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Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards ready for
Memorial Day weekend showdown at the Stockton Dirt Track
A. – March 23, 2017 – The first htf

By Gary Thomas - Stockton, CA - May 23, 2017…With Memorial Day weekend on deck the traveling Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards is set to visit the centrally located Stockton Dirt Track for the first time ever this Saturday night May 27.

The outing marks the first of four events at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds based track in 2017, with return appearances including the Jimmy Sills Classic on Sunday July 2, the Saturday August 25 Salute to LeRoy Van Conett and the season-ending Tribute to Gary Patterson on Saturday November 4.

The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards has seen four different winners in as many races and will look to make it five-for-five on Saturday.

After further review and discussion, Saturday's event will not be a double point show as previously released. The A-main though will pay $3,500-to-win plus the Kyle Larson Racing Bonus Money that is up for grabs to full-time owners. All non-transfer cars in the B-main will also receive a solid $200. The cars that transfer into the A-main from the B-main will receive $100 to help with fuel from running the extra laps.

“We’re excited to get the Sprint Car Challenge Tour season back underway on Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track,” said Russell Motorsports Inc. President Scott Russell. “The racing has been fantastic thus far and this weekend will be much of the same. The Stockton Dirt Track is one of the great venues that we have on the west coast and we look forward to seeing everyone at SCCT round five. Stockton promoter Tony Noceti is one of the biggest supporters of our tour, so we definitely hope everyone can make it out this weekend.”

Going into the Stockton Dirt Track this weekend Roseville’s Sean Becker stands at the top of the points driving the potent Menne Motorsports No. 75 sprinter. The “Shark” has finished on the podium in three of the four races held so far and sits seven-markers ahead of current runner up Kyle Hirst. Both Becker and Hirst will be gunning for their initial Sprint Car Challenge Tour win of the season, as well as their first career Stockton triumph on Saturday.

Most recent tour winner Willie Croft of Roseville ranks third in points, with Fremont’s Shane Golobic and round one winner Cory Eliason of Kingsburg completing the top-five. Croft earned a thrilling late-race victory last time out at the Petaluma Speedway on April 29 and hopes to make it back-to-back this weekend. Golobic captured the 2014 Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track, while Eliason was victorious in last July’s Salute to LeRoy Van Conett.

Rounding out the top-10 in the standings going into round five are Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Roseville’s Colby Copeland and Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid. Copeland nearly picked up the win at Petaluma on April 29, before finishing second at the checkered flag. He now goes into the track where he earned his first career sprint car victory at in 2014.

More drivers set for action this Saturday will include Hanford’s DJ Netto, Visalia’s Steven Tiner, Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Jimmy Trulli, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Sebastopol’s Bradley Terrell, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Rio Linda’s Cody Lamar, Sacramento’s Herman Klein and Billy Butler, Citrus Height’s Kalib Henry, Brentwood’s Colton Slack, Hollister’s Tony Gualda, Tracy’s Kyle Offill, Grass Valley’s Robert Stice and others.

The front gate of the Stockton Dirt Track will open at 4pm this Saturday May 27, with drivers meeting at 4pm and cars on track around 4:30pm for wheel packing. A full program of racing will follow. All seating is general admission during the night with adult tickets $20, kids 5 to 10 will be $10 and four and under are free.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 4/10 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is proudly sponsored by Elk Grove Ford, Abreu Vineyards, Hoosier Racing Tires, Bianchi Farms, Kyle Larson Racing, All Star Performance, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, BR Motorsports, King Racing Products, Auto Meter, ADCO Driveline & Exhaust, Bullard Construction, Chris Kenner Racing Specialties/ Security Race Products, CLT Logging, CRV Carbon Solutions, Driven2SaveLives, Dynachrome, Finley Farms, Flying Squirrel, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services, Jockos Sprint Parts, Keizer Wheels, Light Up the World Beverages, LRB Inc., Menne Hay Inc., Moto Wear, Metal Works, Naake Suspension, Pit Stop USA, PT Shocks, Pyrotect Racing Cells, RacePartsTrader.com, R&R Racewear, Saldana Racing Products, Sellers Race Wings, Shifty Illusions, Team Ford of Woodland, Walker Performance Filtration, Weld Racing and Winters Performance.

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is operated under the Russell Motorsports Inc. banner, which also manages the Placerville Speedway in Placerville, California. For sponsorship opportunities and inquiries, RMI can be reached at 530-344-7592 or office@sprintcarchallengetour.com

More information on the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards can be found at our official website http://www.sprintcarchallengetour.com/ – Be sure to also like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sprintcarchallengetour and follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/360SCCT for the latest breaking news regarding SCCT.

Upcoming events for the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards

Saturday May 27: Stockton Dirt Track
Saturday June 17: Antioch Speedway
Saturday June 24: Calistoga Speedway (Boys and Girls Club Dirt Classic)

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Stockton Dirt Track up next for C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magneto Wingless Tour on SaturdaySTOCKTON, CA. – March 23, 2017 – The first htf

By Gary Thomas - Stockton, CA - May 22, 2017…Fresh off a month-long break the C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour is eager to get back in action and resume the championship battle this Saturday May 27 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds based Stockton Dirt Track.

The Memorial Day weekend extravaganza is the first of three season visits to the centrally located facility that opened in 2013. The tour will return to Stockton for the Jimmy Sills Classic on Sunday July 2 and the Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend opener on Friday November 3.

This Saturday’s outing marks the fifth round of competition and will be held in conjunction with the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards. It certainly makes for one can’t miss night of open wheel dirt track racing over the holiday weekend.

“We’re excited to have the C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour at the Stockton Dirt Track this Saturday,” commented track promoter Tony Noceti. “When you add in the wingless sprints and the winged sprint cars I think it gives fans the best show possible. Memorial Day weekend is a great time for racing, so we invite everyone to come out and spend your Saturday with us in Stockton.”

Santa Rosa’s Klint Simpson has been the hottest driver so far in 2017 while driving Dave Johnson’s familiar No. 32 sprinter. The defending C&H Hunt Wingless Tour champion has captured the last two series events in Placerville and Petaluma respectively and will be looking to make it three-in-a-row at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday.

Simpson is currently in a dead-heat atop the standings though with Tracy’s Austin Liggett, who captured victory on March 11 at Silver Dollar Speedway. Liggett claimed a pair of wins at the Stockton Dirt Track in 2015 and getting another one on Saturday would help catapult him to the top of the points. Casey McClain is coming off an impressive run on April 15 in Placerville and ranks third going into Stockton.

Troy Degaton and Terry Schank Jr. round out the top-five in the standings. Schank last season was victorious at the Stockton Dirt Track’s Salute to LeRoy Van Conett in July. Completing the top-10 in points going into round five are Zachary Kavert, Angelique Bell, Brent Steck, Thomas Leiby and Dan Hayes.

Additional drivers expected to tackle the Stockton Dirt Track over Memorial Day weekend will include round one winner Cody Spencer, along with Kalib Henry, Buddy Kofoid, Chris Kerr, Matt Streeter, Adam and Jim Christian, Scott Hall, Shayna Sylvia, Barry Pries Jr., Gary Paulson, Ryan Souza, Tim Sherman Jr., William Fatu and more.

The front gate at the Stockton Dirt Track will open at 4pm this Saturday May 27, with cars on track at 5pm and racing to follow. All seating is general admission during the night with adult tickets $20, kids 5 to 10 will be $10 and four and under are free.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 4/10 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/

Pit Stop USA A-main winners in 2017: Cody Spencer (February 25 Marysville Raceway), Austin Liggett (March 11 Silver Dollar Speedway), Klint Simpson (April 1 Petaluma Speedway), Klint Simpson (Placerville Speedway April 15)

Information on the C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour can be found by visiting http://www.petaluma-speedway.com/ and clicking on the Hunt Series tab. You can also like the tour on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joehuntwingless/?pnref=lhc

C&H Veteran Ent. presents the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour is proudly brought to you by C&H Veteran Ent., Hunt Magnetos, Pit Stop USA, West Coast Race Parts, LRB Inc., SpeedMart, Benic Enterprises, Santamauro Racing Products, Davis Motorsports of Reno, Air One Hvac Systems and TW Racefotos.

Upcoming C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour events-

Saturday May 27: Stockton Dirt Track
Saturday June 10: Petaluma Speedway
Sunday July 2: Stockton Dirt Track (Jimmy Sills Classic)

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Sprint Car Challenge Tour event on May 27th in Stockton to pay $3,500-to-win and feature extra money in B-main
Event to showcase double SCCT points
STOCKTON, CA. – March 23, 2017 – The first htf

By Gary Thomas - Stockton, CA – May 17, 2017…Noceti Group Inc. has sweetened the pot for next week’s Sprint Car Challenge Tour debut at the Stockton Dirt Track, with the announcement of an extra $1,000 going to the A-main winner and more money added to the B-main during the night.

The Memorial Day weekend extravaganza on Saturday May 27 will now pay a minimum of $3,500-to-win, plus the Kyle Larson Racing Bonus Money. If an Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards regular wins the feature, they’ll walk away with $4,000.

In addition to that, the B-main purse has also been inflated for the night. All non-transfer cars in the B-main will be awarded $200. With the Bullard Construction sponsor money factored in, the first non-transfer will earn $300 total. The cars that transfer into the A-main will also receive $100 to help with fuel from running the extra laps.

“We definitely look forward to having the Sprint Car Challenge Tour in Stockton on May 27,” said promoter Tony Noceti. “We wanted to add some extra money throughout the field to try and help the teams out. Every single car that supports the event is important to us, so we certainly want to show that. We hope to see a packed pit area and a full grandstand to help commemorate Memorial Day weekend.”

The night of racing on May 27 will also feature a double point event for the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards, making it a critical piece to the puzzle, as teams vie for part of the $60,000 point fund handed out at season’s end.

“Tony Noceti and the whole Noceti Group team have been huge supporters of the Sprint Car Challenge Tour,” said RMI President Scott Russell. “With the Stockton Dirt Track taking four dates this year we really want the teams to support it as much as possible. Having the extra money added into the purse is a great thing and by doing double points on May 27 it makes the night a very important one. We can’t wait to see everyone in Stockton on Memorial Day weekend.”

The front gate of the Stockton Dirt Track will open at 4pm on Saturday May 27, with cars on track around 5pm for wheel packing. A full program of racing will follow. All seating is general admission during the night with adult tickets $20, kids 5 to 10 will be $10 and four and under are free.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 4/10 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/

The season-ending Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track will also pay a minimum of $4000-to-win. Stay tuned for further announcements regarding the prestigious 34th running of the Tribute to GP on Saturday November 4.

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is proudly sponsored by Elk Grove Ford, Abreu Vineyards, Hoosier Racing Tires, Bianchi Farms, Kyle Larson Racing, All Star Performance, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, BR Motorsports, King Racing Products, Auto Meter, ADCO Driveline & Exhaust, Bullard Construction, Chris Kenner Racing Specialties/ Security Race Products, CLT Logging, CRV Carbon Solutions, Driven2SaveLives, Dynachrome, Finley Farms, Flying Squirrel, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services, Jockos Sprint Parts, Keizer Wheels, Light Up the World Beverages, LRB Inc., Menne Hay Inc., Moto Wear, Metal Works, Naake Suspension, Pit Stop USA, PT Shocks, Pyrotect Racing Cells, RacePartsTrader.com, R&R Racewear, Saldana Racing Products, Sellers Race Wings, Shifty Illusions, Team Ford of Woodland, Walker Performance Filtration, Weld Racing and Winters Performance.

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is operated under the Russell Motorsports Inc. banner, which also manages the Placerville Speedway in Placerville, California. For sponsorship opportunities and inquiries, RMI can be reached at 530-344-7592 or office@sprintcarchallengetour.com

More information on the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards can be found at our official website http://www.sprintcarchallengetour.com/ – Be sure to also like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sprintcarchallengetour and follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/360SCCT for the latest breaking news regarding SCCT.

Photo courtesy of RCM Design



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Stockton 99 Speedway and Stockton Dirt Track gearing up for
fully loaded events at the end of May
STOCKTON, CA. – March 23, 2017 – The first htf

By Gary Thomas - Stockton, CA - May 3, 2017…With the weather warming up and summer time creeping closer Noceti Group Inc. is getting set for a pair of major events upcoming at both Stockton 99 Speedway and the Stockton Dirt Track.

Up first will be the opening round of the Tri-Holiday Series at Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday May 20, which is headlined by the traveling Pacific Challenge Series presented by PenneyLawyers.com

The event is always one of the biggest each season at the historic quarter-mile asphalt oval and is expected to be another can’t miss night of competition. Also on the card will be the Stockton Late Models, Bombers and Legends of the Pacific.

Tickets for the Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday May 20 are as follows: Adults (16+) $20, Jr. (11-15), Sr. (60+) & Military with ID $15, Kids 10 & Under FREE, Family Pass (2 Adult, 2 Jr.) $55, Pit Passes $40. Gates open at 5pm and racing begins at 6pm.

The New Stockton 99 Speedway is located at 4105 N. Wilson Way, ¼-mile west of Highway 99. For more information on tickets and times, please contact the Speedway Office at (209) 482-6969 or visit the track website at www.stockton99.com

The two-weekend run of motorsports in Stockton then continues with the Stockton Dirt Track taking center stage over Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday May 27 the new Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards will tackle the blazing fast 4/10 mile clay oval.

The series has debuted with much fanfare throughout Northern California and the Memorial Day weekend showcase will mark the first of four visits to the Dirt Track this year.

Also on hand May 27 will be the C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour, which has also seen a major boost this season.

The front gate of the Stockton Dirt Track will open at 4pm on Saturday May 27, with racing at 6pm. All seating is general admission during the night with adult tickets $20, kids 6 to 10 will be $10 and five and under are free.

“We’re definitely looking forward to a couple of great events to help close the month of May,” commented Tony Noceti of Noceti Group Inc. “We’re going to do something a little different this year and run the opener for the PCS Tri-Holiday Series at Stockton 99 Speedway one week earlier than normal on May 20. Then come back on Memorial Day weekend and have the Sprint Car Challenge Tour on May 27 at the Stockton Dirt Track. It’ll be an outstanding way to end May and we hope all the fans will come out to support both events.”

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 4/10 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com



 

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Friday Night of FVP Western Spring Shootout Cancelled Due to Heavy Forecasted Rain
Event will resume Saturday, March 25 as regularly scheduled
STOCKTON, CA. – March 23, 2017 – The first htf

Despite the rain, the modern facilities at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds including paved parking lots, under cover concourse and all weather seating will be ready for Saturday’s events. The expansive horse track area will allow a mile of stone based pit parking.

FVP Western Spring Shootout will resume on Saturday, March 25, with the pit gates opening at 12 noon, tickets and will call opening at 1pm with the grandstands opening at 4:00pm. Hot laps for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will kick off on-track activities at 5:15pm.
Fans that have purchased Friday night tickets may exchange them for a Saturday Night March 24 ticket, use them at a future west coast World of Outlaw event or submit them for a refund by mailing the ticket to: World Racing Group Inc. at 7575 W Winds Blvd NW Suite D, Concord, NC 28027 after the event; refunds will not be issued at the track.

For fans that have purchased the two-day ticket package for both Friday and Saturday may exchange the Friday ticket for an additional Saturday March 24 ticket, use the Friday ticket at a future west coast World of Outlaw event or receive a one-day refund by mailing your ticket back to World Racing Group Inc., at 7575 W Winds Blvd NW Suite D, Concord, NC 28027 after the event.

For more information about World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series visit www.WoOSprint.com or call 844-DIRT-TIX. Follow World of Outlaws on social media: @WorldofOutlaws on Twitter and Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws.

Pit Gate: 12 PM PT
Tickets & Will Call: 1 PM PT
Grandstands: 4 PM PT
Hot Laps: 5:15 PM PT
Qualifying: 6 PM PT
Opening Ceremonies: 7 PM PT




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Rutherford, California's Rico Abreu looks for more Stockton glory
at the FVP Western Spring Shootout March 24th & 25th

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – March 20, 2017…In the brief history of the Stockton Dirt Track no driver has taken the checkered flag more than Rutherford’s Rico Abreu, who will look to add more at the FVP Western Spring Shootout this Friday & Saturday March 24 & 25.

In his career Abreu has captured five victories with the World of Outlaws Craftsmen Sprint Car Series, including the FVP Western Spring Shootout finale in 2015. Along with that night he has raced to three other career wins at the Stockton Dirt Track, a venue that opened in the 2013 season. This weekend will also be the first World of Outlaws test of the track since modifications were completed to bring the front stretch closer to the grandstands at the end of last year.

“We’ve had a lot of success at the Stockton Dirt Track and look forward to competing there this week,” said Abreu. “It’s never easy running against the World of Outlaws, but I definitely have a lot of confidence with the speed we had in Las Vegas, as well as Tulare last weekend. Paul Silva always gives me a great car no matter where we go, but we’ve seemed to be especially strong at Stockton. We’re excited to see all the fans and hope they will pack the grandstands like usual this weekend.”

All competitors this weekend however, will be searching for a way to stop the hottest Sprint Car driver in the country at the moment, current World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series point leader Donny Schatz. The Fargo, North Dakota veteran has won the last three series visits to the Stockton Dirt Track and goes into the FVP Western Spring Shootout on the heels of his sixth victory in the first eight races of the season.

Schatz goes into Friday holding a 72-point lead at the top of the standings over Grass Valley, California’s Brad Sweet, who is coming off back-to-back podium finishes in Tulare last week. Watertown, Connecticut’s David Gravel; Eunice, Louisiana’s Jason Johnson and Bixby, Oklahoma’s Shane Stewart currently round out the top-five in World of Outlaws points going into Stockton.

FVP, a premier producer of high quality original equipment auto products, returns as title sponsor for the annual spring weekend event at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds facility, where each night will be a separate points-paying race for the World of Outlaws Craftsmen Sprint Car Series. FVP products are engineered to provide their customers with quality products that are equal or superior in performance to the major national brands at a competitive price.

