SPEED SPORT Staff


Next yr’s King of the West dash automobile calendar options 20 races. (Devin Mayo photograph)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Northern Auto Racing Club has rolled out the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series schedule for subsequent yr, that includes 20 races at 10 completely different grime tracks all through California.

The sequence, which can function Fujitsu General because the title sponsor, is backloaded to the second half of the yr in hopes of escaping the COVID-19 pandemic, which has crippled grassroots racing operations within the Golden State.

Only a handful racing occasions are scheduled through the first six months of the yr.

The newly-configured Stockton Dirt Track is slated to carry the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett season opener on March 20. The monitor may even host the Tribute to Gary Patterson sequence finale on Nov. 6.

The centerpiece of the King of the West slate would be the Fastest Five Days in Motorsports.

The five-race blitz kicks off at Placerville Speedway on Wednesday, Aug. 25 and continues on to Merced Speedway, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, the Stockton Dirt Track and Petaluma Speedway on consecutive nights.

“We are anxious to get back to business,” stated sequence common supervisor Jim Allen. “We only had four events in 2020 and everybody is hoping for a return to normalcy in the very near future. We feel we have a solid racing schedule on tap which will prompt race fans to get re-engaged with dirt track racing as we recover from this pandemic.”

The month of May will function the profitable $11,000-to-win Peter Murphy Classic at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway on May 15.

Per week later, the touring sequence will invade Petaluma for the primary of three races on the Salute to First Responders, which pays tribute to the entire native heroes which have battled wildfires within the wine nation.

June will function the primary of a trio of two-race weekends, with a brief monitor doubleheader at a pair of action-packed quarter mile ovals.

Ocean Speedway will host the thirty third Annual Pombo-Sargent Classic on June 11, adopted by the thirtieth Dave Bradway Jr. Race at Placerville Speedway on June 12.

This marks a venue change for the Bradway occasion, which had a strong basis at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico all through its existence. Chico will not be on the NARC-KWS schedule subsequent season.

Ocean Speedway will likely be showcasing the ever in style Howard Kaeding Classic on July 17.

Santa Maria Raceway contains a pair of spots on the brand new calendar. The first Winged Madness occasion will happen on July 24 and can embrace a fan-favorite wheelie contest.

The Sept. twenty fifth winged insanity version may even dish up a pit crew competitors.

Calistoga Speedway will lastly be again in motion after being sidelined by fairgrounds lease negotiations and the coronavirus for what would be the previous two years.

The final occasion held on the facility occurred in September of 2019, however on Sept. 4-5, the historic half-mile oval is scheduled to host the Louie Vermeil Classic, that includes each the winged King of the West 410’s and the USAC-CRA non-winged dash vehicles.

There is a risk that the monitor will attempt to schedule further occasions later within the yr.

October guarantees to be a profitable month, headlined by the $30,000 Morrie Williams Legends Tribute, which contains a pair of twin-20 predominant occasions.

The first predominant will likely be lined up straight-up by qualifying instances and the second fully inverted primarily based on the end of the primary.

The month may even embrace the $21,000-to-win Tom Tarlton Classic on Oct. 29, which is predicted to attract a few of the greatest driving expertise from across the nation.

The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park will host its solely occasion on the schedule on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Hanford, Calif., driver DJ Netto is the reigning NARC King of the West Fujitsu Sprint Car Series champion, taking the newest crown in 2019.

A champion was not topped in 2020 as a result of total lack of occasions.

2021 NARC King of the West Fujitsu Sprint Car Series Schedule

March 20 – Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, Calif.
May 15 – Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, Calif.
May 22 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, Calif.
June 11 – Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, Calif.
June 12 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, Calif. (with SCCT)
July 10 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, Calif.
July 17 – Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, Calif.
July 24 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, Calif.
Aug. 25 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, Calif.
Aug. 26 – Merced Raceway – Merced, Calif.
Aug. 27 – Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, Calif.
Aug. 28 – Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, Calif.
Aug. 29 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, Calif.
Sept. 4 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, Calif. (with USAC-CRA)
Sept. 5 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, Calif. (with USAC-CRA)
Sept. 25 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, Calif.
Oct. 9 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, Calif.
Oct. 29 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, Calif.
Oct. 30 – The Dirt Track at Kern County – Bakersfield, Calif.
Nov. 6 – Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, Calif. (with SCCT)