(10/12/23) NARC BY THE NUM8ER5: Morrie Williams Memorial, By Ben Deatherage, Hanford, California- The NARC 410 Sprint Car Series is finally back this Friday at Kings Speedway for the highly anticipated Morrie Williams Memorial. This extraordinary event implements a unique format, and the twin features are the ultimate twist. And what’s really cool is that there’s an overall winner decided at the end of the night.

Speaking of overall winners of the Morrie Williams Memorial, did you know that only one driver has ever been crowned the titlist while winning a feature in the same year? That was Corey Day last year when he won the first feature of “The Morrie”. Neither Tim Kaeding (2020) nor Justin Sanders (2021) managed to do that, and neither has ever won a feature during this event.

Williams Motorsports swept the inaugural edition with pilots Kyle Hirst and Dominic Scelzi and is the most recent victor to grace victory lane when longtime Williams driver Jonathan Allard won the second leg last year. Some folks may not know that Scelzi’s crew chief, Jimmy Carr, drove for Morre Williams in the 1990s for a couple of seasons, so the win was extra special.

Scelzi is the only driver to win two features at the Morrie Williams Memorial. As noted above, he was victorious in the second leg of 2020 and in his own equipment in the opening main event the following year. The only other driver to achieve victory in the three-year history is USAC standout Mitchel Moles, who accomplished the feat for Roth Motorsports in the second main of 2021.

This is the fourth race at Kings in 2023 for the NARC 410 Sprint Series. Day has won the lion’s share by capturing the Anthony Simone Classic in April and winning the prelim of the Peter Murphy Classic in May. He also has two 360 wins at Hanford this year when he swept the PMC weekend in the category. Scelzi won the final leg of “The Murphy,” the most recent NARC  trip to the 3/8-mile oval.

A time of only 12.293 seconds is still the track record for the facility set by Joey Saldana on February 23rd, 2001. Folks may think that that number is unbreakable due to it being set in the pre-weight rule era of the World Of Outlaws, but that being said, Golden State native Brad Sweet just shattered a 21-year-strong record at Lernerville Speedway during the Commonwealth Clash with the High Limit Series.

Despite some time since the last NARC 410 Sprint Series, the schedule for the cars and stars of the tour has been jam-packed. Day and Sanders were first and second at the Gold Cup Race of Champions in Chico, Scelzi was third at the Tom Tarlton Classic in Hanford and fourth at Gold Cup, among recent accomplishments.

Day’s carried over his speed to finish fifth at Placerville at the 49er Gold Rush Classic against the Outlaws on September 16th for his most recent time in a Sprint Car. On Tuesday night, Sanders had a nineteenth-place finish with the High Limit Series at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana, in the Macri Motorsports #39M and placed seventh in the tour’s overall points.

But also to note are some of the series regulars who tasted success last weekend. Dylan Bloomfield won the opening night of the Fall Nationals-Tribute To Stephen Allard at Silver Dollar Speedway for his first career Winged Sprint Car victory. Also triumphant was Chase Johnson at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park, where NARC will be on October 18th in the USAC-West Coast series.

Justyn Cox’s last outing in the Bates-Hamilton Racing #42X was a seventh-place finish at Petaluma Speedway for the Adobe Cup on September 23rd. The previous time Bud Kaeding made a feature, he won it on August 25th at Ocean Speedway. Billy Aton is looking to bounce back in the saddle as he has been absent from a Sprint Car since the Howard Kaeding Classic. Arizona native Nick Parker is looking to build off a busy weekend at the Fall Nationals.

I am undoubtedly one of the thousands of people anticipating this weekend and the great racing it will bring. With just a handful of races left on the schedule, there are only a few more opportunities to see some of the greatest Sprint Car drivers in the business. So come out to Hanford this Friday night and grab a NARC sweatshirt from the Bullet Impressions souvenir stand to stay warm, and be sure to bring your friends with you.