(October 29, 2019) Jim Allen, Sacramento, CA … This is it. No second chances. May the best man win. That is exactly the scenario for at least two, and possibly three King of the West by NARC Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series drivers when they square off for the championship on Saturday, November 2nd at the Stockton Dirt Track’s Tribute to Gary Patterson.
For the first time in in the organizations 60-year history, two drivers – DJ Netto of Hanford and Campbell’s Bud Kaeding – enter the final race of the season tied for the point lead; with another driver (Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi) lurking just seven points back. It truly is an open wheel battle for the ages in an exciting racing program that also features the 360 sprint cars of the Sprint Car Challenge Tour.
On the surface, all three drivers project the appearance of being calm, cool and collected in regards to chasing the title. Each says that all they want to do is win the feature event on Saturday. However, the undercurrent is much stronger and portrays a different message. Each driver knows they have a shot at sprint car history by capturing the coveted King of the West-NARC crown and are keeping their game face on in hopes that the competition flinches or makes a mistake.
The three contenders have taken different routes to get to this point:
- DJ Netto has been the model of consistency all season long. He has posted 16 top ten finishes in 18 events this season. Surprisingly, he has yet to pull off a victory, but has led the standings for all but three races this season due to his top finishes.
- Bud Kaeding is the series 2017 champion. He is the perpetual points chaser and has racked up eight top ten finishes during the past 10 events. His three consecutive runner-up finishes in the last three races has moved him to the top spot tie for the first time this season.
- Dominic Scelzi has been the most prolific winner this season, scoring five victories at four different tracks. Those wins helped offset some “off” nights earlier this season. In the meantime, he has methodically worked his way back into the title hunt.
While the top three battle for a title, everybody else is looking to play the role of spoiler by running away with the healthy winners paycheck on Saturday. To date, 10 different drivers have scored victories in the ultra-competitive traveling series. Other winners who will be looking to score again include Rutherford’s Rico Abreu; Atwater’s Sean Watts; Chase Johnson of Penngrove; and Roseville’s Colby Copeland.
Other top contenders expected to compete are Elk Grove’s Shane Golobic; Roseville’s Willie Croft; Ryan Bernal from Hollister; Geoff Ensign of Sebastopol; Nathan Rolfe of Atwater; Chico’s Kenny Allen; Mitchell Faccinto of Hanford; Grass Valley’s Jason Statler and many more!
Front gates open at 3:00 p.m. Qualifying will get underway around 5:00 p.m. and racing starts at 6:00 p.m. There will also be a special Champions autograph session taking place near victory lane between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, CA. The address is 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For more information, call 209-466-9999, or go to www.stocktondirttrack.com or NARC410.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 3 – Championship Awards Celebration – Brookside Country Club – 11:30 a.m.
2019 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
King of the West-NARC Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series (10/30/19)
After 18 events in the 19-race series
- DJ Netto, Hanford – 2004
- Bud Kaeding, Campbell (2) – 2004
- Dominic Scelzi, Fresno (5) – 1997
- Willie Croft, Roseville – 1979
- Ryan Bernal, Hollister (R) – 1957
- Geoff Ensign, Sebastopol (R) – 1909
- Nathan Rolfe, Atwater – 1845
- Sean Watts, Atwater (1) – 1826
- Kenny Allen, Chico – 1778
- Chase Johnson, Penngrove (1) – 1739
- Mitchell Faccinto, Hanford – 1548
- Colby Copeland, Roseville (1) – 1419
- Jason Statler, Grass Valley – 1329
- Shane Golobic, Elk Grove – 1326
- Tim Estenson, Fargo ND (R) – 1092
- Jenna Frazier, Sacramento – 1078
- Matt DeMartini, Oakley (R) – 950
- Rico Abreu, Rutherford (3) – 913
- Mark Barroso, Merced – 789
- Jonathan Allard, Tracy – 712
Other Winners: Tim Kaeding (2), Justin Sanders, Aromas (2), Cory Eliason (1), Kyle Larson, Elk Grove (1).