“The World of Outlaws season is off to an exciting start and FVP couldn’t happier to be able to showcase our products to the fans,” said FVP Senior Brand Manager, Amber Misunas. “We’re looking forward to welcoming all the fans out to the Stockton Dirt Track for the FVP Western Spring Shootout as the World of Outlaws continue to showcase why they’re the ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’.”

Two-night adult General Admission tickets for the FVP Western Spring Shootout weekend are available for a great value at just $59 and two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost only $69. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children 10 & under are free in G.A. only.
To reserve your seats simply visit https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=232 or call (844) 347-8849.

The front gate opens at 4pm each night, with will call/ ticket sales starting at 3pm Friday and 1pm on Saturday. Racing is slated to start at 7pm both nights.

On Saturday morning there will be a pancake breakfast on the fairgrounds from 8am-11am in building two at the end of the camping midway. On Friday morning if you’re looking for a good breakfast spot check out the Ranch Coffee Shop, located near the fairgrounds at 1872 E Mariposa Rd, Stockton, CA 95205. Prior to the races on Saturday a live band and car show will also be held behind the grandstands in the camp midway.

More information on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.woosprint.com/

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 4/10 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/

Photos courtesy Chuck Fry




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World of Outlaws champ Donny Schatz looks to continue
Stockton Dirt Track success on March 24th & 25th

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – February 14, 2017…The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season officially kicks-off this weekend at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida, where Donny Schatz opens his title defense looking to bring home a ninth career series title. Schatz and the rest of the Outlaws will tackle the Stockton Dirt Track in just over one month’s time on Friday & Saturday March 24 & 25 in the FVP Western Spring Shootout.

After narrowly missing out on a victory in 2014 the Fargo, North Dakota veteran has captured three of the last four World of Outlaws events held at the Stockton Dirt Track, including a two-night sweep last season. Schatz passed Grain Valley, Missouri’s Brian Brown midway through the feature on opening night and made a late pass of Brownsburg, Indiana’s Joey Saldana during the finale en route to the sweep. He hopes to continue the dominance in March at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds based facility.

Schatz raced to a stellar 25 overall wins with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series last year and captured the title by a massive 314-points. Included in those triumphs were the prestigious Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway, the Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park and the Bad Boy World Finals in Charlotte. Schatz will be gunning to have another strong year in 2017 aboard the Tony Stewart Racing/ Arctic Cat No. 15 machine.

A number of drivers will be looking to keep Schatz out of victory lane in Stockton however, including fellow top-five point finishers from last season Daryn Pittman of Owasso, Oklahoma; David Gravel of Watertown, Connecticut; Grass Valley, California’s Brad Sweet and Brownsburg, Indiana’s Joey Saldana. The Golden State contingent will be led by three-time & defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Kyle Hirst, who tallied an impressive podium finish during the finale of the FVP Western Spring Shootout last year.

Camping is also available during the weekend with a number of great spots for RV’s on the fairgrounds. To reserve your spot contact 916-370-9417. We will do our best to accommodate everyone as well as we can. There is a two-night minimum for camping at the event. Remember to bring extension cords, water hoses, water hose Y’s, & in-ground water spigots if you have them. For a map of the campground visit http://stocktondirttrack.com/rv_camping.pdf

The event will also be the first World of Outlaws test of the track since modifications to bring the front stretch closer to the grandstands at the end of last season. “We’re really excited to open the year at the Stockton Dirt Track with the FVP Western Spring Shootout,” said promoter Tony Noceti. “We did a lot of work at the end of 2016 and will continue to try and perfect that going into 2017. We hope everyone will come out in March to see the World of Outlaws and spend the weekend with us. If you have a motor home or trailer we have plenty of room for you, so we definitely encourage everyone to bring the family and all their friends.”

On Saturday morning there will be a pancake breakfast on the fairgrounds from 8am-11am in building two at the end of the camping midway. On Friday morning if you’re looking for a good breakfast spot check out the Ranch Coffee Shop, located near the fairgrounds at 1872 E Mariposa Rd, Stockton, CA 95205.

Two-night adult General Admission tickets for the FVP Western Spring Shootout weekend are available for a great value at just $59 and two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost only $69. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children 10 & under are free in G.A. only. To reserve your seats simply visit https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=232 or call (844) 347-8849.

Delta Speedway, also located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, will be running a special micro race on Thursday March 23, making it a three-night happening on the grounds. The Delta Speedway is just a short walk across the parking lot from the camping area behind the grandstands at the Dirt Track.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 4/10 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/

Stockton Dirt Track 2017 Schedule

Friday March 24: FVP Western Spring Shootout- World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series & Dwarf Cars
Saturday March 25: FVP Western Spring Shootout - World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series & Dwarf Cars
Sunday March 26: Open practice/ WOO rain date

April 21, 22 & 23: Noceti Group presents the 33rd Annual San Joaquin Asparagus Festival at the Fairgrounds (non-racing)

Saturday May 27: Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards & the C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour

Friday June 16: San Joaquin County Fair- West Coast Summer Nationals Tractor Pulls
Saturday June 17: San Joaquin County Fair- Bombers, B-4 Cylinders & Sport Mods

Sunday July 2: Jimmy Sills Classic- Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards & the C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour plus Huge Fireworks Show

Saturday August 26: Salute to LeRoy Van Conett- Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards & BCRA Midgets

Friday & Saturday October 6 & 7: Monster Truck Madness

Friday November 3: The C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour, Dwarf Cars & Bombers
Saturday November 4: 34th annual Tribute to Gary Patterson- Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards & the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series presented by NARC

Saturday & Sunday November 17 & 18: Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

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The office of Noceti Group, Inc. officially releases 2017 schedule for the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds based Stockton Dirt Track

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – December 26, 2016…The 2017 schedule of events for the Stockton Dirt Track has been announced by Noceti Group Inc. and showcases 11 nights of competitive racing on seven different weekend’s throughout the year.

Like always the facility will operate as a special events venue, with highlights featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series’ FVP Western Spring Shootout in March, as well as the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards on Memorial Day weekend, along with the Jimmy Sills Classic in July, the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett in August & the season-ending 34th annual Tribute to Gary Patterson in November. As has become tradition the Tribute to GP will also feature Winged 410 Sprint Cars competing alongside the SCCT 360’s.

“We are definitely looking forward to the upcoming season at the Stockton Dirt Track,” commented promoter Tony Noceti. “Having the World of Outlaws return in March is always an exciting time and it should be really fun to see them tackle the new configuration. We’re also thrilled to have the new Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards as a huge part of the season. They have some great people in place and the fans are going to see an outstanding show each night. Once again we’re focusing on special events and are happy to bring back the Jimmy Sills Classic, the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett & the Tribute to Gary Patterson.”

Tickets are on sale for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series return in March and are available for a great value at $59 for a General Admission weekend pass & $69 for a Reserved Grandstand weekend pass. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children 10 & under are free in G.A. only. To reserve your seats simply visit https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=232 or call (844) 347-8849.

Camping is also available during the weekend at the FVP Western Spring Shootout with a number of great spots for RV’s on the fairgrounds. To reserve your spot contact 916-370-9417. We will do our best to accommodate everyone as well as we can. There is a two-night minimum for camping at the event. Remember to bring extension cords, water hoses, water hose Y’s, & in-ground water spigots if you have them. For a map of the campground visit http://stocktondirttrack.com/rv_camping.pdf

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 4/10 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206.

More information on the track can be found at www.stocktondirttrack.com or by liking us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt & following along on Twitter https://twitter.com/StocktonDirt

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Stockton Dirt Track 2017 Schedule

Saturday & Sunday February 11 & 12: Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Friday March 24: FVP Western Spring Shootout- World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series & Dwarf Cars
Saturday March 25: FVP Western Spring Shootout - World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series & Dwarf Cars
Sunday March 26: Open practice/ WOO rain date

April 21, 22 & 23: Noceti Group presents the annual San Joaquin Asparagus Festival at the Fairgrounds (non-racing)

Saturday May 27: Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards & Wingless Spec Sprints

Friday June 16: San Joaquin County Fair- West Coast Summer Nationals Tractor Pulls
Saturday June 17: San Joaquin County Fair- Bombers, B-4 Cylinders & West Coast Sports Mod Tour

Sunday July 2: Jimmy Sills Classic- Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards & Wingless Spec Sprints plus Huge Fireworks Show

Saturday August 26: Salute to LeRoy Van Conett- Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards & BCRA

Friday & Saturday October 6 & 7: Monster Truck Madness

Friday November 3: Wingless Spec Sprints, Dwarf Cars & Bombers
Saturday November 4: 34th annual Tribute to Gary Patterson- Winged 410 Sprint Cars & Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards

Saturday & Sunday November 17 & 18: Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Photo courtesy Chuck Fry




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Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster to Crown Champion Saturday Night in Stockton, CA

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – November 1, 2016…All season long the battle atop the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster point standings has been extremely hard fought between Andy Forsberg and Mason Moore, and Saturday night in Stockton, CA the battle will come to a head during the 2016 season finale.

The battle for the title is coming down between the series’ most decorated driver, Andy Forsberg with his eight series championships and nearly 30 career series feature event wins, and Moore who is seeking his first series crown.

Though polar opposite in accolades, both drivers have been handling their business on the track as Moore has one Championship under his belt in 2016, and Forsberg heads into Saturday night boasting 13 wins this season.

Heading into Saturday night’s finale, Forsberg has the edge on Moore by just 16 markers, but with a swollen car count expected at the newly configured Stockton Dirt Track, anything could happen on the green surface.

The Championship Spectacular that pays homage to Gary Patterson and shares the spotlight with the King of the West Series is currently in its 33rd year of existence, but just it’s third year including the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster. During the previous two events wins have gone to Rico Abreu (2014) and Andy Forsberg (2015), and both drivers will look to become the first repeat winners of the Civil War Series portion of the ‘Tribute to Gary Patterson’.

In most recent Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster action, Sean Becker has proven to be nearly unbeatable. After dominating the September 17th event at Marysville Raceway, Becker capped off a season sweep of Petaluma Speedway series events the following week, and will look for his fifth win of the year on Saturday night.

With the King of the West series running alongside the Civil War Series on Saturday night, many drivers will compete in both classes making this an extremely entertaining program.

Aside from Forbserg, Moore, Becker, and Abreu, other drivers expected to be on hand Saturday night include newly crowned Trophy Cup Champion Shane Golobic, DJ Netto, DJ Freitas, Michael Ing, Justin Sanders, Bradley Terrell, Chase Majdic, Robbie Price, Dominic Scelzi, Cory Eliason, Mitchell Faccinto, Matt Peterson, Mitchell Faccinto, Justyn Cox, Geoff Ensign, Colby Copeland, Buddy Kofoid and a host of other drivers from the surrounding area.

Tickets continue to be on sale for the Tribute to Gary Patterson, with reserved upper deck seats $30 & general admission bleacher tickets $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. The front gate is scheduled to open at 4pm, with will call & at track ticket sales beginning at 2pm. To pre-order tickets visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/33rd-annual-tribute-to-gary-patterson---king-of-the-west--civil/dates/Nov-05-2016_at_1200PM


ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster has one final event remaining in 2016 when they invade the Stockton Dirt Track on November 5th.

WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway), Sean Becker (June 18th, Petaluma Speedway), Kyle Hirst (July 15th Ocean Speedway), Sean Becker (August 6th Placerville Speedway), Justin Sanders (August 20th Ocean Speedway), Mitchell Faccinto (September 7th Silver Dollar Speedway), Sean Becker (September 17th Marysville Raceway), Sean Becker (September 24th Petaluma Speedway).



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Stockton Dirt Track showdown finishes off the 2016 King of the West
Sprint Car Series season this Saturday November 5th
Kyle Hirst looks to wrap up third career title

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – November 1, 2016…What started in late-April will come to a conclusion this Saturday when the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series puts a cap on the 2016 campaign with the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track.

The Tribute to GP has traditionally been one of the prestigious showcases on the King of the West schedule over the years and this weekend marks the fourth consecutive season it will be held in Stockton. Names such as Kaeding, Gurney, Sills, Kent, Green, Tiner, Swindell, McMahan, Abreu, Allard and numerous others are scattered among the former winners list of the event, which is held in memory of National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Gary Patterson, who lost his life in a racing crash during the 1983 season.

During the day on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm a car show, driver autograph session & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands. Make plans to arrive early and enjoy the day, as we finish off the season in grand style. Friday evening also has an event with the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Cars, Dwarf Cars, Dirt Modifeds and Vintage Cars taking to the track. Camping is available on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds for a price of $33 per night.

Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst goes into Saturday night with a 28-point cushion over Campbell’s Bud Kaeding. The 28-year-old won the King of the West championship in 2013 & ’14 and looks to become just the third driver in series history to reach at least three career titles. Hirst has driven the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x to a career high six victories so far this year and will be gunning for his ever Stockton Dirt Track triumph on Saturday. He claimed the Tribute to GP in 2009 at Silver Dollar Speedway.

Kaeding has finished runner up in the standings each of the last two seasons and will be hoping for a strong run, plus a little luck to avoid doing so again. No matter what happens the three-time USAC Silver Crown champ has had a strong campaign with a career high four wins, including the Jimmy Sills Classic on June 18 in Stockton. The wheel-man of the Williams Motorsports/ Alviso Rock 0 has also earned a number of podium finishes throughout the season.

Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox will wrap up his inaugural King of the West season at the Tribute to Gary Patterson. The driver of the Berco Redwood/ Trex Outdoor Living No. 31c has been impressive in recent weeks and has put together back-to-back top-five efforts with the series.

Hanford’s DJ Netto has been the most consistent competitor over recent weeks. The 20-year-old has driven to the Tri-C Manufacturing/ Shell Rotella No. 3c to five straight top-five finishes. Netto will look to cap the season with a victory in Stockton, which is what the Clyde & Marion Lamar team did last season.

Rounding out the top-five going into the season-finale is former King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Jason Statler. The Grass Valley driver came extremely close to winning the Tribute to Gary Patterson a couple years ago and will look to seal the deal on Saturday aboard the DF Motorsports/ YAK Graphics 00 machine.

Past Tribute to Gary Patterson winners Rico Abreu from Rutherford, Tim Kaeding of San Jose and Fremont’s Shane Golobic will all look to add another GP trophy to their possession on Saturday.

Abreu has won the event twice before and captured the most recent King of the West show held in Hanford on October 15 aboard his familiar Abreu Vineyards No. 24. The two-time Chili Bowl champion has captured four career Stockton Dirt Track wins, including a triumph with the World of Outlaws in 2015. Kaeding earned his Tribute to GP win at the Silver Dollar Speedway in 2008 and will be back aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83 on Saturday. The two-time King of the West titlist has one career Stockton victory.

Golobic is just over a week removed from his big $20,000 victory at the Trophy Cup and will be gunning for his fourth King of the West win of the season at the helm of the Keith Day Trucking No. 22 mount on Saturday. The former World of Outlaws winner claimed his Tribute to GP gold in 2014 and has also raced to big victories this year with the USAC National Midget Tour & the National Sprint League.

More drivers expected on Saturday will include Stockton Salute to LeRoy Van Conett winner Cory Eliason of Fresno, former series champion Sean Becker of Roseville, track record holder Mitchell Faccinto from Hanford, recent Trophy Cup main event winners Willie Croft of Sacramento & Buddy Kofoid of Penngrove, along with Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Mount Vernon, Washington’s Jason Solwold, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

Also in action alongside KWS this Saturday will be the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster. It marks just the third time ever that both series compete on the same night at the same track. Auburn’s Andy Forsberg is in search of an unprecedented ninth series title and goes into the night with a 16-point lead in the standings over Princeton’s Mason Moore. Forsberg won last year’s Civil War portion of the Tribute to GP and swept the 360 weekend alongside the World of Outlaws in March at the track.

Tickets continue to be on sale for the Tribute to Gary Patterson, with reserved upper deck seats $30 & general admission bleacher tickets $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. The front gate is scheduled to open at 4pm, with will call & at track ticket sales beginning at 2pm. To pre-order tickets visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/33rd-annual-tribute-to-gary-patterson---king-of-the-west--civil/dates/Nov-05-2016_at_1200PM

This weekend is also your last chance to purchase tickets for a chance to win the special Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial Quilt. All money raised goes to the Northern Auto Racing Club Benevolent Fund. The winning ticket will be drawn in victory circle this Saturday.

A reminder to teams the Flowmaster Muffler rule is in effect this Saturday.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com





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The 33rd Annual Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend invades the
Stockton Dirt Track on November 4th & 5th

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 26, 2016…The Northern California Sprint Car season comes to a close in a big way next week with the Stockton Dirt Track playing host to the two-night Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend on Friday & Saturday November 4 & 5.

The highlight of the double header is the 33rd annual Tribute to GP on Saturday, which features the only night all season long that the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster are showcased on the very same night. Overall in fact, it will only be the third time it has ever occurred in the 31-year history of KWS & the 26-year history of Civil War.

Each series champion will be crowned in the unique Stockton Dirt Track winner’s circle, where fans are invited to gather around and enjoy the ceremonies. Next week is also the first chance to see the new improvements that are taking place at the track. The lightning fast clay oval has had the front stretch brought closer to the grandstands, something many fans have asked for since it debuted in 2013. A new flag stand has been built to go along with the new scoreboard that debuted in July.

Going into the Tribute to Gary Patterson Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst leads Campbell’s Bud Kaeding by 28-digits at the top of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings. The 28-year-old Hirst is looking to become a three-time series champion and join Brent Kaeding & Jonathan Allard as the third driver to reach three career titles.

Bud Kaeding won at the Stockton Dirt Track on June 18 during the Jimmy Sills Classic and hopes to snatch the title away during championship night. Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Hanford’s DJ Netto and Grass Valley’s Jason Statler round out the top-five in points.

The Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster features an even closer battle at the top of the standings with eight-time series champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn leading Princeton’s Mason Moore by 16-points.

The previous three Winged 360 Sprint Car events at the Stockton Dirt Track, including last year’s Tribute to Gary Patterson have all gone to Forsberg in the familiar C&M Racing No. 7c machine. Chico’s Michael Ing, Roseville’s Sean Becker and Watsonville’s Justin Sanders complete the top-five going into the finale.

