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Civil War Series Sets Sights On Petaluma Speedway Saturday Night

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- After a thrilling season opener last Friday night, the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster comes back to life on Saturday night as the series is set to invade the Petaluma Speedway for the first of three stops in 2015.

2014 saw the series put on two action packed shows at the Petaluma Speedway, and coming off a very exciting season opener, anticipation is growing for the series to come back to life.

During the two stops a season ago, Mason Moore was able to fend off a hard charging Colby Copeland to pick up a win, and with a dangerous Forrest fire in the Auburn Foothills last fall, Petaluma Speedway stepped in as a gracious host, and was treated to another great race as Petaluma car owner, Jim Van Lare scored a very popular win with Colby Copeland and the helm of his potent No. 5v machine.

One week ago, fans were not disappointed during the season opener at the Marysville Raceway. After a pair of cautions slowed the opening eight laps of the feature event, a 22-lap green flag run saw reigning series champion Shane Golobic, track down Colby Wiesz in the F&F No. x1 machine to pick up the win.

Through the field the racing was exceptional as Andy Forsberg and Justin Sanders both worked their way forward from mid-pack to score podium finishes.

With Wiesz showing great speed in the F&F No. x1 machine, they should again have another tough car on the track Saturday night, as Sebastopol, CA driver, Geoff Ensign is scheduled to strap in this weekend.

Another new combination that will be in attendance on Saturday night is three time Petaluma Speedway Track Champion, Alissa Geving, and the Brett Lay Racing team. In 2014 the No. 24b machine was very tough, and pairing with Geving in Petaluma makes this team very much in contention on Saturday night.

Other drivers expected to be on hand Saturday night include Justin Sanders, Steven Tiner, Herman Klein, Matt Peterson, Koen and Kyler Shaw, Mason Moore, Bradley Terrell, Robbie Price, Shawn Wright, and many of the regions top 360ci drivers.

Saturday night the gates are scheduled to open at 4pm with cars on the track for time trial by 5pm. Adult tickets can be purchased for $18, Seniors and Children for $14, and children under five are FREE.

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster returns to action on Saturday night at the Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, CA.

WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway)

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

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2015, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 14 events at 8 different tracks around California.

 

 

Golobic Grabs Thrilling Civil War Series Opener

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Marysville, CA)- Saturday night at the Marysville Raceway, 2014 Series Champion, Shane Golobic, opened the 25th Anniversary Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster season up in exciting fashion, as he raced his way to a thrilling win.

With 27 cars checked into the pit area to kick the season off, Colby Wiesz took the early lead from his pole position as Dominic Scelzi was in hot pursuit of the race lead, until the caution flew after this first lap was completed.

The ensuing restart saw Golobic jump into the second spot, as Wiesz got away by a few car lengths as he worked the picture perfect Marysville Raceway. Getting into lapped traffic in a couple of laps, Golobic pulled alongside Wiesz on a pair of occasions, but Wiesz continued to lead until the race’s final two yellows came on lap eight, and on the ensuing restart.

The action would ramp up during the 22-lap green flag run, and though Wiesz was very good out front for the first half of the race, Golobic made a move exiting turn four to take the top spot on lap 15.

Behind the lead duo, Andy Forsberg and Justin Sanders were working their way forward, as Forsberg came right after the leaders, and moved into the second spot on the 18th circuit. In very dense traffic, Golobic continued to pace the field, but Forsberg was all over him, as Justin Sanders worked his way into the third with just nine laps to go, looking for his second win of the season at the track in 2015, and Bradley Terrell followed him as he took over the fourth spot.

Golobic was able to carve through traffic nicely, as he would go on to fend off Forsberg to score his first series win of the season.

“We were up front a lot last year with the Civil War Series, and were only able to get one win, so it feels nice to get a win right away,” Golobic said in victory lane. “This place (Marysville Raceway) isn’t normally my favorite track, but it was awesome tonight. I have to thank Keith Day, Rick Brag, My Dad, Chris, and everyone who helps on this car.”

