard and Tim Kaeding.

Completing the top-five and earning the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award in the main event was Visalia’s Cory Eliason aboard the Elite Acid No. 00x sprinter. The youngster charged from 16th to fifth in the 30-lapper and is always a great addition to the roster whenever he signs in at the back gate. The remainder of the top-10 was comprised of Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Larson, 20th starter Jason Statler of Grass Valley and young Carson Macedo of Fresno.

Winning the 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier with a late race pass was Sacramento’s Willie Croft and claiming the KSE Racing Products Dash was Tim Kaeding. The four ten-lap Kaeding Performance Heat Races were picked off by St. Helena’s Rico Abreu, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Bobby McMahan and Jason Meyers. Scoring his first BR Motorsports Fast Time of the year to begin the night was Abreu, who blistered the Kings Speedway in 13.361 seconds to beat out a 32-car field. Abreu became the 12th different driver to set fast time with KWS in 17 events this season.

On behalf of everyone involved with the King of the West Sprint Car Series we’d like to thank everyone for their support this season because it truly is appreciated! Please stay glued to our website and social media outlets for updates throughout the off-season. We’d also like to wish all teams competing in next week’s “Trophy Cup” at Thunderbowl Raceway the best of luck. We look forward to seeing everybody at the KWS Banquet in November at the Jackson Rancheria. Tickets are still available by calling our office at 707-374-2222.

Our official website can be found at http://www.kwssprints.com and don't forget to “like” the King of the West Series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series. Also subscribe to us on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

 

 

King of the West Sprint Car Series Results – “Cotton Classic” Kings Speedway October 13

32-cars

Fast time: Rico Abreu

Heat one: Rico Abreu, Kyle Hirst, Mike Faria, Carson Macedo, Steven Tiner, Willie Croft, Pat Harvey, Peter Murphy

Heat two: Craig Stidham, Kyle Larson, Sean Becker, Kenny Allen, Andy Gregg, Trey Starks, Richard Brace Jr., Cole Wood

Heat three: Bobby McMahan, Evan Suggs, Stephen Allard, Brent Kaeding, Koen Shaw, Chad Compton, Doug Gandy, Jason Statler

Heat four: Jason Meyers, Tim Kaeding, Tyler Wolf, Jonathan Allard, Cory Eliason, Eli Deshaies, Bud Walberg, Danielle Simpson

Dash: Tim Kaeding, Kyle Larson, Jason Meyers, Kyle Hirst, Evan Suggs, Rico Abreu, Craig Stidham, Bobby McMahan

Last Chance Qualifier: Willie Croft, Cory Eliason, Peter Murphy, Jason Statler, Trey Starks, Cole Wood, Andy Gregg, Bud Walberg, Koen Shaw, Doug Gandy, Pat Harvey, Richard Brace, Danielle Simpson, Eli Deshaies, Chad Compton

A-main: Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers, Jonathan Allard, Kyle Hirst, Cory Eliason, Bobby McMahan, Evan Suggs, Kyle Larson, Jason Statler, Carson Macedo, Brent Kaeding, Peter Murphy, Sean Becker, Trey Starks, Mike Faria, Kenny Allen, Cole Wood, Craig Stidham, Rico Abreu, Tyler Wolf, Willie Croft, Stephen Allard

 

 

Kyle Hirst/ Scott Woodhouse/ Tailgate Rodriguez/ 1997 Mini Gold Cup/ a look at Fernley 95a Speedway & more

It’s time to crown a King of the West Sprint Car Series champion this Saturday night at the Cotton Classic! Before that however, the “KWS Tonight” gang will hit the net to get everyone ready for the big show at Kings Speedway in Hanford!

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week.

This week’s show will be fully loaded with fun stuff and features interviews with Sacramento wheel-man Kyle Hirst, Kings Speedway promoter Scott Woodhouse and former KWS Video Productions Manager “Tailgate” Rodriguez.

Hirst this weekend will be aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83Jr. sprinter & we’ll get his thoughts on the season so far, which has seen him claim a number of victories, both with and without the wing. We’ll then have Woodhouse on the line to discuss the year at Kings Speedway and how excited he is for the “Cotton Classic” this Saturday night.

In addition to the many KWS regulars that will be on hand at Kings Speedway this Saturday, other big names set to be in action include Jason Meyers, Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu, Bud Kaeding, Sean Becker, Shane Golobic, Stephen Allard and more.

Finally we’ll have an update from our old pal and former KWS Video guru “Tailgate” Rodriguez on what he has been up to. Fans have been asking us at every event what “Tailgate” has been up to and this week on “KWS Tonight” we will find out.

We will also share with everyone our recent visit to the Fernley 95A Speedway in Nevada for their two day shootout event. The Golden State 410 Series competed at the track in 2004 & ’06 and the King of the West Series will be bringing 410 Sprint Car racing back to Fernley next season.

The 410 Flashback presented by Kaeding Performance will take a look back at the 1997 “Mini Gold Cup” at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. The always exciting and hard charging Randy Tiner ended the weekend in victory lane while driving brother Rodney’s No. 83 mount. Jason Statler opened the weekend in victory lane aboard his DF Rios No. 00 machine.

We will also finish up our look back at this season’s weekly highlights with the most recent KWS event held on August 18 at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Two-time Golden State KWS champ Tim Kaeding scored his fifth win of the year that night with Andy Gregg and Peter Murphy rounding out the popular podium.

Tweet us your best photos on Saturday from the Cotton Classic @kwssprintracing with the hash-tag #kwscottonclassic & the three best photos will win a free King of the West Series T-shirt! https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing

The three best non wing photos from Saturday in Hanford using the #kwscottonclassic will also win a free "Puttin It In Sideways" T-shirt!

The front gate will open at 5:00pm on Saturday October 13 at the Kings Speedway, with qualifying around 6:30pm and racing around 7:00pm. Grandstand reserved tickets cost $25 for the “Cotton Classic” with general admission bleachers being $23. Tickets are on sale now and to reserve your seats simply contact the track box office at (559) 584-7223.

Remember to get you tickets ordered for the upcoming KWS championship banquet weekend on November 9 & 10 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (209) 223-1677.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series. Also subscribe to us on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

 

 

Close King of the West Series point battles & special entrants highlight 27th annual “Cotton Classic” this Saturday October 13 at Kings Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA – October 8, 2012…What started out in early-April will come to a close this Saturday night when the King of the West Sprint Car Series heads for the Central Valley to cap the 2012 season during the prestigious 27th annual “Cotton Classic” at Hanford’s Kings Speedway.

So far this season there have been sixteen King of the West Series events held, with eight different winners throughout the campaign, including Tim Kaeding, Jonathan Allard, Rico Abreu, Kyle Larson, Bud Kaeding, Brent Kaeding, Craig Stidham and Kyle Hirst. All of those drivers will be in action on Saturday for what looks to be one of the strongest fields of the year.

“It’s been a great year for KWS and the racing has just been phenomenal all season,” said Managing Director Dan Simpson. “The group of people we have behind us is second to none when you look at the teams, staff and fans that follow the King of the West Series. I really want to thank everyone for their support this season and hope all will come out this Saturday for the “Cotton Classic” at Kings Speedway.”

A big highlight for Saturday will be the return of local favorite Jason Meyers from nearby Clovis to a 410 Sprint Car in California, as he climbs behind the wheel of the Tarlton & Son Inc. No. 21m machine. The two-time World of Outlaws champion charged to victory at the 2006 “Cotton Classic” and is looking for more of the same on Saturday, as he warms up for next week’s “Trophy Cup” in Tulare. Meyers drove the 21m sprinter to a top-five finish at the Knoxville Nationals in August, along with a preliminary night victory.

Another former “Cotton Classic” champion looking to add a second cotton bail trophy to his possession on Saturday is Elk Grove native Kyle Larson, who will be at the helm of the Finley Farms No. 77 sprinter. The 2010 Golden State 410 champion captured the event that same season he claimed the series title and came in just his fourth ever start at Kings Speedway. Larson has put together another spectacular season, highlighted by a $20,000 score at the “Gold Cup Race of Champions” among a number of other victories.

Young rising star Rico Abreu will make his King of the West Sprint Car Series return at the “Cotton Classic” aboard the Abreu Vineyards No. 89 mount. The always exciting driver has won his two most recent starts with KWS, including triumphs at the Tulare Thunderbowl and his home track of Calistoga Speedway in May. Abreu has become a fan favorite around the country and should be fun to watch at the three-eighths mile clay oval on Saturday.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding is also set to make his first series start since winning the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” at Kings Speedway in June at the helm of Brian Matherly’s No. 19 sprint car. The three-time USAC Silver Crown Series champion has tallied a trio of top-five finishes in his limited KWS starts this season and is always a welcomed addition to the roster. Kaeding will also be competing with the USAC West Coast Wingless Sprinters at the “Cotton Classic.”

A very intriguing part of the night is sure to be the fight to decide who will round out the top-five in the King of the West Sprint Car Series standings, which is currently held by Grass Valley’s Jason Statler. The former Golden State 410 champ has knocked on the door for his first win of the year a couple of times, including runner up finishes in two of the last six events. Statler was also the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger during the most recent KWS race held in Chico on August 18.

Hot on Statler’s heels however, is Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who sits only three-markers back in sixth. It’s a bit of de ja vu for Croft, as he went into the finale last season just six-points behind Statler for the fifth position. “Double Down” would ultimately go on to finish sixth in the standings after the final race in Hanford last year, but this time around he’ll be searching to change that and overtake the “Big Guy” at the “Cotton Classic” on Saturday.

Nipping at those two drivers happens to be Elk Grove veteran Bobby McMahan in the seventh spot, who is just nine-digits behind Statler for fifth in the King of the West Series standings. The former NARC Speedweek titlist spent much of the season among the top-five, but a tough finish at Silver Dollar Speedway on August 18 dropped him from fourth to seventh in the driver points. McMahan will be gunning for a strong night at the “Cotton Classic” to climb his way back forward.

The other close point battle is the fight for second in the driver standings between Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding of Campbell. Suggs holds the spot by only 13-digits and will look to secure the position for the second consecutive season.

As documented Chico’s Jonathan Allard has an almost definite lock on the King of the West Series driving title, as he holds a commanding 97-point lead over Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs. It would be the third career state 410 driving title for Allard, who is also the defending “Cotton Classic” champion at Kings Speedway. The veteran wheel-man of the Williams Motorsports No. 0 has captured four wins so far this year with KWS and will be looking to make it number five on Saturday.

Fresno based Roth Motorsports has the car owners title in grasp for the second year in a row and will be featuring two cars at the “Cotton Classic” with both San Jose’s Tim Kaeding and Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst in action on Saturday. The No. 83 machine has used Kaeding in 12 events and Hirst in the other four. As a team they have claimed six overall wins with the King of the West Series. “TK” has claimed a KWS series-leading five triumphs, along with Hirst scoring a win at the Antioch Speedway on June 23.

Other drivers set to be on hand Saturday will include Clovis’ Peter Murphy, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Chico's Stephen Allard, Fresno's Carson Macedo & Koen Shaw, Redding’s Tyler Wolf, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Chico’s Kenny Allen, Puyallup, Washington’s Trey Starks, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, North Kingstown, Rhode Island’s Eli Deshaies, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Merced’s Mark Barroso and more.

The "Cotton Classic" will also see a fully loaded pre-race autograph session featuring Brent Kaeding, Tim Kaeding, Jonathan Allard and Craig Stidham. When you combine GSC & KWS all-time victories "BK", "TK" and "JA" happen to rank one, two and three on the career win list. Stidham in the past has captured the prestigious "Trophy Cup" and is also a former Rebel Cup Series champion in the Central Valley.

The talented foursome will be inside the front gate when it opens up at 5pm and fans are encouraged to stop by, say hi and pick up a free King of the West Sprint Car Series autograph poster. The first number of people through the front gate will also receive a complimentary program, so be sure and get to the races early. We will also have the KWS t-shirt shooter in full gear to finish off the season in style.

The front gate will open at 5:00pm on Saturday October 13 at the Kings Speedway, with qualifying around 6:30pm and racing around 7:00pm. Grandstand reserved tickets cost $25 for the “Cotton Classic” with general admission bleachers being $23. Tickets are on sale now and to reserve your seats simply contact the track box office at (559) 584-7223.

The Kings Speedway is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California and the physical address is 801 S. 10th Ave. Hanford, Ca 93230. More information can be found at http://www.kingsspeedway.net or by contacting (559) 584-7223.

Our official website can be found at http://www.kwssprints.com and don't forget to “like” the King of the West Series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series. Also subscribe to us on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

 

 

 

In just two week's time the 19th annual Trophy Cup will be held at Tulare's Thunderbowl Raceway and the "KWS Tonight" crew will share a glimpse at the history of the event, with a behind the scenes look at event founder Dave Pusateri.

We were able to travel down to Trophy City this past week and interview Dave to get his thoughts and reflections on the first 19 year's of the prestigious event, which has gained the reputation of being one of the most exciting throughout the country.

During the show we'll also showcase highlights from past Trophy Cup's courtesy Grove Hill and Quality Race Video. We also learn a little more about the future of the Trophy Cup, as next year will pay $50,000 to the overall winner & is reportedly Pusateri's final one as event organizer.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com

Remember to get you tickets ordered for the upcoming KWS championship banquet weekend on November 9 & 10 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (209) 223-1677.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series. Also subscribe to us on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

The Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear will cap the season with the annual “Cotton Classic” at the Kings Speedway in Hanford, California on Saturday October 13. Tickets for the event are on sale and can be acquired by contacting the track box office at (559) 584-7223.

 

 

Prestigious Cotton Classic closes out 2012 season in exciting fashion for the King of the West Sprint Car Series at Hanford’s Kings Speedway on Saturday October 13

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA – October 2, 2012…Following a long break between races the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear is geared up and ready to return to action for championship night on Saturday October 13 at the Kings Speedway in Hanford, California.

The event marks the 27th annual “Cotton Classic” and is the final Winged 410 Sprint Car event in California for the 2012 season. The prestigious show will also feature the USAC West Coast Wingless Sprint Cars & Vintage Modifieds, making for an all open wheel night of racing at the blazing fast three-eighths mile clay oval.

Winners of the “Cotton Classic” since the year 2000 have been Visalia’s Blake Robertson; Aliquippa, PA’s Tim Shaffer; San Jose's Tim Kaeding; Clovis’ Jason Meyers; Chico’s Stephen Allard, Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson and Chico’s Jonathan Allard, who captured last season’s event to make it his third triumph in the event since ’05.

“Kings Speedway promoter Scott Woodhouse and his wife Lisa have done an amazing job with the track and facility over the last few years,” commented KWS Operations Manager George Hague. “The atmosphere has returned back to Hanford and it’s a really fun place to enjoy a night of racing at if you’re a fan. The Cotton Classic has always been one of the big events in California so we’re excited for October 13.”

Three-time and defending “Cotton Classic” champion Jonathan Allard goes into the night holding a 97-point advantage in the King of the West driver standings, as he looks to take home his third career state 410 driving title. The Chico native’s previous two championships have come in 2006 and ’08. Allard this season has claimed four main event victories and nine top-five finishes in the 16 events held thus far.

“I can’t thank Morrie and Katie Williams enough for their support over the years and it’s been another great season,” said Allard, who has driven the familiar No. 0 sprint car for the last eight years, making it one of the longest running driver/owner combos in California. “Ashley Smith and my guys have given me a great car and hopefully we can go out and get another Cotton Classic on October 13.”

The KWS car owners’ title finds Fresno, California based Roth Motorsports sitting at the top of the hill, leading Williams Motorsports by 73-markers. The potent No. 83 team has used San Jose’s Tim Kaeding in 12 events and Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst in the other four.

As a team they have claimed six overall wins, with Kaeding capturing five and Hirst scoring a win at the Antioch Speedway on June 23.

At the “Cotton Classic” both Kaeding and Hirst will be competing for Roth Motorsports as Dennis & Teresa Roth showcase twin 83’s. Kaeding, the reigning King of the West champion, won the most recent series event held at the Silver Dollar Speedway on August 18 and will be searching to match his win total from last year if he can claim victory at the “Cotton Classic” on October 13.

Hirst’s four King of the West Series starts in the Roth 83 have been very impressive and he’ll hope to continue that at Kings Speedway. Along with his victory on June 23 he tallied top-five finishes in each attempt and scored a pair of BR Motorsports Fast Time Awards. During the World of Outlaws California swing Hirst also brought home a trio of hard charger efforts at the helm of the 83jr.

Adding some spice to the night will certainly be two-time World of Outlaws champion and 2006 “Cotton Classic’ winner Jason Meyers from nearby Clovis. Meyers will climb aboard the Tarlton & Son Inc. No. 21m for the KWS finale, which marks his first 410 start in California since way back in March. At the “Knoxville Nationals” in August Meyers drove the Tarlton machine to a preliminary night victory and a fifth place finish in the 50-lap finale.

The lone King of the West Series held at the Kings Speedway this season featured one of the best main events of the year and when all the dust had settled, it was three-time USAC Silver Crown champion Bud Kaeding standing in victory lane. The Campbell wheel-man was able to narrowly beat Evan Suggs to the line after exchanging slide jobs off the final corner. Kaeding will be doing double duty at the “Cotton Classic” competing with and without the wing.

One of the close King of the West point battles to watch will include the fight for second in the driver standings between Kings Speedway runner up in June Evan Suggs and thirteen-time Golden State champion Brent Kaeding of Campbell. The 25-year-old Suggs holds the spot by 13-digits and will look to lock up the position for the second consecutive season aboard his families’ black No. 33e mount.

The race for fifth in the standings is also an extremely close one with ’04 Golden State champion Jason Statler, former “Mini Gold Cup” winner Willie Croft & ’96 Speedweek titlist Bobby McMahan separated by only nine-points. With the tightly knit battle, each and every point will count at the “Cotton Classic” when it comes to qualifying, heat races and the main event.

Other competitors expected at the “Cotton Classic” will include Clovis, CA’s Peter Murphy, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Chico’s Kenny Allen, Fair Oaks Chad Compton, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson and more.

The front gate will open at 5:00pm on Saturday October 13 at the Kings Speedway, with qualifying around 6:30pm and racing around 7:00pm. Grandstand reserved tickets cost $25 for the “Cotton Classic” with general admission bleachers being $23. Tickets are on sale now and to reserve your seats simply contact (559) 584-7223.

The Kings Speedway is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California and the physical address is 801 S. 10th Ave. Hanford, Ca 93230. More information can be found at http://www.kingsspeedway.net or by contacting (559) 584-7223.

Remember to get you tickets ordered for the fast approaching KWS championship banquet weekend on November 9 & 10 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (209) 223-1677.

Our official website can be found at http://www.kwssprints.com and more information on the awards banquet can be seen on the homepage, along with the latest episode of “KWS Tonight” and much more.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series. Also subscribe to us on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

 

 

 

Zach Zimmerly/ Troy Hennig/ Willie Croft & more on "KWS Tonight" this evening

Smack dab in the middle of the usual sprint car late-year “special events season” in California “KWS Tonight” will be on the net this evening featuring interviews with young gun Zach Zimmerly, Silver Dollar Speedway announcer Troy Hennig, Willie Croft and more.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week. Archived shows from this year are available at http://vimeo.com/kingofthewestsprints/videos and new shows can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

One of those special events on tap this weekend is the 21st annual Fall Nationals at Silver Dollar Speedway and we’ll get thoughts on upcoming weekend from track announcer/ communications guru Troy Hennig. In addition to that we’ll talk with Hennig about the great championship battle during the weekly 410 Sprint Car series at SDS this season.