Two-time Tribute to Gary Patterson King of the West winner Rico Abreu is also set to be on hand performing double duty, competing with both the King of the West Series & Civil War Series on November 5. The 24-year-old from Rutherford has four career Stockton Dirt Track wins to his credit, which ranks number one since the facility opened. Abreu has had another phenomenal season in 2016, winning the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Iron Man 55 & the Rock-N-Roll Gold Cup among others.

The overall Tribute to GP weekend opens with championship night for the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints, along with Dirt Modfieds, Dwarf Cars & Vintage Cars on the slate. Camping will also be available on the fairgrounds with reservations made by calling 916-370-9417. During the day on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm a car show, driver autograph session & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands. Come early and make a day of it to help us finish off the season with one big party.

Tickets continue to be on sale, with reserved upper deck seats $30 on Saturday November 5 & general admission bleachers $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. All seating during the Friday opener on November 4 is general admission, with adult tickets $15, kids 6-12 only $5 and children 5 & under free. The front gate both nights is scheduled to open at 4pm. On Saturday will call opens & ticket sales begin at 2pm.

To order tickets for Friday’s opener visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/joe-hunt-magneto-wingless-sprint-car-series-championship-finale/dates/Nov-04-2016_at_0500PM & to order tickets for Saturday’s finale visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/33rd-annual-tribute-to-gary-patterson---king-of-the-west--civil/dates/Nov-05-2016_at_1200PM

Known as the “Dancing Phantom from Stockton,” the “Preacher,” the “Hostile Hippie” or just simply “GP,” Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of major wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park among others.

Patterson lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway. This year marks the fourth season in a row that we’ve paid honor to Patterson in Stockton.

The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com

Photos courtesy Paul Trevino & Chuck Fry



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Tribute to Gary Patterson Caps Nor Cal Season

Tickets available for the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend at the newly re-configured Stockton Dirt Track on November 4th & 5th

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – September 14, 2016…With the big show creeping closer and the season starting to wind down tickets are currently on sale for the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 4 & 5.

The November showcase will also be the first chance for teams & fans to see the new improvements that are taking place at the Stockton Dirt Track. The lightning fast clay oval has had the front stretch brought closer to the grandstands, something many fans have asked for since the track debuted in 2013. New light poles are also going up to help illuminate the track to a much better degree. Finally a new flag stand is also being built on the grandstand side of the facility.

All of this is taking place thanks to the hard work of track promoter Tony Noceti and the staff of Noceti Group Inc.

“We want to continue making modifications to the facility so we can give the fans and teams the best track possible,” said Noceti. “I always like to talk with the race fans and the racers to get ideas on how we can improve things here at the Stockton Dirt Track. Luckily we had the opportunity to move the track closer, so we have been working hard on that to get it ready for the Tribute to Gary Patterson. The November show has been a really fun event the last few years and we hope everyone will come out to see the new track and everything else we are doing. In moving the track closer we are able to keep the victory lane area intact, so we’ll still continue to bring the cars over into the grandstand side.”

The weekend is highlighted once again by championship night for both the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster on Saturday November 5. Winged 410’s & 360’s on one card will surely cap the Northern California season in style as usual. It’s also the only event all season long that both of California’s premier Winged Sprint Car tours compete on the same night at the same track. Friday November 4 also features the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series, Dwarf Cars, Dirt Modifieds & Vintage Cars.

We invite everyone to come make a weekend out of it, at what is the final dirt Sprint Car event of the 2016 campaign in Northern California.

To order tickets for Friday’s opener visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/joe-hunt-magneto-wingless-sprint-car-series-championship-finale/dates/Nov-04-2016_at_0500PM & to order tickets for Saturday’s finale visit https://noceti-group.ticketleap.com/33rd-annual-tribute-to-gary-patterson---king-of-the-west--civil/dates/Nov-05-2016_at_1200PM

Camping will also be available on the fairgrounds during the weekend with reservations made by calling 916-370-9417. Pricing & other info for the weekend can be found at http://stocktondirttrack.com/eventschedule.html

Known as the “Dancing Phantom from Stockton,” the “Preacher,” the “Hostile Hippie” or just simply “GP,” Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of major wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park among others.

Patterson lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway. November 4 & 5 will be the fourth season in a row that we’ve paid honor to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track. The best California has to offer in Winged Sprint Car racing will be on hand to finish off the 2016 season in Northern California.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/




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The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series kicks-off big stretch of racing with Hanford/Stockton double header this Saturday & Sunday

Weekend includes rescheduled Salute to Leroy Van Conett

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – July 5, 2016…
One of the most exciting stretches of the season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series fires-off with a big double header of action starting this Saturday at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, followed by the Stockton Dirt Track’s rescheduled Salute to LeRoy Van Conett on Sunday.

The event this Saturday marks the first of two season appearances at the Keller Auto Speedway 3/8 mile clay oval, located on the Kings County Fairgrounds. The series has a rich history competing at the “King of the Dirt Tracks” in the month of July, which dates back to the days of the Pombo/Sargent Classic that was held every summer in Hanford. Following this weekend’s outing the King of the West 410’s will also return on Saturday October 15 for the prestigious Cotton Classic.

The special showcase honoring LeRoy Van Conett at the Stockton Dirt Track then gives fans something they’ve always asked for in California, Sunday racing! The event came about following a rainout on May 21 of the previously scheduled attempt of the show. Instead of canceling the night all together, track & series officials decided to give Sunday July 10 a try. It will certainly be a trial run to see if Sunday racing is a viable part of the landscape in Northern California.

Things will begin one hour early on Sunday in Stockton, with drivers meeting at 3:45pm and opening ceremonies/ heat races at 6pm.

LeRoy Van Conett was born in Stockton and would go on to become one of the very best to ever sit behind the wheel of a Sprint Car in California. The driver simply known as the “Dragon from Galt” is the all-time leader in wins at the famed Calistoga Speedway half-mile, with 31 total victories to his name. He also ranks second in all-time Northern Auto Racing Club wins & championships. T-shirts will be available and Van Conett will be on hand during the night for autographs, plus a meet & greet.

Going into the weekend two-time King of the West 410 champion Kyle Hirst sits atop the series standings by nine-markers over Bud Kaeding of Campbell. Hirst has two victories to his credit so far this year and has been a mark of consistency, finishing on the podium in four of the seven events held thus far aboard his Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x machine. After another solid tour of Australia in the off-season the 28-year-old has been ultra sharp since the start of the U.S. campaign.

Kaeding is fresh off his King of the West leading third win of the season on June 25 in Calistoga at the helm of the familiar Williams Motorsports/ Alviso Rock 0 Sprinter. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ also captured the recent series event at the Stockton Dirt Track on June 18. Kaeding will look for a strong weekend to try and close even further on the point lead. Last season’s King of the West championship battle was also between the Tarlton & Williams Motorsports teams and looks to be the same again.

Hanford’s DJ Netto goes into his home track on Saturday sitting 72-points out of the lead and within striking distance going into a busy stretch. The driver of the Netto Agriculture No. 88n will be gunning for his first victory of the 2016 season this weekend. Continuing his first full King of the West campaign Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox rounds out the top-five going into weekend. Cox is coming off his first career King of the West fast time & a top-five finish in the feature on June 24 at Ocean Speedway behind the wheel of the Berco Redwood No. 31c mount.

One of the new combinations that has come to fruition since the last King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event is Los Angeles driver Tyler Walker taking over controls of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c machine. Walker, the 2009 series champion, captured three main event wins last season in KWS competition. During his championship year in ’09 he also set the King of the West single-season win record by capturing nine features overall.

More drivers expected to take part in the weekend will include Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Fresno’s Craig Stidham & Steven Kent, Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Sacramento’s Stephen Ingraham, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

The pit gate opens at 1:30pm this Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, with the front gate opening at 5pm and first heat scheduled for around 7pm. Adult tickets cost $20, with students & seniors $17 and kids 5 & under free. All seating is general admission. Box seats are available for reservation. Box includes 8 folding chairs. Cost to reserve is $200.00. Call 559-651-1990.

The Keller Auto Speedway is a 3/8 mile clay oval located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The physical address is 801 S. 10th Ave. Hanford, Ca 93230. More info can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com

Fans that pre-purchase their Sunday tickets for Stockton by Wednesday at 5pm can save $5 as opposed to buying them at the gate. To pre-order your tickets for will call pickup starting at 3pm simply contact 916-370-9417. Fans that pre-buy their tickets will be allowed to enter the grandstands one hour early at 3pm through a special gate. Seating is first come first serve. The front gate for tickets bought the day of will open at 4pm.

Pre-sale lower deck tickets for Sunday cost $15 & pre-sale upper deck tickets cost $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower deck. Adult tickets on the day of the race will cost $20 for the lower deck & $25 for the upper deck. All the info you need to know can be found at www.stocktondirttrack.com

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Upcoming King of the West Series events through July

Saturday July 9: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford
Sunday July 10: Stockton Dirt Track (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)
Saturday July 16: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville (Sixth annual Howard Kaeding Classic)
Friday July 22: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare (Third annual Peter Murphy Classic)
Saturday July 23: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare (Third annual Peter Murphy Classic)
Saturday July 30: Placerville Speedway - Placerville

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Bud Kaeding wins a final lap thriller at the Jimmy Sills Classic in Stockton on Saturday
with the King of the West Sprint Car Series


By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA – June 18, 2016…In a race fitting to honor the legendary Jimmy Sills on Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding was able to get by Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto on the final lap of the main event en route to his second King of the West victory of the season.

Kaeding & Sills happen to be the only three-time champions in the storied history of the USAC Silver Crown Series and in another ironic tie in, Kaeding also passed Sills to win his very first 410 Sprint Car race at the Pombo/Sargent Classic in 1997.

The win was Kaeding’s very first at the Stockton Dirt Track and the 14th of his King of the West career, moving him into a tie with Jason Meyers for eighth on the all-time series list. After finishing runner up in points the last two-years he is currently locked in a tight three-way battle with Kyle Hirst & Jonathan Allard with five races complete.

“That sure was a fun one right there,” said a joyful Kaeding after executing some donuts and leaping from the familiar Williams Motorsports 0 Sprinter. “It means a lot to win the Jimmy Sills Classic and to do it like that makes it even sweeter. Jimmy was one of my favorites growing up along with my dad. I still remember racing & passing him to win my first 410 race back in the day. I can’t thank this whole ZERO team enough for all their hard work. I’m glad we could give Morrie & Katie Williams another win tonight.”

The 30-lap Jimmy Sills Classic started out with pole sitter Faccinto jumping into the lead, while in search of his first ever King of the West win. The second generation driver did a fantastic job in holding off the relentless charges of Fresno’s Cory Eliason over the first half of the race. Eliason was looking for his second career series win and looked very strong in hounding Faccinto’s rear bumper, but would drop to third on lap 17 when Chico’s Jonathan Allard made the move to get by. At that time you could throw a blanket over the top-five as the action intensified over the later stages.

On lap 21 Kaeding then shot by Eliason to claim third, before dispatching of Allard for second one circuit later. He then slowly closed in on Faccinto while driving hard to the high side through turns three & four. Kaeding continued to get a huge launch down the front stretch with the higher line and when the white flag waved he made his move. As the pair raced into one & two for the final time he motored to the inside of Faccinto and inched his way to the lead down the back stretch. That was all she wrote for Kaeding, as he charged through the final corners to take the Ed Entz checkered flag for victory.

Although disappointed Faccinto matched his career best King of the West finish in second aboard the Western Metal Company No. 37 mount. “That one definitely hurts right there,” he commented. “I hate it for all my guys, because I feel like I let them down on the final lap. But it was still a really good night for us and I want to thank everyone that makes it possible to drive this 37 car. We’ll now move on to a couple of tracks that I really like next week with KWS and try to get a win there.”

Allard crossed the stripe in third to cap a solid night in the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c machine. “I really wanted to give my team a win tonight, so I’m a little bummed to come home in third, but we’re continuing to get better & better,” he said. “Jimmy Sills was a hero of mine growing up and I think it’s really cool that we have an event in his honor here at Stockton. I want to thank Clyde & Marion Lamar and all my guys. We are looking forward to Watsonville & Calistoga next week.”

Sacramento’s Willie Croft made some nice moves to come home fourth at the conclusion, as did Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, who tallied his second top-five finish of the season. The top-10 was completed by Paradise, Ca’s Kyle Hirst, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Eliason and Penngrove’s Chase Johnson.

Mitchell Faccinto won the dash, while the three 10-lap heat races were picked off by Jonathan Allard, DJ Netto and Bud Kaeding. Willie Croft opened the night by pacing the 20-car field in qualifying with a lap of 13.522 around the Stockton Dirt Track.

A-main finish: 1. 0 Bud Kaeding, 2. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 3. 3c Jonathan Allard, 4. 29 Willie Croft, 5. 17 Justin Sanders, 6. 21x Kyle Hirst, 7. 88n DJ Netto, 8. 3 Craig Stidham, 9. 5h Cory Eliason, 10. 68 Chase Johnson, 11. 31c Justyn Cox, 12. 7 Steven Kent, 13. 98 Sean Watts, 14. 12 Jarrett Soares, 15. 93 Stephen Ingram, 16. 00 Jason Statler, 17. 49 Mike Monahan, 18. 54 Bill Hopper, 19. 2r Richard Brace Jr.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be right back in action this coming week. Friday night will find the tour at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway for the 31st annual Pombo/Sargent Classic, before heading to the famed Calistoga Speedway half-mile on Saturday for the Wine Country Classic.

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The San Joaquin County Fair & Stockton Dirt Track play host to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series round five this Saturday

By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA – June 15, 2016…Following a rain out last month the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to make its first visit of the season to the Stockton Dirt Track for the inaugural running of the Jimmy Sills Classic, as part of the San Joaquin County Fair this Saturday June 18.

The event will be the ninth ever appearance by the King of the West Sprint Cars to the centrally located venue that opened in the spring of 2013. It marks the first of three stops this season, with the rescheduled Salute to LeRoy Van Conett coming up in less than a month on Sunday July 10. The series will also end the year at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 5 with the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.

This Saturday’s King of the West showcase at the track honors Hall of Famer Jimmy Sills, who accumulated 44 total wins during his Northern Auto Racing Club/ Golden State King of the West career. He also captured a number of events that are still taking place today with the series, including the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial, the Pombo/Sargent Classic and the aforementioned Tribute to Gary Patterson. Shirts will be on sale & Sills will be available for autographs under the main grandstand.

Going into the Jimmy Sills Classic a three-horse race has developed towards the front of the standings, with two-time King of the West champion Kyle Hirst holding a 12-point advantage over second place Bud Kaeding & a 17-digit advantage over third running Jonathan Allard. Hirst has captured two of the four events held thus far in 2016 and will be gunning for his first Stockton Dirt Track win on Saturday. Last season the 28-year-old came close in August, only to have Tyler Walker sneak under by on the final corner.

Along with Sills, Bud Kaeding is the only other three-time champion with the national touring USAC Silver Crown Series and hopes to chip away at the KWS point lead on Saturday. The reigning Trophy Cup winner, like Hirst, will be looking for his first victory at the Stockton 3/8 mile clay oval. Allard ended last season by winning the Tribute to GP in Stockton and has gained speed in recent weeks. The three-time KWS champ usually gets hot this time of year and that bodes well with the busiest stretch for the series coming up.

Hanford’s DJ Netto & Elk Grove veteran Bobby McMahan round out the top-five going into Saturday. More drivers expected will include Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Murrieta’s Cori Andrews, Sacramento’s Stephen Ingraham and others.

With paid admission to the fair, upper deck grandstand tickets cost just $10 & lower deck tickets are only $5 this Saturday. Adult fair admission is $10, kids 6-12 will be $5 and children 5 & under are free. Seniors, students & military with id cost $7. The front gate opens at 4pm, with first heat scheduled for around 7pm.

Career Winged Sprint Car wins at the Stockton Dirt Track: Rico Abreu (4), Andy Forsberg & Donny Schatz (3), Dominic Scelzi & Jonathan Allard (2), Kyle Larson, Willie Croft, Tim Kaeding, Kerry Madsen, Andy Gregg, Colby Copeland, Shane Golobic, Tyler Walker (1).

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos, the All Star Modified Tour and Ocean Speedway.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit
http://www.stocktondirttrack.com

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com




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The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series sanctioned Jimmy Sills Classic invades the Stockton Dirt Track this Saturday June 18

By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA
–June 13, 2016…This Saturday June 18 the Stockton Dirt Track will continue its season of honoring racing legends & Hall of Famers, as the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series ventures to the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds for the Jimmy Sills Classic.

In his storied career Jimmy Sills tallied a number of major accomplishments including six wins at the Skagit Speedway Dirt Cup in Washington, which ranks number one all time at the prestigious event. One of his more revered wins at the race came in 1980 when he ran the alphabet soup from the D-main to beat out the late great Gary Patterson for the victory.

In addition to that and his three USAC Silver Crown titles, the “Professor” has also scored wins at the Mini Gold Cup, the Oval Nationals, Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic, the Jayhawk Nationals, Ohio Speedweek, the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial, Tribute to Gary Patterson and countless other major events. In 1983 he captured a preliminary night at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals and went on to finish fifth in the Saturday finale.

Sills was also the all-time leader in victories at the now defunct Baylands Raceway Park and throughout the years has claimed wins in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. All in all the Elverta, California resident has been one of the most respected short track racers to ever come out of the Golden State and we look forward to honoring him this Saturday night. Sills was bestowed one of the highest honors a driver can receive when he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2006.

“I remember Jimmy Sills being almost untouchable at Baylands Raceway when I was an announcer there,” commented past operations manager with the King of the West Series George Hague. “He practically owned the place and had so many wins in that Bailey Bros 01. Watching him get around Baylands was quite simply a thing of beauty. What he accomplished in the USAC Silver Crown Series was also something special. When you think about legendary drivers to come out of California you certainly put Jimmy Sills near the top in that category.”

