(11/1/21) Sacramento, CA … The NARC-King of the West Fujitsu Sprint Cars are set for a strong send off with the popular Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track slated to wrap up the 2021 season this Saturday, November 6th.
The event salutes one of the most legendary figures in the history of West Coast sprint car racing, Gary “The Preacher” Patterson. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer made countless trips to various victory lanes until he sadly lost his life in an accident in 1983 at one of his favorite tracks, Calistoga Speedway.
A powerful field of drivers hungry to close out 2021 with a win are set to honor the late Patterson with what promises to be a fantastic finale at Stockton’s speedy three-eighths mile.
The NARC-King of the West 410 sprint cars will be joined by the Sprint Car Challenge Tour 360 Sprint Cars, who will also be completing their final points event of the season.
Saturday’s finale will be the 20th event of 2021 completing a resurgent year after pandemic regulations limited the series to only four trips to a racetrack in 2020.
Arguably sprint car racing’s greatest wheelman ever, Steve Kinser, will be in attendance signing autographs for fans on Saturday night.
Dominic Scelzi has all but locked up the title heading into Saturday. The championship will be his first and a fitting conclusion to a dominant season. The Fresno native has already collected six series victories, 13 podiums and 16 top-fives, leading the series in each category. Even though all the No. 41 team has to do is show up this weekend, Scelzi still hopes to add one more win to his tally at a track where he already owns a trio of NARC-King of the West wins including one recently in August.
The battle for second in the standings continues to be a tight three-car battle between former series champions San Jose’s Tim Kaeding, DJ Netto of Hanford and Campbell’s Bud Kaeding.
Netto currently holds the position by a slim margin and may be the favorite to take home the runner-up spot. The 2019 series champ claimed the season opener at Stockton back in March and has only missed the podium once in his last eight starts at the central valley speedway.
Two-time series champ, Tim Kaeding, won’t let Netto grab the spot easily. In TK’s last six KWS starts at Stockton, he’s snagged a pair of victories, four podiums and hasn’t finished worse than eighth.
Tim’s brother, Bud, still has a mathematical shot at second and is a recent series winner at Stockton (August 2019), but his competitors may have to have some bad luck for him to climb to the runner-up spot.
Justin Sanders is expected to compete in search of tying Dominic Scelzi for the most Fujitsu Feature event wins on the year at six. The Aromas, CA native has claimed four of the ten NARC-King of the West events he’s competed in since joining forces with Paul Silva in August to pilot the Works Limited No. 57. Sanders scored at Stockton in last year’s Tribute to GP in Larry Antaya’s 16A.
Other expected entrants include Iowa’s Austin McCarl, Shane Golobic of Elk Grove, Roseville’s Sean Becker, Billy Aton of Benicia, Clovis driver Sean Watts and more.
The NARC-King of the West Hoosier Tire format will feature ARP Fast Time Qualifying, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions 8-lap Heat Races, a 6-lap Sunnyvalley Bacon Trophy Dash, a Kaeding Performance Semi if necessary and the Fujitsu 30-lap Feature.
General Admission tickets for Saturday at Stockton will be $35 with kids ages 5-12, seniors ages 65+ and military (ID required) will be admitted for just $25. Kids 4 and under are free. Pit passes are priced at $40. The pit gates are set to open at 1:00 P.M. with the main gate to follow at 3 P.M. Racing is slated to begin at 6:00 P.M. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online by visiting: stocktondirttrack.com.
The Tribute to Gary Patterson can also be viewed live on floracing.com as well as the entire NARC-KWS Fujitsu Sprint car schedule.
NARC King of the West Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series
Championship Points Standings (After 19 events in 20-race series 11/1/2021)
- Dominic Scelzi, Fresno – 2131
- DJ Netto, Hanford – 2052
- Tim Kaeding, San Jose – 2050
- Bud Kaeding, Campbell – 2041
- Sean Becker, Roseville – 2004
- Billy Aton, Benicia (R) – 1973
- Sean Watts, Clovis – 1923
- Justin Sanders, Aromas – 1839
- Shane Golobic, Elk Grove – 1659
- Joel Myers Jr, Sebastopol (R) – 1438
- Geoffrey Strole, Hanford (R) – 1345
- Mitchell Faccinto, Hanford – 1237
- Corey Day, Salinas (R) – 1232
- Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1141
- Jessie Attard, Sydney, AUS (R) – 1092
- Mitchel Moles, Raisin City – 1100
- Willie Croft, Colfax – 954
- Blake Carrick, Lincoln – 937
- Ryan Robinson, Foresthill (R) – 937
- Rico Abreu, Rutherford – 865
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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