In 2010 Vancouver, Washington’s Zach Zimmerly made a big splash in California and west coast sprint car racing, before taking most of last season & this year off. The now 18-year-old has been back behind the wheel the last two weeks and we’ll get him on the line to talk about his excitement to be back in action driving for Willie Croft.

Along those lines we’ll also talk with Croft about what it’s like to be a car owner and see someone else behind the wheel of his Holy Smokes BBQ No. 29 mount. “Double Down” will jump back aboard the 29 for the KWS season ending “Cotton Classic” and we’ll get some words about how he is preparing for it. Croft sits just three points behind Jason Statler for fifth in the series standings.

On the “Kaeding Performance Flashback” we’ll take a peek at the 2006 “Pombo/Sargent Classic” at Thunderbowl Raceway, where Campbell’s Brent Kaeding showed why he’s a 13-time Golden State 410 champion by sweeping the weekend. There was also drama on and off the track between Robert Ballou & Jonathan Allard, making for a memorable weekend at the very warm Tulare oval.

One of the most exciting events from this season came on July 7 at the “Howard Kaeding Classic” in Watsonville and we’ll showcase that during our continuing look back at 2012 to get ready for championship night on October 13. Jonathan Allard and Shane Golobic kept fans on the edge of their seats for the duration of the 30-lapper.

Remember to get you tickets ordered for the upcoming KWS championship banquet weekend on November 9 & 10 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (209) 223-1677.

Next week’s episode of “KWS Tonight” will feature an evening with Trophy Cup founder Dave Pusateri, as we learn the history behind the prestigious event and introduce everyone to the man behind the scenes. This season’s Trophy Cup will be held on October 18, 19 & 20 at Thunderbowl Raceway and pays $20,000 to the overall champion of the Winged Sprint Car portion event.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series. Also subscribe to us on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

The Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear will cap the season with the annual “Cotton Classic” at the Kings Speedway in Hanford, California on Saturday October 13. Tickets for the event are on sale and can be acquired by contacting the track box office at (559) 584-7223.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series signs agreement with Hoosier Racing Tires to become official tire of KWS in 2013

By Gary Thomas

Rio Vista, CA – September 21, 2012…The King of the West Sprint Car Series is pleased to announce a new partnership with Hoosier Racing Tires for the upcoming season that will make the company the “official race tire” in 2013 for the tour.

Hoosier is the largest race tire manufacturer in the world and all Hoosier race tires are still proudly "Made in the USA." The company continues to be privately owned and operated by the Newton family.

King of the West Sprint Car Series Managing Director Dan Simpson is excited to sign with Hoosier for the upcoming season to align all winged sprint car series and tracks in California with the same tire. “This will be great for west coast sprint car racing and will help unify the sport out here by having everyone on Hoosier Racing Tires. We are looking forward to our new partnership and can’t wait for next season to roll around.”

Hoosier Racing Tire Sales Manager Paul Menting shared the same sentiment about the upcoming season. “On behalf of Hoosier Tire corporate and Hoosier Tire West we are really excited about partnering up with the King of the West Series for next year. Hoosier has had a long tradition in sprint car racing and we’re eager to showcase our tires with KWS and 410 sprint car racing out west.”

Hoosier has grown to be one of the largest employers in Plymouth, Indiana, and produces over 1000 different types of race tires. The company has its own 300-mph test wheel; a technology center; state-of-the-art, fully-integrated production facilities; and a model sales and distribution network in Lakeville, Indiana, which others seek to emulate.

The pride that exists among those associated with Hoosier "family" continues to be the focal point of the success the company has enjoyed over the years. Bob and Joyce, as well as others involved in the racing industry, marvel at the success and growth of the original business they started over 50 years ago. This philosophy has been, and will continue to be, the secret behind Hoosier's success in building "Tires Designed for Champions."

More information on Hoosier Racing Tires can be found at http://www.hoosiertire.com and for more on Hoosier Tire West please visit http://www.hoosiertirewest.com and for info on a dealer near you contact (559) 485-4612.

There will also be a four race grace period at the beginning of the year for Goodyear tires to allow teams to use up their inventory.

Don't forget to “like” the King of the West Series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series. Also subscribe to us on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

You can also check out our official website at http://www.kwssprints.com for the latest news, results, history and more on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.

The King of the West Sprint Car Series will finish off the 2012 season during the annual “Cotton Classic” on Saturday October 13 at the Kings Speedway in Hanford, California. Tickets are on sale for the event and can be acquired by contacting (559) 584-7223. For more info on the lightning fast three-eighths mile clay oval log onto http://www.kingsspeedway.net

 

 

Continuing to gear up for the season finale on October 13 in Hanford “KWS Tonight” will have a fresh show this Thursday evening that will feature interviews with St. Helena, CA’s Jeff Griffin, KWS driver Danielle Simpson, series managing director Dan Simpson and more.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week. Archived shows from this year are available at http://vimeo.com/kingofthewestsprints/videos and new shows can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

Griffin has competed in 11 of the 16 King of the West Sprint Car Series events this season and has been a nice addition to the roster aboard his Layer Cake Wines No. 50m sprint car. Danielle Simpson is in her third season of 410 Sprint Car racing at the helm of the DES Racing No. 6up and we spoke with the Rio Vista driver to get an update on her season. Finally we were able to catch up with Dan Simpson to hear his thoughts on how the 2012 year has gone and what to expect next season.

The “Kaeding Performance Flashback” this week takes a look back at the 2005 “Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup” at the Skagit Speedway in Washington. Current King of the West driver standings leader Jonathan Allard scooped up the $25,000 score during the final night for his first win at the event. Prelim wins were captured by former series champion Ronnie Day & KWS driver Peter Murphy.

On the highlight reel this Thursday we’ll present the June 30 King of the West show at Placerville Speedway, where 13-time state 410 champion & National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding scored his first series win since 2009. It turned out to be a thrilling event with “BK” battling Kyle Hirst for the win right down to the checkered flag at the high-banked quarter mile bulling.

We will also give information on the annual Octane Fest that is held in Fallon, Nevada, which the King of the West Sprint Car Series will be a part of next season. The motor sports extravaganza features everything a gear head would want to see and takes place in early-June each year. To take a look at what Octane Fest entailed this past year log onto http://www.octanefest.com

Remember to get you tickets ordered for the upcoming KWS championship banquet weekend on November 9 & 10 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (209) 223-1677.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series. Also subscribe to us on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewestsprints

The Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear will cap the season with the annual “Cotton Classic” at the Kings Speedway in Hanford, California on Saturday October 13. Tickets for the event are on sale and can be acquired by contacting the track box office at (559) 584-7223.

 

 

Outlaw winners Sean Becker/ Tim Kaeding & more on "KWS Tonight" this week

Coming off a big and exciting week of racing in Northern California the “KWS Tonight” team will be on the net this evening putting a wrap on it all, in addition to featuring interviews with past Golden State KWS champions and recent Outlaw winners the “Shark” Sean Becker and the “TK Express” Tim Kaeding.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week. Archived shows from this year are available at http://vimeo.com/kingofthewestsprints/videos

Becker is coming off his first career World of Outlaws win during Friday night of the Gold Cup Race of Champions and eventually backed that up with an impressive third place effort during the finale. We’ll get Sean’s thoughts on the successful outing at Gold Cup, as well as the meaning behind winning his second Silver Dollar Speedway 410 title this season. “The Shark” is in his first year driving the M&S Racing No. 27 mount.

Kaeding on Monday night picked up a thrilling victory at the Antioch Speedway, executing a picture perfect slider to steal the win away on the last corner from four-time World of Outlaws champ Donny Schatz. The reigning King of the West champion has finished among the top-four in five of last six World of Outlaws events, showing tremendous consistency in the Dennis & Teresa Roth 83. Kaeding will be searching for his sixth KWS win of the season at the "Cotton Classic" on October 13.

On the “Kaeding Performance Flashback” this week we showcase a double header weekend of Golden State 410 racing in 2006 at Ocean Speedway and Placerville Speedway. That season’s eventual Rookie of the Year Robert Ballou made his name known by sweeping the action and taking home a $1000 bonus for doing so. Two-time champ Jonathan Allard gave him all he could handle in what was a great two nights of action.

Continuing our walk down memory lane from 2012 to get ready for the King of the West season finale on October 13 we will relive the June 23 event at Antioch Speedway. That night saw Sacramento throttle-masher Kyle Hirst make his debut in the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr. a very special one by setting a new track record to start the event and claiming the 30-lap feature to conclude it. Hirst will be back in the Roth Motorsports 83jr. sprinter at the “Cotton Classic” in Hanford on October 13.

Remember to get you tickets ordered for the upcoming KWS championship banquet weekend on November 9 & 10 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (209) 223-1677.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

 

 

King of the West Sprint Car Series contenders look for Gold Cup Race of Champions glory come next week

Chico, CA…One of the more intriguing story lines each and every season at the prestigious Gold Cup Race of Champions is seeing how the California locals stack up against the traveling stars of the World of Outlaws. With that in mind it’s no different this year, as a number of drivers from the traveling King of the West Sprint Car Series look to contend for the $20,000 grand prize on Saturday night.

Leading the way is Chico’s very own Jonathan Allard, who stands atop the KWS driver standings and has raced to four victories this season at Silver Dollar Speedway. In 2007 “JA” scored a preliminary night victory for car owners Morrie & Katie Williams. Allard’s two best finishes during the final night have been a third in ’08 and fourth in ’09.

The familiar Roth Motorsports team out of Fresno features an all star two-car team of Tim Kaeding and Kyle Hirst. Kaeding is a past preliminary night winner and tallied his best ever final night finish in 2002, which was a runner up effort to Steve Kinser. The San Jose driver leads the KWS tour this year with five wins, including the “Prelude to Gold Cup” on August 18.

While Kaeding spent time in the Midwest racing with the World of Outlaws the potent 83 machine was driven by Hirst and the 24-year-old was able to keep the Roth Motorsports entry at the top of the King of the West owner standings. Hirst captured a KWS victory on June 23 in Antioch and has been extremely impressive each time he has sat behind the wheel of the car.

Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs has been solid at times in the past at the Gold Cup Race of Champions and currently ranks second in the King of the West Series points. The 25-year-old was running near the top-five last year at the event until contact resulted in him having to go to the rear of the field.

Defending Gold Cup champion and former Golden State KWS titlist Kyle Larson is another top contender that will be hoping for his second consecutive triumph at the event. The 20-year-old picked up a KWS victory in May at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway aboard the Paul Silva Motorsports No. 57 and is searching to duplicate that on Saturday night in Chico.

Other King of the West Series competitors looking to place their names at the front of the field will include Clovis, CA fan favorite Peter Murphy, past California state 410 champion Jason Statler of Grass Valley, former NARC Speedweek champ Bobby McMahan and Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar.

For ticket information and more on the Gold Cup Race of Champions log onto www.silverdollarspeedway.com

The King of the West Series will conclude its 2012 season on Saturday October 13 with the annual “Cotton Classic” at Kings Speedway in Hanford.

Remember to get you tickets ordered for the upcoming KWS championship banquet weekend on November 9 & 10 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (209) 223-1677.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

 

 

Special wins happen to come around from time to time each year and on “KWS Tonight” this evening we take a look back at two memorable nights from last season, along with continuing our recap of the 2012 campaign.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm pst on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week. Archived shows from this year are available at http://vimeo.com/kingofthewestsprints/videos

First up we’ll relive Willie Croft’s victory from April of 2011 in Marysville, which marked his third career traveling 410 series win.

We also had the chance to catch up with Croft in the pits a couple weeks ago in Chico to talk about the current season and get his thoughts on how his year has gone. The Sacramento driver sits just three-markers out of fifth in the King of the West standings going into the finale at Kings Speedway on October 13.

After that we will take a look back at Andy Gregg’s first career traveling 410 series win that occurred in May of last year at the Santa Maria Speedway.

Like Croft, we also had the opportunity to speak with Gregg in Chico on August 18 and we’ll feature that interview on the show as well. The Placerville wheel-man currently stands eighth in the KWS driver standings and is coming off a runner up effort to Tim Kaeding during that most recent event at Silver Dollar Speedway.

One of the most exciting races of this season so far was the annual “Pombo/Sargent Classic” at Kings Speedway and that is next up in our continuing recap of 2012, as we gear up for championship night on October 13. Campbell’s Bud Kaeding & Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs had fans on the edge of their seats at the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” in June, with it ending in Kaeding’s third career win at the event.

Remember to get you tickets ordered for the upcoming KWS championship banquet weekend on November 9 & 10 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (209) 223-1677.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

 

 

"KWS Tonight" presents our 30th show of the season this evening at 7pm

The penultimate event of the 2012 season for the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear occurred last weekend and the “KWS Tonight” crew will be on the net this evening putting a wrap on it, as we gear up for championship night on October 13.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm pst on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week. Archived shows from this year are available at http://vimeo.com/kingofthewestsprints/videos

Last year’s King of the West champion Tim Kaeding returned home in victorious fashion at the “Prelude to Gold Cup” this past Saturday, taking the lead from Andy Gregg on lap 13 and leading the rest of the way for his fifth win of the KWS season. We will showcase highlights from the night courtesy KWS Productions and Mike Doyle Video.

We also caught up with Tim Kaeding in the pits prior to the races to get his thoughts on returning home after a successful two-month stint in the Midwest racing with the World of Outlaws. “TK” tallied a ninth place finish at the Knoxville Nationals recently and will be looking to bring home the “Gold Cup” in a couple weeks at Silver Dollar Speedway.

With just one more race left in the 2012 season we’ll give a first glimpse at championship night, which takes place at the Kings Speedway in Hanford on Saturday October 13. The event marks the annual “Cotton Classic” and current King of the West point leader Jonathan Allard is the defending winner of the prestigious show.

We will also discuss a couple of special events going on at the upcoming “Gold Cup Race of Champions” in Chico, with those being the Clyde Lamar Gold Cup Golf Classic and the Kick-It for Cancer Kickball game. Info on the golf tournament can be found by calling (916) 709-8652 and info on the Kick-It game http://www.facebook.com/events/178376422287367/178717648919911/?ref=notif&notif_t=plan_mall_activity

Remember to get you tickets ordered for the upcoming KWS championship banquet weekend on November 9, 10 & 11 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (209) 223-1677.

We’ll share more information on the car show and model car show that will be a part of the championship banquet weekend on Saturday November 10.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

 

 

Tim Kaeding claims fifth win of the 2012 KWS season at Silver Dollar Speedway’s “Prelude to Gold Cup” on Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – August 18, 2012…Tim Kaeding hadn’t raced in California since early-June, however, the reigning KWS champion returned home on Saturday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway and promptly raced to his series leading fifth win of the season with the Cancen Oil King of the West Sprints presented by Goodyear.

For the Fresno, California based Roth Motorsports team it marked their sixth overall victory of the KWS campaign, with Kyle Hirst’s win on June 23 added in. It was also the 59th triumph in Kaeding’s career with the Golden State/ King of the West Series and his first since June 9 at the Southern Oregon Speedway.

“I really have to thank Dennis & Teresa Roth and this whole Roth Motorsports team for giving me the opportunity to drive such a great race car,” said the reigning King of the West Series champion. “We’ve been out on the road the last couple months and have run really well. Now we’re back home getting ready for the Gold Cup so hopefully we come back in a few weeks and be standing in this same spot.”

The 30-lap main event came to the line with KSE Dash winner Andy Gregg and Tim Kaeding on the front row and when the green flag waved it was Gregg getting the lead. In search of his first win of the season Gregg hit his marks over the early laps and persevered through a number of stoppages that slowed things down considerably. The fight for second early on changed hands a couple times, as Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson tried to battle his way forward.

Larson’s bid at victory took a hit around lap 10 when contact resulted in him suffering a flat tire, while at the same time Willie Croft got upside down in turn four with KWS point leader Jonathan Allard also involved. On the restart Kaeding stepped up his challenges and stayed glued to the rear bumper of Gregg’s Guts Racing No. 53 mount. On lap 13 “TK” then made the winning move to slip by and take command of the race.

Once in front it was all Kaeding as he cruised off and worked lapped traffic to perfection, taking the checkered flag by over five seconds for his first victory of the year at Silver Dollar Speedway. Gregg was able to hold off a fast moving Peter Murphy to record his second runner up finish of the season with the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear.

“It’s really great to be up here on the podium and if you’re going to get beat by anyone a cherry picker like Tim Kaeding is the guy,” Gregg chuckled jokingly with a big smile. “We’re just happy to be on the front stretch because we’ve had some tough luck at times this season. We’ll try and go on to finish the season strong at the Cotton Classic in October at Hanford.”

Murphy’s third place effort was a season best and unofficially moved him up to fourth in the KWS standings. The driver of the Dalton’s Landscaping No. 11 also set fast time to begin the night and won the Last Chance Qualifier. “This was a good run for us tonight and going into it our goal was to try to move up in the points, so we’re pretty happy. Congrats to Tim Kaeding and the “Windshield Wiper” Andy Gregg for great drives tonight.”

Campbell’s Brent Kaeding started 13th on the grid and moved his way forward to score a fourth place finish, with Grass Valley’s Jason Statler charging from 15th to fifth, which earned him the Pit Stop USA hard charger award. Rounding out the top-10 were Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Chico’s Brad Bumgarner, Kyle Larson, 19th starter Cody Lamar of Rio Linda and Fair Oaks Chad Compton. For Lamar it marked his first top-10 finish of the season with KWS.

Bringing home the Last Chance Qualifier was Peter Murphy and winning the KSE Dash was Andy Gregg. The four Kaeding Performance heat races were captured by Evan Suggs, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Kyle Larson and Tim Kaeding. Setting his first BR Motorsports fast time of the season to begin the night was Peter Murphy, who toured the quarter-mile in 12.118 seconds.

The Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear will now take nearly two months off, before heading for championship night at the Kings Speedway in Hanford for the annual “Cotton Classic” on Saturday October 13. Two-time state 410 champion Jonathan Allard will go into the event with a large lead in search of another title and is also the defending winner of the “Cotton Classic.”

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

Also check out our official website http://www.kwssprints.com for the latest news, results, history and more on the Cancen Oil King of the West 410 Sprint Cars presented by Goodyear. Archived shows of “KWS Tonight” are also available on the website for your viewing pleasure.

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Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear Results – “Prelude to Gold Cup” Silver Dollar Speedway Saturday August 18, 2012

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Fast time: Peter Murphy

Heat one: Evan Suggs, Andy Gregg, Jason Statler, Brent Kaeding, Peter Murphy, Kenny Allen, Steve Tatterson

Heat two: Richard Brace Jr., Tyler Wolf, Bud Walberg, Chad Compton, Doug Gandy, Danielle Simpson, Brad Bumgarner

Heat three: Kyle Larson, Bobby McMahan, Sean McMahan, Jeff Griffin, Pat Harvey, Adam Brenton, Scott Parker

Heat four: Tim Kaeding, Willie Croft, Jonathan Allard, Craig Stidham, Stu Krum, Dan Simpson, Cody Lamar

Dash: Andy Gregg, Tim Kaeding, Richard Brace Jr., Jonathan Allard, Kyle Larson, Evan Suggs, Bobby McMahan, Tyler Wolf

LCQ: Peter Murphy, Brad Bumgarner, Cody Lamar, Doug Gandy, Scott Parker, Pat Harvey, Steve Tatterson, Kenny Allen, Adam Brenton, Stu Krum, Danielle Simpson

A-main: Tim Kaeding, Andy Gregg, Peter Murphy, Brent Kaeding, Jason Statler, Evan Suggs, Brad Bumgarner, Kyle Larson, Cody Lamar, Chad Compton, Jonathan Allard, Craig Stidham, Sean McMahan, Willie Croft, Richard Brace, Tyler Wolf, Bud Walberg, Scott Parker, Doug Gandy, Pat Harvey, Bobby McMahan, Jeff Griffin

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Peter Murphy claimed the BR Motorsports Fast Time Award and finished third in the main event on Saturday at the "Prelude to Gold Cup" in Chico. By doing so Murphy has taken over the fourth spot in points with the KWS Series.

