NARC NEWSLINE, News, Notes & Quotes from the KWS-Northern Auto Racing Club Sprint Cars, (3/25/17) … By Jim Allen –

Let’s address the elephant in the room and ask the big question … will the 2017 King of the West Northern Auto Racing Club sprint car schedule finally get underway?  The much hyped March 4th series opener featured more anticipation than a five-year old has on Christmas Eve.  Unfortunately, when all was said and done, Mother Nature had the final word at the our Chico Mini-Gold Cup opener. To make things worse, the weather in Chico was sunny until about 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, which meant that all of our teams endured the travel expenses of rolling North before making a U-turn around 3:30 p.m.

Now off the record, the rain out was probably a good thing for the KWS-Northern Auto Racing Club rebrand from a marketing standpoint.  Pretty much everything has been a mad scramble since our February 12th Competition Meeting in Fresno – but in a good way.  To put that in perspective, the new website went live shortly before Kyle Hirst took the checkered on Friday’s Mini-Gold Cup regular season opener.  We thank for burning the midnight oil and getting this first-class site up and running in less than two weeks.  By the way, if you haven’t checked out … what are you waiting for?  We built it for you – and we are literally updating it daily.

Our official concessionaire, Jim Gardner of Bullet Impressions, also breathed a huge sigh of relief with the rain out.  It allowed him to press forward with several new KWS-NARC apparel designs.  For all of those of you who have already inquired about getting your hands on a new T-shirt design, Jim promises that it will be worth the wait.  You’ll have to make the trip to Kern County Raceway Park on April 8th to get yours.

DAVE BRADWAY JR. MEMORIAL RACE:  Dianne Durica is again spearheading the sponsorship efforts for the May 6th Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial race.  Through her efforts, this is the richest one-day event on the King of the West/NARC schedule.  The 40-lap A-Main features $4,000 in total lap money that pays the top three on any given lap.  Plus there are huge payoffs for B-Main, Hard charger, Fast Time, and Trophy Dash winner.  The race is less than 50 days away so give Dianne a call at 916-988-5958 or email at

NARC BENEVOLENT FUND:  We are getting several emails from fans that want to contribute to the NARC Benevolent Fund.  If you would like to donate to the fund we hope we never have to use, make your donation to the NARC Benevolent Fund and mail it to: C/O Kaeding Performance Center. 813 Cristich Lane, Campbell, CA 95008.  You will receive your tax deductable letter in the mail shortly thereafter.

SERIES SPONSOR:  Expect some news regarding a new series sponsor for the King of the West/NARC series.  That’s all I can tell you right now – or I’d have to kill you.

HOW MANY WINNERS:  Last year’s KWS feature events winners were Kyle Hirst (6), Bud Kaeding (5), Shane Golobic (3), Cory Eliason (2), and Justin Sanders, Rico Abreu, Willie Croft, and Tim Kaeding with one each.  That makes eight.  I can easily see that number reaching 10 or 12 even in a shortened 17 race season.  Plan on throwing in Chase Johnson, Justyn Cox, DJ Netto, Colby Copeland and a few others into the victory lane mix.  This group is scary fast.

NARC NOTES:  Special thanks to Adam Ulrey, who has become the resident historian of sprint car racing on the West Coast.  His website has been extremely helpful while rebuilding the NARC history books. … Dennis Gage and ace PR man Troy Hennig did an excellent job with their Silver Dollar Speedway season kick-off luncheon on the Thursday before the Mini-Gold Cup.  Mike Andreetta represented the new KWS-NARC series. … Special kudos go out to Andy Forsberg who had his car on display for the local press at the luncheon.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a 360 or a 410, it’s good for sprint car racing as a whole. …  Grass Valley’s Jason Statler listed on his driver profile that the car he always wanted to drive was a midget.  The only way that is going to happen is if we remove the motor so he has someplace to put his legs.  If you can believe this, Jason started his career in Micro-Midgets in 1986. …   Car owner Shawn Thomas has also put his name in the hat for a position on the NARC Advisory Board.  He joins Kyle Hirst, Hanford promoter Bubby Morse, and Bud Kaeding, on the short list.  Several others have said they are considering the position.  … The 2017 KWS-NARC contingency award package is worth in excess of $30,000 to competitors this season – plus a ton of free product that will be given away at the year-end championship banquet. … Keep up with us on Instagram at NARC410 and Twitter at NARC410 … We’ve got two Facebook pages.  The first one is our NARC history page at NARC SPRINT CARS.  The other is more for current events at King of the West by NARC. … Here’s a question for you.  Would you rather race for a larger weekly purse, or a larger year-end point fund?  I know the answer is BOTH, but if you had to choose one, which one would it be?

Coming to you live from Anaheim Hills, CA … looking forward to moving back to Northern California within the next 30-days.  See ya!