(October 8, 2019) Jim Allen, Sacramento, CA … The King of the West-NARC 410 Fujitsu Sprint Car Series will bring their high-stakes championship battle to Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, this Saturday, October 12th, for the highly-anticipated 34th annual Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic. This program will also feature the Sprint Car Challenge Tour 360’s, in a full show that promises to deliver plenty of exciting open wheel racing action.
With only two-races remaining in the 60th Anniversary King of the West-NARC season, all eyes will be focused on local driver DJ Netto, who is the series championship points leader. Netto, who has scored three career series wins, is still looking to make his first victory lane appearance of 2019. However, he has maintained his slim point lead (1894-1890) over 2017 champion Bud Kaeding of Campbell by being a model of consistency. He has scored 15 top ten finishes and managed to stay out of trouble all season, which is the key to winning a title.
To date, the series has already produced nine different winners, led by one of the hottest drivers in California: Dominic Scelzi of Fresno. Scelzi has captured two of the past three events, and five total this season, including a dominating performance at Kern County Raceway Park Saturday night. Scelzi has now moved to within eight points of Netto in the standings.
To put the pressure-packed battle into perspective, the points margin between Netto and Scelzi is the difference between winning and finishing seventh in the 30-lap main event. In addition, there are qualifying points up for grabs.
While the top teams continue their championship quest, all of the other competitors are basically delegated the role of playing spoiler. Among them is another Hanford driver, Mitchell Faccinto, who has claimed the past two Cotton Classic events. Ironically, those are the only two King of the West by NARC career wins on Faccinto’s racing resume.
“We run good there because we have a lot of laps at that track throughout the years,” explains Faccinto. “I think it helps in knowing how the track will change throughout the night and in the main event.”
What are the chances of making it three-in-a-row? “We just have to qualify good and get into the dash,” continued Faccinto, “which means a lot with this (racing) format. After that it’ll just come down to making good decisions. We have the speed to go three in a row.”
Others top contenders will include Rutherford’s Rico Abreu; Cory Eliason of Visalia; Willie Croft and Colby Copeland of Roseville; Hollisters Ryan Bernal; Geoff Ensign of Sebastopol; Penngrove’s Chase Johnson; Nathan Rolfe and Sean Watts of Atwater; Elk Grove’s Shane Golobic; Jason Statler of Grass Valley; Woodland’s Gary Paulson and many others.
The King of the West by NARC Fujitsu Racing Series racing program will feature qualifying, three 10-lap heat races, a six-lap dash, and the 30-lap main event.
Pit gates open at 1:00 p.m. From gates open at 4:00 p.m. with racing set to get underway at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased by going to racekingsspeedway.com.
The King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Racing Series is also sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tires. Associate and product award sponsors include ATL Racing Cells, Automotive Racing Products (ARP), Autometer, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt, FK Rod Ends, Hooker Harness, Johnstone Supply, Kaeding Performance Center, KSE Racing Products, Maxim, PAC Racing Springs, 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, and Winters Performance Products.
November 2 – Stockton Dirt Track w/SCCT
November 3 – Championship Awards Brunch – Brookside Country Club – Tickets are on sale now – 714-397-7417 or info@NARC410.com
2019 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
King of the West-NARC Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series (10/8/19)
After 17 events in the 19-race series
- DJ Netto, Hanford – 1894
- Bud Kaeding, Campbell (2) – 1890
- Dominic Scelzi, Fresno (5) – 1886
- Willie Croft, Roseville – 1868
- Ryan Bernal, Hollister (R) – 1848
- Geoff Ensign, Sebastopol (R) – 1802
- Nathan Rolfe, Atwater – 1743
- Sean Watts, Atwater (1) – 1723
- Kenny Allen, Chico – 1677
- Chase Johnson, Penngrove (1) – 1627
- Mitchell Faccinto, Hanford – 1442
- Shane Golobic, Elk Grove – 1326
- Colby Copeland, Roseville (1) – 1313
- Jason Statler, Grass Valley – 1233
- Tim Estenson, Fargo ND (R) – 1092
- Jenna Frazier, Sacramento – 1078
- Matt DeMartini, Oakley (R) – 950
- Rico Abreu, Rutherford (2) – 794
- Jonathan Allard, Tracy – 712
- Mark Barroso, Merced – 692
Other Winners: Tim Kaeding (2), Justin Sanders, Aromas (2), Kyle Larson, Elk Grove (1).