 

 

 

With the “Prelude to Gold Cup” on deck for the King of the West Sprints this Saturday, the “KWS Tonight” gang will be on the air Thursday night to get everyone geared up for what is expected to be an exciting evening of competition at the Chico bullring.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm pst on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week.

The event this weekend at Silver Dollar Speedway will mark the 16th round of the season for the Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear and the third appearance at the Chico based quarter-mile in 2012.

It’s also the first “Prelude to Gold Cup” and gives KWS drivers a chance to tune up for the big show in a few weeks. Reigning KWS champ Tim Kaeding and “Yung Money” Kyle Larson will be making their return to California this weekend to add some definite excitement to the program.

Going into Saturday hometown driver Jonathan Allard has a large lead in the driver standings, as he looks to wrap up his third career state 410 title with just two events remaining in the season. Fresno’s Craig Stidham is coming off his big win in the most recent KWS event and will be looking for back-to-back victories on Saturday.

The always colorful Andy Gregg, Tim Kaeding & Jonathan Allard will be part of our pre-race autograph session on Saturday. The trio will be by the front gate at 5pm when the gates open at Silver Dollar Speedway so be sure to get there early to say hi & pick up an autograph.

We’ll also take a look back at rounds seven and eight of the KWS season, which took place over Memorial Day weekend at the Calistoga Speedway. The annual “Salute to Walt Ross” & “Tribute to Gary Patterson” featured some great racing on the historic half-mile, with wins scored by Tim Kaeding & Rico Abreu.

We’ll take a look back at the final night of the 2005 “Pombo/Sargent Classic” at Kings Speedway in our “Kaeding Performance Flashback” this week. Veteran driver Ronnie Day charged to victory at the event while driving the Elite Racing No. 1 sprinter.

In addition to all of that we will put a wrap on the Knoxville Nationals, where former California state 410 champions Jonathan Allard, T. Kaeding and Kyle Larson all made the A-main on Saturday at the $150,000-to-win event.

Remember to get you tickets ordered for the upcoming KWS championship banquet weekend on November 9, 10 & 11 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (800) 822-9466.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

Be sure to catch archived shows of “KWS Tonight” and much more at our website http://www.kwssprints.com

 

 

King of the West Sprints roar into Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway for the third and final time this season on Saturday night/ Tim Kaeding & Kyle Larson add names into the mix

By Gary Thomas

Chico, CA – August 14, 2012…The Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear is eagerly set to return to action this Saturday night, with the “Prelude to Gold Cup” on tap at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California.

This Saturday will mark the 16th round of competition in the fight for the King of the West crown and the third appearance of the year at the quarter-mile clay oval located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. It also gives KWS drivers the opportunity to get tuned up for the fast approaching “Gold Cup Race of Champions,” which takes place on September 5-8.

Leading the way into the “Prelude to Gold Cup” on Saturday and in search of his third state 410 title is Chico’s very own Jonathan Allard, who has driven the familiar Williams Motorsports No. 0 to wins in both of the previous visits to Silver Dollar Speedway this season.

The veteran began his sprint car career at SDS and captured the track title in 2002. Allard also ran second to four-time Outlaw champ Donny Schatz at this year’s “Mini Gold Cup” in March and made the A-main at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals last week for the second time in his career.

A couple drivers certain to be contenders on Saturday will include San Jose’s Tim Kaeding and Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson. Kaeding will return to the series for the first time since early-June and is fresh off a strong ninth place finish at the Knoxville Nationals last weekend in Iowa. “TK” charged from deep in the field to come home second during the most recent KWS event at SDS in June.

Larson also had an impressive outing last week at “Iowa Speedweek” and captured the overall “Mr. Sprint Car” title, in addition to the Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year Award. The 20-year-old claimed victories during the Ultimate Challenge prelim night & finale in Oskaloosa, along with winning opening night of the Knoxville Nationals. Larson will be aboard the Finley Farms No. 77 this Saturday at Silver Dollar Speedway.

The battle for second in KWS points is a close one between last year’s runner up Evan Suggs of Scotts Valley and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding from Campbell. After losing the second spot a month ago, Suggs has reclaimed the position following the Antioch event on July 21 and holds an 11-point advantage over Kaeding. Suggs is looking for his first win of the season, while Kaeding claimed victory on June 30 in Placerville.

Another extremely close race in the standings is the fight for fourth, which sees three drivers separated by just eight-digits as the season comes down to the wire. Former Silver Dollar Speedway champion Bobby McMahan currently holds down the fourth spot going into Saturday. The Elk Grove veteran brought home a third place finish at the most recent KWS event in Antioch last month and will look to jump two more spots on Saturday.

Hot on McMahan’s heels and currently tied for fifth in the KWS standings are Clovis, CA’s Peter Murphy and Sacramento’s Willie Croft. Last season Murphy charged to victory with the King of the West Series at Silver Dollar Speedway and Croft is also a past winner of the “Mini Gold Cup” at SDS. Croft has been one of the hottest drivers as of late and is tied with Tim Kaeding for the most BR Motorsports fast time awards this season.

Past Golden State 410 champion Jason Statler of Grass Valley is just 14-points back of the tie for sixth between Murphy and Croft. “The Big Guy” is coming off a runner up effort at the most recent King of the West event at Antioch Speedway on July 21 and will be gunning for season win number one on Saturday. Other top-10 drivers geared up for Saturday include Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Fresno’s Craig Stidham.

Stidham in fact is the most recent winner in King of the West competition and will be searching to go back-to-back on Saturday.

More drivers expected for this weekend will include Fair Oaks Chad Compton, Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar, Oroville’s Sean Becker, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Redding’s Tyler Wolf, St Helena’s Jeff Griffin, Chico’s Brad Bumgarner and Michael Tarter, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Auburn’s Richard Brace, Rio Vista’s Dan & Danielle Simpson, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey and others.

On Saturday August 18 the front gate of the Silver Dollar Speedway will open at 5pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing scheduled to begin around 7pm. Adult tickets on Friday night at Silver Dollar Speedway will cost $20, juniors will be $15 and children $6.

The Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, California. The office number is (530) 350-7275. More info at http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

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“KWS Tonight”

“KWS Tonight” will present a great show this week featuring an interview with Fresno, California’s Craig Stidham, who is coming off his first career King of the West 410 Series victory this past Saturday in Antioch.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm pst on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week. With no racing for the series this weekend “KWS Tonight” will help fill that void so be sure to tune in.

Stidham last weekend captured a wild main event at the Antioch Speedway and we’ll get his thoughts on becoming a 410 Sprint Car winner for the first time in his career. The Central Valley veteran currently ranks ninth in the KWS standings, during what is his first year back in a 410 full-time since 2004.

The KWS Production Unit will also showcase some great highlights from the night in Antioch, which was the 15th round of the 2012 King of the West season. You definitely don’t want to miss the show this week, as the action was intense and we’ll give you a glimpse at it all on “KWS Tonight.”

In honor of having Craig Stidham on the show this week the “Kaeding Performance Flashback” will highlight the 2001 Trophy Cup at Kings Speedway. The very exciting two-night show saw Stidham claim the stunning victory over what was a talent laden field of sprint cars. We’ll also have him share his memories of the event.

We’ll also breakdown some of the exciting point battles that continue to be shaken up in the King of the West standings. With just a couple races left the intensity level is sure to be kicked up a notch when the tour gets to Silver Dollar Speedway for its next show on Saturday August 18.

We’ll also continue giving everyone an in depth look at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, which will be hosting our three-day championship banquet weekend on November 9, 10 and 11. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (800) 822-9466.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

Be sure to catch archived shows of “KWS Tonight” and much more at our website http://www.kwssprints.com

 

 

Craig Stidham rises up to post long overdue first career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win at Antioch Speedway on Saturday night

By Gary Thomas

Antioch, CA – July 21, 2012…Throughout his career Fresno, California’s Craig Stidham has won a number of championships in the Central Valley and is even a former winner of the famed Trophy Cup. The one thing that he had not accomplished though in the past is a 410 Sprint Car victory and when he returned to the KWS series in 2012 that was his number one goal.

Keeping that in mind the 2002 Golden State Rookie of the Year debuted a new car at the Antioch Speedway on Saturday night and raced to an impressive victory with the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear, adding a 410 Sprint Car win to his resume.

“I can’t tell you how much this means to me and our whole team,” said an exuberant Stidham in victory lane. “This is my first ever 410 win and I’ve been trying hard to get one of these for so long. This is a huge accomplishment for us and I can’t thank our sponsors enough for their support this season. I also want to thank Dan Simpson for putting this series on because it’s been great. We’re one big family out here and that’s how racing should be.”

Despite warm day-time temps, track conditions were very racy all night long and the 30-lap main event came to the line with KSE Dash winner Cody Lamar and defending Silver Dollar Speedway champion Tyler Wolf on the front row. At the waving of the green flag it was Wolf jumping into the lead and was quickly followed by Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan in second.

The first half of the feature saw terrific racing all throughout the pack and Wolf did a solid job up front looking for his first ever KWS win aboard the Chuck Wolf Sand & Gravel No. 19 mount. The fight for second was an intense one as well with McMahan, Stidham and Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst duking it out on the hooked up clay. Stidham found a nice line to his liking by running the high-scary-side of turns one & two and on lap 11 he would charge past McMahan for second.

Stidham then came hard after Wolf and with 13-laps complete the former Rebel Cup Series champ blasted to the lead down the back stretch. Just moments later fourth running Hirst would make contact with a flipping car which collapsed his front end, forcing the Roth Motorsports sprinter to the rear of the field. On the ensuing double-file restart chaos occurred when contact between Stidham and Wolf resulted in the No. 19 machine spinning and collecting Brent Kaeding, Peter Murphy and Jonathan Allard.

The line-up was shaken up a bit for the next restart and saw Stidham leading 11th starting Jason Statler of Grass Valley, who had carved his way forward to get around McMahan for the runner up spot. The remainder of the race saw a number of cautions slow the flow, but through it all Stidham remained calm & cool aboard the Brad Johnson Trucking, KRC Safety Equipment No. 3 mount. When the white flag came out he had no worries and crossed the checkered by 1.798 seconds to score the popular victory.

Statler came home in second to tie his best Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear finish of the season in the DF Rios Motorsports, Kaeding Performance No. 00 sprinter. “The Big Guy” put together the strong effort even despite losing his brakes over the final half of the race.

“It was a great run for us tonight and being back up here on the podium is really awesome for this whole team,” said Statler. “I want to congratulate Craig Stidham on the win and have to thank Dave Rios and all my guys for their support. We lost our brakes there later in the race and Craig was really fast, but it would have been nice if we could have been up there to challenge him for the win. All in all a great night though so we’re happy.”

McMahan crossed the stripe in third to continue his success at the Antioch Speedway this season behind the wheel of the American Tool & Mfg, Performance Powder Coating No. 25 mount. The former NARC Speedweek champion has finished in the top-five all three times at the track this year.

“If we could race here every weekend it wouldn’t hurt me because we have been really good at Antioch this season,” said McMahan, who has moved back into fourth in the King of the West standings after last night. “We’ve had a fifth, fourth and now a third here so we couldn’t be happier. That was a really fun race tonight being able to race up front and I can’t thank this whole team enough. I also want to congratulate Craig Stidham for the win and Jason Statler for a good run in second.”

Claiming fourth at the finish was Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who averted near disaster when he and Andy Gregg got together late in the race. Croft’s Holy Smokes BBQ, AIC Powder Coating No. 29 machine pirouetted in the air and he somehow saved it amazingly and continued on to post the strong result. Rounding out the top-five and doing a great job from the rear of the field was Kyle Hirst in the Roth Motorsports, HR Cattle No. 83. The 24-year-old has been very impressive in his four starts for Dennis & Teresa Roth.

The drive of the night however, may have gone to young 15-year-old Dominic Scelzi, who earned the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award by coming from 18th to sixth in the main event. The son of former NHRA Funny Car & Top Fuel champion Gary Scelzi, was extremely impressive in the main event utilizing a 360 power plant under the hood. Completing the top-10 in the feature were Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Clovis’ Peter Murphy and Broken Hills, Australia’s Josh Ruhs.

Winning the Last Chance Qualifier was Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan and picking up the KSE Racing Products Dash was Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar. Kaeding Performance heat race wins went to Bobby McMahan, Cody Lamar, Andy Gregg and Peter Murphy. Setting his third BR Motorsports fast time of the season was Willie Croft, who toured the one-third mile oval in 11.782 seconds.

The Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear will now take a few weeks off, before returning to action on Saturday August 18 at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. More info on the event in the coming weeks can be found at http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

Also check out our official website http://www.kwssprints.com for the latest news, results, history and more on the Cancen Oil King of the West 410 Sprint Cars presented by Goodyear. Archived shows of “KWS Tonight” are also available on the website for your viewing pleasure.

 

 

Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear Results – Antioch Speedway July 21

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Fast time: Willie Croft 11.782

Heat one: Bobby McMahan, Willie Croft, Jonathan Allard, Josh Ruhs, Shane Golobic, Stuart Krum, Doug Gandy

Heat two: Cody Lamar, Brent Kaeding, Evan Suggs, Kyle Hirst, Jim Richardson, Jeff Griffin, Danielle Simpson

Heat three: Andy Gregg, Jimmy Sills, Jason Statler, Tyler Wolf, Sean McMahan, Pat Harvey, Scott Parker

Heat four: Peter Murphy, Brad Bumgarner, Craig Stidham, Dominic Scelzi, Richard Brace Jr., Rick Eberhardt, Chad Compton

Dash: Cody Lamar, Tyler Wolf, Bobby McMahan, Craig Stidham, Peter Murphy, Evan Suggs, Willie Croft, Andy Gregg

LCQ: Sean McMahan, Jeff Griffin, Richard Brace Jr., Danielle Simpson, Scott Parker, Jim Richardson

A-main: Craig Stidham, Jason Statler, Bobby McMahan, Willie Croft, Kyle Hirst, Dominic Scelzi, Andy Gregg, Evan Suggs, Peter Murphy, Josh Ruhs, Jeff Griffin, Brad Bumgarner, Scott Parker, Cody Lamar, Jim Richardson, Jimmy Sills, Sean McMahan, Jonathan Allard, Brent Kaeding, Tyler Wolf, Danielle Simpson, Richard Brace Jr.

 

 

Shane Golobic Interview/ Antioch Preview/ Kaeding Performance Flashback & more on “KWS Tonight

One of the most impressive drivers in all of Northern California over the last month happens to be Fremont, California’s Shane Golobic, who is coming off his best finish of the KWS season on July 7 in Watsonville. With that in mind the 20-year-old will call-in to “KWS Tonight” this Thursday evening & talk about his season up to this point.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm pst on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week.

Over the last three King of the West Sprint Car Series events Golobic has been very strong and in position to win each time, with finishes of fourth and third the last couple races. Golobic returns to Antioch Speedway this weekend, where he will be searching for his second career Winged 410 Sprint Car win.

Also on the show this week we will preview the upcoming KWS event in Antioch on Saturday and showcase highlights of our previous four appearances at the track dating back to last season. Winners in that time frame include Tim Kaeding on two separate occasions, along with single victories being captured by Jonathan Allard and most recently Kyle Hirst.

Going into this weekend Allard holds a commanding lead in the King of the West driver standings, however, it’s anything but over behind him, with a number of interesting battles among the top-10. The most exciting fight to watch will be fourth through seventh in the points, as those drivers are separated by only 26-markers.

The “Kaeding Performance Flashback” this week will feature highlights from SPEEDWEEK 1996 courtesy of Grove Hill & Quality Race Video. Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan claimed the overall title & ended the week by winning at Antioch Speedway. The veteran currently ranks fifth in the KWS standings going into the track on Saturday.

We’ll also continue giving everyone an in depth look at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, which will be hosting our three-day championship banquet weekend on November 9, 10 and 11. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (800) 822-9466.

Be sure to also tune-in for a special announcement regarding next season.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

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High octane Cancen Oil King of the West Sprints invade Antioch Speedway for final time of the year on Saturday night

By Gary Thomas

Antioch, CA – July 17, 2012…With the season coming down to the wire and point battles heating up, the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear will venture to the Antioch Speedway for the final time in 2012 this Saturday night.

It will be the third visit of the season for the King of the West unlimited 410’s at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds facility and marks round fifteen in the fight for the series title. Winners thus far at the Antioch Speedway this year include last year’s champion Tim Kaeding and most recently Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst.

“It’s always an action packed night in Antioch and we’re definitely looking forward to being there on Saturday for the third time this season,” said KWS Operations Manager George Hague. “The racing there has been extremely entertaining over the years and with all the close point battles going on, you can bet it will be more of the same on Saturday.”

Holding a firm grasp at the top of the driver standings and eyeing a third state title, Chico’s Jonathan Allard goes into Antioch this weekend looking for his fifth Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear win of the year. Allard captured the most recent series event in Watsonville and has won twice in his career Antioch Speedway.

Returning once again on Saturday aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83 machine will be Hirst, who has not finished worse than fourth during his three starts in the car. The 24-year-old has been very strong over the last few weeks and has helped Dennis & Teresa Roth take a firm lead in the owner standings.

“It’s been a real honor to drive for Dennis & Teresa Roth and the whole Roth Motorsports team over the last three races,” commented Hirst. “We’ve been fast every night and they’ve given me a great car. Hopefully we can come out this weekend and do the same thing we did in Antioch on June 23.”

The legendary Jimmy Sills will also be back in competition at Antioch on Saturday at the helm of the Dan Simpson Racing No. 4s mount. Sills claimed the Pit Stop USA hard charger award during the June event in Antioch and will be searching to move up the ladder even more this weekend. It marks his sixth start of the 2012 year in a 410.

Fellow National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding ranks second in the KWS standings and will be looking for redemption on Saturday, after an incident in lapped traffic took him out of the lead in June at the track. The Campbell, California veteran has won the most in Antioch since 410 racing returned there in 2003.

The always smooth and consistent Evan Suggs of Scotts Valley sits third in the standings and will be looking to make up ground on Kaeding in the battle for the second spot. The 25-year-old Scotts Valley driver is 16-markers back of Kaeding going into Saturday.

The drivers ranking fourth through seventh in the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear standings are separated by only 26-points and it’s expected to be a close fight right down to the end. Australian native Peter Murphy has been solid as of late and now maintains the fourth spot, but is just four-digits ahead of Bobby McMahan who rounds out the top-five.

The dogfight continues with sixth place in points Willie Croft of Sacramento only 12-markers back of McMahan for fifth. Seventh place Jason Statler is also just a scant 10-points back of Croft. All four drivers are still looking for their first KWS win of the year and a victory on Saturday would be huge in the point chase. McMahan & Statler have both won at Antioch in the past.

