(10/30/23 – Ben Deatherage) Stockton, CA … This Saturday, November 4th, will be the final curtain call for the NARC 410 Sprint Car Series as NAPA Auto Parts will present the Tribute To Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track. This is the last time you can see, hear, and feel these 900+ horsepower open wheel racing machines in 2023, that will ultimately crown this year’s King of the West championship team.

“We are really looking forward to closing out the 2023 sprint car season for the NARC, SCCT, and Hunt Series at Stockton,” stated Stockton Dirt Track operator Tony Noceti. “It’s not very often that you get a Triple Crown event like this so open wheel racing fans should be excited.”

The Tribute To Gary Patterson is one of the cornerstone traditions of the NARC 410 Sprint Series, and 2023 will be the 40th year the event has been held. Gary Patterson was one of the original “true Outlaws” touring across the United States and Australia. Patterson won the Gold Cup at West Capital Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot, both in 1977, and Skagit Speedway’s storied Super Dirt Cup in 1973. He lost his life while racing at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend of 1983. 

Since 1984, there has been a Tribute To GP, which began at Calistoga until 2007. Silver Dollar Speedway had the honor of having the race from 2008 to 2012. The Stockton Dirt Track has been the home of the event since 2013 and, from 2017 to the present, has been the championship event for the NARC 410 Sprint Series. Steve Kent and Brent Kaeding have the most wins in the event, with four each.

“Our teams have poured their heart and soul into this racing campaign, and we put a big bow on it on Saturday at the Tribute to GP,” commented NARC General Manager Jim Allen. “It’s a perfect ending to a successful campaign that had us traveling up and down the West Coast.”

Companion divisions for the evening include the Sprint Car Challenge Tour and Hunt Magnetos Wingless Series.  Both will also be crowning their series champions as well.

The weather promises to be perfect for this event.   

Who to Watch

Corey Day hopes to close out his remarkable 2023 campaign and win his first career NARC 410 Sprint Car Series. The Clovis teenager won the Tribute To GP in 2021 and is looking to break Tyler Walker’s modern NARC record of nine wins in the same season. Day achieved his ninth tour win last weekend at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park.

Defending Tribute To GP winner Justin Sanders dazzled everyone last year by winning the 410 and 360 features. The Aromas racer also managed to achieve success in 2020 when he would score the victory during the limited race season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two-time defending NARC champion Dominic Scelzi has never won the 410 portion of this historical event. Scelzi has a ten-point margin over Roseville’s Justyn Cox for third in the standings table.

Speaking of Cox, he has had a solid season with the NARC 410 Sprints and is hoping to cash in his second win with the series in 2023.  He is also in a tight point battle with Bud Kaeding for fourth, as only seven markers separate the two.

2017 NARC champion Bud Kaeding has been awfully close to a breakthrough win. Not only would the Campbell chauffeur love to end the season in victory lane, but he has a potential opportunity to climb as high as third in points if the stars align just right.

Shane Golobic is a driver who has had a lot of success in 2023 and hopes to end the NARC schedule with his second win of the season. From Fremont, Golobic won the Tribute to GP in 2014 and 2019.

Other full-time NARC regulars to be on hand will be the teenager from Oakley, Dylan Bloomfield, Billy Aton of Benicia, and Nick Parker from Chico. Last week’s runner-up Buddy Kofoid from Penngrove, and Oklahoma’s Ryan Timms are some notables to be on the roster. Other California competitors expected to attend are Clovis teenager Dominic Gorden, Templeton driver Kaleb Montgomery, Lemoore hot shoe Cole Macedo, and Hanford pilots D.J. Netto and Gauge Garcia.

Fan & Competitor Info

There will be a NARC champions autograph session taking place in front of the grandstands between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The Stockton Dirt Track is located at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds at 1658 S Airport Way in Stockton, California. For ticket information, log on to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nov-4th-triple-crown-championship-finales-at-the-stockton-dirt-track-tickets-733680186187?fbclid=IwAR2-4oVijdVoXAX0896_qwJ_PpD-zhJruv0n3wAexPySAxo_rD-7RSmUbKk for online purchases. Tickets are priced at $30.00 for General Admission (5+), while fans 4 or younger are FREE. 

Pit Gates will open at 1:00, Front Gates at 3:00, Drivers Meeting at 3:00 p.m. and Opening Ceremonies will kick off around 5:00, followed by racing.

Additional information can be found at www.stocktondirttrack.com

The NARC racing format includes qualifying, three eight-lap heat races, an exciting six-lap trophy dash, a 12-lap last chance race, and a 30-lap NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored main event.

The NARC 410 Sprint Series is the leading 410 Sprint Car tour west of the Rocky Mountains. Since 1960, they have enthralled countless thousands of fans from tracks up and down the Pacific Coast. For more information, visit their website at www.narc410.com or social media pages.

The event at Tribute To Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track can be viewed live on Floracing.com, along with every NARC 410 Sprint Car Series race.

The NARC 410 Sprint Car Racing Series is also sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tires, Floracing.com, and NAPA Auto Parts. Associate and product award sponsors include Automotive Racing Products (ARP), Beacon Wealth Strategies-Raymond James Financial, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bullet Impressions, D & D Roofing, Diversified Machine Inc., Johnstone Supply, Kaeding Performance Center, Kimo’s Tropical Car Wash, KSE Racing Enterprises, Lifeline LLC, Maxim Racing Products, Mettec Titanium, Pyrotect, Safecraft Safety Equipment, Saldana Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Scelzi Enterprises, SCI Racing Products, Starr Property Management, Sunnyvalley Bacon, System 1 Ignition, Ultra Lite Brakes, Williams Roofing, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Winters Performance Products.

(AFTER 19 EVENTS IN 20-RACE SERIES – 10/30/23)

  1. Corey Day, Clovis – 2504
  2. Justin Sanders, Aromas – 2467
  3. Dominic Scelzi, Fresno – 2443
  4. Justyn Cox, Roseville – 2433
  5. Bud Kaeding, Campbell – 2426
  6. Dylan Bloomfield, Oakley – 2363
  7. Chase Johnson, Penngrove – 2304
  8. Billy Aton, Benicia – 2287
  9. Nick Parker, Tucson, AZ (R) – 2265
  10. Cole Macedo, Hanford – 1624
  11. DJ Netto, Hanford – 1581
  12. Shane Golobic, Fremont – 1504
  13. Tanner Holmes, Central Point, OR – 1483
  14. Joel Myers Jr., Sebastopol – 1465
  15. Kaleb Montgomery, Templeton (R) – 1279
  16. Burt Foland Jr., San Jose (R) -1220
  17. Colby Copeland, Roseville – 1207
  18. Joey Ancona, Concord (R) – 1153
  19. Ryan Bernal, Roseville – 887
  20. Karl Hoffmans, Australia – 816
Clovis teenager Corey Day is looking to lock down the 2023 NARC 410 Sprint Car Series championship on Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track. Photo by Joe Shivak