(4/17/18) Sacramento, CA … The high-powered 950-horsepower open wheel sprint cars of the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Racing Series are headed for an important championship doubleheader points race weekend. On Friday, April 20th, the club will do battle on the one-quarter mile Ocean Speedway in Watsonville. The following night, Saturday, April 21st, the King of the West-NARC series will invade the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare for the Spring Nationals.
Leading California’s best sprint car drivers to both tracks will be Elk Grove’s Shane Golobic, who won the season opener at Kern County Raceway Park on April 8th. He is driving for the Fresno-based Tarlton Motorsports team in his quest for his first King of the West-NARC crown.
As a result of his impressive victory, Golobic leads the KWS-NARC championship point standings for the first time in his career. He currently holds a narrow 95-91 point margin over three-time series titlist Kyle Hirst of Paradise, CA.
“These double-race weekends can be your best friend or worst enemy depending on your luck,” said Hirst, a winner of 24-career series victories. “And with so many top quality teams chasing the King of the West-NARC title, it’s important to start the season strong and stay in the hunt. It would be huge to walk away with a pair of wins at this point in the season.”
In addition to victory lane glory, teams are looking to pocket the lion’s share of more than $37,000 up for grabs in prize money.
Other top contenders include defending champion Bud Kaeding of Campbell; Penngrove’s Chase Johnson; the Scelzi brothers of Fresno – Dominic and Gio; Nevada driver Tanner Thorson; Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto and DJ Netto; Grass Valley’s Jason Statler; Bobby McMahan of Elk Grove; Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Jarrett Soares of Discovery Bay and many more.
The King of the West-NARC racing format includes qualifying, heat-races, a trophy dash, and the 30-lap Fujitsu/Hoosier sponsored headliner.
Ocean Speedway is located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds on 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville. Pit gates open at 2:00 p.m. Front gates open at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying starts at 6:00 p.m. This program also includes IMCA SportMods, American Stocks and Dwarf Cars. For additional info, go to www.racepmg.com/oceanspeedway
The Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Fairgrounds in Tulare. Pit Gates open at 2:00 p.m. Front gates open at 4:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 6:00 p.m. The Civil War Sprint Car Series will also be on the racing card. For more information, go to www.thunderbowlraceway.com
2018 KWS-NARC FUJITSU SERIES POINT STANDINGS
(After one event in 16-race Series – 04/17/18)
- Shane Golobic, Fremont (1) 95
- Kyle Hirst, Paradise 91
- Dominic Scelzi, Fresno 90
- Willie Croft, Roseville 89
- Tanner Thorsen, Minden, NV 86
- Mitchell Faccinto, Hanford 86
- Bud Kaeding, Campbell 84
- Gio Scelzi, Fresno 83
- Chase Johnson, Penngrove 82
- Jason Statler, Grass Valley 81
- DJ Netto, Hanford 80
- Dustin Golobic, Fremont ® 79
- Tommy Tarlton, Fresno 78
- Colby Copeland, Roseville 77
- Jeremy Chisum, Salinas 76
The King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Racing Series is also sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tires. Associate and contingency award sponsors include ATL Racing Cells, Automotive Racing Products (ARP), Autometer, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butler Built, FK Rod Ends, Flowmaster, Hooker Harness, Johnstone Supply, Kaeding Performance Center, KSE Racing Products, Maxim, PAC Racing Springs, PSC Industrial Services, Pyrotect, Racing Optics, Safecraft Safety Equipment, Saldana Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, SCI Racing Products, Swift Metal Finishing, Sunnyvalley Bacon, System 1 Ignition, Ultra Light Brakes, Weld Racing Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Williams Roofing, Winters Performance Products and Willie Croft Racing.
May 5th – Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, CA – Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial
May 19th – Thunderbowl Raceway, Tulare, CA – Peter Murphy Classic
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