Fellow top-10 drivers in the standings, Andy Gregg of Placerville and Craig Stidham from Fresno, will also be looking to breakthrough for their first win of the season on Saturday. During the June 23 event at Antioch, Stidham scored a season best second place finish, while Gregg rounded out the podium in the feature.

One of the hottest drivers as of late has been Fremont youngster Shane Golobic, who is coming off his best finish of the KWS season on July 7 in Watsonville. The 20-year-old also had a strong run on June 23 in Antioch, battling for the lead in the main event, before an incident in traffic relegated him to a ninth place finish.

Other drivers geared up for this Saturday will include Fair Oaks Chad Compton, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar, Redding’s Tyler Wolf, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, St. Helena’s Jeff Griffin, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. and more.

On Saturday July 21 the front grandstand gate will be open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Tickets will be available the day of the race with adults being $20, children 6-12 $10, seniors 65 & older $10 and children 5 & under free. A family pack with two adults & two children will also be available for $50.

Antioch Speedway is located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at the corner of 10th and L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10th Street. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509. More info about the track can be found at http://www.ovalmotorsports.com/category/antioch/

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With the summer heat in full gear the “KWS Tonight” crew will be on the net this evening recapping a terrific night of competition at the “Howard Kaeding Classic” last weekend, in addition to paying tribute to the legendary Duke McMillen.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm pst on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week.

The “Howard Kaeding Classic” turned out to be an epic night and featured a main event that saw intense wheel to wheel action for all 30-laps. KWS point leader Jonathan Allard ended up winning the feature after an exciting duel with Shane Golobic and Tommy Tarlton.

The KWS Production Unit will showcase highlights from the “Howard Kaeding Classic” and give a glimpse at the entertaining evening that honored the “Campbell Comet.”

The sprint car community is also mourning the loss of famous car owner/crew chief Duke McMillen and we’ll pay tribute to him on the show this week. McMillen owned cars and crewed for a number of major stars in the sport of sprint car racing during his career.

We were able to get some words with various friends and colleagues of McMillen and share their thoughts on how much he meant to the sport and themselves personally. The services for McMillen were held on Tuesday and featured a large gathering of well known people in the west coast sprint car family.

We’ll also give everyone a more in depth look at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, which will be hosting our three-day championship banquet weekend on November 9, 10 and 11. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (800) 822-9466.

Finally we’ll take an initial look at next week’s event in Antioch and feature a viewer question from Brad Scadden of B Scadden Designs. If anyone has any questions or comments they’d like to be read on the air please Tweet or Facebook us.

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KWS point leader Jonathan Allard comes out on top of an exciting back & forth duel at “Howard Kaeding Classic” Saturday night in Watsonville

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – July 7, 2012…Of all the previous King of the West 410 Series & Golden State victories that two-time California state champion Jonathan Allard has scored in his career, none had come at the Ocean Speedway. That all changed on Saturday night however, as the Chico driver captured a thrilling “Howard Kaeding Classic” main event, following a back & forth battle with track point leader Shane Golobic.

For Allard it was his fourth Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear win of the season, tying Tim Kaeding for the most wins on tour this year. It also marked his 32nd career victory in combined KWS & Golden State 410 events, which is third all-time behind Brent and Tim Kaeding.

“I couldn’t be happier to win tonight since the last couple weeks haven’t gone like we wanted and it’s pretty special to get our first victory here with the 410 at Ocean during the HK Classic,” commented a very jubilant Allard. “That was some pretty intense racing there with Shane Golobic and I just wish we could get him out here full time with KWS. I also want to dedicate the win tonight to Duke McMillen, who passed away this week. He was a great man and we're going to miss him.”

The 30-lap “Howard Kaeding Classic” came to the line with KSE Dash winner Tommy Tarlton and Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs on the front row. Ironically Tarlton and Suggs were the two winners last season at the event and when the green lights flashed on it was Tarlton snagging the lead. Immediately it became a three-car fight for the top-spot though, as Fremont’s Shane Golobic and Jonathan Allard came hard after the Tarlton & Son Inc. No. 21 mount.

Golobic would take command in the thrilling fight for the lead early on and Allard followed along for second. Golobic, the current Ocean Speedway point leader, was in search of his second career Winged 410 Sprint Car win, but had Allard breathing down his neck running the extreme high-line aboard the Williams Motorsports No. 0 mount. The duo put on great show over the duration of the 30-lapper and kept fans on the edge of their seats, trading the lead multiple times.

By the time a caution came out just past the halfway mark Allard found himself in the lead, but a double-file restart worked to Golobic’s advantage and the youngster moved back to the top spot. The action continued to be hot and heavy with Golobic being extremely patient running the bottom and Allard blasting the cushion up top. Behind the two front runners positions changed hands frequently all race long, as drivers used every inch of the quarter-mile oval.

The tricky surface created tons of back and forth racing and double file restarts made for some tremendous action for the packed house on hand. A restart with eight-laps to go then raised the intensity level even more, as Allard rocketed to the high side in turns one & two and pulled off an aggressive move to re-take the lead. Hitting your marks was extremely paramount as the laps wound down and when traffic came into play it was even that much more important.

Golobic kept Allard in his sights, but also had a fast approaching Tarlton with new found life and the trio ran closely together over the final handful of circuits. Allard was able to pick his spots wisely and show the form that has made him a two-time state champ, as he crossed the checkered flag for his second career Ocean Speedway victory, but first in a 410.

Tarlton narrowly beat out Golobic at the stripe to record his best Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear finish of the season. “We got rolling there pretty good late in the race, but just ran out of time,” commented the Terminator. “We always come out here to win races, but on the fun scale that race was pretty good. I want to congratulate Jonathan Allard on the win and have to thank my whole team and all our sponsors.”

Golobic’s third place finish was also his best result of the 2012 Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear season. Driving the Joe VonSchriltz No. 121 sprinter Golobic has been one of the hottest drivers over the last few weeks with KWS. “We definitely wanted to win tonight, but being up here on the podium with Jonathan and Tommy is nothing to be too disappointed about,” said Golobic. “It’s been a great year for us and I can’t thank everyone that helps us out enough.”

Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst had an eventful main event and brought home a fourth place finish in the Roth Motorsports No. 83 machine. The 24-year-old was running in the top-five early on, until an incident in turn one forced him to the rear of the field. Hirst then charged back through the field to score another solid finish in his third event driving for Dennis & Teresa Roth.

Clovis, CA’s Peter Murphy also continued his recent momentum by rounding out the top-five aboard the Dalton’s Landscaping No. 11 sprinter. Murphy got to as high as third at one point, before crossing the stripe in fifth to record his third top-five finish of the KWS season.

Rounding out the top-10 in the “HK Classic” main event were Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler and Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Cory Eliason from Visalia.

The 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier was claimed by Willie Croft with the KSE Racing Products Dash captured by Tommy Tarlton. The three 10-lap Kaeding Performance Heat Races went to Peter Murphy, Evan Suggs and Brent Kaeding. In BR Motorsports qualifying Willie Croft toured the quarter-mile in 11.513 seconds to earn his second fast time of the year. Croft will also receive a custom KWS aluminum license plate courtesy of Grant’s Fine Art.

The night also included a couple of special moments, with the first being a memorial lap for legendary car owner & mechanic Duke McMillen, who passed away on Wednesday morning. King of the West Series drivers lined the front stretch to pay tribute to McMillen, as Cody Lamar and Brent Kaeding performed the memorial lap. As part of the “Howard Kaeding Classic” the legendary Howard Kaeding was presented with a couple of beautiful illustrations on the front stretch and honored for his storied career.

The Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear will get next weekend off, with the previously scheduled Thunderbowl Raceway event being canceled due to wall repairs. The KWS Series will be back in action on Saturday July 21 at the Antioch Speedway located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

Also check out our official website http://www.kwssprints.com for the latest news, results, history and more on the Cancen Oil King of the West 410 Sprint Cars presented by Goodyear. Archived shows of “KWS Tonight” are also available on the website for your viewing pleasure.

 

 

Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear Results – “Howard Kaeding Classic” Ocean Speedway Watsonville July 7, 2012

25-cars

Fast Time: Willie Croft 11.513

Heat One: Peter Murphy, Jonathan Allard, Shane Golobic, Bobby McMahan, Jerry Bonnema, Nick Rescino Jr., Danielle Simpson, Willie Croft

Heat Two: Evan Suggs, Tommy Tarlton, Craig Stidham, Justin Sanders, Cory Eliason, Andy Gregg, Mark Barroso, Scott Parker

Heat Three: Brent Kaeding, Kyle Hirst, Jason Statler, Cody Lamar, Chad Compton, Dominic Scelzi, Jeff Griffin, Doug Gandy, Pat Harvey

Dash: Tommy Tarlton, Evan Suggs, Jonathan Allard, Kyle Hirst, Shane Golobic, Peter Murphy, Brent Kaeding, Jason Statler

LCQ: Willie Croft, Nick Rescino Jr., Doug Gandy, Pat Harvey, Scott Parker, Danielle Simpson, Mark Barroso, Jeff Griffin, Dominic Scelzi, Andy Gregg

A-main: Jonathan Allard, Tommy Tarlton, Shane Golobic, Kyle Hirst, Peter Murphy, Evan Suggs, Willie Croft, Brent Kaeding, Jason Statler, Cory Eliason, Bobby McMahan, Craig Stidham, Jerry Bonnema, Cody Lamar, Doug Gandy, Nick Rescino Jr., Danielle Simpson, Scott Parker, Mark Barroso, Pat Harvey, Chad Compton

 

Brent Kaeding to be featured guest on "KWS Tonight"

With the “Howard Kaeding Classic” on tap this week for the Cancen Oil King of the West Sprints in Watsonville “KWS Tonight” will be on the net this evening at 7pm putting a wrap on Placerville last Saturday and previewing the upcoming weekend.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm pst on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week.

Last week’s winner Brent Kaeding will call-in and talk about his huge victory last Saturday at the Placerville Speedway, which was his first unlimited 410 Sprint Car win since July of 2009. The legendary racer from Campbell will also talk about his season up to this point, as he currently stands second in the KWS standings.

Our Placerville Speedway recap will include highlights from the night that featured Kaeding and Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst battle it out right down to the checkered flag. Local favorite Andy Gregg rounded out the podium in what was an entertaining 30-lapper at "Old Hangtown" & will share a glimpse at some of the hotly contested action.

This Saturday’s “Howard Kaeding Classic” will mark the second running of the event after a successful inaugural edition last year. We’ll give everyone a rundown of a closely contested point battle among the top-10 drivers, which is expected to go right down to the wire. Each position is extremely critical with the amount of money on the line at the end of the season & it's sure to bring out the best in everyone.

Don't forget about the earlier start at Ocean Speedway on Saturday with the driver meeting around 3:30pm. The front gate will also open at 3:30 & qualifying is scheduled to begin at about 5. So everything pretty much begins an hour & a half earlier than usual. Please keep this in mind.

We’ll also discuss our trip to the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort this past Monday, where we spoke with CEO Rich Hoffman to prepare for the big three-day championship banquet weekend on November 9, 10 & 11. You can get your banquet reservations in now by contacting (707) 374-2222. To reserve hotel rooms for the weekend contact Jackson Rancheria at (800) 822-9466.

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Second annual “Howard Kaeding Classic” next up for Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear this Saturday July 7 at Ocean Speedway Watsonville

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – July 3, 2012…The cool coastal climate of Watsonville, California will welcome the fourteenth round of the season for the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear this Saturday night, with the second annual “Howard Kaeding Classic” on deck at Ocean Speedway Watsonville.

The program will start a little earlier than usual on Saturday with the front gate opening at 3:30pm and qualifying scheduled to fire off around 5pm. Please be advised as things will start about an hour and a half earlier than usual.

Howard Kaeding was a multiple-time California state super-modified champion, a four-time Johnny Key Classic winner and once captured 17-straight races at the San Jose Speedway, which is a record. The driver known as the "Campbell Comet" claimed over 300 main event victories in his career and even raced into his 60's, before retiring in the 1990's.

Last year’s inaugural “Howard Kaeding Classic” was an overwhelming success and ended with locally based driver Evan Suggs of Scotts Valley grabbing his first career King of the West win. The double-header also saw Easton’s Tommy Tarlton claim victory on opening night after a torrid battle with Jonathan Allard and Tim Kaeding.

Coming into the “HK Classic” with tons of momentum is Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, who will look to make it back to back wins after claiming his first KWS win of the season last Saturday in Placerville. The Hall of Famer currently ranks second in the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear standings and will be gunning hard to win his father’s race on Saturday.

“It would really mean a lot to win at the HK Classic on Saturday and we’ll be giving it our best shot,” commented the 13-time state champion. “Any time you win a race it is a big deal, but with it being my dad’s event that would make it even that much more special. We’ve been running well and getting the win last Saturday was a confidence booster so we’ll go out and have some fun this weekend.”

Chico’s Jonathan Allard will be looking to rebound after having a couple tough outings the last two weeks. The two-time state champ however, still maintains a large lead in the Cancen Oil KWS presented by Goodyear driver standings and is well on way to a third career title driving for Morrie & Katie Williams owned No. 0 mount. Allard has never won a 410 Sprint Car event at Ocean Speedway, but will be hoping to change that on Saturday.

Reigning “HK Classic” champion Evan Suggs will be back to defend his title from a year ago and goes into the night now 20-markers back of Kaeding for second. The 25-year-old scored a popular win last season at the event and is also the Ocean Speedway KWS track record holder, having set the mark last August.

A number of close battles also fill the top-10 in the standings coming into the “Howard Kaeding Classic” including the fight for fourth, which sees Bobby McMahan holding the spot by only 11-markers over fifth place Peter Murphy. McMahan last year tallied a podium finish during the “HK Classic” finale and Murphy has been kicking the heat up as of late, making up ground in the points each week.

Sacramento’s Willie Croft is within 12-points of the top-five going into Ocean Speedway Watsonville and will be looking to close the gap on Saturday. Hot on Croft’s heels though and just four-points back of him in seventh is Grass Valley’s Jason Statler. Both Croft and Statler typically run strong at Ocean Speedway and will be ones to watch for.

One of the hottest drivers as of late has been Placerville’s Andy Gregg, who is coming off back to back third place finishes and now sits just seven-points behind Croft for sixth the standings. With the season coming down to the wire these battles will make for great storylines each and every week until the season finale in October.

Speaking of hot drivers Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst will once again be aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83 looking to continue the success of the past two weeks. The 24-year-old has set fast time in both of his starts for Roth Motorsports and has brought home a win and a second place finish in those two outings.

Ocean Speedway point leader Shane Golobic has been very strong the last couple weeks with the Cancen Oil KWS Series and will be looking to get his first 410 win of the season on Saturday. The Fremont driver captured a Golden State 410 victory at Ocean Speedway in 2007 and is hoping to do it again Saturday.

Easton’s Tommy Tarlton is always a welcomed addition to the roster and will be making his fourth start of the season with KWS on Saturday. The two-time track champion raced to victory on opening night of the “HK Classic” last year. Prunedale’s Justin Sanders will be another strong addition to the line up on Saturday. The youngster last weekend finished sixth in the feature with KWS at Placerville.

Other drivers expected this Saturday night will include Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy and more.

Adult tickets on Saturday will cost $25, seniors will be $20 and kids are $16. All seating will be general admission. The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, two miles east of Watsonville, California on SR 152. The physical address is 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076. For more info on the track log onto http://www.oceanspeedway.com

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

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Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear Notes & Pertinent Info

Ocean Speedway Watsonville – Saturday July 7 “Howard Kaeding Classic”

What:

The Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear will head for its lone event of the season at Ocean Speedway Watsonville this Saturday night July 7, for what will be the second annual “Howard Kaeding Classic.”

The show on Saturday will pay honor to the legendary racer from San Jose, who set the foundation for the famed Kaeding racing family.

Howard Kaeding was a multiple-time California state super-modified champion, a four-time Johnny Key Classic winner and once captured 17-straight races at the San Jose Speedway. The driver known as the “Campbell Comet” claimed over 300 main event victories in his career.

Continuing to lead the KWS point chase is Chico’s Jonathan Allard, who will be in search of his first career Ocean Speedway 410 victory on Saturday. The two-time Golden State 410 champion Jonathan Allard has been close in the past to winning at the quarter-mile and will look to seal the deal this weekend in Morrie & Katie Williams’ No. 0 sprinter.

Moving up to second now after his big win last weekend Campbell’s Brent Kaeding will be gunning to win his father’s race on Saturday at the Ocean Speedway. The Hall of Famer charged from 13th to first last weekend at Placerville Speedway to claim his first 410 victory since July of 2009 aboard the famed Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 mount.

Defending “HK Classic” champion Evan Suggs now ranks third in the Cancen Oil KWS presented by Goodyear standings and will be searching for his win of the year on Saturday at his home track. The 24-year-old scored a popular victory last season at the event by claiming a thrilling 30-lapper over Tommy Tarlton and Bobby McMahan.

Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan sits fourth in the KWS standings and is another one looking to breakthrough for his first win of the 2012 season. The former NARC Speedweek champion claimed a third place finish last season at the “Howard Kaeding Classic” and also ran fourth on opening night of the event.

Rounding out the top-five in points and just 11-markers behind McMahan for fourth is Clovis, CA’s Peter Murphy, who continues to climb the standings aboard the Dalton’s Landscaping No. 11 machine. The Australian native captured opening night of the Dirt Cup a few weeks back and will be trying for his first KWS win of the year on Saturday.

Rounding out the top-10 in the Cancen Oil KWS presented by Goodyear standings going into Saturday are former Mini Gold Cup winner Willie Croft from Sacramento, 2004 Golden State 410 titlist Jason Statler of Grass Valley, Placerville petting zoo owner Andy Gregg, San Jose’s Tim Kaeding and former Trophy Cup champ Craig Stidham of Fresno.

Other drivers set for action this Saturday at the “Howard Kaeding Classic” will include Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Prunedale’s Justin Sanders, Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson and more.

When:

On Saturday July 7 the program will start a little earlier than usual with the front gate opening at 3:30pm and qualifying scheduled to fire off around 5pm.

Where:

The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, two miles east of Watsonville, California on SR 152. The physical address is 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076.

About the track:

The Ocean Speedway is semi-banked quarter mile clay oval with the King of the West unlimited 410 track record being 11.345, which was set by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs on August 5 of last year. The all-time track record was set by Mark Kinser in 2000 with a blistering 10.949.

Tickets:

Adult tickets on Saturday will cost $25, seniors will be $20 and kids are $16. All seating will be general admission.

Last season at the “Howard Kaeding Classic”:

The “Howard Kaeding Classic” last year featured a two-night KWS show and the opener saw Easton’s Tommy Tarlton make a lap 22 pass of Tim Kaeding to score his second series win of the season. T. Kaeding came home in second and Chico’s Jonathan Allard crossed the line in third to round out the podium. Completing the top-five were Bobby McMahan and Brad Furr.

The “HK Classic” finale ended in popular fashion with Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs passing Tim Kaeding, Willie Croft and Tommy Tarlton to earn his first ever 410 Sprint Car victory. The exciting main event saw Tarlton, Bobby McMahan, T. Kaeding and Jason Statler complete top-five.