Looking for his second consecutive win at the Marysville Raceway in 2015, Andy Forsberg would cross the stripe in the second position.

“Huge kudos to my crew tonight,” Forsberg said. “When the track gets slick like it did I usually struggle, but if I don’t, then my guys really did their job, and they did that tonight. I have to thank Cody and the entire C&M Motorsports team for all of their hard work.”

Picking up his third consecutive podium finish at the Marysville Raceway, Justin Sanders charged from 10th to third.

“We had a really good car, and it was a blast to come up through the field,” Sanders noted. “I wish we could have had another yellow, or started a few rows better, but we are rolling really well right now, and it is a huge credit to my F&W Racing team.

Bradley Terrell would finish in the fourth spot, Wiesz in fifth, Steven Tiner sixth, Scelzi seventh, Mason Moore eightj, Kenny Allen ninth, and Cody Lamar rounded out the Top-10.

In preliminary action, Brad Furr kicked things off by setting the standard in qualifying time trials. Heat race wins went to Scelzi, Terrell, and Sean Becker.

In B-Main action, Cody Lamar put on quite a performance to pick up the win as Kyler Shaw, Heath Hall, Chris Martin, Jim Richardson, Kenny Allen, and Cort Dozier all advanced to the main event.

A Main Finish (Starting Position)

1. 22-Shane Golobic (3), 2. 7c- Andy Forsberg (8), 3. 18- Justin Sanders (10), 4. 43- Bradley Terrell (5), 5. X1- Colby Wiesz (1), 6. 10- Steven Tiner (7), 7. 35- Dominic Scelzi (2), 8. 22m- Mason Moore (13), 9. Kenny Allen (21), 10. 9L- Cody Lamar (9), 11. P37- Matt Peterson (6), 12. 21- Robbie Price (12), 13. 97- Cort Dozier (22), 14. 31c- Justyn Cox (16) 15. 44- Chris Martin (19), 16. 49- Mike Monahan (11), 17. 92- Kyler Shaw (17), 18. 99- Skyler Gee (15), 19. Heath Hall (18), 20. 75- Sean Becker (4), 21. 88-Koen Shaw (14), 22. 8-Jim Richardson (20)

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster returns to action on Saturday night at the Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, CA.

WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway)

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

CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2015, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 14 events at 8 different tracks around California.

 

 

 

25th Anniversary Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster Season Set To Kick Off Friday Night

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Stockton, CA)- The racing season has come to life in California and on Friday night in Marysville, CA the stars and cars of the Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster will kick off the series’ 25th season.

Coming off of a banner year in 2014, Shane Golobic enters the event as the series’ defending champion, and is again expected to be a very strong competitor aboard the Keith Day Trucking No. 22 event.

The Marysville Raceway has already hosted a pair of events to date, and perennial series powers, Justin Sanders and Andy Forsberg have each scored wins, and will be looking to get their 2015 Civil War Series campaigns off to a strong start.

Friday’s event will make the first of two events at the Marysville Raceway, as the series will return again Memorial Day weekend for the Mel Hal Memorial. During the two stops during the 2014 season, Andy Gregg and DJ Netto were victorious.

The 2015 Civil War Series schedule consists of 14 races, but new in 2015, drivers and teams will have an event they can ‘throw-away’ meaning their 13 best nights will be counted toward the season long championship chase.

“This is something new we wanted to try out in 2015,” Series Director, John Prentice said. “There are 14 races on the schedule and if a guy should have a bad night, or miss a race due to a couple of conflicts in the schedule, they can still have a shot at the championship. Hopefully next season we can get all conflicts worked out, but we wanted to see how this concept would work.”

Aside from Golobic, Forsberg, and Sanders, many of the regions top drivers are scheduled to be on hand including Sean Becker, Steven Tiner, Matt Peterson, Mason Moore, Justyn Cox, Steven Tiner, Colby Wiesz, John Michael-Bunch, Jeremy Hawes and many other.