The multiple-time World of Outlaws winner was also owner & operator of the Jimmy Sills School of Open Wheel Racing at Marysville Raceway and helped train many of the Sprint Car drivers still competing today. Showing skills early on in his career, the man also known as “Buckwheat” was the first rookie driver to win a main event at Sacramento’s famed West Capital Raceway in 1973. That triumph came in just his sixth career super modified start.

Sills will have event shirts for sale & will be available for autographs under the main grandstand on Saturday. In addition to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series the new IMCA All Star Modified Tour will also be in competition this Saturday. Like KWS the traveling dirt modified circuit is held under the Prentice Motorsports Group banner and has put on a couple of great shows to begin the season in Tulare & Merced.

This weekend’s Jimmy Sills Classic is also a part of the San Joaquin County Fair. With paid admission to the fair, upper deck grandstand tickets cost just $10 & lower deck tickets are only $5. Pre-sale race tickets to be held at will call & picked up on day of race can be purchased by also calling 916-370-9417.

Adult fair admission is $10, kids 6-12 will be $5 and children 5 & under are free. Seniors, students & military with id cost $7. Fair admission can be pre-bought at https://sanjoaquinfairgrounds.com/fair/ & features a $2 discount until June 14 using the code 2off at checkout.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit
http://www.stocktondirttrack.com

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com





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Salute to LeRoy Van Conett at the Stockton Dirt Track rescheduled for Sunday July 10th featuring the King of the West 410 Sprints & Wingless Sprints presented by Hunt Magnetos

By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA
–June 1, 2016…After raining out on May 21 the Stockton Dirt Track & King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series are happy & excited to reschedule the inaugural running of the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett for Sunday July 10.

As previously scheduled the Wingless Sprints presented by Hunt Magnetos will also remain on the card, for what will be a twilight show starting around an hour earlier than normal to get everyone on the road at a decent hour. The event held to honor eight-time Northern Auto Racing Club champion & National Sprint Car Hall of Famer LeRoy Van Conett was put on hold due to persistent rain showers on May 21. Despite the wet weather it didn’t fully dampen the spirits of Stockton Dirt Track promoter Tony Noceti.

“The rain on May 21 was definitely a bummer, but we knew that this is one event we had to make up,” he said. “Being able to honor a figure like LeRoy Van Conett is pretty special and we’re excited to hold the event now on Sunday July 10. There isn’t a lot of Sunday racing in California, but fans have always asked about it, so we hope everyone comes on out. We’ll start the show a little earlier and streamline the program to get everyone home early. We hope the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett becomes an annual event here at the Stockton Dirt Track.”

A special ticketing offer is also being put in place for the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett Sunday showcase in July. Fans that pre-purchase their tickets can save $5 as opposed to buying them at the gate. To pre-order your tickets for will call pickup simply contact 916-370-9417.

Pre-sale lower deck tickets for July 10 cost $15 & pre-sale upper deck tickets cost $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower deck. Fans that pre-buy their tickets will also be allowed to enter the grandstands early through a special gate. Seating in both the lower & upper deck is first come first serve. Adult tickets on the day of the race will cost $20 for the lower deck & $25 for the upper deck.

The rescheduled date takes place one night after the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series competes at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. The July 9 & 10 double header weekend becomes another part of an already action packed summer of racing for the series. The July 10 make-up date is also ironically the birthday of the late great Gary Patterson, who we pay tribute to later this year in Stockton.

KWS will also invade the Stockton Dirt Track prior to that on Saturday June 18 for the upcoming Jimmy Sills Classic, which is a part of the San Joaquin County Fair. With paid admission to the fair, upper deck grandstand tickets cost $10 & lower deck tickets are $5. Pre-sale race tickets to be held at will call & picked up on day of race can be purchased by also calling 916-370-9417.

Adult fair admission is $10, kids 6-12 will be $5 and children 5 & under are free. Seniors, students & military with id cost $7. Fair admission can be pre-bought at https://sanjoaquinfairgrounds.com/fair/ & features a $2 discount until June 14 using the code 2off at checkout.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos can be found at http://www.racepmg.com







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King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Joe Hunt Magneto Wingless Sprints takes to the Stockton Dirt track for inaugural Salute to LeRoy Van Conett this Saturday

By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA
– May 17, 2016…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is ready to invade the centrally located Stockton Dirt Track for the first time in 2016 this Saturday night May 21 for the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett.

The night of competition will be the first of three season appearances at the 3/8 mile clay oval, now in its fourth year of operation on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. The King of the West 410’s will also return to Stockton on Saturday June 18 for the Jimmy Sills Classic and conclude the year on Saturday November 5 with the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.

This Saturday night honors retired Galt, CA racer LeRoy Van Conett, who was born in Stockton and would go on to become one of the very best to wheel a Sprint Car in California. Special event shirts will be available under the grandstands and LeRoy will be on hand during the night for autographs. A live band will also perform prior to the races.

The driver simply known as the “Dragon from Galt” is the all-time leader in wins at the famed Calistoga Speedway half-mile, with 31 victories to his credit. He also captured the track title seven-times in his illustrious career. Van Conett claimed 65 career wins with the now defunct Northern Auto Racing Club and eight series titles, both of which rank second to only Campbell’s Brent Kaeding.

In 1976 he scored victory at the Gold Cup Race of Champions and in 1999 was bestowed one of the highest honors any driver can receive, by being inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Competing alongside the KWS Winged 410 Sprints on Saturday will be the Wingless Sprint Cars presented by Hunt Magnetos, a series that provided exciting action last year at the Stockton Dirt Track.

On the King of the West side of things Sacramento’s Willie Croft goes into this Saturday night as arguably the driver to beat. The veteran has been fantastic all season long and is fresh off a victory last week at the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial in Tulare. Croft won a Winged 360 event at the Stockton Dirt Track in June of 2013.

The other two King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series events held this year have been captured by two-time series champion Kyle Hirst of Paradise & Campbell’s Bud Kaeding. Hirst & Kaeding will both be in action at the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett, each gunning for their first career Stockton Dirt Track triumph respectively. Earlier this year Hirst charged forward to earn a podium finish during the World of Outlaws Stockton finale. Kaeding currently leads Hirst by two-digits at the top of the standings.

More drivers expected on Saturday will include past Stockton Dirt Track winners Jonathan Allard of Chico, Dominic Scelzi of Fresno & Fremont’s Shane Golobic, along with Hanford’s DJ Netto, Roseville’s Sean Becker, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

Premium upper deck tickets this Saturday May 21 will cost $25, with lower deck tickets $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower deck bleachers. Tickets can be acquired by contacting 916-370-9417. The ticket booth and main gate opens at 4pm. Cars are expected to be on track a little after 5pm, with qualifying around 6 and heat races scheduled to begin around 7.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com





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Stockton Dirt Track hosts the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Wingless Sprints presented by Hunt Magnetos on May 21 in the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett

By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA – May 2, 2016…After being silent since the World of Outlaws weekend in mid-March the Stockton Dirt Track will finally return to life on Saturday May 21, with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Wingless Sprints presented by Hunt Magnetos invading the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.

The night of action pays honor to the legendary LeRoy Van Conett, who was born in Stockton and would go on to become one of the very best to ever sit behind the wheel of a Sprint Car in California.

The driver simply known as the “Dragon from Galt” is the all-time leader in career wins at the famed Calistoga Speedway half-mile, with 31 victories to his credit. He captured the track title seven-times in his illustrious career.

Van Conett also claimed 65 career wins with the Northern Auto Racing Club and eight series titles, both of which rank second to only Campbell’s Brent Kaeding.

In 1976 he scored victory at the Gold Cup Race of Champions and in 1999 was given one of the highest honors any driver can receive, by being inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Special event shirts will be available on May 21 and Van Conett will be on hand during the night for autographs.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series has competed in two events so far this season, with Campbell’s Bud Kaeding and Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst claiming victories respectively. Kaeding & Hirst will be in action at the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett and both will be gunning for their first career Stockton Dirt Track triumph.

More drivers set to tackle the Stockton Dirt Track on May 21 will be Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Roseville’s Willie Croft & Sean Becker, Chico’s Jonathan Allard, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares and others.

The night of racing will also be the season-opener for the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos. Last year the tour provided some great competition at the Stockton Dirt Track alongside the King of the West 410 Sprints.

Upper deck tickets on Saturday May 21 will cost $25, with lower deck tickets $20. Kids 10 & under are free in the lower deck bleachers. Tickets can be acquired by contacting 916-370-9417. The ticket booth and main gate opens at 4pm.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com

Information on the King of the West 410 Series & Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos can be found at http://www.racepmg.com

Career Winged Sprint Car wins at the Stockton Dirt Track

Rico Abreu 4
Andy Forsberg 3
Donny Schatz 3
Dominic Scelzi 2
Jonathan Allard 2
Kyle Larson
Willie Croft
Tim Kaeding
Kerry Madsen
Andy Gregg
Colby Copeland
Shane Golobic
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Two-time Chili Bowl Nationals champion Rico Abreu looks for more Stockton glory
at the FVP Western Spring Shootout March 18 & 19


By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – February 29, 2016…In the brief history of the Stockton Dirt Track no driver has taken the checkered flag more than Rutherford’s Rico Abreu, who looks to defend his win from a year ago at the upcoming FVP Western Spring Shootout on Friday & Saturday March 18 & 19.

Despite competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year, Abreu will also have a healthy slate of open wheel racing on his plate, which includes a visit to the Stockton Dirt Track to take on the World of Outlaws in the FVP Western Spring Shootout. The 24-year-old will be pulling double duty at the event, also competing aboard a Winged 360 Sprint Car both nights on March 18 & 19.

“We’ve had a lot of success at Stockton,” said Abreu, who has three career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series wins. “I’m really excited about this season, having the chance to run with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is an outstanding opportunity, but still running so much on the dirt is a good thing as well. Hopefully we will have a good weekend in Stockton. It’s never easy running against the Outlaws, but I definitely have a lot of confidence knowing that we won this race last year. We look forward to seeing all the fans and hope they will pack the grandstands like usual.”

In addition to his World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win last season, Abreu has raced to three other career victories at the Stockton Dirt Track, including the 2013 Tribute to Gary Patterson with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. He also claimed the Civil War 360 Series portion of the Tribute to GP in 2014 and captured opening night of the FVP Western Spring Shootout that same year, in what was a non-sanctioned 360 Sprint Car event.

The 2016 season has already started off solid for Abreu, racing to a big victory for the consecutive year at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This season saw a record 335 drivers compete at the Chili Bowl and Abreu captured both his preliminary night feature, along with the 55-lap finale on Saturday.

As noted, Winged 360 Sprint Cars will also race each night, paying $3,000-to-win, along with a $2000 double down bonus up for grabs if someone sweeps the weekend. The 360 Dash both nights will also feature $1000 distributed to the top three finishers. The winner will receive $500, second place $300 & third place will score $200. Thanks to Reeve's Sand & Gravel, Sunny Valley Smoked Meats, the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival & Noceti Group Inc. for the extra Dash money.

Two-night adult General Admission tickets for the FVP Western Spring Shootout weekend at the Stockton Dirt Track are available for a great value at just $59 & two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost only $69. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children 10 & under are free in G.A. only. To reserve your seats simply visit https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=195 or call (844) 347-8849.

Camping is also available during the weekend. To reserve your spot contact 916-370-9417. We will do our best to accommodate everyone as well as we can. There is a two-day minimum for camping at the event with the cost being $33 a night. Remember to bring extension cords, water hoses, water hose Y’s, & in-ground water spigots if you have them. For a map of the campground visit http://stocktondirttrack.com/rv_camping.pdf

Friday night following the races there will be a party on the VIP deck of the main grandstand. Drinks & food will be available for purchase and everyone is encouraged to stop by and hang out. The party will be in close proximity to the pit area & campground. There will also be a Saturday morning breakfast held on the fairgrounds for the second straight year.

Delta Speedway, also located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, will be running a special race on Thursday March 17, making it a three-night happening on the grounds. The Delta Speedway is just a short walk across the parking lot from the camping area behind the grandstands at the Dirt Track.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com



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World of Outlaws champ Donny Schatz looks to continue recent Golden State success
March 18th & 19th at the Stockton Dirt Track


By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – February 9, 2016…The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season officially kicks-off this Friday night at the Volusia Speedway Park in Florida, where Donny Schatz opens his title defense looking to bring home an eighth career series title. Schatz & the rest of the Outlaws will tackle the Stockton Dirt Track in just over a month’s time on Friday & Saturday March 18 & 19 in the FVP Western Spring Shootout.

Narrowly missing out on a victory in 2014, the Fargo, North Dakota veteran returned this past season to claim a scintillating feature in Stockton, narrowly beating out Shane Stewart by 0.220 seconds on opening night of the FVP Western Spring Shootout. After not winning in the Golden State since 2012, Schatz had his best ever season in California last year, also scoring the Mini Gold Cup & Gold Cup in Chico, the Brad Sweet Short Track Showdown in Placerville and the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown in Calistoga.

Overall last season Schatz raced to an amazing 31 wins with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and captured the title by a massive 544-points. Included in those triumphs was his ninth victory in the sports biggest event, the FVP Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa. Schatz will be gunning to have another career year in 2016 aboard the Tony Stewart Racing/ Bad Boy Buggies No. 15 machine. The California swing will once again play a major part in developing momentum for the rest of the season.

Winged 360 Sprint Cars will also share the spotlight both nights at the Stockton Dirt Track on March 18 & 19. Each night will pay $3,000-to-win and if a driver sweeps the weekend there is an extra $2,000 double down bonus up for grabs. It will be the eighth & ninth time that Winged 360 Sprints compete at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds facility. A number of drivers have already expressed desire to take part in the non-sanctioned 360 portion of the FVP Western Spring Shootout.

Camping is also available during the weekend with a number of great spots for RV’s on the fairgrounds. To reserve your spot contact 916-370-9417. We will do our best to accommodate everyone as well as we can. There is a two-day minimum for camping at the event with the cost being $33 a night. Remember to bring extension cords, water hoses, water hose Y’s, & in-ground water spigots if you have them. For a map of the campground visit http://stocktondirttrack.com/rv_camping.pdf

Friday night following the races there will be a party on the VIP deck of the main grandstand. Drinks & food will be available for purchase and everyone is encouraged to attend. The party will be in close proximity to the pit area & campground. There will also be a Saturday morning breakfast held on the fairgrounds for the second straight year.

Two-night adult General Admission tickets for the FVP Western Spring Shootout weekend at the Stockton Dirt Track are available for a great value at just $59 & two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost only $69. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children 10 & under are free in G.A. only. To reserve your seats simply visit https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=195 or call (844) 347-8849.

Delta Speedway, also located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, will be running a special race on Thursday March 17, making it a three-night happening on the grounds. The Delta Speedway is just a short walk across the parking lot from the camping area behind the grandstands at the Dirt Track.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

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Winged 360 Sprint Car addition to World of Outlaws weekend at the Stockton Dirt Track
make it a must see on Friday & Saturday March 18 & 19, 2016


By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – January 7, 2016…If you are a fan of Winged Sprint Car racing the place to be on Friday & Saturday March 18 & 19 is without a doubt the Stockton Dirt Track for the third annual FVP Western Spring Shootout.

Not only will the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series be on hand for the weekend, but Winged 360 Sprint Cars have also been added to the card each night. The Winged 360’s will run under no sanction, but will follow PMG 360 (Civil War/ Taco Bravo) rules. Each night will pay $3,000-to-win and if a driver ends up winning both nights there is an extra $2,000 double down bonus up for grabs.

The expansion to have both 410’s & 360’s during the weekend continues the trend of the Stockton Dirt Track attempting to form marquee events each season.

“We’re excited to have the Winged 360 Sprints compete alongside the World of Outlaws on March 18 & 19 at the Stockton Dirt Track,” said promoter Tony Noceti. “It really is a Sprint Car lover’s dream weekend and it gets even better when you add in the special show at Delta Speedway on Thursday night. We want to create major events like this and get as many campers to the fairgrounds as we can. Going to the races is so much more than just watching cars go around the track. It’s about friendships, camaraderie, enjoying a cold or hot beverage and having a good time. Our focus here is to continue improving the fan experience and we’re trying to do as much as possible to give everyone the most bang for their buck as we can.”

Last year’s World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event featured two thrilling nights of racing, with the opener seeing eventual Outlaw champion Donny Schatz come out on top of a photo finish with Shane Stewart. The finale was then captured by California favorite Rico Abreu, who battled his way past Terry McCarl for the popular win.

Two-night adult General Admission tickets for the FVP Western Spring Shootout weekend at the Stockton Dirt Track are available for a great value at just $59 & two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost only $69. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children 10 & under are free in G.A. only. To reserve your seats simply visit https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=195 or call (844) 347-8849.

Camping will also be available during the weekend with a number of great spots for RV’s and Campers on the fairgrounds. To reserve your spot contact 916-370-9417. We will do our best to accommodate everyone as well as we can. There is a two-day minimum for camping at the event with the cost being $33 a night. Friday night following the races there will be a party on the VIP deck of the main grandstand. Drinks & food will be available and everyone is encouraged to attend. The party will be in close proximity to the pit & camping area. There will also be a Saturday morning breakfast held for the second straight year.

Delta Speedway, also located on the Fairgrounds, as noted will be running a special race on Thursday March 17, making it a three-night happening on the property. Plans are to once again have a few special guests compete aboard a Micro Sprint during the night. The Delta Speedway is just a short walk across the parking lot from the camping area behind the grandstands at the Dirt Track.

FVP, a premier producer of high quality original equipment auto products, returns as title sponsor for the spring weekend destination event at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds facility, where each night will be a separate points-paying race for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. FVP products are engineered to provide their customers with quality products that are equal or superior in performance to the major national brands at a competitive price.