Top-15 in Cancen Oil KWS presented by Goodyear points going into Saturday:

1. Jonathan Allard 1939; 2. Brent Kaeding 1839; 3. Evan Suggs 1819; 4. Bobby McMahan 1788; 5. Peter Murphy 1777; 6. Willie Croft 1765; 7. Jason Statler 1761; 8. Andy Gregg 1758; 9. Tim Kaeding 1653; 10. Craig Stidham 1614; 11. Chad Compton 1425; 12. Doug Gandy 1273; 13. Pat Harvey 1217; 14. Kyle Hirst 1170; 15. Danielle Simpson 1109

Winners so far this season with KWS:

April 7 - Antioch Speedway Tim Kaeding; April 21 - Marysville Raceway Park Jonathan Allard; April 28 - Placerville Speedway Tim Kaeding; May 5 - Silver Dollar Speedway Jonathan Allard; May 11 - Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Kyle Larson; May 12 - Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Rico Abreu; May 26 - Calistoga Speedway Tim Kaeding; May 27 - Calistoga Speedway Rico Abreu; June 2 - Kings Speedway Bud Kaeding; June 8 - Silver Dollar Speedway Jonathan Allard; June 9 - Southern Oregon Speedway Tim Kaeding; June 23 – Antioch Speedway Kyle Hirst; July 7 – Placerville Speedway Brent Kaeding

Upcoming events for KWS:

Saturday July 7- Ocean Speedway “HK Classic”

Saturday July 21- Antioch Speedway

Saturday August 18 – Silver Dollar Speedway

On the internet:

Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear-

Official Website- http://www.kwssprints.com Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints Twitter- https://twitter.com/#!/KwsSprintRacing

Ocean Speedway

Official Website- http://www.oceanspeedway.com Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ocean-Speedway/169905873046770

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series in their twelfth round, competing at Placerville Speedway, Placerville, CA

STORY BY: Gaye Carmichael, Motor Sports Journalist

(Placerville, CA, 06/30/2012) With what looked to be a sold out crowd of fans, the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, took on the quarter mile, high banked dirt oval at Placerville Speedway with Brent Kaeding of Campbell, CA, cranking up his speed, taking and inside charge to take the lead in this thirty lap feature, with just eleven laps to go. Kaeding carried on his momentum to score the big victory.

Kaeding, better known as "BK" is no stranger to victory circle and is said to be the winning-est Sprint Car Driver in California, but in spite of that, tonight was a big win for this Champion.

"This was a long time coming. It's been more than a year since I've won. In fact, it even sounded like it was a popular win among the fans. The fan's don't usually cheer for me when I win. These kids coming up really have it on." said "BK", who was inundated with congratulations for his great race.

Second place went to Kyle Hirst who also came over to congratulate, "BK", during this interview.

Hirst driving the Dennis Roth Motorsports #83, had clocked in a 10.421 second lap in qualifying for quick time of the night. Hirst raced from a fifth place start into the lead around the sixth lap, holding all at bay until "BK" powered into the lead, with his inside move.

"We had a great car, but he ("BK") caught me on the bottom. He ("BK") did a great job. I want to thank Dennis Roth and all of our sponsors." said Hirst. Hirst had a strong run and it looked to be his race to win but he was right there, with a smile to congratulate Kaeding.

Rounding out the podium finish, was Andy Gregg of Placerville, who also had a good run to score at the line in third.

"I qualified fourth fast. We didn't do very well in our Heat Race or in the Dash. (Gregg finished fifth in his Heat Race and sixth in the Dash). We sure made up for it in this feature. I want to thank all of our sponsors." said a happy Gregg.

So many great drivers turned out to compete in this King of the West Series and watching all this talent you knew it wouldn't be over until the checkered flag flew. Jonathan Allard of Chico, driving the Williams owned #0, earned a front row start and led off this event. In only the second lap, the first caution flag flew when Jimmy Sills, racing the Simpson 4s Sprint spun out in the fourth turn. Pat Harvey ended up stopped just above Sills. The green flew out once more only to end up into a red flag when Shane Golobic, racing in second, Paul McMahan, Jason Statler, Andy Forsberg, Sean Becker and Justin Johnson, all collected in a melee in between turns two and three. Becker and Johnson were towed off the track on the hook. The balance of the cars out returned to tag the rear of the field.

The restart had Hirst flying by Allard to take over the lead. Allard maintained in second.

On the eighth lap the caution was out again, this time it was for Peter Murphy who spun out in the fourth turn. About one more lap scored when the caution was out again, this time Evan Suggs and Craig Stidham spun out, followed by Allard spinning out just three laps later.

The racing in this event was fast and close, so there's no telling if there was possible contact made as the drivers raced their line. If there was, it was definitely accidental, but could have caused some of the caution flags.

When the field returned to action, Hirst led out with "BK" in second followed by Golobic and Gregg. Forsberg, Willie Croft and Justin Sanders were dicing it up for fifth.

At the checkered, finishing behind, Kaeding, Hirst and Gregg, were Golobic, Croft, Sanders, Forsberg, Chad Compton, Sills (Sills, though he started in sixteenth, was at the rear of the field on the second lap and came back to finish in the top ten), Richard Brace Jr., Murphy. Jason Statler, Cody Lamar, Allard, Suggs, Mark Barroso, Stedham, McMahan, Becker, Johnson, and Harvey.

DASH and HEAT RACE FINISHES are as follows: All finishes shown, as unofficial.

DASH: Allard, Golobic, Suggs, Sanders, Hirst, Gregg, Statler, McMahan.

HEAT #1: Golobic, Croft, Hirst, Becker, Gregg, Stidham, Jeff Griffin, Jim Richardson, Clayton Snow.

Heat #2: Allard, Murphy, Kaeding, Sanders, Sills, Lamar, Compton, Doug Gandy, Barroso.

Heat #3: McMahan, Forsberg, Suggs, Statler, Johnson, Brace, Jr., Harvey, Danielle Simpson, Bud Walberg.

 

 

Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear Results – Placerville Speedway June 30

27-cars

Fast time: Kyle Hirst

Heat one: Shane Golobic, Willie Croft, Kyle Hirst, Sean Becker, Andy Gregg, Craig Stidham, Jeff Griffin, Jim Richardson, Clayton Snow

Heat two: Jonathan Allard, Peter Murphy, Brent Kaeding, Justin Sanders, Jimmy Sills, Cody Lamar, Chad Compton, Doug Gandy, Mark Barroso

Heat three: Bobby McMahan, Andy Forsberg, Evan Suggs, Jason Statler, Justin Johnson, Richard Brace Jr., Pat Harvey, Danielle Simpson, Bud Walberg

Dash: Jonathan Allard, Shane Golobic, Evan Suggs, Justin Sanders, Kyle Hirst, Andy Gregg, Jason Statler, Bobby McMahan

LCQ: Richard Brace Jr., Craig Stidham, Chad Compton, Cody Lamar, Bud Walberg, Pat Harvey, Mark Barroso, Danielle Simpson, Doug Gandy, Jeff Griffin, Jim Richardson, Clayton Snow

A-main: Brent Kaeding, Kyle Hirst, Andy Gregg, Shane Golobic, Willie Croft, Justin Sanders, Andy Forsberg, Chad Compton, Jimmy Sills, Richard Brace Jr., Peter Murphy, Jason Statler, Cody Lamar, Jon Allard, Evan Suggs, Mark Barroso, Bud Walberg, Craig Stidham, Bobby McMahan, Sean Becker, Justin Johnson, Pat Harvey

 

 

High-banked Placerville Speedway bullring is next up Cancen Oil King of the West Sprints presented by Goodyear this Saturday night

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – June 26, 2012…Known for its steep banks, distinctive red clay and extremely close action the quarter-mile bullring of Placerville Speedway will play host to the thirteenth round of action for the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear this Saturday night.

The Placerville Speedway is also known for having some of the most loyal and vocal fans seen in Northern California auto racing. The grandstand atmosphere has always been known as one of the most fun-loving around, with fans passionately rooting on their favorite drivers each and every night.

“The fans at Placerville are always great and really get into the racing,” said King of the West Operations Manager George Hague. “They all have their local favorites and it’s a lot of fun to see so many people that love sprint car racing. The track itself is as action-packed as it gets. Any time you are turning low 10-second laps you know it’s going to be wild.”

National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jimmy Sills will return to competition at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday behind the wheel of a 410 for Dan Simpson Racing. “The Professor” last weekend tallied the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award by coming from 16th to eighth in the main event. Sills will also be signing autographs when the front gate opens this Saturday so be sure and get to the track early.

Last week’s winner Kyle Hirst will be on hand aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83 once again on Saturday looking to make it back to back. The Sacramento driver has won a number of big races in his career at the Placerville bullring, but has yet to scoop up a 410 victory at the track. Hirst will look to change that this weekend.

Leading the Cancen Oil KWS Series into Placerville is two-time Golden State 410 champion Jonathan Allard of Chico, who has driven the familiar Ashley Smith tuned Morrie & Katie Williams owned No. 0 sprinter to three wins so far this year. Allard always runs up front at the quarter-mile and will be a strong contender as always on Saturday. “JA” last won at Placerville Speedway in March of 2010.

Co-Placerville Speedway track record holder Evan Suggs goes into Saturday ranking second in the series standings and will be gunning for his first win of the season. The 25-year-old is locked in a tight battle with National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding, who sits just 10-points back in the third spot. During the initial Placerville appearance for KWS, Kaeding brought home a season best runner up finish in the Al's Roofing Supply No. 69.

1982 Placerville Speedway Rookie of the Year Bobby McMahan comes into his home track fourth in the Cancen Oil KWS presented by Goodyear standings. The Elk Grove veteran ran fourth at the previous Placerville event and also scored a fourth place finish last week in Antioch. Looking to move into the top-five for the first time this season will be Clovis, CA’s Peter Murphy, who recently captured opening night of the “Dirt Cup” at Skagit Speedway. Murphy ranks sixth in the points during his first full season driving the Dalton's Landscaping No. 11.

Former Golden State 410 champ Jason Statler will be searching for his first win of the year on Saturday aboard the famed DF Rios Motorsports No. 00 mount. “The Big Guy” claimed victory at Placerville in 2004 and always runs well at the track. Hot on Statler’s heels for the seventh spot in points is Sacramento’s Willie Croft, who is only seven markers behind in eighth. “Double Down” has been very fast at times this year and scored a third place finish at Placerville in April.

Local favorite Andy Gregg will be another one looking to find victory lane for the first time this year on Saturday at his home track. The Placerville driver is coming off his second podium finish of the season last week in Antioch and sits just 12-markers behind Croft for eighth in points. Rounding out the top-10 in points is Fresno’s Craig Stidham, who is fresh off a season best runner up finish last weekend in Antioch. The former Rookie of the Year is poised to pick up his first win of the year.

Multiple-time Placerville Speedway track champion Andy Forsberg will be gunning for his first 410 victory at the track he calls home. “Mr. Excitement” scored a third place finish with KWS in Chico on June 8. Former Golden State champ Sean Becker will also be on hand aboard the Scott Miller No. 2sb and will be a favorite on Saturday. “The Shark” tallied a runner up at the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” earlier this season.

Fremont’s Shane Golobic has had a strong season thus far and will be looking to keep that up this weekend. The youngster was fighting for the lead last week, until a tough break in traffic took away his chance at victory. Other drivers expected on Saturday include three-time Placerville track champion Doug Gandy of Oakhurst, Prunedale’s Justin Sanders, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Redding’s Tyler Wolf, Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey and more.

Also in action during the night will be the mighty BCRA Midgets and at least three drivers are expected to pull double duty, with those being Shane Golobic, Andy Forsberg and Sean Becker. It should make for a great night of all open wheel racing on the challenging bullring.

On Saturday June 30 the front grandstand gate will be open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Adult tickets on Saturday will cost $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $6. All seating is general admission and fans are encouraged to get there early.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the 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. More information on the track can be found at http://www.placervillespeedway.com

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Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear Notes & Pertinent Info

Placerville Speedway – Saturday June 30

What:

The 13th round of action in the fight for the 2012 King of the West crown will be held this Saturday night June 30 at the always action packed Placerville Speedway. The quarter-mile bullring is well known for its distinctive red clay, high-banks and loyal fans that pack into the grandstands.

The Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear competed at the Placerville Speedway in April, with that event marking the first unlimited 410 event at the track since 2010. The El Dorado County Fairgrounds bullring has been in operation since 1965 and also plays host to some of the top weekly racing in California.

Chico’s Jonathan Allard goes into Placerville holding a large lead at the top of the driver standings and will be searching for his fourth victory of the season on Saturday. The two-time Golden State 410 champ has always been a consistency machine at the quarter-mile and will look to continue that this weekend aboard Morrie & Katie Williams’ No. 0 mount.

Last year’s runner up Evan Suggs has moved into the second spot after Antioch last week and will be gunning for his first win of the season on Saturday at the helm of his family’s No. 33e sprinter. The Scotts Valley driver has run well at the track and nearly won the main event in August of 2010 with the Golden State Series.

Moving up to third in the standings coming into the weekend, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding is another one looking to break into victory lane. “BK” finished a season best second at Placerville in April and last weekend led the first nine laps, until a lapped traffic incident took away his chance at victory.

Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan ranks fourth in the standings and began his career at the Placerville Speedway in 1982 earning Rookie of the Year honors. The veteran driver had a solid outing last weekend at Antioch, finishing fourth in the main event and is just 15-markers back of Kaeding for third in the points.

The “Professor” Jimmy Sills will also be back in action this Saturday at the Placerville Speedway aboard the Dan Simpson Racing No. 4s sprint car. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer has always been a fan favorite at the quarter-mile and is coming off an eight place finish last week, in which he earned the hard charger award in the main event.

Last week’s winner Kyle Hirst of Sacramento always runs well at the Placerville Speedway and is certain to be a top contender on Saturday. The 24-year-old set fast time and led the final 21-laps in the feature for victory this past Saturday while driving the Roth Motorsports No. 83 machine.

Other drivers set to tackle the high-banks will include Clovis’ Peter Murphy, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton and many more.

When:

On Saturday June 30 the front grandstand gate will be open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm.

Where:

The Placerville Speedway is located on the 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.

About the track:

The Placerville Speedway is a high-banked quarter-mile oval with distinctive red clay and features an all-time track record that stands at a blistering fast 9.913. The mark was set in the spring of 2004 by San Jose’s Tim Kaeding and then was amazingly matched by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs in March of 2009.

Tickets:

Adult tickets on Saturday will cost $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $6. All seating is general admission and fans are encouraged to get there early.

This past April at the Placerville Speedway:

San Jose’s Tim Kaeding led all 30-laps at the Placerville Speedway in April to win the main event over Brent Kaeding and Willie Croft. “BK” started ninth on the grid and charged forward to nearly get by Tim on a late race restart. Rounding out the top-five in the feature were Bobby McMahan and Evan Suggs. Shane Golobic opened the evening by setting fast time.

Top-15 in Cancen Oil KWS presented by Goodyear points going into Saturday:

1. Jonathan Allard 1804; 2. Evan Suggs 1694; 3. Brent Kaeding 1684; 4. Bobby McMahan 1669; 5. Tim Kaeding 1653; 6. Peter Murphy 1643; 7. Jason Statler 1626; 8. Willie Croft 1619; 9. Andy Gregg 1607; 10. Craig Stidham 1500; 11. Chad Compton 1291; 12. Doug Gandy 1198; 13. Pat Harvey 1111; 14. Danielle Simpson 1034; 15. Kyle Hirst 1012

Winners so far this season with KWS:

April 7 - Antioch Speedway Tim Kaeding; April 21 - Marysville Raceway Park Jonathan Allard; April 28 - Placerville Speedway Tim Kaeding; May 5 - Silver Dollar Speedway Jonathan Allard; May 11 - Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Kyle Larson; May 12 - Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Rico Abreu; May 26 - Calistoga Speedway Tim Kaeding; May 27 - Calistoga Speedway Rico Abreu; June 2 - Kings Speedway Bud Kaeding; June 8 - Silver Dollar Speedway Jonathan Allard; June 9 - Southern Oregon Speedway Tim Kaeding; June 23 – Antioch Speedway Kyle Hirst;

Upcoming events for KWS:

Saturday June 30- Placerville Speedway

Saturday July 7- Ocean Speedway “HK Classic”

Saturday July 14- Thunderbowl Raceway “Sharp Memorial”

Saturday July 21- Antioch Speedway

On the internet:

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Kyle Hirst makes first start for Roth Motorsports pay off with Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear win at Antioch Speedway Saturday night

By Gary Thomas

Antioch, CA – June 23, 2012…Taking advantage of an early race collision between the leaders on Saturday night Sacramento, California’s Kyle Hirst took full control and raced to a big victory at the Antioch Speedway with the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear.

The win came during Hirst’s first ever start in the potent Roth Motorsports, HR Cattle No. 83 machine and also saw him open the night by setting a new Antioch Speedway KWS track record. For the 24-year-old it marked his fourth career Golden State/KWS victory and first since 2009.

“This is awesome to come out here and win with the King of the West Series and I can’t thank the whole Roth Motorsports team enough for giving me the opportunity,” said a pumped up Hirst in victory lane. “We got a little lucky with the leaders wrecking, but that’s part of racing. The guys gave me a great car tonight and we’ll go on to Placerville to try and get this Roth Motorsports car another win.”

A rough and tumble 30-lapper was featured and started out with KSE Dash winner Shane Golobic and Campbell’s Brent Kaeding on the front row. At the waving of the green flag Golobic and Kaeding went wheel to wheel and off turn two it was “BK” scooping up the lead. The Hall of Famer was in search of his first 410 win since 2009, but early on reds and yellows slowed things down to a crawl.

When a few green flag laps were finally put together Kaeding felt pressure from Golobic, who looked to take advantage when traffic came into play. It looked to set up a tremendous battle for the top-spot, but on lap nine a spun car in turn three forced the leaders to take evasive action. It resulted in Kaeding, Golobic and third running Jason Statler all coming together in dramatic fashion and stopping to bring out a yellow flag.

The melee ultimately handed the lead to Kyle Hirst, who had been running in the fourth position prior to the incident. After going back green more of the same occurred as the slick surface proved challenging and a number of yellows and a couple more reds slowed Hirst’s bid. Through it all the talented throttle-masher never got fazed and hit his marks each and every lap. Although getting into traffic late in the race, Hirst was smooth as glass and crossed the line by 1.443 seconds for victory.

Coming home in second and scoring his best Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear finish of the season was Fresno’s Craig Stidham in the Brad Johnson Trucking, KRC Safety Equipment No. 3 mount. The former Trophy Cup champion has made a return to 410 Sprint Car racing this season and it was great to have him on the podium for the first time this year.

“This is a big confidence booster for us no doubt and it’s nice to get our best finish of the season,” commented Stidham. “I’ve always been told it’s better to be lucky than good sometimes and that deal with the leaders definitely helped, but we did have a really good car all night. I want to thank my whole team and all our sponsors and hopefully this will be the start of the some more good finishes for us.”

Crossing the stripe in third and earning his second podium finish of the year was Placerville’s Andy Gregg in the Guts Racing, 7-Industries.com No. 53 sprinter. It was a very nice rebound for the former motocross rider, who was coming off a tough weekend at the “Road to Dirt Cup” two weeks back.

“Man it’s great to be up here on the podium tonight because whenever you do that it’s an accomplishment with these guys in KWS,” said a very happy Gregg. “We had a great run tonight and it was nice that everyone came home safe. We had a few hard crashes there, but I want to thank all my guys and all you fans for coming out and supporting us.”