Friday night, the front gates are slated to open at 5pm, with time trials getting underway by 6pm. Adult tickets will be on sale for $17, juniors and seniors on sale for $13, children 6-11 on sale for $6, while children under 5 are free.

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:

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.

 

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series embarks on 30th anniversary season this weekend in first co-sanctioned event with the World of Outlaws at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – March 9, 2015…A milestone season packed full of special shows & historic events will kick-off for the King of the West Sprint Car Series at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway this Friday & Saturday, in what will be the first ever co-sanctioned weekend with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

Since originally starting out as the Golden State 410 Series in 1986, this season marks the 30th anniversary for what is now known as the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. The tour will once again will be held under the leadership of John Prentice & Brent Kaeding, who begin their second full season managing the series.

Last year saw Chico’s Kyle Hirst become the first back-to-back series champion since Brent Kaeding accomplished the feat in the mid 1990’s. Hirst & Kaeding are part of an illustrious list of titlists in the first 29-years of the series that also includes Tim Kaeding, Jonathan Allard, Kyle Larson, Tyler Walker, 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 Sprint Car Series this season, including this weekend’s initial co-sanctioned event with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in Tulare. In addition to the Thunderbowl this Friday & Saturday, KWS is also partnering with the “Greatest Show on Dirt” at Calistoga Speedway’s Wine Country Outlaw Showdown on Saturday & Sunday April 11 & 12.

Each of the co-sanctioned weekends will award King of the West Sprint Car Series show up points. The first of 18 full-point events takes place on Saturday April 4 at Placerville Speedway’s Gold Country Shootout, which also features the BCRA Midgets. The event takes place just days before the World of Outlaws return to the red clay on the following Wednesday, giving Nor Cal drivers & teams a chance to have some track time on the action packed quarter-mile prior to the WOO show.

Hirst led the way last season with four victories en route to his second straight King of the West title. He also had tremendous consistency, finishing on the podium in half of the races and in the top-five 13-times out of 18 starts aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr. This year he will go after a third straight series title, as he moves over to the Main Motorsports No. 35m Sprinter in 2015. Hirst will make his debut in the car this weekend in Tulare.

After finishing runner up last year in the points Campbell’s Bud Kaeding will be gunning for his first KWS title in 2015. The driver of the Williams Motorsports No. 0 machine had speed last year when competing with the World of Outlaws and will look for his first series victory this weekend in Tulare. Three-time King of the West champ Jonathan Allard of Chico & Lemoore’s Carson Macedo are a couple of California drivers that tasted victory with the Outlaws last year. Allard captured the prestigious Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway, while Macedo claimed the prelim night at the event. Both will be contenders in Tulare.

The March double header last season at Thunderbowl Raceway saw Rutherford’s Rico Abreu tally his first career World of Outlaws victory during the finale. The always hard charging driver also claimed a trio of wins with the King of the West Series during the year, including the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial, the Wine Country Classic and the Gold Country Shootout. Earlier this year Abreu raced to the biggest victory of his career when he took the checkered flag at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Oklahoma. The now 23-year-old will be in action both nights this weekend in Tulare.

Two-time King of the West Series champion Tim Kaeding has captured three World of Outlaws victories at the Thunderbowl and looks to keep up that success this weekend. The San Jose wheel-man will be aboard a Roth Motorsports Sprinter at the one-third mile clay oval, where he is routinely the driver to beat. TK scored his WOO wins at the track in 2007, 2012 & 2013, while also picking up a victory in the 2006 National Sprint Tour finale at the Tulare County Fairgrounds based facility.

Other King of the West Series & California competitors competing against the Greatest Show on Dirt weekend will include reigning Trophy Cup champion at Thunderbowl Raceway, Willie Croft of Sacramento, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Central Valley chargers Dominic Scelzi, DJ Netto, Craig Stidham, Mitchell Faccinto & Cory Eliason, last year’s Civil War & Ocean Sprints champ Shane Golobic from Fremont, 2nd year KWS driver Jarrett Soares of Gilroy, Trophy Cup prelim winner Colby Copeland of Roseville, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton and more.