Weekend Schedule at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds-

Thursday March 17: Delta Speedway - Super 600, Non-Wing, Restricted and Jr. Sprints
Friday March 18: Stockton Dirt Track - World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series & Winged 360 Sprint Cars
Saturday March 19: Stockton Dirt Track - World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series & Winged 360 Sprint Cars

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com

Info on the World of Outlaws can be viewed at http://www.woosprint.com



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The 32nd Annual Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend is coming to the Stockton Dirt Track on
November 6th & 7th as the KWS & Civil War Championship Battles Highlight Double Header


By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 28, 2015…The Northern California dirt Sprint Car season comes to a close in a big way next week when the Stockton Dirt Track plays host to the two-night Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend on November 6 & 7.

The highlight of the double header is the 32nd annual Tribute to GP on Saturday, which features the only night all season long that the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster are showcased on the very same night. In fact, it will be only the second time it has ever occurred in the 30-year history of KWS & the 25-year history of Civil War.

Each series champion will be crowned in the unique Stockton Dirt Track winner’s circle, where fans are invited to gather around and enjoy the ceremonies. Both series also feature extremely close point battles at the top of the standings going into the finale. Neither title has been decided, which means it all comes down to November 7.

Going into the Tribute to Gary Patterson Lemoore’s Carson Macedo leads the King of the West standings by only three-points over Campbell’s Bud Kaeding. Macedo, at age 19 is trying to become the second youngest series champion behind Kyle Larson, while Kaeding, a three-time USAC Silver Crown champion & recent Trophy Cup winner, is looking to join his father Brent & brother Tim as a KWS titlist.

The Civil War Series features a close three-horse race between Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Fremont’s Shane Golobic & Watsonville’s Justin Sanders. Forsberg is looking for his eighth Civil War title, while Golobic is hoping to go back-to-back after winning last year. Sanders’ is gunning to cap the season by winning his 21st main event to try and claim his first Civil War championship.

The ultra tight battles make this the most anticipated championship finale in years and one that California fans do not want to miss.

The overall weekend opens with championship night for the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints, along with BCRA Midgets & Dwarf Cars on the card. San Jose’s Gary Nelson Jr. looks to wrap up the Hunt Series title and goes into the finale leading Santa Rosa driver Klint Simpson by 27-points. Midget auto racing in Northern California can be traced back to the sport’s first ever race on June 4, 1933 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento. BCRA has sanctioned countless events in the Stockton area, with this being the fourth ever appearance at the Dirt Track.

Tickets are on sale for the final major dirt race in Nor Cal this season, with reserved upper deck seats $30 on Saturday November 7 and general admission bleachers $20. Kids 6-12 are half price and five & under are free in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. All seating during the Friday opener on November 6 is general admission, with adult tickets just $15, kids 6-12 only $5 and children 5 & under free. The front gate both nights is scheduled to open at 4pm. On Saturday will call opens & ticket sales begin at 2pm.

To order tickets contact 916-370-9417 from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Pre-sale ends on Thursday November 5 at 5pm. During the day on Saturday from noon till 4pm a car show & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands. Camping is also available, with reservations taken until Monday November 2.

Known as the Dancing Phantom from Stockton, the Preacher, the Hostile Hippie or just simply GP, Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of major wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup in Washington and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park among others.

Patterson lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend in 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. GP moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway. The 2015 season will be the third time we’ve paid honor to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track. The best California has to offer in Winged Sprint Car racing will be on hand to finish off the dirt track campaign in Northern California.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

Info on the King of the West Series, Civil War Series & the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Series can be found at www.racepmg.com and info on the Bay Cities Racing Association can be found at www.bcraracing.com

Photos courtesy Chuck Fry & TDS Shots

 



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Cory Eliason claims first career King of the West win while the series point fight tightens up at the 30th Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic on Saturday October 24th!

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 25, 2015…

After being close numerous times in the past Selma’s Cory Eliason left nothing on the table Saturday night at the 30th Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic in Hanford, dominating the 30-lap main event to score his first ever King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory.

Eliason started on the pole at Keller Auto Speedway on Saturday and impressively checked out from the rest of the field, charging to a half-lap lead during much of the later stages. The 24-year-old took the Ed Entz checkered flag by a staggering 7.557 seconds over his nearest competitor to capture the big victory aboard his Reitz Almond Harvesting/ Driven Performance No. 00jr machine. An excited Eliason leaped to the top of his car in celebration after turning some donuts on the infield. He became the 74th driver to win a King of the West race since the series started in 1986.

“Wow I can’t believe we just did that so I don’t really know what to say, but this is pretty awesome to get our first King of the West win tonight,” commented Eliason, who was this year’s Keller Auto Speedway track champion. “We’ve been really fast all season and things just haven’t really gone our way at times. It’s such a special feeling to win the Cotton Classic and I can’t thank my team enough. We had Cori Guy helping out tonight and this car was on rails. We also have some guys on our crew that haven’t committed to next year so I’m happy to give them a win tonight as well. I’m really pumped to get my name on the KWS & Cotton Classic winner’s list.”

The only stoppage during the feature came on the initial attempt when Hanford’s DJ Netto got sideways and spun around to a stop on the front stretch. After that the main event clicked off 30-laps consecutively in very quick fashion. First year King of the West full-time driver Mitchell Faccinto ran a strong race to earn his career best series finish on Saturday, crossing the stripe in the second position. The Hanford native had a very solid night, also qualifying second fastest to begin the evening at the helm of his Western Metal Company/ TSG Recycling No. 37 Sprinter. It was nice to see Faccinto have a good outing after numerous moments of bad luck this year.

“It feels really good to have a strong night and finish second here at the Cotton Classic at my home track,” said Faccinto, whose runner up finish was also his first King of the West Sprint Car Series podium effort. “We’ve had some bad luck that has taken away some better finishes this season, but we’ve learned a lot racing with the King of the West 410’s this year. I really want to thank this whole 37 team for supporting me all season and want to congratulate Cory Eliason for the win because he did a great job. Hopefully we’ll take this momentum into Stockton on November 7 and have another good run to finish out the year.”

The most dramatic part of the main event occurred on the warm up laps when KWS point leader Carson Macedo had issues that forced him into the work area. As he pulled into the pits a huge fireball erupted on his car, which created a few anxious moments. Macedo was able to get out of the car, the fire went out and the crew luckily diagnosed the issue to get him back out for the restart. The 19-year-old then drove to a 12th place finish and with his nearest rival Bud Kaeding coming home third, it leaves Macedo with just a three-point advantage going into the series finale at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 7.

For Kaeding a third place finish was just what the doctor ordered to close the gap between himself and the leader, as he searches for that first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series title. After winning the Trophy Cup last week the Campbell driver came back with another strong outing on Saturday behind the wheel of the Williams Motorsports/ Buster & Ziggy Enterprises ZERO mount.

“The last time we were here in Hanford it was me on the other end of the stick, so thankfully we had some luck on our side tonight and now it’s an all out battle going into Stockton. It’s been a great back & forth fight all year long between us and the 21x team, so the fans won’t want to miss November 7. I really want this championship bad and we’ll definitely be on our A-game in two weeks. Carson Macedo & I battled for the Trophy Cup last week and now it’s a one race deal for the King of the West championship. Hope everyone brings a friend out to Stockton, because it’s going to be good.”

Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst & Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi rounded out the top-five on Saturday night at the 30th Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic. Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan looked solid all night and finished sixth, as did Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, who brought home a seventh place finish. Johnson is another driver that has fought through numerous bad luck this year, so it was great to see the Thomas Family Racing team have a good night. Completing the top-10 were Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, San Jose’s Tim Kaeding and Los Angeles’ Tyler Walker.

Cory Eliason won the dash, while the three 10-lap heats were picked off by Carson Macedo, Dominic Scelzi and Eliason. Fresno’s Craig Stidham opened the night by setting fast time with a clocking of 13.523 around the Keller Auto Speedway. Full results are available at www.racepmg.com

A-main finish: 1. 00JR Cory Eliason, 2. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 3. 0 Bud Kaeding, 4. 83JR Kyle Hirst, 5. 41 Dominic Scelzi, 6. 25 Bobby McMahan, 7. 68 Chase Johnson, 8. 69 Brent Kaeding, 9. 35M Tim Kaeding, 10. 88 Tyler Walker, 11. 56 Ryan Bernal, 12. 21X Carson Macedo, 13. 9S Landon Hurst, 14. 88N DJ Netto, 15. 12 Jarrett Soares, 16. 98 Sean Watts, 17. 09S Geoffrey Strole, DNS #3 Craig Stidham, #73 Shane Golobic

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now close the season with the 32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 7. The night of racing also features the championship finale for the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster for the second straight year. Both KWS & Civil War feature ultra tight point races going into the night, making the event a must see. It’s the only time all year that both of the west coast’s premier Winged Sprint Car Series’ compete on the same night, at the same track.

Tickets are on sale for the big night of racing, with reserved upper deck seats $30 and general admission bleachers $20. Kids 6-12 are half price & five & under are free in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats, so if you have a group going, be sure & take advantage of the opportunity. To order tickets contact 916-370-9417. Pre-sale ends on Thursday November 5 at 5pm. During the day on Saturday November 7 a car show & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands. More info, including a seating chart is available at www.stocktondirttrack.com

Photos courtesy Paul Trevino & Bill Foland

 



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Stockton closes out the KWS & Civil War Sprint Car Series on November 7th, 2015!

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 21, 2015…

After this weekend's event in Hanford the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will then close the season with the 32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 7. The night of racing also features the championship finale for the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster for the second straight year. There will be a car show & live band to entertain the crowd behind the grandstands during the day.

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series - 32nd Annual Tribute to Gary Patterson

$30 All Ages in Reserved Grandstand Seating
$180 6 Seat Box Reserved :: $240 8 Seat Box Reserved
$20 Ages 13+ Lower Bleacher Seats
$10 Ages 6-12 in Lower Bleacher Seats
5 & Under FREE in Lower Bleacher Seats

Saturday November 7 Times: 4pm Ticket booth & gates open

To purchase advance tickets call 916-370-9417 (8am-5pm M-F)

There is a $3 processing fee per order when ordering pre-sale tickets, no refunds. If the race is cancelled due to inclement weather, Sunday, November 8th is make-up date.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com



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Carson Macedo leads the King of the West Sprint Car Series into Keller Auto Speedway
Saturday, October 24th for the 30th Cotton Classic
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By Gary Thomas

Hanford, CA – October 20, 2015…

Lemoore’s Carson Macedo holds a 20-point lead in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings going into the penultimate event of the season this Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, which also doubles as the 30th annual Cotton Classic.

The event has been one of the long standing & prestigious showcases in the Central Valley over the years. The Cotton Classic has traditionally been held later in the season and typically finishes off the Sprint Car season in the area. After being held in Tulare last year the event returns home to Keller Auto Speedway on Saturday.

Multiple-time Cotton Classic winners Jonathan Allard of Chico & Tim Kaeding of San Jose will be looking to add on to their win totals at the event on Saturday. Both have captured the cotton bale trophy three-times before, with Allard’s coming in 2005, 2007 & 2011. Kaeding claimed his in 2002, 2012 & 2013, with the bookends featuring last lap passes for the win. Kaeding & Allard also rank second & third in all-time KWS wins since the series began in 1986.

Other winners of the Cotton Classic since the year 2000 have been Visalia’s Blake Robertson, Aliquippa, PA’s Tim Shaffer, Clovis’ Jason Meyers, Chico’s Stephen Allard, Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson and last season Australian James McFadden, who captured victory in his first career series start.

With just two races remaining in the King of the West season Carson Macedo is looking to continue doing what he has done all year in his search to become the second youngest champion in series history. The 19-year-old is still looking for his first win, but has been consistently at the front of the field each week. Macedo is coming off an impressive runner up finish at last week’s Trophy Cup and also ran second at the most recent KWS event in Tulare on October 10.

After winning the $20,000 Trophy Cup last week Campbell’s Bud Kaeding looks to bring momentum into the Cotton Classic on Saturday. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ now finds himself 20-points behind Macedo after some tough luck in Tulare on October 10. Kaeding has battled back & forth with the youngster Macedo over the last seven weeks and will be gunning for a victory this weekend to close the point gap. Kaeding has been strong at the track in his career.

Things are also very tight among the drivers ranking third through sixth in the King of the West standings, as only 29-digits separate Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Allard & Campbell’s Brent Kaeding. Netto has two KWS wins so far this year and he’ll be a favorite going into his home track on Saturday. The 19-year-old was in position to claim the Cotton Classic last year and he’ll look to do so this time around.

Paradise resident Kyle Hirst leads the King of the West Series with five wins this year and will be searching for his first Cotton Classic on Saturday. The 27-year-old will also be hoping to give car owner’s Dennis & Teresa Roth another win at the event. Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi claimed the KWS visit to Hanford in September and will be another gunning for victory on Saturday. The 18-year-old was extremely fast during his win that night and goes for his third overall victory of 2015 this weekend.

Los Angeles driver Tyler Walker raced to his third win of the year at the most recent King of the West event in Tulare on October 10. The 2009 series champion has been very strong since returning to the seat in June and is another favorite to pick up his first Cotton Classic victory on Saturday. Walker has claimed wins at the Stockton Dirt Track, Ventura Raceway and the Tulare Thunderbowl.

More drivers looking to put their names towards the front of the field at the 30th annual Cotton Classic will include Keller Auto Speedway champion Cory Eliason of Fresno, Battle for the Milk Can winner Mitchell Faccinto of Hanford, along with Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Riverdale’s Landon Hurst, Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Atwater’s Sean Watts and others.

The pit gate opens at 2pm on Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway, with the front gate opening at 4:30pm and first heat scheduled for around 7pm. Adult tickets cost $20, with students & seniors $15 and kids 5 & under free. All seating is general admission.

The Keller Auto Speedway is a 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the Kings County Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The physical address is 801 S. 10th Ave. Hanford, Ca 93230. More info can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com

After this weekend the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will then close the season with the 32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 7. The night of racing also features the championship finale for the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster for the second straight year.

Tickets are on sale for the KWS & Civil War season finale, with reserved upper deck seats $30 and general admission bleachers $20. Kids 6-12 are half price & five & under are free in the lower bleachers. Box seating is also available in increments of six & eight seats. To order tickets contact 916-370-9417. Pre-sale ends Thursday November 5 at 5pm. During the day on Saturday November 7 a car show & live band will entertain the crowd behind the grandstands.

Information on the King of the West 410 Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Photos courtesy Chuck Fry



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32nd Annual Tribute to Gary Patterson and the Season Finale of the King of the West and the Civil War Sprint Car Series is coming to Stockton!

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 2, 2015…

Tickets are on sale for the 32nd Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 7! It’s championship night for both the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster! Winged 410’s & 360’s on one card to cap the Northern California season in style! Reserved tickets are available by calling 916-370-9417. Friday November 6 also features the Joe Hunt Wingless Series, BCRA Midgets and Dwarf Cars. Come and make a weekend out of it!

Known as the “Dancing Phantom from Stockton,” the “Preacher,” the “Hostile Hippie” or just simply “GP,” Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of major wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park among others.

Patterson lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway. November 7 will be the third time we’ve paid honor to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track. The best California has to offer in Winged Sprint Car racing will be on hand to finish off the 2015 campaign in Northern California.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206.




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Monster Truck Madness brings Ground Pounding, Earth Shattering Excitement
to the Stockton Dirt Track on Friday and Saturday, October 9th & 10th!


By Heather Parejko

Stockton, CA – September 1, 2015…

Witness an excess of 1,000 horsepower as ground pounding, axel wrenching monster trucks bring excitement over two days of intense Monster Truck action at the Stockton Dirt Track on Friday & Saturday, October 9th & 10th.

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All your favorites will be on hand including Rock Star, California Kid, Skeletor, Identity Theft, Obsession, Obsessed, Canadian Tough Guy & more! Also featured will be 30ft Transformer Robots battling to the finish. Don't miss your only chance this season to catch Monster Trucks at the Stockton Dirt Track sponsored in part by O'Reilly Auto Parts!

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Josh "The Crusher" Beckel will also be on hand to entertain the crowd! Josh was featured on History Channel's Daredevils and learned under the Mr. Dizzy, another famous dare devil out of the Pacific North West!

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"Monster Trucks are always great family entertainment so we encourage everyone to bring the kids out and have a good time with us," said Tony Noceti of the Noceti Group Inc. "It will be a perfect lead in to our season finale at the Dirt Track on November 7th featuring the King of the West 410's & Civil War 360's. Ending the year with two big events will be a great cap to 2015."


Join us for a FREE Pit Party from 4:30pm-5:30pm with paid admission as the drivers meet with the fans, pose for photos and show off their incredible machines up-close. The monster trucks will compete in side-by-side drags, wheelie competition and thrilling freestyles. Fans can interact with trucks and drivers, feel the rumble of engines and witness all the ground pounding, car crushing action at an affordable price.

Friday & Saturday October 9th & 10th Prices:
(First come first serve seating)
$20 Ages 11+ General Admission
$10 Ages 10 & Under General Admission

To purchase advance tickets call 916-370-9417 (8am-5pm M-F)
There is a $3 processing fee per order when ordering presale tickets, no refunds.

4:00pm Will Call, Ticket Booth & Front Gates Open
6:00pm Show Starts




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King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints
Invade Stockton Again on August 1st


By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – July 6, 2015…On Saturday August 1st the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints will invade the Stockton Dirt Track again for the secong time this year. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be acquired by contacting 916-370-9417. All seating is general admission during the night, but fans can save up to $5 off each adult ticket by pre-purchasing them prior to the event.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series will both be in action at the Stockton Dirt Track when they return to be part of the big Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend of November 6 & 7, 2015.

Some of the top Winged Sprint Car drivers in all of California will be on hand during the night including Fresno's Dominic Scelzi who won June 13th at the Stockton Dirt Track, Campbell's Bud & Brent Kaeding, Chico's Jonathan Allard, Sacramento's Willie Croft, Lemoore's Carson Macedo, Grass Valley's Jason Statler, Fremont's Shane Golobic, and many more.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

Information on the King of the West 410 Series & Hunt Magnetos Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Ticket prices for KWS & the Hunt Series on August 1st
$25 All Seating (13+)
$5 Kids (6-12)
5 & under FREE
$50 Family Pack - 2 (13+) & 2 (6-12)
All tickets are first come first served seating

Pre-sale tickets available $20 All Seating (13+)
$3 convenience fee per order, pre-sale ends Thursday July 30th at 5pm
Call 916-370-9417 for tickets.
No Refunds. Tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call day of event, bring your photo ID.