Rounding out the top-five and putting together solid efforts were Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan in the American Tool & MFG No. 25 and Redding’s Tyler Wolf aboard the Chuck Wolf Sand & Gravel No. 19 mount. For McMahan it was his third top-five finish of the season and for Wolf it marked his first career top-five with the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear.

Completing the top-10 were Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Clovis’ Peter Murphy, Pit Stop USA hard charger Jimmy Sills of Elverta, Shane Golobic and Brent Kaeding. KWS point leader Jonathan Allard had a tough main event and finished 17th in the run down.

The 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier was captured by Jimmy Sills and the KSE Dash was picked off by Shane Golobic. Kaeding Performance Heat Race wins went to Brent Kaeding, Willie Croft and Shane Golobic. The BR Motorsports Fast Time went to Kyle Hirst, who toured the one-third mile oval in 11.705 seconds to set a new track record.

The Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear will be right back in action next Saturday night June 30 at the Placerville Speedway. The event originally scheduled for Friday at Merced has been postponed so we’ll have just one night of racing next weekend.

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Antioch Speedway on tap this Saturday for the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear – Hall of Famer’s to collide once again as Allard sits atop points

By Gary Thomas

Antioch, CA – June 20, 2012…Two-time Golden State 410 champion Jonathan Allard of Chico, California will lead the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear into the always entertaining Antioch Speedway on Saturday night, for what will be the 12th round of action in the 2012 season.

Allard is currently in his eighth season driving for Oakhurst, CA based car owners’ Morrie & Katie Williams and has raced to three victories so far this year at the helm of the familiar No. 0 sprinter. The five-time “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” winner comes into the weekend holding a 23-point advantage at the top of the standings.

The season-opener for the Cancen Oil King of the West Sprints was held at Antioch Speedway on April 7 and Allard drove to a runner up finish behind last year’s champ Tim Kaeding during the night. So far this year “JA” has been a consistency machine, scoring eight podiums out of 11 races and he will look to continue that on Saturday.

National Sprint Car Hall of Famers Brent Kaeding and Jimmy Sills will be searching to make headlines themselves on Saturday in Antioch. Kaeding has always been a favorite at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds facility and came close to winning last July with the series at the track. The driver of the famed Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 ranks fourth in the KWS points, but is only three-markers out of third.

The event on Saturday will mark Sills’ fourth start of the season driving for Dan Simpson Racing and he’ll be gunning to continue the speed shown thus far. “The Professor” has been impressive at times during his three prior appearances with the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear and will have much attention on Saturday at Antioch Speedway.

Opening night winner Tim Kaeding currently stands second in the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear standings and is the most recent winner with the tour on June 8 in Medford. Completing the top-five in KWS points going into Antioch are third place Evan Suggs and fifth place Bobby McMahan. Both Suggs and McMahan have been quick in recent events at the track and will be looking for their first win of the season.

Drivers rounding out the top-10 and also searching to break their way into victory lane on Saturday will include Clovis, CA’s Peter Murphy, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Fresno’s Craig Stidham. Just 23-points separate sixth through eighth in the standings and will be a battle to watch at the Antioch Speedway.

Murphy is fresh off winning opening night of the “Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup” last Thursday, while Statler is coming off a season-best KWS finish of second at Medford on June 9. Croft was the fast time qualifier at the Medford event and also won the dash during the night. Gregg and Stidham will be looking to rebound after tough outings during the KWS “Road to Dirt Cup” shows.

Others drivers expected to do battle with the KWS unlimited 410 Sprinters on Saturday will include Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Redding’s Tyler Wolf, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar and more.

On Saturday June 23 the front grandstand gate will be open at 5pm. Hot laps are scheduled for 6pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing anticipated to start around 7pm. Tickets will be available the day of the race with adults being $20, children 6-12 $10, seniors 65 & older $10 and children 5 & under free. A family pack with two adults & two children will also be available for $50.

The KWS pre-race autograph session this Saturday will include Jason Statler, Shane Golobic and Danielle Simpson. Be sure to catch “KWS Tonight” this Thursday on http://www.kwssprints.com for interviews with Statler, Simpson and Jimmy Sills.

Antioch Speedway is located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at the corner of 10th and L Streets in Antioch, California. Take SR-4 East (Highway 4) to the Somersville Road North Exit. Follow Somersville Road to 10thStreet. Turn Right on 10th Street. The address for the track is 1201 W. 10th Street Antioch, CA 94509. More info about the track can be found at http://www.ovalmotorsports.com/category/antioch/

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Jonathan Allard & Tim Kaeding grab KWS victories on “Road to Dirt Cup” at Silver Dollar & Southern Oregon Speedway’s

By Gary Thomas

Medford, OR – June 9, 2012…Chico, CA’s Jonathan Allard and San Jose, CA’s Tim Kaeding shared victories this past weekend with the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear, with Allard snagging the win at Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday night and Kaeding claiming glory at Southern Oregon Speedway on Saturday.

The win for Allard was the second in two KWS starts this season at his home track and marked his third overall triumph of the year with the series. The current Cancen Oil KWS presented by Goodyear point leader dominated much of the feature, before holding off a hard charging Tim Kaeding over the later course of the 30-lapper.

“It feels nice to come out and win again here at my home track and I have to dedicate this win to David Tarter,” said an emotional Allard in victory lane. “We’re one big family out here and whenever you lose somebody it’s a tough thing so I just hope everyone keeps the Tarter family in their thoughts and prayers.”

The night on Friday started out with an unfortunate pit area incident claiming the life of Chico, CA driver David Tarter. Drivers and teams raced with heavy hearts the rest of the weekend and a helmet pass was conducted both nights to help aid the Tarter family.

Good friend John Michael Bunch also ran Tarter’s No. 35 in remembrance during Saturday’s event in Medford and spoke some very nice words about David to the crowd. On behalf of KWS we want to thank all that donated during the helmet pass both nights and we once again ask everyone to keep the friends and family of David Tarter in your thoughts.

Friday’s main event began with Bixby, OK’s Shane Stewart and Chico youngster Kenny Allen on the front row, but early on Allard showed that he would not be denied. The two-time state 410 champ charged to the lead in no time and had his way out front during the early going.

Much of the attention however, was turned to 18th starter Tim Kaeding, who was carving his way through the field like a hot knife through butter. All things pointed to another classic JA/TK show and once Kaeding got up to second, the fans definitely got their money’s worth.

With Allard up front Kaeding tried desperately to make something happen and put his Roth Motorsports No. 83 on the tip top of the racing surface. A couple of times it looked like “TK” would sweep around the top, but Allard got great bite running the lower portion of the speedway.

Following a caution period late in the going Allard then kicked it into over-drive and impressively pulled away from Kaeding and the rest of the field. The final two-laps saw Kaeding close in and give it more stab at the lead, but coming off turn four to the checkered Allard had the groove and crossed the line for victory in the Williams Motorsports No. 0 mount.

Kaeding came home second to earn the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award with Andy Forsberg rounding out the podium aboard his A&A Stepping Stone No. 92 sprinter. It marked Forsberg’s first podium finish with the series in a few years. Completing the top-10 were Evan Suggs, Kyle Hirst, Peter Murphy, Kenny Allen, Bobby McMahan, Willie Croft, Jason Statler.

The 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier on Friday was won by Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar, with Shane Stewart claiming the KSE Racing Products Dash and Kaeding Performance Heat Race wins going to Roger Crockett, Tyler Wolf, Jonathan Allard and Bobby McMahan. Setting the BR Motorsports Fast Time to begin the night was Shane Stewart, who toured the quarter-mile in 12.285 seconds.

On Saturday the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear made the drive up I-5 to John Skinner’s Southern Oregon Speedway, where Tim Kaeding scored his tour leading fourth victory of the year aboard Dennis & Teresa Roth’s No. 83 machine.

“That was some really fun racing there with Jonathan Allard, Willie Croft and the rest of the field so hopefully all the fans enjoyed the show tonight,” said Kaeding, who also won at Southern Oregon Speedway in 2004 with Roth Motorsports. “I want to thank my whole team and we’ll go to try and have some more fun the rest of the week.”

Sacramento’s Willie Croft set fast time to open the night and then proceeded to also win the dash to earn the pole for the main event. When the green lights came on in the 30-lapper the driver known as “Double Down” sliced into the lead ahead of Tim Kaeding. Croft was able to sit out front for a number of laps until it became a three car fight for the lead between himself, Kaeding and Jonathan Allard.

The trio had the crowd on the edge of their seats and when the dust had settled from the battle Kaeding came out with the lead. Grass Valley’s Jason Statler also had a solid run going and would take over third from Allard racing through traffic. A late race single file restart unfortunately saw Croft hit the orange cone and was penalized two spots, moving Statler to second and Allard to third.

A wild final lap saw cars going sideways in the first set of corners, but up front it was all about “TK” and the defending KWS champ took the checkered for victory. Statler put together his best night of the year and brought home a strong runner up finish in the DF Rios Motorsports No. 00 sprinter.

The remainder of the top-10 was made up of Jonathan Allard, Peter Murphy, Brent Kaeding, Roger Crockett, Willie Croft, Brad Bumgarner, Jayme Barnes, Dean Brindle. Brent Kaeding’s run was noteworthy as he earned the final transfer into the main event and then charged from 22nd to fifth to score the hard charger award.

Andy Gregg won the Last Chance Qualifier and Willie Croft captured the KSE Dash. Kaeding Performance Heats went to Jason Statler, Kyle Hirst, Tim Kaeding and Roger Crockett. The BR Motorsports Fast Time was taken by Willie Croft, who timed in with an 11.223.

KWS will take the coming week off and be back in action on Saturday June 23 at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, California. For all your news and info on the series please log onto http://www.kwssprints.com

 

 

Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear Results – Southern Oregon Speedway Saturday June 9

30-cars

Fast time: Willie Croft 11.223

Heat one: Jason Statler, Dean Brindle, Willie Croft, Bobby McMahan, Craig Stidham, Kevin Smith, Scott Parker, Danielle Simpson

Heat two: Kyle Hirst, Evan Suggs, Sean Becker, Jimmy Sills, Shane Stewart, Andy Gregg, Doug Gandy, Pat Harvey

Heat three: Tim Kaeding, Cody Lamar, Jayme Barnes, Jonathan Allard, Brent Kaeding, Dan Menne, Tyler Wolf,

Heat four: Roger Crockett, Brad Bumgarner, Peter Murphy, John Michael Bunch, Kenny Allen, Todd Zeitler, Sean McMahan

Dash: Willie Croft, Tim Kaeding, Jimmy Sills, Jason Statler, Jonathan Allard, Kyle Hirst, John Michael Bunch, Roger Crockett

LCQ: Andy Gregg, Kevin Smith, Shane Stewart, Craig Stidham, Kenny Allen, Brent Kaeding, Dan Menne, Tyler Wolf, Todd Zeitler, Scott Parker, Pat Harvey, Danielle Simpson, Doug Gandy

A-main: Tim Kaeding, Jason Statler, Jonathan Allard, Peter Murphy, Brent Kaeding, Roger Crockett, Willie Croft, Brad Bumgarner, Jayme Barnes, Dean Brindle, Kyle Hirst, Bobby McMahan, Jimmy Sills, Kevin Smith, Shane Stewart, Evan Suggs, John Michael Bunch, Kenny Allen, Cody Lamar, Andy Gregg, Sean Becker, Craig Stidham

 

 

 

Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear Results – Friday June 8 Silver Dollar Speedway

32-cars

Fast Time: Shane Stewart 12.285

Heat one: Roger Crockett, Brent Kaeding, Shane Stewart, Kenny Allen, Jimmy Sills, Jim Richardson, Richard Brace Jr., Jeff Griffin

Heat two: Tyler Wolf, Dean Brindle, Kyle Hirst, Tim Kaeding, Peter Murphy, Bud Walberg, Pat Harvey, Doug Gandy

Heat three: Jonathan Allard, Willie Croft, Evan Suggs, Jason Statler, Cody Lamar, Sean McMahan, Stu Krum, Danielle Simpson

Heat four: Bobby McMahan, Brad Bumgarner, Andy Forsberg, Andy Gregg, Scott Parker, Craig Stidham, Chad Compton

Dash: Shane Stewart, Kenny Allen, Jonathan Allard, Evan Suggs, Andy Forsberg, Tyler Wolf, Roger Crockett, Bobby McMahan

LCQ: Cody Lamar, Peter Murphy, Bud Walberg, Jimmy Sills, Craig Stidham, Richard Brace Jr., Scott Parker, Doug Gandy, Stu Krum, Sean McMahan, Jeff Griffin, Danielle Simpson, Pat Harvey, Jim Richardson, Chad Compton

A-main: Jonathan Allard, Tim Kaeding, Andy Forsberg, Evan Suggs, Kyle Hirst, Peter Murphy, Kenny Allen, Bobby McMahan, Willie Croft, Jason Statler, Roger Crockett, Jimmy Sills, Brent Kaeding, Dean Brindle, Cody Lamar, Richard Brace Jr., Brad Bumgarner, Bud Walberg, Tyler Wolf, Andy Gregg, Shane Stewart, Craig Stidham

 

 

Peter Murphy & Bud Kaeding interviews/ "Road to Dirt Cup" Preview/ Kings Recap

“The Road to Dirt Cup” is just one day away and the “KWS Tonight” team will be on the air this evening to get everyone geared up for two big nights of King of the West action this Friday and Saturday at Silver Dollar Speedway and Southern Oregon Speedway.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm pst on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week. You can also see the show directly on the “KWS Tonight” Vimeo page at http://vimeo.com/user10076991

We will also give a rundown of the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” and recap what was a thrilling main event at Kings Speedway last Saturday. The race saw a last lap tussle for the win and had fans on the edge of their seats all race long.

Featured interviews on the show this week will include Hanford winner and three-time USAC Silver Crown Series champion Bud Kaeding of Campbell. The second generation driver will discuss his year and how his life has changed since becoming a father a few years ago.

In addition to Kaeding, Clovis, CA’s Peter Murphy will also call-in after picking up a season-best fifth place finish last weekend at Kings Speedway. The likable driver currently stands seventh in the KWS standings and we’ll get his thoughts on the season as we sit at the halfway point.

“The Road to Dirt Cup” events this weekend will mark the 10th and 11th races of the season and as mentioned will include invading stars Shane Stewart and Jimmy Sills. The Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear will jump start the week, which concludes with the 41st annual “Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup” at Skagit Speedway.

Don’t miss the “Road to Dirt Cup” and for more info on the KWS portion of the week please log onto http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com and http://www.sospeedway.com

Finally we’ll talk more about the three-day championship banquet weekend on November 9, 10 and 11 at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. KWS Managing Director Dan Simpson will be on the show this week and will talk about the event, along with some special announcements for teams that support the series.

You won't want to miss the show this week, as we have a great one on deck. As always once again "KWS Tonight" will be available on the website to watch 24/7.

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Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear kicks off “Road to Dirt Cup” this Friday & Saturday at Silver Dollar Speedway & Southern Oregon Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Rio Vista, CA – June 6, 2012…Always one of the most anticipated weekend’s of the season is set for this Friday and Saturday as the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear fires off the “Road to Dirt Cup” at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday and Medford’s Southern Oregon Speedway on Saturday.

The opener on Friday will be the 10th race of the season for the series and the second time KWS has competed at the famed quarter-mile bullring. The first appearance of the year at Silver Dollar Speedway produced some great racing and is expected to be just as good this time around.

Saturday’s event at the Southern Oregon Speedway is also expected to be a big night at a track that has become a fun stop each season. Former winners of KWS 410 events at the track include Brent Kaeding on two separate occasions, as well as Tim Kaeding, Tim Shaffer, Kyle Larson and Jonathan Allard who captured last year’s race.

“The Chico & Medford events are always a lot of fun and we really look forward to seeing all the fans this weekend,” said operations manager George Hague. “We had a great race at Silver Dollar Speedway in May and Southern Oregon Speedway was a very successful show last season. Adding in guys like Jimmy Sills & Shane Stewart to the mix will make this a weekend not to miss.”

Three-time & defending “Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup” champion Jonathan Allard of Chico leads the series into the weekend, driving the familiar Williams Motorsports No. 0 sprinter. Allard captured the only other event held at Silver Dollar Speedway this season and as mentioned is also the defending winner at Southern Oregon Speedway. "JA" has scored two victories so far this year with the KWS Series.

Allard will have to contend with Cancen Oil KWS presented by Goodyear rival Tim Kaeding each night. “TK” ranks second in the series standings coming into the weekend and will look to kick-start his bid at a first Dirt Cup crown on Friday and Saturday in Dennis & Teresa Roth’s No. 83 machine. The San Jose driver finished runner up last year at the Dirt Cup and leads KWS with three wins this season.

Multiple-time “Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup” champions Jimmy Sills of Elverta, Shane Stewart from Bixby, Oklahoma and Brent Kaeding of Campbell will also add spice to the weekend.

Jimmy Sills will make his second and third KWS starts of the season at Chico & Medford competing for Dan Simpson Racing. The Hall of Famer is the all-time winningest Dirt Cup champion, having won the event six times in his illustrious career. Sills also ranks seventh on the all-time win list at Silver Dollar Speedway and there is immense excitement to have him back in a 410 this weekend.

Fellow National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding is a three-time Dirt Cup winner in his career and goes into the weekend sitting fourth in the KWS points. “BK” is also the all-time leading winner in the history of Silver Dollar Speedway and has also captured a number of career wins at the Southern Oregon Speedway in his Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 mount. Kaeding always draws attention at the Medford based one-third mile clay oval and will be shooting to get back into victory lane with KWS.

Like Sills, reigning ASCS National champion Shane Stewart will also be making his second and third starts of the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear season this weekend. The two-time Dirt Cup winner will be back in action aboard the Paul Silva Motorsports No. 57 sprinter, as the always strong combination gets back together for an assault on another Dirt Cup trophy.

Other top-10 drivers in the KWS Series standings locked and loaded for the two-night KWS portion of “Road to Dirt Cup” will include third place in points Evan Suggs of Scotts Valley, former Silver Dollar Speedway champion Bobby McMahan from Elk Grove, past Southern Oregon Speedway winner Andy Gregg of Placerville, Australian native Peter Murphy, ’04 California state 410 champ Jason Statler from Grass Valley, former Mini Gold Cup champion Willie Croft of Sacramento & ’01 Trophy Cup winner Craig Stidham.

Other drivers set for the “Road to Dirt Cup” will include Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst, Oroville’s Sean Becker, Medford, Oregon’s Roger Crockett, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Redding’s Tyler Wolfe, Paradise’ John Michael Bunch, Chico’s Brad Bumgarner & Kenny Allen, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Hamilton, New Zealand’s Dean Brindle, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson and more.

On Friday June 8 at front grandstand gate of the Silver Dollar Speedway will open at 5pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing scheduled to begin around 7pm. Adult tickets on Friday night at Silver Dollar Speedway will cost $20, juniors will be $15 and children $6.

The Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, California. The office number is (530) 350-7275. More info at http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com

On Saturday June 9 the front grandstand gate of Southern Oregon Speedway will open at 4pm, qualifying around 6pm and racing to start at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets on Saturday night at the Southern Oregon Speedway will cost $25, with juniors, seniors and veterans $17 and kids free. Reserved seating will cost $30.