To purchase your tickets for Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway this Friday & Saturday March 13 & 14 contact (559) 688-0909. The front gate will open at 4pm both nights with racing scheduled to fire off around 7pm. All seating is reserved during the double-header weekend with Bleacher tickets costing $40 and Grandstands seats $45 each night. A seating chart is available online at www.thunderbowlraceway.com

Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. Camping is also available for $40 a night at the fairgrounds located off turns three and four.

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

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

Upcoming King of the West Series events following Tulare

Saturday April 4: Placerville Speedway (Gold Country Shootout) Saturday April 11: Calistoga Speedway (Co-sanctioned with World of Outlaws) Sunday April 12: Calistoga Speedway (Co-sanctioned with World of Outlaws) Saturday May 2: Silver Dollar Speedway (25th annual Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial) Saturday May 9: Petaluma Speedway

 

 

PMG Traveling Series Staff Set For 2015

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- As the 2015 Prentice Motorsports Group season kicks off this weekend with the Wingless Series Presented by Hunt Magnetos, the Prentice Motorsports Group is pleased to announce their staff for the three traveling series’ in 2015, and note one change competitors will see.

PMG is pleased to announce that Dan Belton will serve as the 2015 Director of Competition, Ed Entz will be the traveling flagman, and Laurel Belton will assist in the staging area and with line-ups. PMG is also proud too announce that Mike Andreeta will return as the Race Director, Gary Thomas and PJ Petersen will return to again handle PMG PR, and Samantha Harper will handle the scoring and stats for each series.

“We think that in 2014 we got off to a great start as the Prentice Motorsports Group took over the King of the West and Civil War Series, and we are hoping that this helps us continue to grow in 2015 as we welcome to Wingless Series,” PMG President, John Prentice said.

At each Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos, King of the West, and Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster, drivers will pay the $20 fee upon pulling their pill for qualifying.

“It is our hope that by implementing this in 2015 we will be able to continue to grow PMG, and continue to hire the best staff, and continue with a strong PR presence in the current market,” Prentice added.

On those events that a driver is running both series on the same night, they will be required to purchase a pill in each series on that given night.

ON TAP: PMG’s 2015 season kicks off on Saturday night as the Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos invade the Silver Dollar Speedway. The King of the West Series will be in action next Friday and Saturday night at the Thunderbowl in Tulare, CA and the Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster kicks off on March 20th in Marysville, CA.

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with all the happenings with the Prentice Motorsports Group by clicking over to www.racepmg.com or ‘liking’ www.facebook.com./racepmg.

PRENTICE MOTORSPORTS GROUP- The Prentice Motorsports Group promotes the Ocean Speedway, Ocean Sprints Presented by Taco Bravo, Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster, and the King of the West Series, and in 2015 will expand by adding the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series.

 

Hall and Laliberte Lead Wingless Series To Silver Cup Season Opener

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- Saturday night the 2015 season for the Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos comes to life as the series invades the Silver Dollar Speedway for the Silver Cup Race Of Champions.

As the series kicks off, two drivers to look out for are 2015 Series Champion, Scott Laliberte, and two-time Silver Cup Champion, Tommy Hall.

Coming off of a breakout year with the Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos, Laliberte comes into the event as a marked man, as he is the defending series champion, and also the defending Silver Cup race winner.

Though he will not contest the entire 2015 series schedule, Laliberte will be aiming to score the first win of the season under the Prentice Motorsports Group.

Fan favorite, Scott Hall, is hungry to get back to Silver Cup victory lane. Scoring wins in 2012 and 2013, Hall will look to build off of last weekend’s charge at the Marysville Raceway, to claim his third Silver Cup in four years.

With 12-races scheduled in 2015, the stars and cars of the season will look to get off to a great start on Saturday night in Chico, CA.

