(05/07/17) Jim Allen – Placerville, CA … The 900-horsepower open wheel sprint cars of the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Racing Series will be making their only appearance of the year at Placerville Speedway this Saturday, May 13th.
The ultra-competitive 17-race series has already produced three different winners in three events, including Selma’s Cory Eliason, Bud Kaeding of Campbell, and Rico Abreu of St. Helena. Abreu captured the May 6th KWS-NARC event in Chico.
Kaeding is the current championship point leader; maintaining a slim 176-170 lead over Eliason. Hanford’s DJ Netto and Lemoore’s Carson Macedo are also within easy striking distance with 169 and 168 points, respectively. Despite a stellar career, Kaeding has never laid claim to the King of the West crown, but has been runner-up several times.
Two 15-year old drivers are also making a name for themselves on the KWS-NARC tour this year. Gio Scelzi of Fresno and Penngrove’s Michael Kofoid are currently in the top 10 in points and have been producing consistent top 10 finishes.
In the age of children being brought up as single-sport athletes, this pair represents a new breed of young guns who have been competing in open wheel cars since the age of five or six years old. Most typically start out in go-karts and quarter-midgets and move through the open wheel ranks to micro-sprints, Outlaw Karts, and eventually sprint cars. By the time they get the opportunity to pilot a 900-horsepower, 410 cubic inch powered sprint car, most drive like their older and more experienced peers – and these two do exactly that!
Placerville’s quarter-mile clay oval bull ring promises to deliver a competitive night of racing as teams set their sights on the $3000 winner’s paycheck. The track is known for extremely competitive racing and many local teams feel they have an advantage because horsepower is not as big a factor on a smaller track. It all comes down to driving skill and car set-up.
The racing format includes qualifying, four heat races, a Hoosier Tires Dash, a 12-lap semi-main and the 30-lap feature event.
Pit Gates open at 2:00 p.m. Front gates open at 3:00 p.m., followed by qualifying at 6:00 p.m. Pure Stocks and Mini-Trucks are also on the racing card.
For more information on the King of the West Series, presented by the Northern Auto Racing Club, go to www.NARC410.com
Placerville Speedway is located at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Take US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit and go north on Placerville Drive to the fairgrounds. Additional information can be found at www.placervillespeedway.com or by calling 530-626-3680.
2017 KWS-NARC FUJITSU SERIES POINT STANDINGS
(AFTER THREE-EVENTS IN THE 17-RACE SERIES)
- Bud Kaeding, Campbell (1) – 176
- Cory Eliason, Selma (1) – 170
- DJ Netto, Hanford – 169
- Carson Macedo, Lemoore – 168
- Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno – 166
- Michael Kofoid, Penngrove – 162
- Kyle Hirst, Paradise – 142
- Jason Statler, Grass Valley – 138
- Sean Becker, Roseville – 137
- Jarrett Soares, Discovery Bay – 135
- Bobby McMahan, Elk Grove – 133
- Willie Croft, Sacramento – 133
- Sean Watts, Atwater – 122
- Mitchell Faccinto, Hanford – 109
- Scott Parker, Coaresgold – 109
- Rico Abreu, St. Helena – 108
- Nathan Rolfe, Atwater – 108
- Shane Golobic, Fremont – 104
- Dominic Scelzi, Fresno – 100
- Mason Moore, Chico – 97
May 20 – Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway, Tulare, CA
June 3 – Antioch Speedway, Antioch, CA
June 10 – Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway, Tulare, CA
June 17 – Petaluma Speedway, Petaluma, CA
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.