The Southern Oregon Speedway is located at the Jackson County Sports Park just outside of White City, Oregon and is about 15 minutes from downtown Medford. The track number is (541) 826-6825. More info at http://www.sospeedway.com

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

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Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear Notes & Pertinent Info “Road to Dirt Cup”

Friday June 8 Silver Dollar Speedway & Saturday June 9 Southern Oregon Speedway

What:

The Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear is geared up for an exciting two-nights of racing this Friday & Saturday with the “Road to Dirt Cup” kicking off. On Friday June 8 the tour will be in action at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway for the second time this season and on Saturday June 9 it will be the lone KWS appearance of 2012 at the Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, Oregon.

Special guest entrants for the Chico and Medford events this coming weekend will include National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jimmy Sills and last year’s Knoxville Nationals runner up Shane Stewart of Bixby, Oklahoma. Sills will climb behind the wheel of the Dan Simpson Racing No. 4s, whereas Stewart is set to compete in the familiar and always potent Paul Silva Motorsports No. 57 sprinter.

Three-time and defending “Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup” champion Jonathan Allard continues to lead the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear going into Friday’s show at Silver Dollar Speedway. Allard was the winner on May 5 in Chico and also claimed victory last June at the Southern Oregon Speedway.

Last year’s Dirt Cup runner-up Tim Kaeding has cut Allard’s point-lead to 20-markers going into the weekend. “TK” last season scored a second place finish at the Southern Oregon Speedway and also drove the Roth Motorsports No. 83 to a victory at the track in 2004. Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs is fresh off his best outing of the year and now ranks third in the series standings.

Multiple-time Dirt Cup champion Brent Kaeding is currently fourth in the KWS points and will be searching for his first series win of the season this weekend. The Hall of Famer has won a number of races in his career at the Southern Oregon Speedway and is also the all-time winningest driver in Silver Dollar Speedway history. Rounding out the top-five in points is former NARC Speedweek champion Bobby McMahan, who will also be looking to break his way into victory lane this weekend.

When:

On Friday June 8 at front grandstand gate of the Silver Dollar Speedway will open at 5pm, with qualifying at 6:30pm and racing scheduled to begin around 7pm.

On Saturday June 9 the front grandstand gate of Southern Oregon Speedway will open at 4pm, qualifying around 6pm and racing to start at 6:30pm.

Where:

The Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, California. The office number is (530) 350-7275.

The Southern Oregon Speedway is located at the Jackson County Sports Park just outside of White City, Oregon and is about 15 minutes from downtown Medford. The track number is (541) 826-6825.

About the track:

The Silver Dollar Speedway is a high-banked quarter-mile clay oval and is considered one of the most famous dirt tracks in the country. The all-time KWS 410 track record at SDS was set by Jonathan Allard on May 9, 2009 at a time of 11.119 seconds.

The Southern Oregon Speedway is a one-third mile clay oval with the all-time track record being 10.930 set by Donny Schatz on August 30, 2006. Previous KWS 410 winners at the track include Jonathan Allard, Kyle Larson, Tim Kaeding, Tim Shaffer and Brent Kaeding on two separate occasions.

Tickets:

Adult tickets on Friday night at Silver Dollar Speedway will cost $20, juniors will be $15 and children $6.

Adult general admission tickets on Saturday night at the Southern Oregon Speedway will cost $25, with juniors, seniors and veterans $17 and kids free. Reserved seating will cost $30.

Last June at Silver Dollar Speedway & Southern Oregon Speedway:

Last year’s “Road to Dirt Cup” opener at the Silver Dollar Speedway saw Clovis, CA’s Peter Murphy charge from 15th to claim victory in the main event aboard the Dalton’s Landscaping No. 11 sprinter. Roger Crockett, Tim Kaeding, Brent Kaeding and Ian Madsen rounded the top-five, during what was the re-scheduled “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial/Tribute to Gary Patterson.”

The second leg of the “Road to Dirt Cup” at Southern Oregon Speedway featured a late-race battle between Jonathan Allard and Tim Kaeding, which ended with Allard getting the upper hand to score his first unlimited 410 win at the one-third mile oval. T. Kaeding came home second, with Ian Madsen, Evan Suggs and Brent Kaeding completing the top-five in the 30-lapper.

Top-15 in Cancen Oil KWS presented by Goodyear points going into Friday:

1. Jonathan Allard 1366; 2. Tim Kaeding 1346; 3. Evan Suggs 1279; 4. Brent Kaeding 1274; 5. Bobby McMahan 1248; 6. Andy Gregg 1234; 7. Peter Murphy 1216; 8. Jason Statler 1205; 9. Willie Croft 1195; 10. Craig Stidham 1130; 11. Chad Compton 1099; 12. Doug Gandy 926; 13. Pat Harvey 837; 14. Rico Abreu 817; 15. Danielle Simpson 809

Winners so far this season with KWS:

April 7 Antioch Speedway Tim Kaeding; April 21 Marysville Raceway Park Jonathan Allard; April 28 Placerville Speedway Tim Kaeding; May 5 Silver Dollar Speedway Jonathan Allard; May 11 Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Kyle Larson; May 12 Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Rico Abreu; May 26 Calistoga Speedway Tim Kaeding; May 27 Calistoga Speedway Rico Abreu; June 2 Kings Speedway Bud Kaeding;

Upcoming events for KWS:

Friday June 8 – Silver Dollar Speedway “Road to Dirt Cup” Saturday June 9 – Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, Oregon “Road to Dirt Cup”

Saturday June 23 – Antioch Speedway

Friday June 29- Merced Speedway Saturday June 30- Placerville Speedway

On the internet:

Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear-

Official Website- http://www.kwssprints.com Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints Twitter- https://twitter.com/#!/KwsSprintRacing

Silver Dollar Speedway-

Official Website- http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Silver-Dollar-Speedway-Chico-Ca/245116138498 Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/sdspeedway

Southern Oregon Speedway-

Official Website- http://www.sospeedway.com

 

 

Bud Kaeding outlasts field to win thrilling “Pombo/Sargent Classic” King of the West main event at Kings Speedway Saturday night

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA – June 2, 2012…The “Pombo/Sargent Classic” over the years has always provided no-holds-barred entertainment and on Saturday night the tradition continued at Kings Speedway, where Campbell’s Bud Kaeding came out on top of a wild and wooly 30-lapper with the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear.

The victory came after a thrilling final lap duel with Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs and marked Kaeding’s first Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear win aboard the Brian Matherly owned SCI, Kaeding Performance No. 19 Maxim. It was also his third career triumph at the “Pombo/Sargent Classic.”

“This is just so great that I don’t even really know what to say, but I hope you fans enjoyed that one,” commented the three-time USAC Silver Crown Series champion. “I got around Tim (Kaeding) for the lead late in the race and then didn’t expect to see anyone after that, but Evan (Suggs) got under me coming down for the checkered and all I could do was cut back underneath, so luckily it worked out and we’re standing here in victory lane.”

Despite extremely gusty winds and warm temperatures during the day, Kings Speedway promoter Scott Woodhouse put together an exceptional surface and the main event provided some of the best racing seen all season long.

The 30-lap “Pombo/Sargent Classic” feature came to the line with KSE Dash winner Tim Kaeding of San Jose and Placerville’s Andy Gregg on the front row.

At the waving of flagman Willie Williams’ green flag it was “TK” finessing his way into the lead as the rest of the field sorted itself out on the slick three-eighths mile clay oval. Early on cars raced side by side all the way through the field, using every inch of the track surface, with it soon becoming the “Kaeding Show” up front. Bud Kaeding had climbed to second, but 11-time “Pombo/Sargent Classic” winner Brent Kaeding got the crowd on their feet, fighting with Bud for the runner up spot.

The father/son duo gave the fans an exciting slide fest as they battled for second, passing one another in every corner until a caution came out to slow things down. After going back green Tim Kaeding continued to lead Bud Kaeding, but Sacramento’s Willie Croft popped his way into third and Evan Suggs sliced to fourth. The action continued to be fast and furious as drivers exchanged positions with regularity, putting on a terrific display of unlimited 410 Sprint Car racing.

With 19-laps down Suggs found a nice groove towards the bottom of the speedway and maneuvered past Croft to claim third. As battles continued up and down the running order, Bud Kaeding stepped up his challenges and on lap 21 would charge by brother Tim to take over the top spot.

At that same time Suggs was all over the front runners and with just six-circuits remaining, was able to slide underneath “TK” and move into the runner up position. The 25-year-old then closed in on the leader little by little and when the white flag was unveiled he made his move.

Suggs cut to the inside of Bud Kaeding down the back stretch and as they entered turn three pulled off a beautiful slide job to grab the lead. Kaeding however, wasn’t done yet and sliced to the bottom off the fourth corner in exciting fashion and inched back ahead to cross the checkered flag by 0.157 seconds for victory. “Budly” then performed a sequence of donuts before climbing out of the car to a number of jubilant people on the front straightaway.

Just missing out on his first career Kings Speedway win, Suggs’ runner up finish also marked a season best effort for the driver of the Suggs Racing No. 33e machine. It was also his best ever finish at the Hanford based three-eighths mile oval. Completing the podium was Tim Kaeding aboard the locally owned Roth Motorsports No. 83 mount.

Finishing fourth and moving forward nicely from the sixth row was the Tarlton & Son Inc. No. 21 of Easton’s Tommy Tarlton. Completing the top-five and earning his best finish of the season was Clovis’ Peter Murphy in the Dalton’s Landscaping No. 11 sprinter. Rounding out the top-10 in the main event were 18th starter and Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Jason Statler of Grass Valley, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Brent Kaeding, KWS point leader Jonathan Allard from Chico and Andy Gregg.

Tim Kaeding won the KSE Dash with Kaeding Performance heat race victories going to Andy Gregg, Peter Murphy and Willie Croft. Picking up the BR Motorsports Fast Time Award was Evan Suggs, who toured the three-eighths mile oval in 13.784 seconds. Suggs will also receive a custom KWS aluminum license plate courtesy of Tim Grant & Grant’s Fine Art.

The Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear will now get set for an exciting two-nights of racing next Friday & Saturday with the “Road to Dirt Cup” kicking off. On Friday June 8 the tour will be in action at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway for the second time this season and on Saturday June 9 it will be the lone appearance of 2012 at the Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, Oregon.

Special guest stars for the Chico and Medford events this coming weekend will include National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jimmy Sills and last year’s Knoxville Nationals runner up Shane Stewart of Bixby, Oklahoma. Sills will climb behind the wheel of the Dan Simpson Racing No. 4s, whereas Stewart is set to compete in the familiar and always potent Paul Silva Motorsports No. 57 sprinter. Info on both tracks can be found at http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com & http://www.sospeedway.com

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.Also check out our official website, which is under construction at http://www.kwssprints.com for the latest news, results, history and more on the Cancen Oil King of the West 410 Sprint Cars presented by Goodyear.

 

Calistoga recap/ Interviews with Gregg, Croft & TK/Hanford preview & more

As we near the halfway point of the 2012 KWS season the “KWS Tonight” crew will be back on the air this evening to present a full recap of last week’s Memorial Day weekend double-header at the famed Calistoga Speedway, as well as showcasing interviews with Andy Gregg, Willie Croft, Tim Kaeding and much more.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm pst on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week. You can also see the show directly on the “KWS Tonight” Vimeo page at http://vimeo.com/user10076991

Andy Gregg capped last weekend with a runner up finish on Sunday night at the Calistoga Speedway and we’ll speak with him about the strong effort. The Placerville competitor also moved up to sixth in the KWS standings and we will get his thoughts on that, along with much more, including what his favorite animal is that’s part of his personal petting zoo.

This past week also saw Willie Croft put together his best weekend of the season with the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear. “Double Down” scored a pair of third place finishes in Calistoga and we’ll get some words with him about how much of a confidence booster the weekend as a whole was. Croft ranks ninth in points going into Hanford this Saturday.

Tim Kaeding put on a thrilling show Saturday night in Calistoga to win the main event from 16th starting, but suffered through a hard crash on Sunday evening. We’ll get an update from him as he prepares for the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” this weekend.

With Kings Speedway on tap Saturday night we will preview the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” as it returns home to Hanford. We’ll also continue to look towards next week’s events at the Silver Dollar Speedway & Southern Oregon Speedway. The “Road to Dirt Cup” races as previously mentioned will include special entrants Jimmy Sills & Shane Stewart.

Finally we will have a sneak preview of the June 29 event at Merced Speedway and talk more about the big thee-day championship banquet weekend at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort on November 9, 10 & 11. Make your reservations now for the fan night/press party on Friday Nov. 9 and the Kings Banquet on Saturday Nov. 10 by contacting (707) 374-2222. Saturday will also feature a car show and toy drive.

Remember if you purchase a ticket for either Friday’s fan night or the Kings Banquet you will get your name into a drawing to win a day in a sprint car at the “On Track Motivational Center” in Rio Vista. The three-day weekend is being put on with the fans in mind and we look forward to seeing everybody at Jackson Rancheria on November 9, 10 & 11.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series. Be sure to catch archived shows of “KWS Tonight” at http://vimeo.com/user5784994/videos and http://vimeo.com/user10076991

 

 

History will be revived as Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear heads to Kings Speedway for return of “Pombo/Sargent Classic” in Hanford on Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA – May 30, 2012…Each season one of the most prestigious and history filled events in the Central Valley happens to be the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” and on Saturday night the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear will headline the event, as it returns home to Kings Speedway.

The “Pombo/Sargent Classic” honors California racing legends Al Pombo & Marshall Sargent and has been going on for over 20-years, with it originally starting at Kings Speedway in the 1980’s, before moving to the Thunderbowl Raceway in 2006. This season however, the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” is back home where it all began at the “King of the Dirt Tracks” in Hanford.

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 Capital Speedway, 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 had been a staple around the Central Valley scene at Thunderbowl Raceway in recent years, but passed away at the end of 2010.

Early in his career Marshall Sargent won a pair of San Jose titles, which included two wins in the Johnny Key Memorial and 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 Saturday night we'll once again pay homage to a pair of legends who helped set the foundation for the sport in our state.

The Kaeding family has dominated the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” over the years, capturing 15 of the 26 events that have been held since it started.

National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding leads all drivers with 11 overall victories at the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” and even won four in a row from 2006-’09 aboard his famous Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 sprinter. “BK” goes into Saturday sitting third in the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear standings.

The 13-time Northern Auto Racing Club & 13-time Golden State 410 champion has said of the event, "We've won a lot of these Pombo/Sargent Classic's and it's definitely nice to continue the tradition each year. Al Pombo and Marshall Sargent were two hard nose guys that would beat and bang on each other and always put on a show.”

Kaeding brothers Tim and Bud have each captured two victories apiece at the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” and will look to add to that total on Saturday at the Kings Speedway. “TK” comes into the weekend ranking runner up in the Cancen Oil KWS points and leads the tour with three wins overall. The defending series champ claimed the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” in 2004 & again in 2010.

In 1997 younger brother Bud won the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” and it also marked his first career Northern Auto Racing Club victory. The Campbell wheel-man then backed that up with another win at the event during the following year in ’98. The three-time Silver Crown champ is coming off a solid weekend in Calistoga and will hope to continue that at Kings Speedway on Saturday.

Last season Easton’s Tommy Tarlton became just the second driver to reach three wins in “Pombo/Sargent Classic” history and the “Terminator” will be searching to make it number four on Saturday. Tarlton has made two starts so far this year with the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear and brought home top-five finishes in both.

Current Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear point leader Jonathan Allard will be gunning for his first career “Pombo/Sargent Classic” victory on Saturday in the Williams Motorsports No. 0 machine. The Chico native sits atop the standings by 38-markers and has claimed two wins so far this season with the series. Allard always runs strong at the Kings Speedway and captured last year’s “Cotton Classic” to end the KWS campaign.

Other top-10 drivers in the standings set for the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” will include Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, 1996 NARC Speedweek champion Bobby McMahan of Elk Grove, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Central Valley favorite Peter Murphy from Clovis, ’04 state champion Jason Statler of Grass Valley, former Mini Gold Cup winner Willie Croft from Sacramento and ’01 Trophy Cup champion Craig Stidham of nearby Fresno.

More drivers set for the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” will include Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Tipton’s Mike Faria, New Zealander Dean Brindle, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole and others.

The front gate will open at 5:00pm this Saturday night June 2 at the Kings Speedway, with qualifying around 6:30pm and racing around 7:00pm. Grandstand tickets on Saturday cost $20, with bleacher tickets being $18. Tickets are on sale now and to reserve your seats simply contact (559) 584-7223.

The Kings Speedway is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The physical address is 801 S. 10th Ave. Hanford, Ca 93230. More information can be found at http://www.kingsspeedway.net or by contacting (559) 584-7223.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

Also check out our official website, which is under construction at http://www.kwssprints.com for the latest news, results, history and more on the Cancen Oil King of the West 410 Sprint Cars presented by Goodyear.

 

 

Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear Notes & Pertinent Info

Kings Speedway Saturday June 2 – “Pombo/Sargent Classic”

What:

The always prestigious “Pombo/Sargent Classic” is set for action this Saturday night at the Kings Speedway in Hanford for the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear. The event honors California racing legends Al Pombo & Marshall Sargent and has been going on for over 20-years. The “Pombo/Sargent Classic” started at Kings Speedway in the 1980’s, before moving to the Thunderbowl Raceway in 2006.

This season however, the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” returns home to Kings Speedway and everyone is excited for that occurrence. “We are really happy to have the Pombo/Sargent Classic back home at Kings Speedway,” said track promoter Scott Woodhouse. “It should be a great night and we’ll also have the Vintage Super Modifieds as a tribute to the rivalry and friendship of Al Pombo & Marshall Sargent.”

Chico’s Jonathan Allard has extended his point lead to 38-markers going into this weekend at the Kings Speedway. The two-time state champion ended the KWS season last year by winning the Cotton Classic in Hanford and always runs well at the track. San Jose’s Tim Kaeding ranks second in the standings going into the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” and will look to bring home a win in his car owner’s backyard.

Eleven-time “Pombo/Sargent Classic” winner Brent Kaeding has moved to third in the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear point standings, with Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs and Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan rounding out the top-five. Three-time and defending event winner Tommy Tarlton of Easton will be another strong addition to the roster on Saturday, along with other top-10 KWS drivers Andy Gregg, Peter Murphy, Jason Statler, Willie Croft and Craig Stidham, plus many more.

When:

The front gate will open at 5:00pm this Saturday night June 2 at the Kings Speedway, with qualifying around 6:30pm and racing around 7:00pm.

Where:

The Kings Speedway is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The physical address is 801 S. 10th Ave. Hanford, Ca 93230. More information can be found at http://www.kingsspeedway.net or by contacting (559) 584-7223.

About the track:

The Kings Speedway is a three-eighths mile semi-banked clay oval and is one of the higher-speed tracks that the Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear competes at. Promoter Scott Woodhouse has done a great job rejuvenating the track and it is always a welcomed stop on tour. If fans haven’t been to Kings Speedway in a while this will be a perfect weekend to change that and make a visit.

Tickets:

Grandstand tickets on Saturday cost $20, with bleacher tickets being $18. Tickets are on sale now and to reserve your seats simply contact (559) 584-7223.

Last year at the Kings Speedway:

The Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear competed twice at the Kings Speedway in Hanford last season. San Jose’s Tim Kaeding captured the win in August and Chico’s Jonathan Allard picked up victory at the “Cotton Classic” in October. The series will also be at the track for the “Cotton Classic” once again this season on October 13.