Running in conjunction with the winged 360ci sprint cars, the Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will hit the dirt on Saturday night with hot laps slated around 6pm, with racing action set for 7pm. Adult tickets will be $20, Seniors and Juniors $15, and children $6.

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 connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SPRINT CAR SERIES- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2015, the series will operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 12 races scattered at six different tracks.

 

 

Williams Roofing presents the ‘Royal Fan Pill Draw’ at Double Down Weekend events with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series in 2015

By Gary Thomas

Fremont, CA – February 17, 2015…After debuting at various events last season in Northern California we are happy to announce that the “Royal Fan Pill Draw” presented by Williams Roofing is set to take place at selected King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series races this year.

The Royal Fan Pill Draw works as follows. A trivia question will be asked from the announce booth and the fan that answers correctly will pull a random number (1-22) out of a bag. The fan automatically wins $100 and if the driver wins the feature from the starting spot drawn, the driver receives a $1000 bonus.

The Williams Roofing Royal Fan Pill Draw will take place at King of the West Series events that are part of the Prentice Motorsports Group Double Down Bonus Weekends. Those events include the May 2 Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial at Silver Dollar Speedway, May 9 at Petaluma Speedway, June 13 at the Stockton Dirt Track, the June 26 Pombo/Sargent Classic at Ocean Speedway, the June 27 Wine Country Classic at Calistoga Speedway, the July 11 Howard Kaeding Classic at Ocean Speedway, the July 25 Peter Murphy Classic at Thunderbowl Raceway and the October 10 KRC Safety Fall Shootout at Thunderbowl Raceway.

“We really want to thank Steve Williams of Williams Roofing for doing the Royal Fan Pill Draw,” said Brent Kaeding with the King of the West Series. “Steve has been a great supporter out here for a long time. The Royal Fan Draw adds a nice twist into the night and we’re excited to have it take place during the events in which the King of the West Series is part of the Double Down weekends. The whole season is shaping up great and those Double Down weekends are gaining a lot of momentum. We can’t wait to get the season started and hope all the fans & teams are geared up for what is going to be a fun season.”

Williams Roofing, Inc. is a family owned full service roofing contractor serving the San Francisco Bay Area with generations of experience. From roof inspections and repairs to new roof installation and roof replacement of virtually every type of residential and commercial roofs and gutters, their prompt and friendly service, onsite owner and exceptional workmanship guarantees their clients are receiving the best roof possible.

Their roofing service is designed to provide your home with a quality roof that you will enjoy for years to come. Whether you are looking for a composition, tile, build-up/tar & gravel, foam, slate or wood shake roof you can be assured Williams Roofing, Inc. has the expertise to provide you with a customized solution, helping you select just the right roofing type to fit your budget. For more info on Williams Roofing please log onto their website http://www.williamsroofing.net/index.html

Williams Roofing Royal Fan Pill Draw Nights

Saturday May 2: Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA Saturday May 9: Petaluma Speedway Saturday June 13: Stockton Dirt Track Friday June 26: Pombo/Sargent Classic Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA Saturday June 27: Wine Country Classic Calistoga Speedway Saturday July 11: Howard Kaeding Classic Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA Saturday July 25: Peter Murphy Classic Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA Saturday October 10: KRC Safety Fall Shootout Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA

Prentice Motorsports Group is presenting the Double Down Bonus Weekend on nine occasions in 2015. All nine showcase the Ocean Speedway on Friday, while seven of the Saturday’s include KWS and a pair feature the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster. Should a driver win the race at Ocean Speedway on Friday night of those weekends, they will have an additional $3,000 bonus on the line if they can win the following night’s King of the West or Civil War Sprint Car Series event. More info on PMG can be found online at http://racepmg.com/

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will open the season in a special event co-sanctioned with the World of Outlaws at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13 & 14. Tickets are on sale for the double header that also features the USAC West Coast Wingless 360 Sprints each night. Contact (559) 688-0909 to reserve your seats.