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Tractor Pulls are Bact at the Stockton Dirt Track at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds
this Saturday, June 20th


By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA...June 2, 2015 Calling all tractor pull enthusiasts! Come out for this year's Super Tractor Pulls on Saturday, June 20th, presented by Maxx Kakl Powersports.

The show begins at 7:00 pm at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. These competitors have a serious need for power and performance, muscling together up to four monster, fuel-burning engines totaling more than 5,000 horsepower. Simply put, these supped up tractors will throw down to see who can pull the most weight.

It's always a fun, loud and exciting evening when Maxx Kakl Powersports comes to town so don't miss the most powerful sport on dirt!

Novice pullers can take their turn at hooking to the sled and pulling in the local stock class.

Donnie Fagundes, of Hanford and owner of Maxx Kakl Powersports, has organized massive pulling events in Tulare, Merced and throughout the West Coast.

"People come to see the horsepower and we'll have plenty of that," said Fagundes.


For presale tickets contact the track office at 916-370-3647. For more information go to www.StocktonDirtTrack.com

Gates open at 5pm - Racing at 7pm

Ticket Prices for Super Tractor Pulls
$20 Pit Passes (All Ages)
$15 General Admission Adults (13+)
$10 General Admission Jr.(6-12), Sr.(60+) & Military with ID
5 & Under FREE
$45 Family Pack - 2 Adults (13+) & 2 Jr. (6-12)
All tickets are first come first served seating

Pre-Sale Tickets Available! Call 916-370-9417
$3 convenience fee per order. No refunds. Tickets will be available at Will Call the day of the event.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com




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Former series champion Tyler Walker makes Stockton Dirt Track debut this Saturday
with the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars


By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA...After scoring a runner up finish during his season debut last week Los Angeles, California's Tyler Walker will look to move up one spot further on Saturday aboard the Richie Rich Motorsports 88. It will be the 2009 King of the West Series champion's first ever start at the Stockton Dirt Track, which opened in 2013.

Last week Walker was forced to the rear of the field after an early spin and thrilled the crowd by charging back for the second place finish, nearly picking up the win. The event last Saturday was Walker's first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series start since winning the season-finale at Placerville in his championship year.

During Walker's title march in 2009 he set the single-season win record with the King of the West Series, racing to nine triumphs that year. Competing with the Richie Rich Motorsports team is a reunion for he and crew chief Lee Lingren, who wrenched Walker to his championship that season. Together the pair won 14 KWS races over a two-year period.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding maintains a slim three-point advantage over Lemoore’s Carson Macedo at the top of the King of the West Series standings. Kaeding, a three-time USAC National Silver Crown champ, has already claimed two wins this year and is coming off a seventh place finish last week in Chico.

Macedo is still in search of his first career King of the West win after scoring a fifth place finish last week. The 19-year-old is the KWS track record holder at the Stockton Dirt Track and looks to crack off a victory on Saturday. Macedo last season shocked the Sprint Car world when he claimed opening night of the Gold Cup Race of Champions with the World of Outlaws in Chico.

Tickets for the event this Saturday in Stockton are on sale and can be acquired by contacting 916-370-9417. All seating is general admission during the night, but fans can save $5 off each adult ticket by pre-purchasing them prior to the event. There is a $3 convenience fee per order, not per ticket as in the past.

Adult pre-sale tickets cost $20 with pre-sale ending on Friday June 12th at 5pm. Day of event- $25 Adult Seating (13+), $5 Kids (6-12), 5 & under FREE, $50 Family Pack including 2 (13+) & 2 (6-12). The front gate opens at 5pm, while Will Call opens at 4pm. Qualifying will be around 6pm, with the first heat race set to go off around 7pm.

Since originally starting out as the Golden State 410 Series in 1986, this season marks the 30th anniversary for what is now known as the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. The tour will return to the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday August 1 and then Saturday November 7 for the Tribute to Gary Patterson, which caps the season for both the track and the series.

Saturday is also the 3rd Williams Roofing Royal Fan Pill Draw night. A trivia question will be asked from the announce booth and the fan that answers correctly will pull a random number (1-22) out of a bag. The fan automatically wins $100 and if the driver wins the feature from the starting spot drawn, the driver receives a $1000 bonus. The Williams Roofing Draw is taking place at KWS events that are part of the Prentice Motorsports Group Double Down Bonus weekends, which includes this week at Stockton.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Troy White & Bryan Lugo Photos

 



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Wingless Series Invades Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday Night

By Gary Thomas

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Aptos, CA)- With three events in the books in 2015 for the Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos, a red hot Joe Stornetta leads the field into Saturday night’s fourth event of the season set for the Stockton Dirt Track.

After winning a wild opening night event back in March, Stornetta backed the performance up a month later as he ran a very close second at the Calistoga Speedway.

As the series took an extended break, Stornetta continued to flex his muscle in the series’ most recent event at the Placerville Speedway on May 30th, as he currently sits atop the point standings by 10 digits.

While Stornetta steals the headlines in the early goings of the series’ campaign, Colton Slack too has had a very strong start to the season. Sitting second in the standings after a charge to second place at the Placerville Speedway in May, Slack is the series’ other feature winner after picking up a historical win at the Calistoga Speedway in the series’ first ever visit to the ½ mile speedway.

Sitting in third, just 13 digits out of the point lead, and three out of the second spot in Shane Myhre. With two top-fives to his credit in 2015, Myhre heads into the event at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday night with momentum from a hard fought podium finish at the Placerville Speedway two weeks ago.

Nick Larson and Gary Nelson, Jr round out the Top-Five in what is a very tight championship battle with just 21 points separating Stornetta and Nelson.

The Stockton Dirt Track has been an extremely racy venue in its first few years of existence, and Saturday night’s program is shaping up to be another great with as the Wingless Series Presented by Hunt Magentos share the spotlight with the King of the West Sprint Cars.

Other Wingless Series Presented by Hunt Magnetos drivers expected to be on hand are Klint Simpson, Angelique Bell, Bill Macedo, Zach Kavert, Kyle Standley, Cody Fendley, Shawn Jones, and many more.

Tickets for the event this Saturday are on sale and can be acquired by contacting 916-370-9417. All seating is general admission during the night, but fans can save $5 off each adult ticket by pre-purchasing them prior to the event. There is a $3 convenience fee per order, not per ticket as in the past.

Adult pre-sale tickets cost $20 with pre-sale ending on Friday June 12th at 5pm. Day of event- $25 Adult Seating (13+), $5 Kids (6-12), 5 & under FREE, $50 Family Pack including 2 (13+) & 2 (6-12).

ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will fire back up on June 13th as they head to the Stockton Dirt Track and compete alongside the King of the West Series.

WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th), Colton Slack (Calistoga Speedway on April 12th), Joe Stornetta (Placerville Speedway on May 30th)

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with the series by clicking over to www.racepmg.com.

JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SPRINT CAR SERIES- Joe Hunt Magnetos’ Roger Gleason brought the traveling concept to non-wing sprint cars by popular demand. Over the years, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Sprint Car Series has ran a limited schedule at select tracks around the state. In 2015, the series will operate under the direction of the Prentice Motorsports Group competing in 12 races scattered at six different tracks.



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KWS & Hunt Series Invades Stockton on June 13th

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – May 12, 2015…On Saturday June 13 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints will invade the Stockton Dirt Track for the first time this year. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be acquired by contacting 916-370-9417. All seating is general admission during the night, but fans can save up to $5 off each adult ticket by pre-purchasing them prior to the event.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series will both be in action three times this season at the Stockton Dirt Track. In addition to June 13 they'll both return on Saturday August 1 and then will both be part of the big Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend on November 6 & 7.

Some of the top Winged Sprint Car drivers in all of California will be on hand during the night including Campbell's Bud & Brent Kaeding, Chico's Jonathan Allard, Sacramento's Willie Croft, Lemoore's Carson Macedo, Grass Valley's Jason Statler, Fremont's Shane Golobic, Fresno's Dominic Scelzi and many more.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

Information on the King of the West 410 Series & Hunt Magnetos Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Ticket prices for KWS & the Hunt Series on June 13

$25 All Seating (13+)
$5 Kids (6-12)
5 & under FREE
$50 Family Pack - 2 (13+) & 2 (6-12)
All tickets are first come first served seating

Pre-sale tickets available $20 All Seating (13+)
$3 convenience fee per order, pre-sale ends June 12th 5pm
Call 916-370-9417 for tickets.
No Refunds. Tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call day of event.



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Brown looks for California Gold at FVP Western Spring Shootout in Stockton

By Gary Thomas - Photo by Chuck Fry

Stockton, CA – March 12, 2015…Blackjack Brian Brown will carry the flagship colors for FVP Performance at this weekend's FVP Western Spring Shootout. Brown recently captured his 2nd career World of Outlaws victory, which came at the Tuscon Raceway in Arizona just a couple weeks back. The Grain Valley, Missouri wheel-man claimed last November's World of Outlaws World Finals at the Dirt Track in Charlotte for his first ever series win.

Brown has climbed the ladder to become one of the very best in the business and will be searching for his first California triumph at the Stockton Dirt Track this Saturday & Sunday. Last season he raced to 14 overall wins, including the Knoxville 360 Nationals and the Front Row Challenge. He also ran second at the Knoxville Nationals for the third straight season.

FVP, a premier producer of high quality original equipment auto products, returns as title sponsor for the spring weekend destination event at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds facility, where each night will be a separate points-paying race for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. FVP products are engineered to provide their customers with quality products that are equal or superior in performance to the major national brands at a competitive price.

Two-night adult General Admission tickets for the March 21 & 22 FVP Western Spring Shootout weekend in Stockton are available for a great value at just $59 & two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost only $69. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children 10 & under are free in G.A. only.

To purchase tickets log onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=165 or contact the ticket hotline at (877) 395-8606. Camping is also available on the fairgrounds.

Please note special starting times for this weekend. Saturday March 21: Ticket Sales/ Will Call opens at noon, Front gate opens at 4pm, Cars on track at 5:15, Qualifying at 6 & first heat race at 7. Sunday March 22: Ticket Sales/ Will Call opens at noon, Front gate opens at 3pm, Cars on track at 4:15, Qualifying at 5 & first heat race at 6.

Delta Speedway, also located on the Fairgrounds, will be running a special Micro race on Friday March 20, making it a three-night happening on the property. World of Outlaws point leader Shane Stewart is entered in the event. There is also a post race party in the works for Saturday night following the races, along with a breakfast on Sunday morning. During the day on Saturday & Sunday there will be a live band & car show behind the grandstand area, so make plans to arrive at the track early.

Career Winged Sprint Car wins at the Stockton Dirt Track

Rico Abreu 3
Kyle Larson
Willie Croft
Dominic Scelzi
Tim Kaeding
Kerry Madsen
Andy Gregg
Colby Copeland
Jonathan Allard
Shane Golobic

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com & info on the World of Outlaws can be viewed at www.woosprint.com



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Chile Bowl Nationals champion Rico Abreu guns for another Stockton Dirt Track win at the FVP Western Spring Shootout on March 21st & 22nd

By Gary Thomas - Photos by Chuck Fry & Paul Trevino

Stockton, CA – March 2, 2015…In the brief two-year history of the Stockton Dirt Track no driver has taken the checkered flag more than Rutherford, California’s Rico Abreu. In fact, the 23-year-old wheel-man is the only competitor to win multiple main events at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds facility, which opens the season on Saturday & Sunday March 21 & 22 with a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series double header.

Despite competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this year, Abreu will also have a full slate of open wheel racing on his plate, which includes a visit to the Stockton Dirt Track to take on the World of Outlaws in the FVP Western Spring Shootout March 21 & 22.

“We’ve had a lot of success at Stockton and have been really fast every time we’ve been there,” said Abreu, who picked up his first career World of Outlaws victory last season in Tulare. “I’m really excited about this season, having the chance to run with the NASCAR K&N East Series is an amazing opportunity, but still running so much on the dirt is a good thing as well. Hopefully we will have a good weekend in Stockton. It’s never easy running against the Outlaws, but I definitely have a lot of confidence in my guys. We look forward to seeing all the fans and hope they will pack the grandstands like usual.”

Abreu has raced to three career victories at the Stockton Dirt Track, including the 2013 Tribute to Gary Patterson with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. He then backed that up last season by winning the Tribute to GP during the Civil War 360 Series portion of the night. His other triumph came during a Winged 360 Sprint Car event that kicked-off the FVP Western Spring Shootout weekend last March. Abreu’s 2014 season was nothing short of spectacular, which saw him claim 25 overall victories, along with the USAC National Midget championship.

The 2015 season has already started off solid for Abreu, as he raced to a big victory in January at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event is as prestigious as they come in dirt track racing and acts as an all star showcase, with drivers coming from all parts of the country, as well as outside the US, and from various forms of racing. This season saw 326 drivers compete at the Chili Bowl and Abreu captured both his preliminary night feature and the 55-lap finale on Saturday.

With three races complete in the World of Outlaws season Grass Valley, CA’s Brad Sweet sits atop the standings by just four-points over six-time & defending series champion Donny Schatz of Fargo, North Dakota. Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Daryn Pittman from Owasso, Oklahoma stands third, only six-markers out of the lead going into the next event as of press time that takes place this week in Las Vegas. Last season saw Sweet claim five victories and capture Rookie of the Year honors with the tour. He capped the year by finishing sixth in the points.

Career Winged Sprint Car wins at the Stockton Dirt Track

Rico Abreu 3
Kyle Larson
Willie Croft
Dominic Scelzi
Tim Kaeding
Kerry Madsen
Andy Gregg
Colby Copeland
Jonathan Allard
Shane Golobic

Two-night adult General Admission tickets for the March 21 & 22 FVP Western Spring Shootout weekend are available for a great value at just $59 & two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost only $69. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children 10 & under are free in G.A. only. To purchase tickets log onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=165 or contact the ticket hotline at (877) 395-8606.

Camping will also be available during the weekend with a number of great spots for RV’s and Campers on the fairgrounds. To reserve your spot contact 916-370-9417. We will do our best to accommodate everyone as well as we can.

Delta Speedway, also located on the Fairgrounds, will be running a special Micro race on Friday March 20, making it a three-night happening on the property. There is also a post race party in the works for Saturday night following the races, along with a breakfast on Sunday morning. During the day on Saturday & Sunday there will be a live band & car show behind the grandstand area, so make plans to arrive at the track early.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com & info on the World of Outlaws can be viewed at www.woosprint.com




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Outlaw Champ Schatz Looks to Take a Bite Out of Stockton!

By Gary Thomas - Photos by Chuck Fry & Steve Lafond

Stockton, CA – February 11, 2015…The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season begins this Friday in Florida, where Donny Schatz kicks-off his title defense & looks to bring home championship number seven. Schatz & the rest of the Outlaws will tackle the Stockton Dirt Track on March 21 & 22. The Fargo, North Dakota veteran & driver of the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 came within inches of winning last years event at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.

Schatz last season raced to an amazing 26 wins with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, which ranks as the most he's ever had in a single year. Among those were his eighth triumph in the sports biggest event, the Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa. Schatz however, was shut out in California this past season & he'll be looking to change that in 2015.

Two-night adult General Admission tickets for the FVP Western Spring Shootout weekend at the Stockton Dirt Track are available for a great value at just $59 & two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost only $69. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children 10 & under are free in G.A. only. To purchase tickets log onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=165 or contact the ticket hotline at (877) 395-8606.

Camping will also be available during the weekend with a number of great spots for RV’s and Campers on the fairgrounds. To reserve your spot contact 916-370-9417. We will do our best to accommodate everyone as well as we can.

Delta Speedway, also located on the Fairgrounds, will be running a special race on Friday March 20, making it a three-night happening on the property. There is also a post race party in the works for Saturday night following the races, as well as a breakfast the following morning. During the day on Saturday & Sunday there will be a live band & car show behind the grandstand area, so make plans to arrive at the track early.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com & info on the World of Outlaws can be viewed at www.woosprint.com





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World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series invades the Stockton Dirt Track for the first ever double-header weekend in the FVP Western Spring Shootout March 21 & 22

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – January 22, 2015…The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is set to tackle the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday & Sunday March 21 & 22 with a full weekend of excitements & fun on tap at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.

The FVP Western Spring Shootout will be the third straight year that the Greatest Show on Dirt has competed at the track, but the first on back-to-back nights. Previous WOO winners at Stockton include Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson and most recently Australian Kerry Madsen, who won out in a photo finish last year with eventual series champion Donny Schatz.

The thrilling main event saw Brownsburg, Indiana’s Joey Saldana jump out to the early lead, before Schatz was able to take command on lap-seven, until Saldana got him back on lap 14. Schatz would reclaim the top spot just a couple laps prior to the finish, only to have a hard charging Madsen nip him at the checkered flag in exciting fashion. Saldana; Clovis, CA’s Jason Meyers & Campbell, CA’s Bud Kaeding rounded out the top-five.

“That was actually really exciting because Donny and Joey were just battling and I’m like, I think I’ve got a shot here,’” said Madsen, a native of St. Marys, N.S.W., Australia. “It was one of those races where I think it paid to be behind the leader, because I found that line and I just got patient with it. I’m just rattled that we won because I just did not expect it.”

Earlier in the night Saldana also re-set the all-time track record at the Stockton Dirt Track with a blistering lap of 12.869 seconds.

Despite losing the race in Stockton last season Schatz went on to have a career year, capturing 26 main event wins and claiming his sixth World of Outlaws title by a staggering 281-points. The driver of the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 also took home his eighth victory at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals in August. When the series heads back to Stockton in March, Schatz will be looking for some redemption and guns for his first win at the 3/8 mile clay oval.