Top-15 in Cancen Oil KWS presented by Goodyear points going into Kings Speedway:

1. Jonathan Allard 1230; 2. Tim Kaeding 1192; 3. Brent Kaeding 1134; 4. Evan Suggs 1122; 5. Bobby McMahan 1119; 6. Andy Gregg 1097; 7. Peter Murphy 1069; 8. Jason Statler 1067; 9. Willie Croft 1047; 10. Craig Stidham 991; 11. Chad Compton 987; 12. Rico Abreu 817; 13. Doug Gandy 810; 14. Pat Harvey 725; 15. Danielle Simpson 700

Winners so far this season with KWS:

April 7 Antioch Speedway Tim Kaeding; April 21 Marysville Raceway Park Jonathan Allard; April 28 Placerville Speedway Tim Kaeding; May 5 Silver Dollar Speedway Jonathan Allard; May 11 Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Kyle Larson; May 12 Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Rico Abreu; May 26 Calistoga Speedway Tim Kaeding; May 27 Calistoga Speedway Rico Abreu;

Upcoming events for KWS:

Saturday June 2 – Kings Speedway in Hanford “Pombo/Sargent Classic”

Friday June 8 – Silver Dollar Speedway “Road to Dirt Cup” Saturday June 9 – Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, Oregon “Road to Dirt Cup”

Saturday June 23 – Antioch Speedway

Friday June 29- Merced Speedway Saturday June 30- Placerville Speedway

On the internet:

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St. Helena, California youngster Rico Abreu scores big at home track with “Tribute to Gary Patterson” triumph at Calistoga Speedway for 2nd career KWS Series win

By Gary Thomas

Calistoga, CA – May 27, 2012…In the 29-year history of the “Tribute to Gary Patterson” there had been only one local winner of the event, with that coming in 2004 when Santa Rosa, CA’s Sparky Howard raced an emotional victory.

That all changed on Sunday evening however, as 20-year-old St. Helena resident Rico Abreu dominated the 25-lap “Tribute to GP” and scored an immensely popular win in front of his home track crowd at the Calistoga Speedway.

For Abreu it came in amazingly just his second ever start at the famed half-mile and was also on the one-year anniversary of his initial outing at the Calistoga Speedway. “It’s really awesome to come out here at my home track and win a race at Calistoga,” said Abreu. “I couldn’t be more pumped right now to be in victory lane with all my friends and family, so this is really special.”

The talented second-year sprint car driver competed with the USAC National Midget Series on Saturday in Indiana, before flying home to be in action with the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Sunday. Abreu was also fresh off his first ever KWS unlimited 410 win just two-weeks prior in Tulare at the Thunderbowl Raceway.

On Sunday night Abreu won the KSE Racing Products Dash for the second time this season to earn the pole position in the feature, starting alongside Grass Valley’s Jason Statler in the 25-lap “Tribute to Gary Patterson.”

At the waving of the green flag Abreu rocketed into the lead, but things would come to a grinding halt after one-lap was completed when Tim Kaeding and Jonathan Allard got upside down in the second corner to bring out a red flag. Kaeding’s machine had severe damage and was done for the night, but Allard was able to make repairs and rejoin the field.

The ensuing double-file restart saw Abreu get a big jump on the field and it took him no time at all to distance himself from the other competitors. He would handle the field with ease over the duration of the 25-lapper and even opened up a half-lap lead at one point. With Abreu out front by a large margin the battle for second, third and fourth heated up just past the halfway point.

Placerville’s Andy Gregg had a strong night going and closed in on Statler for the runner up spot around lap 15. Gregg however, had to deal with a fast moving Willie Croft and on lap 18 the driver known as “Double Down” shot by to put the Holey Smokes BBQ No. 29 into third. The Sacramento competitor then charged after Statler and with 21-laps in books carved his way into second.

Just as Abreu appeared headed for the checkered flag, the yellow lights flashed on for Allard, who had slowed in turns three and four. The upcoming double-file restart didn’t faze Abreu though and he scooted away once again to cross the checkered by two seconds, with the crowd coming to their feet in a frenzy.

Abreu proceeded to spin some donuts on the front stretch and then climb atop his Abreu Vineyards No. 89 mount in celebration, as numerous people gathered at the car. “I really have to thank Clarke Riolo, Skippy and my whole crew for giving me a great car tonight,” he said. “This thing was perfect in the feature and I just drove my own race.”

Making a great move and carving his way into second during the green-white-checkered restart was Gregg in the Guts Racing Inc. No. 53 sprinter. It capped off a solid weekend for the likable driver and marked his career best 410 Sprint Car finish at the Calistoga Speedway. It was also a season-best effort with KWS for Gregg.

Rounding out the podium and scoring a third place finish for the second night in a row was Croft, who put together a very strong weekend of racing at Calistoga. The former Mini Gold Cup winner looked very impressive both nights and will look to carry that into the Kings Speedway this weekend.

Coming home in fourth and finishing up a consistent weekend was Campbell’s Bud Kaeding aboard the Brian Matherly owned No. 19 mount. Rounding out the top-five and also having a good weekend was Jason Statler in DF Rios Motorsports No. 00 machine. It was nice to see the “Big Guy” in the top-five both nights.

Completing the top-10 were Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Allard and Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs. The KSE Dash as previously mentioned went to Rico Abreu, with the three Kaeding Performance heats going to Tim Kaeding, Croft and Gregg. “TK” set the BR Motorsports Fast Time for the second consecutive night, stopping the clocks at 17.180 around the half-mile.

The Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear will be right back in action this Saturday night June 2 at the Kings Speedway in Hanford for the annual “Pombo/Sargent Classic.”

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

Also check out our official website, which is under construction at http://www.kwssprints.com for the latest news, results, history and more on the Cancen Oil King of the West 410 Sprint Cars presented by Goodyear.

Tim Kaeding charges from 16th & pulls off final lap pass for victory at the 21st “Salute to Walt Ross” in Calistoga Saturday night

By Gary Thomas

Calistoga, CA – May 26, 2012…Whenever you have Tim Kaeding starting from the back of the field you are guaranteed to see a show. That was no more exemplified than on Saturday night at the Calistoga Speedway, where the defending KWS champ carved his way from 16th to pass Jonathan Allard on the final lap for a thrilling victory.

Kaeding’s win at the “Salute to Walter T Ross” was also the fourth of his career and makes him the winningest driver in the history of the event, breaking a tie with Steve Kent and Ronnie Day. "TK" was also the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger in the main event for the first time this season.

“That was an exciting race right there and I hope all you fans enjoyed it,” said an extremely pumped Kaeding. “My guys just told me to drive it like I know how to and they gave me a great set up. It felt a little like the old days at Calistoga coming from the back like that and we’ll return tomorrow to try and do it again.”

A couple of rain delays at the start of the night forced teams and fans to wait things out for a couple of hours, before finally getting things going once the rain stopped. After working the track surface back in everyone was presented with a lightning fast track all night long.

The 25-lap “Salute to Walt Ross” came to the line with KSE Dash winner Willie Croft and Chico’s Jonathan Allard on the front row. At the waving of the green flag Allard shot into the lead and paced the field with ease early on aboard the Williams Motorsports No. 0 sprinter.

All eyes were on the rear of the field however, as Tim Kaeding started 16th on the grid after losing an engine in his heat race. “TK” earlier in the evening paced the field in BR Motorsports qualifying with a blistering lap of 16.982. The Roth Motorsports No. 83 machine was on a rail in the feature and Kaeding impressively charged forward, getting up to the top-five by lap-five.

Just prior to the halfway point Allard continued to be large and in charge out front, but on a double-file restart with 12-laps down Kaeding moved up to third getting by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs. The crowd was buzzing with every move that “TK” pulled off and the San Jose throttle-masher then proceeded to close in on second running Willie Croft. With the laps ticking down Kaeding pushed it into overdrive and made a thrilling pass to claim second on lap 19, before setting his sights on the leader.

Allard had a big lead out front, but lapped traffic gave Kaeding the chance to close in and the final few laps proved to be some of the most entertaining we’ve seen all season. “JA” was making the right moves to hang on, up until the final lap however, when Kaeding got to his inside and rocketed into the lead off turn two. Allard tried to come back, but at the checkered it was Kaeding by 0.474 seconds to record his third Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear win of the year.

For Allard it was his third consecutive runner up finish as he continues to lead the points going into the Calistoga two-night finale this evening. Croft brought home a strong third place finish in the Holey Smokes BBQ No. 29 mount, marking his second career 410 podium at the Calistoga Speedway.

The top-10 was rounded out by Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, 15th starter Bud Kaeding, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Fresno’s Craig Stidham and St. Helena’s Jeff Griffin.

Racing will continue tonight at the Calistoga Speedway with the 29th annual “Tribute to Gary Patterson,” which will be the eighth round of action for the Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear.

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Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear Results –“Salute to Walt Ross” at Calistoga Speedway May 26, 2012

19-cars

Fast time: Tim Kaeding 16.982

Heat one: Jonathan Allard, Peter Murphy, Craig Stidham, Danielle Simpson, Matthew Davis, Tim Kaeding

Heat two: Brent Kaeding, Andy Gregg, Evan Suggs, Jeff Griffin, Pat Harvey

Heat three: Willie Croft, Jason Statler, Chad Compton, Bobby McMahan, Bud Kaeding, Sean McMahan, Doug Gandy

Dash: Willie Croft, Jonathan Allard, Evan Suggs, Bobby McMahan, Jason Statler, Andy Gregg, Brent Kaeding, Craig Stidham

A-main: Tim Kaeding, Jonathan Allard, Willie Croft, Jason Statler, Bud Kaeding, Brent Kaeding, Andy Gregg, Bobby McMahan, Craig Stidham, Jeff Griffin, Evan Suggs, Peter Murphy, Danielle Simpson, Sean McMahan, Pat Harvey, Matthew Davis, Chad Compton, Doug Gandy

Chad Compton, Rico Abreu & more on "KWS Tonight" this week

“KWS Tonight” will present a fully loaded show this Thursday evening, showcasing interviews with young rising star Rico Abreu, Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear rookie driver Chad Compton and more.

To view the show log onto http://www.kwssprints.com starting at 7pm pst on Thursday. It will then replay on the homepage to watch at your leisurely pleasure over the next week. You can also see the show directly on the “KWS Tonight” Vimeo page at http://vimeo.com/user10076991

We’ll be putting a wrap on the “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” finale from May 12, giving everyone a rundown of the night’s happenings and sharing highlights from the event. Our guest Rico Abreu will talk about his first KWS win that night and how excited he is to fly home for Calistoga on Sunday, after running the “Night before the 500” at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Indiana on Saturday.

With six races complete so far this season Chad Compton currently ranks ninth in the KWS Series standings and is the leading contender for “Rookie of the Year” as we head into the Calistoga Speedway. Compton will discuss how the season has gone for him up to this point and what he hopes to accomplish as the campaign goes on.

We will of course delve deeper into this weekend’s double-header at the famed Calistoga Speedway half-mile. We’ll spend some time talking about the all-time winners of the “Salute to Walt Ross” & the “Tribute to Gary Patterson” which is packed full of top name drivers from all around. There are always a number of special things on tap at Calistoga and we’ll talk about them all as well.

Please be advised of the earlier start time for both nights of racing at Calistoga Speedway. On Saturday & Sunday May 26 & 27 the front grandstand gate will open at 4pm, with cars hitting the track for wheel packing at 4:30, qualifying around 5:30 and racing scheduled to begin around 6. Adult tickets will be $20 each night, with all kids 12 and under being free, as part of the Calistoga Speedway “75th anniversary Special.”

A number of big races are also coming up after Calistoga, so we’ll preview the “Pombo/Sargent Classic” at Kings Speedway on June 2, along with the “Road to Dirt Cup” events at Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday June 8 and Southern Oregon Speedway on Saturday June 9. Starting at Kings Speedway we’ll have some international Kiwi flair, which we’ll share with everyone.

For the Chico and Medford events there will also be a pair of special guest stars in action, including National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jimmy Sills and reigning ASCS National champion Shane Stewart. Sills will climb aboard the DES Racing No. 4s machine and Stewart will be in the familiar Paul Silva Racing No. 57 sprinter.

In addition to all of that we will talk more about the big championship banquet weekend that will be held at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort on November 9, 10 and 11. Friday will include a fan appreciation/ press night; Saturday will feature a car show and the “Kings Banquet” to cap the evening, with Sunday being the annual business meeting.

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series presented by Goodyear on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

 

 

Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear heads to Calistoga Speedway this weekend for 21st “Salute to Walt Ross” & 29th annual “Tribute to Gary Patterson”

By Gary Thomas

Calistoga, CA – May 21, 2012…For many fans and teams in the Northern California sprint car community there is no place other than the Calistoga Speedway to spend their Memorial Day weekend. With that said this coming Saturday & Sunday the tradition lives on, as the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear will invade the famed half-mile for two nights of high-octane competition.

Adult tickets will be $20 each night, with all kids 12 and under being free, as part of the Calistoga Speedway “75th anniversary Special.” On Saturday & Sunday May 26 & 27 the front grandstand gate will open at 4pm, with cars hitting the track for wheel packing at 4:30, qualifying around 5:30 and racing scheduled to begin around 6. Please be advised of the earlier start time for both nights of racing.

Saturday's event will be the 21st running of the "Salute to Walter T. Ross," a night of action paying respect to the former Northern Auto Racing Club President and long time car owner.

Ross' famous No. 56 graced victory lane at the Calistoga Speedway on 11 occasions and was one of the most recognizable sprint cars of its era. His car was driven by some of the biggest names in Northern California sprint racing including Gary Patterson, Dave Bradway Jr., Leroy Van Connett, Mike Andreetta, Rendy Boldrini and others.

As president of NARC Ross was crucial in moving the club forward following the retirement of Louis Vermeil in the mid-1980's. He was also named one of the 40 most influential people in Northern Auto Racing Club history. Ross passed away in 1987 from A.L.S. and a race recognizing him has become a tradition on Memorial Day weekend at Calistoga.

Former Calistoga Speedway & Napa County Fair manager Mike Kenney said of Ross in a past racing program, "As a former president of NARC, Ross brought the racing club into the era of sponsorship, but most of all Walter T. Ross was best known for his heart. He cared about people, sprint car racing and his friends and family."

On Sunday night we will then honor the memory of National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Gary Patterson with the return of the “Tribute to GP” at Calistoga Speedway.

Known as the "Dancing Phantom," the "Preacher," the "Hostile Hippie" or just simply "GP," 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 unfortunately lost his life in a sprint car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory had been held at the half-mile ever since, up until 2007 when the “Tribute to GP” was moved to Silver Dollar Speedway. In 2012 however, the decision was made to bring the race back home to Calistoga and on Sunday night we’ll pay respects to the 29th anniversary of GP’s passing.

Two-time state 410 champion Jonathan Allard will lead the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear into the Calistoga Speedway this weekend. Now in his eighth season driving for Morrie & Katie Williams the Chico, CA wheel-man holds a 27-point advantage at the top of the standings, following a pair of runner up finishes at Tulare on May 11 & 12. Allard was the winner of the “Tribute to GP” in 2007.

Now finding himself second in the series standings, San Jose’s Tim Kaeding will look for a strong weekend in Calistoga to help close the gap back up. The driver of the Roth Motorsports No. 83 mount has won six career races at the half-mile, including last year’s “Salute to Walt Ross.” That victory also tied the defending King of the West with Ronnie Day & Steve Kent for most all-time wins in event history.

Last year’s KWS runner up Evan Suggs has moved to third in points and will be gunning for his first Calistoga Speedway win this weekend aboard the Suggs Racing No. 33e sprinter. The 25-year-old Scotts Valley resident had one of his best career runs at the track last season, bringing home a fourth place finish in the main event.

National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding ranks fourth in the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear standings going into the weekend. “BK” is the second winningest driver in Calistoga Speedway history, having scored 21 career victories and is tied with Steve Kent for most wins in “Tribute to Gary Patterson” history.

Rounding out the top-five in points coming into Calistoga is Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, who is just nine-digits out of fourth and will be gunning for a strong two nights of racing at one of his favorite tracks. The pilot of the American Tool & Mfg No. 25 machine has captured four Calistoga Speedway wins in his career.

Completing the top-10 in the Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear standings going into Memorial Day weekend are Clovis, CA’s Peter Murphy, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, three-time Calistoga winner Jason Statler of Grass Valley, Rookie of the Year contender Chad Compton from Fair Oaks and Sacramento’s Willie Croft.

After winning his first ever KWS main event two weeks ago in Tulare, locally based driver Rico Abreu of St. Helena will be in action on Sunday night at Calistoga aboard the Abreu Vineyards No. 89 sprinter. The 20-year-old will compete in the “Night Before the 500” at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis on Saturday, before flying home Sunday for the “Tribute to Gary Patterson.”

Other drivers set for the Calistoga Speedway double-header will include 2010 “Salute to Walt Ross” winner Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, White Rock, BC’s Toni Lutar, Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar, St. Helena’s Jeff Griffin, Elk Grove’s Sean McMahan, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey and more.

Sunday morning from 7am till 11am will also feature the Calistoga Boy Scout Troop 18 Annual Pancake Breakfast in the Butler Pavilion on the Napa County Fairgrounds. Enjoy two pancakes, scrambled eggs, Sausage & fresh fruit. Your choice of coffee, tea, milk or orange juice. Come enjoy a delicious breakfast and support Calistoga Boy Scout Troop 18. Breakfast is $8.00 for adults & $5.00 for children under 10. For more info call 707-328-7545.

The Calistoga Speedway is located on the beautiful Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, California. The physical address is 1435 North Oak Street and the track number for more information is (707) 942-5111. The track website can be found at http://www.calistogaspeedway.org

Don't forget to “like” the Cancen Oil King of the West Series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and follow us on Twitter @kwssprintracing for the most timely and up to date information on the series.

Also check out our official website, which is under construction at http://www.kwssprints.com for the latest news, results, history and more on the Cancen Oil King of the West 410 Sprint Cars presented by Goodyear.

 

 

Cancen Oil King of the West Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear Notes & Pertinent Info

Calistoga Speedway – “Salute to Walter T Ross” & “Tribute to Gary Patterson” May 26 & 27

What:

The Cancen Oil KWS Series presented by Goodyear will continue its 2012 season this coming weekend at the famed Calistoga Speedway half-mile, located in the gorgeous Napa Valley Wine Country. Sprint Car racing at the picturesque track on Memorial Day weekend has been as traditional as anything in Northern California throughout the years and everyone is excited to continue it this season.

The big weekend opens on Saturday May 26 with the 21st running of the “Salute to Walter T Ross,” as we pay respect to the former legendary car owner and Northern Auto Racing Club president. On Sunday May 27 we will then honor National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Gary Patterson with the return of the “Tribute to GP” at Calistoga Speedway.

This season marks the 29th annual edition of the “Tribute to Gary Patterson” and the first at Calistoga since 2007, as it’s been held at Silver Dollar Speedway the last four-years. Patterson was a 10-time winner in his career at the scenic half-mile and once held the track record for 10-years. His life was unfortunately cut short in a racing crash at Calistoga on Memorial Day weekend 1983, but his spirit has lived on with the “Tribute to GP.”

Sunday morning from 7am till 11am will also feature the Calistoga Boy Scout Troop 18 Annual Pancake Breakfast in the Butler Pavilion on the Napa County Fairgrounds. Enjoy two pancakes, scrambled eggs, Sausage & fresh fruit. Your choice of coffee, tea, milk or orange juice. Come enjoy a delicious breakfast and support Calistoga Boy Scout Troop 18. Breakfast is $8.00 for adults & $5.00 for children under 10. For more info call 707-328-7545.