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

 

 

Flowmaster Returns as Civil War Series Presenting Sponsor

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- After a very successful 2014 season overseeing the Civil War Series, the Prentice Motorsports Group is extremely excited to announce that an agreement has been put in place for Flowmaster to return as the series’ presenting sponsor for the 2015 season.

“We are all very pleased to work with a great company like Flowmaster,” PMG President, John Prentice said. “We built a great partnership with them in 2014, and we are well on our way to another great season with them in our corner in 2015. It has been a pleasure to work with their new Director of Marketing, Dale Dotson, and I know our entire Civil War Series staff is excited for our first race.”

Coming off of an extremely competitive Civil War Sprint Car Series Presented by Flowmaster campaign in 2014, one that saw a first time series champion in Shane Golobic, as well as only one repeat winner, 2015 marks the series’ 25th year of existence.

With 14 races slated for 2015, race one is just over a month away as the series invades the revamped Marysville Raceway on Friday, March 20th. New in 2015 will be the series’ first ever visit to the Thunderbowl in Tulare, CA (April, 25th), and returning to the schedule after a brief hiatus is the scenic Calistoga Speedway (April 11th).

Along with the Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster kicking off it’s 25th season, the Prentice Motorsports Group is excited to also have the King of the West Series in their 30th season, the Ocean Sprints Presented by Taco Bravo in their 7th season, the Wingless Sprint Car Series Presented by Joe Hunt in their 6th season, as well as promote the Ocean Speedway for their 10th season.

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:

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.

 

 

Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway kicks off 2015 season with first ever World of Outlaws & King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series co-sanctioned event March 13 & 14

By Gary Thomas

Tulare, CA – February 2, 2015…It’s become an annual tradition to open the season at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series invading the one-third mile clay oval. This year’s version of the weekend however, adds even more excitement, as the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will co-sanction each night with the “Greatest Show on Dirt” on Friday & Saturday March 13 & 14.

This coming season is the 12th overall year that Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway will host the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The inaugural event occurred in September of 2003 when 20-time series champion Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Indiana scored the victory over Aliquippa, Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer and local favorite Jason Meyers from Clovis, CA. In five of the past six years there has been at least one California native who has tasted victory with the World of Outlaws in Tulare.

The double header last season saw Rutherford, CA’s Rico Abreu race to his first career World of Outlaws victory during the final night. The always hard charging driver also claimed a trio of wins with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series during the year, including triumphs at the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial in Chico, the Wine Country Classic at Calistoga Speedway and the Gold Country Shootout in Placerville.

The WOO win was Abreu’s fourth career victory at the Thunderbowl, which is also the track he earned his first ever KWS triumph at in 2012. The now 23-year-old will be in action both nights on March 13 & 14 in Tulare.

One of the more accomplished World of Outlaws drivers at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway happens to be Brownsburg, Indiana’s Joey Saldana, who will return to the track aboard his Motter Motorsports No. 71m Sprint Car. The veteran competitor has claimed four WOO features at the Tulare based facility, which ranks as the most of any driver. Saldana last season raced to seven World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series wins and ended the campaign fifth in the final standings.

The King of the West 410 Series competed in four events last season at Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway, with wins picked off by Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, Chico’s Kyle Hirst & Jonathan Allard, as well as Australian James McFadden. In addition to March 13 & 14, KWS will be in action three more times at the one-third mile clay oval this season. Those events include the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial on May 16, the Peter Murphy Classic on July 25 and the KRC Safety Fall Shootout on October 10. The March weekend awards KWS drivers & teams show up points, with the first full-point event taking place in Placerville on April 4.

The upcoming season marks the 30th anniversary since the Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series came into existence. 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. Along with the Tulare weekend, the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will also be co-sanctioning the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series double header at the Calistoga Speedway on Saturday & Sunday April 11 & 12.

