(October 25, 2021) Sacramento, CA … The final double-header of the 2021 NARC-King of the West Fujitsu Sprint Car campaign is slated for this weekend as the West Coast’s premier 410 series heads to Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway Friday October 29th then to the Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park the following night on October 30th.
Friday will mark the 18th event of the season while Saturday will be the penultimate series race with the finale slated for November 6th at Stockton Dirt Track.
Friday’s show at Keller Auto Speedway will be the Anthony Simone Classic and feature a hefty purse and a variety of unique twists in the format. The Fujitsu Feature will award $10,000 to the winner with the runner-up earning $3,500. The prize of $10,000 is to honor the late Anthony Simone who wheeled a No. 10 machine during his versatile career. (ED NOTE 10/25/21: Prize money revised.)
The Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Heat Races will be lined up straight up by qualifying times and be just five-laps in distance. The top-two finishers in each heat will transfer to the 10-car, 10-lap Sunnyvalley “Powered by Bacon” Dash. The lineup for the dash will be based on a complete inversion of the qualifying times from the 10 drivers who earned a spot.
After the 30-lap Fujitsu Feature, drivers will have the chance to compete in a 20-lap NARC sanctioned non-wing feature awarding $3,000 to the victor. This will be the first NARC non-winged feature since 1985.
Joining NARC-KWS at Hanford will be the USAC Western States Midgets and IMCA Stock Cars.
Saturday will be the highly anticipated return of NARC-King of the West to Kern County Raceway Park. The series hasn’t visited the Bakersfield bullring in more than two years since the October 5th, 2019 trip to KCRP. West Coast Sport Compacts will also be on the card at KCRP.
Two-time series champion, Tim Kaeding of San Jose, has been on a roll the past few months. His finishes of eighth and third two weeks ago in the Morrie Williams Memorial twin features gave him 11 straight top-10s, and the latter result marked his second podium in the last three races.
The current point leader, Dominic Scelzi, is coming off a 20th place result in the second Morrie Williams Memorial feature after winning the first. His win in the opener was his third series victory at Keller Auto Speedway, tied with Stockton for the most he owns at any one track. Scelzi is a two-time series winner at KCRP after sweeping the two appearances there in 2019.
Four-time series champion Kyle Hirst is still hunting his first series win of the year while competing on a part-time basis. Friday’s Anthony Simone Classic presents a good opportunity for Hirst to snag that win as he owns podium finishes at Hanford in half of his last dozen series starts there.
Hanford’s own DJ Netto continues to search for a hometown NARC win. Netto’s runner-up result from the opening feature of the Morrie Williams Memorial marked his third career NARC-KWS runner-up result at Keller Auto Speedway.
Other drivers expected to compete in one or both events this weekend include Roseville’s Sean Becker, Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Billy Aton of Benicia, Clovis driver Sean Watts, Austin McCarl or Iowa, Sebastopol’s Joel Myer’s Jr. and more.
There may also be a few surprise entries consisting of drivers who spend much of the year traveling the country to race.
For Friday at Hanford, the NARC-King of the West Hoosier Tire Format will feature ARP Fast Time Qualifying, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions 5-lap Heat Races, a 10-lap Sunnyvalley Bacon Trophy Dash, a Kaeding Performance Semi-main, the Fujitsu 30-lap Feature and the 20-lap wingless feature.
Saturday’s NARC-King of the West Hoosier Tire Format will feature ARP Fast Time Qualifying, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions 10-lap Heat Races, a 6-lap Sunnyvalley Bacon Trophy Dash and the Fujitsu 30-lap Feature.
Keller Auto Speedway’s gates will open at 4:00 P.M. on Friday with hot laps scheduled for 6:00 P.M. Adult general admission tickets are $20. Seniors, military (ID required) and juniors age 6-17 will be admitted for just $15. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at myracepass.com or by using the MyRacePass app.
Keller Auto Speedway is located at 801 South 10th Ave Hanford, CA 93230. For more information visit racekingsspeedway.com.
Tickets for Saturday’s event will be available at the gates. For more information regarding the Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park or the event on Saturday, visit kernraceway.com.
Kern County Raceway Park is located at 13500 Raceway Blvd Interstate 5 and Enos Lane Bakersfield, CA 93311.
Both nights of racing can be viewed live on floracing.com along with the entire NARC-King of the West Fujitsu Sprint Car schedule.
NARC King of the West Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series
Championship Points Standings (After 17 events in 20-race series 10/25/2021)
- Dominic Scelzi, Fresno – 1917
- Tim Kaeding, San Jose – 1845
- DJ Netto, Hanford – 1844
- Bud Kaeding, Campbell – 1830
- Sean Becker, Roseville – 1798
- Billy Aton, Benicia (R) – 1772
- Sean Watts, Clovis – 1723
- Justin Sanders, Aromas – 1621
- Shane Golobic, Elk Grove – 1446
- Mitchell Faccinto, Hanford – 1237
- Joel Myers Jr, Sebastopol (R) – 1234
- Geoffrey Strole, Hanford (R) – 1148
- Jessie Attard, Sydney, AUS (R) – 1092
- Mitchel Moles, Raisin City – 1010
- Willie Croft, Colfax – 954
- Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 938
- Ryan Robinson, Foresthill (R) – 937
- Corey Day, Salinas (R) – 919
- Blake Carrick, Lincoln – 837
- JJ Ringo, Morgan Hill – 806
The King of the West-NARC Fujitsu General USA Racing Series is also sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tires. Associate and product award sponsors include Automotive Racing Products (ARP), Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bullet Impressions, FloRacing.com, Johnstone Supply, Kaeding Performance Center, KSE Racing Products, Maxim, PAC Racing Springs, Pyrotect, Racing Optics, Saldana Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, SCI Racing Products, Swift Metal Finishing, Sunnyvalley Bacon, System 1 Ignition, Ultra Light Brakes, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Winters Performance Products.
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