Welcome to the most exciting form of motorsports known to man! Yes .., we’re talking about 900-horsepower open wheel sprint cars battling wheel-to-wheel on a dirt oval track. To loyal racing fans, this exciting brand of racing has few peers in the world of motorsports. And rightfully so!
The King of the West Sprint Cars Series has been entertaining fans for decades as they do battle at dirt oval tracks throughout California. And this year, the action will be presented by the Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC), an organization with a long history of premium open wheel racing entertainment that began in 1960.
For those of you new to the sport, most fans recognize sprint cars by two noteworthy characteristics – the billboard size aerodynamic wings that stabilize the cars at high-speed and the staggered tires that improve cornering ability. The wings work in reverse of an airplane wing and produce down force which helps the car get a grip on the racetrack. In addition, the wings improve stability of the car in the corners and allow sprint cars to generate laps times of less than 16 seconds on a half-mile oval. Did we mention that these cars only weight 1400 pounds fully loaded? To pilot one of these 410 c.i. fire-breathing machines requires not only bravery, but split-second aggressive decision making and driving skills that are just downright impressive.
We encourage you to catch up with the 2018 KWS-NARC racing series at a track near you between April 7th and November 3rd. Overall, our schedule features 16-racing events at 10 different venues including Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Kern County Speedway in Bakersfield, Placerville Speedway, Calistoga Speedway, Petaluma Speedway, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway, Antioch Speedway, Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, and the Stockton Dirt Track.
And finally, we thank our racing teams and sponsors for their generous commitment to open wheel racing and the King of the West-Northern Auto Racing Club series. And most importantly, we thank you … our loyal fans for your patronage and support. LET’S GO RACING!
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King of the West Sprints – focused primarily on current events
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OUR KWS-NARC SUPPORTING CAST
Jim Allen – Business Mgr/Publicity Director
Laurel Belton – Secretary/Treasurer
Mike Andreetta – Director of Competition
Dan Belton – Pit Steward
Ed Entz – Flagman
Pat Freeman – Infield
Donna Peters – Infield
Official Merchandise Concessions: Bullet Impression Inc – Jim Gardner
We would like to offer SPECIAL THANKS to all of the talented photographers and videographers who have contributed to our efforts:
PJ Petersen – Petersen Media
Dean Mills – MVP
Chuck Fry – Chucko’s Photos
Matt Sublett – M & M Photos
Paul Trevino Photos (who provided the four abreast photo on our home page)
Chris Cleveland – Cleveland Digital Imaging
Steve Lafond – Tear-Off Heaven Fotos
Webmaster: Laura Allen – Aesthetic Media (AestheticMedia.com)
King of the West – John Prentice & Brent Kaeding
Special Thanks to racing historian Adam Ulrey – nwsprintcarhistory.com
Your research and record keeping is priceless!