“It’s going to be a big year for the King of the West Series, and co-sanctioning the races at Tulare & Calistoga with the World of Outlaws certainly increases the growing competition between the King of the West racers and the Outlaws,” said John Prentice of KWS & Prentice Motorsports Group. “Our drivers & teams in California have performed great the last handful of years when the World of Outlaws have come to town, so partnering up is a big deal. We hope all the fans that come to Tulare in March will see just how much talent we have on the local level and will return to the track when we are there during the rest of the season.”

Also competing both nights at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl in March will be the Wingless Sprints of the USAC West Coast 360 Series. The action last season at Thunderbowl Raceway was dominated by Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, who captured multiple main events at the track. Bernal is expected to pull double duty in March competing with both classes. The Saturday finale will also see the new Western RaceSaver Sprints make their debut. In total the RaceSaver Sprint Car Series will compete in Tulare seven times throughout the season.

Tickets for the March 13 & 14 double header are available by contacting the box office at 559-688-0909. All seating is reserved for the weekend with Bleacher tickets being $40 and Grandstands being $45. More info and a seating chart can be found online at www.thunderbowlraceway.com

“We’re really excited about the March weekend to open the season at Thunderbowl Raceway,” said promoter Steve Faria. “Adding the King of the West Series with the World of Outlaws should guarantee one of the best fields of Winged 410 Sprint Cars we’ve ever seen here. Having the USAC West Coast Wingless 360’s both nights will be great as well. Fans will truly have the best of both worlds each night, so I can’t think of a better way to kick-off the year. The number of quality teams we’ll have in the pit area is going to be pretty special and we can’t wait to see it.”

Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds on the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. From the junction of SR 99 and SR 137, go west on SR 137. At South K go south one-half mile to the Fairgrounds. Camping is also available at the fairgrounds located off turns three and four.

Information on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series can be found online at www.woosprint.com and info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.kwssprints.com

 

 

King of the West Series & California drivers/teams look for success during inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Somerton, Arizona – December 26, 2014…In just one week’s time the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at the Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Arizona goes green. The much anticipated & marquee Winged 410 Sprint Car event takes place on January 2 & 3, January 6 and January 9 & 10, with the four weekend shows paying $12,000-to-win & $1,000-to-start, while the Tuesday event is $5,000-to-win & $400-to-start.

Various King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series competitor’s expected include Sacramento’s Willie Croft & Tri-C Motorsports, Hanford’s DJ Netto and Fresno’s Craig Stidham. Princeton’s Mason Moore, who made 10 KWS starts last year, is also entered.

Croft is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, which saw him put together an impressive string of consistency throughout the campaign. Highlights included a KWS victory in May at the Petaluma Speedway and his biggest ever triumph in October when he claimed the $20,000 Trophy Cup at Thunderbowl Raceway. At the Winter Heat Showdown he will be at the helm of the Tri-C Machine, while normal driver Jonathan Allard is in New Zealand. In November at Cocopah Croft scored finishes of fourth & seventh with the ASCS National Tour in the 3c mount.

Netto was last year’s King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year and earned a career best series finish of second at the Pombo/Sargent Classic in June at Kings Speedway. Stidham is a past winner of the Trophy Cup & finished fourth in points with KWS in 2013. Moore found success at Cocopah Speedway this past November with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour & looks to do the same in the 410 at the Winter Heat Showdown. California based Roth Motorsports & Silva Motorsports will also field cars for Watertown, Connecticut’s David Gravel & Hartford, Ohio’s Dale Blaney respectively.

2010 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion & this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson from Elk Grove will also compete aboard the Larson Marks Racing No. 2 Sprinter. It will be his first Winged Sprint Car start since winning the 2013 Trophy Cup at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway. The 22-year-old ranks 16th on the all-time KWS win list, sitting in a tie with Jimmy Sills, Greg Decaires and Randy Hannagan with seven wins to his credit. Larson drove the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates No. 42 Target Chevy to eight top-five finishes & 17 top ten’s this past season in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition.

