KWS-NARC 410 Sprint Cars converge at Antioch Speedway Saturday
KWS-NARC SPRINT CARS SET TO INVADE ANTIOCH SPEEDWAY ON SATURDAY
By Jim Allen
(5/28/17) Antioch, CA … Antioch Speedway is set to host the high-powered broadsliding open wheel sprint cars of the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Racing Series this Saturday, June 3rd.
This marks the first of only two visits to the action-packed quarter-mile oval this season. It is also the sixth event in the ultra-competitive 17-stop King of the West-NARC series.
To date, the tour has produced five different winners in as many races including current championship point leader Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Cory Eliason of Selma, Rico Abreu of St. Helena, Fresno’s Gio Scelzi, and defending series champion Kyle Hirst of Paradise.
Hirst, a three-time series titlist who captured six events in 2016, finally earned his spot in victory lane on May 20th at Tulare. He admits he was getting frustrated by how long it took to score his first victory of the season.
“It’s getting harder and harder to win a King of the West NARC race,” explained Hirst. “It appears that everyone has stepped up their game and it’s getting tougher to gain any kind of competitive advantage. All of the teams and drivers are extremely prepared.”
The Antioch racing program includes qualifying, three heat races, the Hoosier Tires Dash, and is capped off by the 30-lap Fujitsu Racing Series feature event headliner.
“There are at least ten different drivers who can win on any given night,” continued Hirst, “and that doesn’t include any potential upsets. It all comes down to being more consistent than everyone else and that is a lot easier said than done. That means securing a great qualifying time, being aggressive in the heat race, finishing well in the dash, and staying out of trouble in the main. A little luck doesn’t hurt either.”
Also expected to compete Saturday is DJ Netto and Mitchell Faccinto of Hanford; Penngrove drivers Michael Kofoid and Chase Johnson; Willie Croft of Sacramento; Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan; Jarrett Soares of Discovery Bay and Fremont’s Shane Golobic.
Pit gates open at 2:00 p.m. Front gates open at 5:00 p.m. Also on the racing card is the Hobby Stock division.
Antioch Speedway is located at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch, CA. For more information, call 925-779-9220.
2017 KWS-NARC FUJITSU SERIES POINT STANDINGS
(After five events in 17-race Series)
1. Bud Kaeding, Campbell (1) – 294
2. Cory Eliason, Selma (1) – 281
3. Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno (1) – 277
4. DJ Netto, Hanford – 274
5. Michael Kofoid, Penngrove – 265
6. Kyle Hirst, Paradise (1) – 263
7. Willie Croft, Sacramento – 236
8. Carson Macedo, Lemoore – 230
9. Jarrett Soares, Discovery Bay – 226
10. Bobby McMahan, Elk Grove – 223
11. Mitchell Faccinto, Hanford – 219
12. Shane Golobic, Fremont – 215
13. Sean Watts, Atwater – 210
14. Nathan Rolfe, Atwater – 197
15. Sean Becker, Roseville 196
16. Dominic Scelzi, Fresno – 195
17. Craig Stidham, Fresno – 146
18. Chase Johnson, Penngrove – 143
19. Brent Kaeding, Campbell – 139
20. Jason Statler, Grass Valley – 138
The King of the West Fujitsu Racing Series – presented by the Northern Auto Racing Club is co-sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tires. Contingency award sponsors include ATL Racing Cells, ARP Racing Bolts, BMRS, Butler Built, FK Rod Ends, Flowmaster, Fuel Safe Racing Cells, Kaeding Performance Center, KSE Racing Products, Maxim, PAC Racing Springs, Pyrotect, Racing Optics, Saldana Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, SCI Racing Products, System 1 Ignition, Ultra Light Brakes, Weld Racing Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Williams Roofing, and Winters Performance Products.
June 10 – Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway, Tulare, CA
June 17 – Petaluma Speedway, Petaluma, CA
June 23 – Ocean Speedway, Watsonville, CA
June 24 – Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA
Photo courtesy of Chucko’s Photos