Two-night adult General Admission tickets for the March 21 & 22 FVP Western Spring Shootout weekend are available for a great value at just $59 & two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost only $69. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children 10 & under are free in G.A. only. To purchase tickets log onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=165 or contact the ticket hotline at (877) 395-8606.

Camping will also be available during the weekend with a number of great spots for RV’s and Campers on the fairgrounds. To reserve your spot contact 916-370-9417. We will do our best to accommodate everyone as well as we can.

Delta Speedway, also located on the Fairgrounds, will be running a special race on Friday March 20, making it a three-night happening on the property. There is also a post race party in the works for Saturday night following the races. During the day on Saturday & Sunday there will be a live band & car show behind the grandstand area, so make plans to arrive at the track early.

“The World of Outlaws are putting more of an emphasis on two-night events and we’re happy that the Stockton Dirt Track is part of the plan,” said promoter Tony Noceti. “We’re also happy that Delta Speedway is running a special show to open the weekend on Friday. Going to the races is so much more than just watching cars go around the track. It’s about friendships, camaraderie, enjoying a cold or hot beverage and having a good time. Our focus here is the fan experience and we are trying to do as much as possible to give the fans the most bang for their buck as we can.”

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com & info on the World of Outlaws can be viewed at www.woosprint.com

World of Outlaws A-Main finish last year at the Stockton Dirt Track- (30 Laps) - 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [4] [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [8] [$5,500]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [2] [$3,200]; 4. 21M-Jason Meyers [5] [$2,800]; 5. O-Bud Kaeding [1] [$2,500]; 6. 83-Tim Kaeding [19] [$2,300]; 7. 11-Steve Kinser [15] [$2,200]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [13] [$2,100]; 9. 88-Terry McCarl [9] [$2,050]; 10. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [20] [$2,000]; 11. 51-Paul McMahan [11] [$1,500]; 12. 3C-Jonathan Allard [7] [$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [6] [$1,100]; 14. 88N-DJ Netto [10] [$1,050]; 15. 55-Trey Starks [18] [$1,000]; 16. 121-Shane Golobic [21] [$900]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24] [$800]; 18. 21-Brian Brown [16] [$800]; 19. 4-Cody Darrah [22] [$800]; 20. 1-Sammy Swindell [14] [$800]; 21. 49-Brad Sweet [12] [$800]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [23] [$800]; 23. 33E-Evan Suggs [17] [$800]; 24. 24-Rico Abreu [3] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-6, 14-27; Donny Schatz 7-13, 28-29; Kerry Madsen 30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Tim Kaeding [+13]

 



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Stockton Dirt Track releases 2015 schedule putting emphasis on special events & touring series

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – December, 2014…Entering its third season of operation in 2015 the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds located Stockton Dirt Track has released its preliminary slate of events for the upcoming year, placing a focus on touring groups and special events.

The season kicks off with the first ever two-night World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series event at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday & Sunday March 21 & 22. The FVP Western Spring Shootout will be the third straight year that the Greatest Show on Dirt has competed at the track. Previous WOO winners at Stockton include Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson and most recently Australian Kerry Madsen, who won out in a photo finish last year with eventual series champion Donny Schatz.

Delta Speedway, also located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, will be running a special race on Friday March 20, making it a three-night happening on the property. There is also a post race party in the works for Saturday night following the races.

Tickets for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series FVP Western Spring Shootout on Saturday & Sunday March 21 & 22 are on sale at http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=165 & RV reservations can be made by calling 916-370-9417. Sunday’s program will have an earlier start time.

The summer months will showcase a pair of events featuring the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series. Those dates will be Saturday June 13 and Saturday August 1.

Both of those groups will also return in November as part of a big weekend paying honor to the legendary Gary Patterson. This coming season finds the event morphing into a two-night affair, with Friday November 6 showcasing the traveling BCRA Midgets, Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series & Dwarf Cars.

The big finale on Saturday November 7 marks the 32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson and once again will play host as championship night for both the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster. This past season saw 72-cars pack the pit area to cap the Northern California season in grand fashion and crown the state’s two most prestigious Winged Sprint Car champions.

Other special nights at the Stockton Dirt Track will be Saturday June 20 when the Super Tractor Pulls invade the facility. Friday & Saturday October 9 & 10 will then see the return of Monster Truck Madness. On Saturday & Sunday April 25 & 26 the Rusty Wallace Driving Experience comes to the Stockton Dirt Track for the first time. Info on that can be found by calling 855-227-8789.

The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. The Stockton Dirt Track is located at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. For more information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com

Be sure and like the Stockton Dirt Track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/stocktondirt
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Stockton Dirt Track 2015 Schedule

Saturday March 21: FVP Western Spring Shootout- World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series
Saturday March 22: FVP Western Spring Shootout - World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series

April 17, 18 & 19: Noceti Group presents the annual Asparagus Festival at the Fairgrounds (non-racing)

Saturday April 25: Rusty Wallace Driving Experience
Sunday April 26: Rusty Wallace Driving Experience

Saturday June 13: King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series

Saturday June 20: Super Tractor Pulls

Saturday August 1: King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series

Friday October 9: Monster Truck Madness
Saturday October 10: Monster Truck Madness

Friday November 6: BCRA Midgets, Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series Championship Night, Dwarf Cars
Saturday November 7: 32nd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson- King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster Championship Finals



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Legendary Kaeding guns for 5th Tribute to Gary Patterson on Sunday
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By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA - October 31, 2014...Campbell’s Brent Kaeding will finish off his 36th year of Sprint Car racing on Sunday at the Stockton Dirt Track. The 13-time Golden State/ King of the West 410 Series champion ranks third in the KWS standings going into the season finale, which marks the 31st annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.

The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer is a 4-time Tribute to GP winner, which is tied with Steve Kent for the most all time in the history of the event. BK this year has claimed three victories with the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo & looks to cap the season with a KWS victory.

The 2014 campaign has also been his first as one of the Managing Directors with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. Sunday's race is the 18th & final round of action and concludes the 29th season of operation for the tour. Next year marks a milestone for the series, as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

“This season has been a special one for all involved and we hate to see it end. The racing has been second to none this year and we hope all the fans have enjoyed it. We also want to thank Tony Noceti for doing everything to get this weekend’s event in, even with a little mother nature. We really hope to see everyone come out and support the Tribute to GP on Sunday. This is a historic event and one you definitely do not want to miss.”

Important Stockton start time info for Sunday- Race teams, drivers meeting Sunday is scheduled for 3pm, wheel packing at 3:30pm. We want the 1st heat to fire off at 6pm, which is an hour earlier than normal. However, that has always been the advertised start time for the event because of the two classes. So please pass the word!

Will Call & Ticket Booth opens at 2pm this Sunday November 2 at the Stockton Dirt Track, with the front gate opening at 4pm. The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. The car show & live band will still take place from noon to 4pm behind the grandstands.

Air One HVAC Systems has put up $200 to the KWS fast time qualifier on Sunday.

There is also currently $5500 on the line for the dashes that will be held on Sunday with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Civil War Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster. Thanks to Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats, Reeves Sand & Gravel, Panella Racing Engines, Don from Modesto Steel & Nascimento Motorsports for their support.

Known as the "Dancing Phantom from Stockton," the "Preacher," the "Hostile Hippie" or just simply "GP," Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of major wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park among others.

Patterson lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway. This season will be the second time we’ve paid Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track.



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Abreu looks for 3rd straight Tribute to GP this Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track
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By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 1, 2014…Rico Abreu on Saturday will look to become the 1st driver to ever win the prestigious Tribute to Gary Patterson three years in a row. The 22-year-old will also be pulling double duty at Stockton with both the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster.

The immensely talented Rutherford, CA driver has claimed 23 wins across 11 different traveling series in 2014. Among those have been three with the King of the West 410 Sprints, including the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial for the second year in a row. He also captured the Civil War Series sanctioned Johnny Key Classic for the second straight season in August.

In addition to his KWS win last November at the Stockton Dirt Track, Abreu also scored victory in a Winged 360 event at the 3/8 mile clay oval in March of this year aboard his Abreu Vineyards No. 24 machine.

Will Call opens & Ticket Sales begin at 2pm on Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track, with the front gate opening at 4pm. There will also be a car show and live band during the day from noon to 4pm behind the grandstands, so make plans to arrive early and enjoy the festivities with us.

To pre-buy your tickets for Saturday contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/ to find the seats you want.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30 for all ages, with general admission lower bleacher seats being $20 for ages 13 and up. Kids 6-12 in the lower bleacher seats cost $10 and 5 & under FREE. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $3 convenience fee for each presale ticket purchased.

There is also currently $5500 on the line for the dashes that will be held on Saturday with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Civil War Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster. Thanks to Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats, Reeves Sand & Gravel, Panella Racing Engines, Don from Modesto Steel & Nascimento Motorsports for their support.

Known as the "Dancing Phantom from Stockton," the "Preacher," the "Hostile Hippie" or just simply "GP," Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of major wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park among others.

Patterson lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway. This season will be the second time we’ve paid Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track.

The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.kwssprints.com & info on the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.civilwarsprints.com



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Past winners of the Tribute to Gary Patterson going on this Saturday!

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 1, 2014…

Former winners of the "Tribute to Gary Patterson"

(Steve Kent & Brent Kaeding's 4 victories each lead all drivers. Event was held at Calistoga Speedway from 1984-2007, Silver Dollar Speedway from 2008-2011, Calistoga Speedway in 2012 & Stockton Dirt Track last season till present)

1984- Chuck Gurney

1985- Brent Kaeding

1986- Tim Green

1987- Jimmy Sills

1988- Jeff Swindell

1989- Jason Mcmillen

1990- Jimmy Sills

1991- Tim Green

1992- Tim Green

1993- Randy Tiner

1994- Brent Kaeding

1995- Paul Mcmahan

1996- Steve Kent

1997- Randy Tiner

1998- Randy Hannagan

1999- Brent Kaeding

2000- Steve Kent

2001- Brent Kaeding

2002- Jason Meyers

2003- Dennis Moore Jr.

2004- Sparky Howard

2005- Steve Kent

2006- Steve Kent

2007- Jonathan Allard

2008- Tim Kaeding

2009- Kyle Hirst

2010- Zach Zimmerly

2011- Peter Murphy

2012- Rico Abreu

2013- Rico Abreu

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Will Call opens & Ticket Sales begin at 2pm this Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track, with the front gate opening at 4pm. There will also be a car show and live band during the day from noon to 4pm behind the grandstands, so make plans to arrive early and enjoy the festivities with us.



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2-Time KWS champ Tim Kaeding invades Stockton Saturday November 1st!

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 27, 2014…San Jose’s Tim Kaeding is scheduled to pull double duty this Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track aboard Rod Tiner’s always potent No. 83SA machine. The two-time King of the West Series champ brought home a runner up finish to Kyle Larson during the inaugural event at the track last season and also won the 360 portion of the Tribute to GP in November.

Kaeding raced to a King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series victory on June 7 of this season at Marysville Raceway Park, that night driving for Paul Silva. It marked the 64th win of his career with the tour, which ranks second all-time to his father Brent Kaeding.

TK also claimed the Tribute to Gary Patterson with the series in 2008, while the event was held at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. As a car owner, Rodney Tiner captured the event in 1997 with his brother Randy Tiner at the helm of his familiar 83.

There is also currently $5500 on the line for the dashes that will be held on Saturday with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Civil War Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster. Thanks to Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats, Reeves Sand & Gravel, Panella Racing Engines, Don from Modesto Steel & Nascimento Motorsports for their support.

Will Call opens & Ticket Sales begin at 2pm on Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track, with the front gate opening at 4pm. There will also be a car show and live band during the day from noon to 4pm behind the grandstands, so make plans to arrive early and enjoy the festivities with us.

To pre-buy your tickets for Saturday contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/ to find the seats you want.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30 for all ages, with general admission lower bleacher seats being $20 for ages 13 and up. Kids 6-12 in the lower bleacher seats cost $10 and 5 & under FREE. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $3 convenience fee for each presale ticket purchased.

Known as the "Dancing Phantom from Stockton," the "Preacher," the "Hostile Hippie" or just simply "GP," Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of major wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park among others.

Patterson lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway. This season will be the second time we’ve paid Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track.

The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/




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Stockton Dirt Track hosts Civil War Sprints for the first time on November 1!

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 1, 2014A look at the top-10 in points & winners this season with the Civil War Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster going into championship night at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 1. Shane Golobic holds a 94-point lead over three-time & defending series champion Sean Becker, as he looks to wrap up his first career Civil War title.

The 23-year-old from Fremont, CA has already claimed the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo championship and will be searching to add a second title to his 2014 resume. Golobic has driven the Keith Day Trucking/ Gabilan Ag Services No. 22 machine to one Civil War victory this year, with that coming in May at Silver Dollar Speedway.

Going into the final night in fact, there has not been a repeat winner in the previous 10 races held so far this year. The upcoming event will also be the Civil War debut at the Stockton Dirt Track. Previous Winged 360 winners at the 3/8 mile clay oval include Willie Croft, Tim Kaeding, Rico Abreu, Andy Gregg & Colby Copeland.

Top-10 in the Civil War Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster standings

1. Shane Golobic
2. Sean Becker
3. Justin Sanders
4. Andy Forsberg
5. Matt Peterson
6. Alissa Geving
7. Herman Klein
8. Carl Droivold
9. Mason Moore
10. Koen Shaw

Civil War A-main Winners in 2014-

Colby Copeland
Matt Petersen
Rico Abreu
Greg Decaires
Brad Furr
Mason Moore
Andy Forsberg
Shane Golobic
DJ Netto
Andy Gregg

Also on the card at the 31st annual Tribute to Gary Patterson will be the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, in what is a first for Northern California Sprint Car racing.

To purchase your tickets for November 1 contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/ grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want. There will also be a car show and live band during the day from noon to 4pm behind the grandstands, so make plans to arrive early and enjoy the festivities with us.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30 for all ages, with general admission lower bleacher seats being $20 for ages 13 and up. Kids 6-12 in the lower bleacher seats cost $10 and 5 & under FREE. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $3 convenience fee for each presale ticket purchased.

Known as the "Dancing Phantom from Stockton," the "Preacher," the "Hostile Hippie" or just simply "GP," Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of major wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park among others.

Patterson lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway. This season will be the second time we’ve paid tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track.

The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state.

The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. The Stockton Dirt Track is located at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. For more information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

Be sure and like the Stockton Dirt Track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/stocktondirt



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The Ground Pounding, Earth Shattering Excitement of Monster Trucks are Coming
to the Stockton Dirt Track on October 11 & 12!


By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 1, 2014… Well over 1,000 horsepower will make the ground shake in excitement over two days of intense Monster Truck action at the Stockton Dirt Track on October 11 & 12.

All your favorites will be on hand including Bounty Hunter, Iron Outlaw, Scarlet Bandit, Double Trouble, Trouble Make R, Just get ‘er done, Robo Machine & more. Also featured will be Robot Transformers and tuff trucks. Don't miss your only chance this season to catch Monster Trucks at the Stockton Dirt Track.

Josh “The Crusher” Beckel will also be on hand to entertain the crowd! Josh was featured on History Channel’s Daredevils and learned under the Mr. Dizzy, another famous dare devil out of the Pacific North West!

“Monster Trucks are always great family entertainment so we encourage everyone to bring the kids out and have a good time with us,” said Tony Noceti of the Noceti Group Inc. “It will be a perfect lead in to our season finale at the Dirt Track on November 1 featuring the King of the West 410’s & Civil War 360’s. Ending the year with two big events will be a great cap to 2014.”

Saturday & Sunday October 11 & 12 Prices:

**NEW PRICES**
(First come first serve upper grandstand seating)
$12 All Ages in the Upper Grandstands

$10 Ages 6+ in lower Bleacher Seats

Ages 5 & under FREE in lower Bleacher Seats ONLY

Box Seats All Ages $20 each

To purchase presale tickets call 916-370-9417 (8am-5pm M-F)
There is a $3 processing fee per ticket when ordering presale tickets

4:30pm Will Call Opens
5:00pm Ticket Booth & Front Gates Open
6:00pm Racing Starts

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state.

The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. The Stockton Dirt Track is located at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. For more information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

Be sure and like the Stockton Dirt Track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/stocktondirt




Jonathan Allard charges from 9th to score his second straight King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win on Saturday August 2nd at the Stockton Dirt Track!

By Gary Thomas • Collin Markle Photo

Stockton, CA – August 2, 2014…There continued to be no shortage of excitement with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on Saturday night, with Chico’s Jonathan Allard carving his way from 9th starting to score an ultra entertaining 30-lap main event victory at the Stockton Dirt Track.

It marked the second straight King of the West triumph for the three-time series champion and his third overall in 2014, tying Kyle Hirst & Rico Abreu for the most this year. It was also Allard’s first career win at the Stockton Dirt Track, which opened last season. Sacramento’s Willie Croft & Lemoore’s Carson Macedo rounded out the podium at the 3/8 mile clay oval on Saturday.

“What a great race again tonight and I can’t say enough about Randy V & this whole Tri-C Motorsports team,” commented a very happy Allard in victory circle. “Clyde & Marion Lamar have given me a great opportunity to drive this car and we’re really hitting our stride and clicking right now. I’m pretty pumped to get my first win at Stockton and I dedicate this one tonight to my brother Stephen. We’re getting hot at the right time and have a lot of big races coming up.”

The third ever appearance for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at the Stockton Dirt Track was full of action packed racing throughout the feature. The surface slicked off perfectly and allowed for some tremendous battles all through the field. Campbell’s Bud Kaeding captured the dash to earn $600 extra and he would jump out to the lead with a number of drivers hot on his heels.

Drivers were able to use every square inch of the track and Allard soon found the high-scary side to his liking, much like he did the previous week when he picked up the big Peter Murphy Classic victory. With positions changing regularly lap after lap the driver of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c machine thrilled the crowd with some pinpoint moves, at times splitting cars. Bud Kaeding, Allard, Willie Croft & Macedo ran close together for the lead as the halfway mark approached.