Approximately 50 competitors are expected to tackle the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown including 20-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion Steve Kinser; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne; Nashville, Tennessee resident & California native Paul McMahan; Brownsburg, Indiana’s Joey Saldana; Grain Valley, Missouri’s Brian Brown; 2001 World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski; Norman, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell; Elk River, Minnesota’s Craig Dollanksy; Eunice, Louisiana’s Jason Johnson; Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Stevie Smith and many more.

The nightly format will be similar to what is seen at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals each January, with heats & qualifying races to determine main lineups. Drivers will start each night by drawing a random pill, which will determine the lineups for the heat races. Passing points will be calculated based on the results of the heats. The qualifying races will then have an inversion, which will be based on car count. The combined points earned through the heat races and qualifiers will then determine the feature lineups.

A $10,000 point fund will be split among the top-five point earners for the week thanks to support from Cometic Gasket, JE Pistons and K1 Technologies. The champion will receive a $4,000 bonus with drivers finishing second through fifth each earning $1,500. A driver will earn points throughout heat races, qualifying races and main events during the five events. A competitor must attempt to race in all five Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown races to be eligible for the point fund.

SPEED SPORT Productions will be broadcasting a live Pay-Per-View video of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown. Visit http://www.SPEEDSPORT.TV/live for more information. A daily schedule of events for the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown can be seen at http://www.cocopahspeedway.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Winter-Heat-Daily-Schedule1.pdf & tickets can be purchased at https://secure.pivotalracing.com/venues/cocopah-speedway

The Cocopah Speedway is a blazing fast semi-banked three-eighths mile clay oval and has a large 4000 seat capacity concrete grandstand area, with great views of the entire race track. Great speedway concessions, a large pit area with racer store and plenty of spectator parking can be found at the facility. The Cocopah Indian Tribe purchased the speedway, formerly the Yuma Speedway complex, in June of 2005. For more information visit http://www.CocopahSpeedway.com

Down Under Watch- An abundance of King of the West 410 Series champions are presently down under competing in both Australia and New Zealand. Two-time & reigning KWS champ Kyle Hirst is just getting his Enzed World Series Sprint Car title-march underway, while Brent & Tim Kaeding are just beginning their tour of Australia. Jonathan Allard continues his campaign at the Western Springs Speedway in New Zealand, where he ended up finishing fifth last night. During that same event at Springs Speedway Rutherford, CA’s Rico Abreu scored the Midget victory during Round one of the International Midget Series. Round two is tonight.

Hirst kicked-off the WSS season at Speedway City last night by qualifying fourth quickest out of 40-cars & then brought home a strong runner up finish. He’ll be back at it tonight for Round two at Murray Bridge Speedway. Brent Kaeding also had a successful outing on December 26 at Archerfield Speedway, timing-in seventh out of 32-cars, before capping the night with a fourth place finish, in an event won by Donny Schatz. BK runs once again tonight at the same venue. At Valvoline Raceway last night Grass Valley, CA’s Brad Sweet raced to victory in the 35th Australian Grand Prix, while Tim Kaeding finished 12th in the 54-car field. Both return tonight to the same track.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series opens 2015 with a co-sanctioned event at the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. The two-night show on March 13 & 14 will award KWS teams show-up points & offers other incentives to be announced in the near future. Tickets are on sale by calling the Thunderbowl Raceway box office at 559-688-0909. Following that double header, the first full-point show then takes place on Saturday April 4 at Placerville Speedway’s Gold Country Shootout.

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

 

 

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

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 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

33-cars

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

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 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

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

 

 

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
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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

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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:

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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/

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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/

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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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You will find rod ends and spherical bearings made from mild steel, chromemoly/alloy steel, aluminum, and stainless. Special care is taken during every step of the manufacturing process to insure you the highest quality products. With almost 10,000 combinations of rod ends and spherical bearings available, you will appreciate the effort goes into filling each order. Within our state-of-the-art facility, we carefully craft our products, so we are able to say, "Yes, it's in stock" when you call.

More information can be found at http://www.fkrodends.com/index.html

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

22-cars

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

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

 

 

 

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-

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

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

 


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