After trying a couple different lines Allard finally got the run he needed to shoot into the lead, with Croft following along shortly after. The duo would then put on a thrilling show for the crowd, trading the lead back and forth, prior to a caution waving with six-laps to go. During it the top-five read as Allard, Croft, Macedo, Bud Kaeding and Grass Valley’s Jason Statler. A yellow on the double file restart made for an ensuing single file restart, which saw Croft keep pace with Allard.

Croft was able to take a couple peaks at the leader, but couldn’t make it stick and Allard would cross the checkered flag by 0.855 seconds for the victory. The win was also Allard’s 39th in his career with the Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, making him one shy of becoming the third driver to reach the 40 win plateau. The other two are Brent and Tim Kaeding.

For Croft the runner up was a great rebound after some tough luck in recent events aboard the Holey Smokes BBQ/ Amerikote No. 29 Sprinter. “That was a really fun race tonight and I definitely have to thank the track prep crew for giving us an awesome track to run on. Congratulations to Jonathan and the Tri-C guys, because they’ve been really fast. I’m just glad July is over and we started off August on a great note, so hopefully it’s a sign of things to come. I want to thank everyone that helps me out.”

Macedo was able to bring home another impressive finish by scoring third at the helm of the WFO Apparel/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x mount. The 18-year-old also began the night by setting his first career fast time with the King of the West 410 Sprints. “We’ve had a great season and couldn’t be happier to end up on the podium for the second straight week. I always love running with KWS and I really have to thank my dad, WFO Apparel, Tarlton & Son and everyone that helps us out.

Statler capped a great night for the DF Rios Motorsports No. 00 team by crossing the stripe in fourth at the finish. The former series champion looked very racy all night long, en route to his second top-five result in the past three races with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. Battling his way up to round out the top-five was Roseville’s Sean Becker in the Main Motorsports No. 35m machine. The fellow past champ also earned his second top-five in the last three weeks, after winning in Placerville on July 19.

Completing the top-10 in the 14th round of action for KWS was Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, who also looked very racy in the feature, 19th starter Brent Kaeding from Campbell, Chico’s Kyle Hirst, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi and Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan. Bud Kaeding’s strong run in the feature was cut short with issues late in the going, which relegated him to a 16th place finish.

As noted Bud Kaeding won the dash for cash and the extra $600 that went along with it. Also earning extra cash in the dash were Statler ($500), Macedo ($400), Croft ($300) and Becker ($200). The three 10-lap heat races were captured by Bud Kaeding, Mitchell Faccinto and Sean Becker. Carson Macedo opened the evening by pacing qualifying in the 22 car field with a lap of 13.375 to set a new KWS track record at the Stockton Dirt Track. Full results will be available at www.kwssprints.com

A-main finish: 1. 3c Jonathan Allard, 2. 29 Willie Croft, 3. 21x Carson Macedo, 4. 00 Jason Statler, 5. 35m Sean Becker, 6. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 7. 69 Brent Kaeding, 8. 83jr Kyle Hirst, 9 41 Dominic Scelzi, 10. 25 Bobby McMahan, 11. 88n DJ Netto, 12. 55 Bud Walberg, 13. 22 Mason Moore, 14. 21j Richard Brace Jr, 15. 7 Steven Kent, 16. 0 Bud Kaeding, 17. 12x Jarrett Soares, 18. 27 Cory Eliason, 19. 15 Pat Harvey, 20. 09s Geoffrey Strole, 21. 12 Scott Parker, 22. 94 Gordon Rodgers

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will now have a month off, before resuming action on Friday September 12 at the Santa Maria Speedway & Saturday September 13 at the Ventura Raceway.

Don't forget tickets on sale for the November 1 King of the West & Civil War Series season finale at the Stockton Dirt Track. It also marks the 31st annual Tribute to Gary Patterson! Call 916-370-9417 to get your pre-sale tickets for the huge show on November 1! All upper deck will be reserved seating. There will be a car show & live band before the races.




The Stockton Dirt Track hosts round 14 for King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this Saturday August 2nd!

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – July 28, 2014…The start of five races to go in the battle for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series crown will go green this Saturday night August 2 at the always action packed Stockton Dirt Track. It’s also the final race before KWS goes idle for a month, allowing for the many end of the summer special events upcoming in the state of California.

Following this weekend the next King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event will be the big double header on Friday & Saturday September 12 & 13 at the Santa Maria Speedway & Ventura Raceway.

This Saturday’s race will be the third ever King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event at the Stockton Dirt Track, with the first two appearances captured by Fresno's Dominic Scelzi last August and Rutherford's Rico Abreu in November. The tour will also finish off the 2014 season at the 3/8 mile clay oval on Saturday November 1 in the 31st annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.

Upper grandstand tickets on Saturday will cost $20 for all ages, with lower level bleachers $18 for adults, children ten and under are free in the lower bleacher seats only. Ticket Sales & Gates open at 5pm with Racing scheduled to start around 7pm. To purchase your tickets for August 2nd, contact (916) 370-9417 during the hours of 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday.

With five races to go defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champ Kyle Hirst will look to get back in a groove, following a few rather tough weeks. The driver of the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr finished among the top-five in each of the first 10 events, but has finished outside the top-five in the previous three. Hirst’s point lead now stands at 68-markers and he’d love nothing more than to score his fourth KWS win of the season on Saturday.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding has cut into Hirst’s point lead and will be gunning to do more damage on Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champion drove the Williams Motorsports No. 0 machine to a Dash win and fifth place finish in the feature with the World of Outlaws earlier this year in Stockton.

Thirteen-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Brent Kaeding has been close to victory the last couple weekends and will be searching to put it all together on Saturday. The living legend will bring his Al’s Roofing Supply No. 69 Sprinter into Stockton sitting third in the KWS standings.

Fresh off his Peter Murphy Classic win last weekend Chico’s Jonathan Allard has moved back up to fourth in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings. The wheel-man of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c came close to winning the August event in Stockton last year, only to suffer a blown engine.

Right on Allard’s heels in the points chase is 2005 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Sean Becker, who is only two-markers behind in fifth. The Roseville driver scored his first KWS win of the season recently on July 19 at Placerville aboard the Main Motorsports No. 35m mount.

The battle for sixth through ninth continues to be a torrid one, with just nine-digits separating the four drivers. Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, the 2009 Silver Dollar Speedway track champion goes into Stockton ranking sixth, with Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, the 2004 King of the West champion, one-digit behind in seventh and Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, last year’s August KWS winner, just two-points back of McMahan sitting in eighth. Fremont’s Shane Golobic stands ninth and as noted is just nine-points out of sixth. Rounding out the top-10 is the always hard-charging DJ Netto of Hanford.

Lemoore’s Carson Macedo is coming off a career best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish of second last weekend and will be gunning to move up one more spot on Saturday. The 18-year-old’s previous best finish came at the Stockton Dirt Track last August, when he ran third in the feature.

More drivers expected to tackle the blazing fast Stockton Dirt Track will include Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Winton’s Gordon Rodgers and others.

Also in action on Saturday will be the traveling Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints & Vintage Super Modifieds.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state.

The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. The Stockton Dirt Track is located at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. For more information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

A-main winners so far this year with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series

Tulare April 12: Tommy Tarlton
Placerville April 19: Rico Abreu
Chico May 3: Rico Abreu
Petaluma May 10: Willie Croft
Tulare May 17: Kyle Hirst
Chico June 6: Kyle Hirst
Marysville June 7: Tim Kaeding
Hanford June 14: Kyle Hirst
Ocean June 20: Jonathan Allard
Calistoga June 21: Rico Abreu
Ocean July 12: Bud Kaeding
Placerville July 19: Sean Becker
Tulare July 26: Jonathan Allard

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.kwssprints.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series




The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will invade the Stockton Dirt Track for the first time this season on Saturday August 2nd!

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – July 14, 2014…Defending champion and current point leader Kyle Hirst will lead the tour into town driving for famed car owners’ Dennis & Teresa Roth.

Other talented drivers will be on hand including the legendary Brent Kaeding, three-time USAC National Silver crown champ Bud Kaeding, three-time King of the West titlist Jonathan Allard, former champs Jason Statler, Sean Becker & many more.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series (KWS) continues the long running tradition of 410 Sprint Car racing in California and the Western United States. What originally began as the Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC) in 1960 under the direction of the late Louie Vermeil, has evolved through the years, but continues to thrill fans of all ages.

It will be the third ever King of the West Series event at the Stockton Dirt Track, with the first two appearances captured by Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi last August and Rutherford’s Rico Abreu in November. Scelzi will return on August 2 looking for his second career KWS victory. More info on the series can be found at www.kwssprints.com

Upper grandstand tickets will cost just $20 for all ages with lower level bleachers only $18 for all ages except, children ten and under free in the lower bleacher seats only. Ticket Sales & Gates open at 5pm with Racing scheduled to start around 7pm. To purchase your tickets for August 2nd, contact (916) 370-9417 during the hours of 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday.



Tickets on sale for the Tribute to Gary Patterson, King of the West 410 & Civil War 360 Series grand finales at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 1st

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – June 23, 2014…The 31st annual Tribute to Gary Patterson is set to cap the Stockton Dirt Track season in a huge way on Saturday November 1, as both the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion and the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster titlist will be crowned at the 3/8 mile clay oval.

Last season’s inaugural Tribute to Gary Patterson in Stockton saw Rutherford’s Rico Abreu claim the King of the West Series finale, while San Jose’s Tim Kaeding won the non-sanctioned Winged 360 Sprint Car portion of the night.

The event saw 35 KWS 410 Sprints Cars on hand and 39 Winged 360 Sprinters in action. With the Civil War Series sanctioning the 360 portion this season it is expected to be even bigger & better and an event that fans won’t want to miss. It will be a definite historic night with the King of the West 410’s & Civil War 360’s on the same card, during the same night, for the first time ever.

To purchase your tickets for November 1st, contact (916) 370-9417 during the hours of 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday and to view a seating chart visit http://stocktondirttrack.com/grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want.

There will also be a car show and live band during the day from noon to 4pm behind the grandstands, so make plans to arrive early and enjoy the festivities with us. RV spaces and reserved tent camping spots are also available and can be acquired by contacting ticket office. RV spaces are $30 and tent spots are $15 and include one (1) parking pass, with a $3 reservation fee per spot.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30 for all ages, with general admission lower bleacher seats being $20 for ages 13 and up. Kids 6-12 in the lower bleacher seats cost $10 and 5 & under FREE. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $3 convenience fee for each presale ticket purchased.

Known as the "Dancing Phantom from Stockton," the "Preacher," the "Hostile Hippie" or just simply "GP," Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of major wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park among others.

Patterson ultimately lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway. This season will be the second time we’ve paid Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state.

The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. The Stockton Dirt Track is located at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. For more information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com

Be sure and like the Stockton Dirt Track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/stocktondirt

Information on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & the Civil War Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster can be found at www.kwssprints.com & www.civilwarsprints.com



West Coast Late Model Shootout gearing up to race at the Stockton Dirt Track
on Saturday July 12th!

By Heather Parejko

Stockton, CA -June 25, 2014...The C&D Bonding West Coast Late Model Shootout is set to make their first appearance at the Stockton Dirt Track located at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton on Saturday July 12th. The event will pay racers $2,000 to win and $400 to start!

Join us on Saturday evening for a night of tire thrashing and intense entertainment involving Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Bombers!

Tickets for July 12th will be $20 for Adult 16+ General Admission and $18 for Juniors (11-15), Seniors (60+) and Military w/I.D., kids 10 & under are FREE

There will be no reserved seating for the night, but tickets will allow fans to sit on the upper level. Pit Passes will be $40. Will call & ticket window will open at 5:00pm on July 12th, with the front gate opening at 5pm and first heat scheduled for 7pm.

After the Saturday July 12th event, remaining shows for the Stockton Dirt Track will include the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series/ Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints & Vintage Supers on Saturday August 2, Monster Trucks & Tuff Trucks on Saturday October 11 and the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on Saturday November 1.

The event on November 1 marks the first time that the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster and the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series competes on the same card. It will also be the 31st annual "Tribute to Gary Patterson" and is being filmed by MAVTV American Real for airing during the Dirty 30 Series.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state.

The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206.




Summer Spectacular Weekend kicks-off at the Stockton Dirt Track on Friday June 20 with $3,000-to-win Winged 360 Sprint Car event!

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA -June 12, 2014...The Stockton Dirt Track will roar back to life on Friday June 20 to kick-off a big weekend racing in Northern California. The "Summer Spectacular Weekend" will feature Winged 360 Sprint Cars & Dirt Modifieds taking to Stockton on Friday, followed by the Antioch Speedway on Saturday June 21.

Both nights will feature lucrative payouts, highlighted by the Winged 360 Sprint Car portion paying $3,000-to-win & $400-to-start the A-main. The runner up in the feature will earn $1500, with third place paying $1200, fourth place $1,000 and fifth place $900.

The 360 Sprints will run a Civil War style format during the night, which includes qualifying, heat races, a dash, LCS and A-main. It will also follow Civil War rules, with the exception that the Muffler rule won't be strictly followed. Schoenfeld's will be allowed.

It will be the fifth Winged 360 Sprint Car event held at the Stockton Dirt Track, with previous winners including Sacramento's Willie Croft, San Jose's Tim Kaeding, Rutherford's Rico Abreu and Placerville's Andy Gregg, who picked up the win on May 17.

The Summer Spectacular will also mark the second time that the exciting Dirt Modifieds will attack the blazing fast Stockton Dirt Track.

Tickets for June 20 will be $20 for Adult 16+ General Admission and $18 for Juniors (11-15), Seniors (60+) and Military w/I.D., kids 10 & under are FREE

To buy your tickets early call 916-370-9417, there is a $3 fee per ticket sold.

There will be no reserved seating for the night, but tickets will allow fans to sit on the upper level. Pit Passes will be $40. Will call & ticket window will open at 3:30pm on June 20th, with the front gate opening at 5pm and first heat scheduled for 7pm.

After the Friday June 20th event, remaining shows for the Stockton Dirt Track will include the West Coast Late Model Shootout Series/ Dirt Modifieds & Bombers on Saturday July 12, the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series/ Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints & Vintage Supers on Saturday August 2, Monster Trucks & Tuff Trucks on Saturday October 11 and the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on Saturday November 1.

The event on November 1 marks the first time that the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster and the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series competes on the same card. It will also be the 31st annual "Tribute to Gary Patterson" and is being filmed by MAVTV American Real for airing during the Dirty 30 Series.




Winged 360 Sprint Cars & BCRA Midgets invade the Stockton Dirt Track this Saturday night May 17th

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA - May 12, 2014...The Stockton Dirt Track will hold its second event of the season this Saturday night May 17 when the 3/8 mile clay oval plays host to Winged 360 Sprint Cars and the traveling Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets. Also on hand will be the Vintage Super Modifieds.

The night will feature a lucrative payout, highlighted by the Winged 360 Sprint Car portion paying $3,000-to-win & $400-to-start the A-main. The runner up in the feature will earn $1500, with third place paying $1200, fourth place $1,000 and fifth place $900. The 360 Sprints will run a KWS/ Civil War style format during the night, which includes qualifying, heat races, a dash, LCS and A-main. It will also follow Civil War rules.

"We're excited to get the Stockton Dirt Track back in action this weekend," said Tony Noceti of the Noceti Group Inc. "We're trying to have a variety of events at the Dirt Track, but being a special events facility is what we are striving for. This Saturday we're putting up $3000 to win the Winged 360 Sprint Car feature so we're hoping to see a lot of teams come out. The weather will be great for a night of racing and the track will be in awesome shape."

It will be the fourth Winged 360 Sprint Car event held at the Stockton Dirt Track, with previous winners including Sacramento's Willie Croft, San Jose's Tim Kaeding and Rutherford's Rico Abreu, who picked up the win in March. Rounding out the top-five in March were Washington's Trey Starks, Placerville's Andy Gregg, Campbell's Bud Kaeding and Oroville's Sean Becker.

For the BCRA Midgets it will be the third time that the series has competed at the blazing fast 3/8 mile clay oval. Last season's BCRA debut was captured by Stockton's own Jonathan Henry, while the event in March was claimed by Alex Schutte, who came from the rear after an early incident. Completing the top-five were Shannon McQueen, Sean Dodenhoff, Scott Kinney and Gary Conterno.

Tickets for the May 17 event are on sale, with upper deck tickets costing $20 and lower deck bleachers being $18. Kids 10 and under are free to sit in the lower deck bleachers, but will pay full price to sit in upper deck.

To purchase your tickets contact 916-370-9417.

There will be no reserved seating for the night, but the $20 ticket will allow fans to sit on the upper level. Pit Passes will be $40. Will call & ticket window will open at 3:30pm on May 17, with the front gate opening at 5pm and first heat scheduled for 7pm.

After this Saturday's race, remaining events for the Stockton Dirt Track will include Tractor Pulls on Saturday June 14, Winged 360 Sprint Cars & Dirt Modifieds on Friday June 20, the West Coast Late Model Shootout Series/ Dirt Modifieds & Bombers on Saturday July 12, the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series/ Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints & Vintage Supers on Saturday August 2, Monster Trucks & Tuff Trucks on Saturday October 11 and the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on Saturday November 1.

The event on November 1 marks the first time that the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster and the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series competes on the same card. It will also be the 31st annual "Tribute to Gary Patterson" and is being filmed by MAVTV American Real for airing during the Dirty 30 Series.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state.


The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206.




Stockton Dirt Track returns to life on Saturday May 17 with Winged 360 Sprint Cars &
BCRA Midgets - Tickets on Sale & Purse info for Sprints

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – April 23, 2014…Following another successful World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series event, the Stockton Dirt Track will get back
action on Saturday night May 17 with a full program featuring Winged 360 Sprint Cars and the Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets.

The evening will feature a solid payout, highlighted by the Winged 360 Sprint Car portion paying $3,000-to-win & $400-to-start the A-main. The runner up in the feature will earn $1500, with third place paying $1200, fourth place $1,000 and fifth place $900. The 360 Sprints will run a KWS/ Civil War style format during the night, which includes qualifying, heat races, a dash, LCS and A-main. It will also follow Civil War rules.

It will be the fourth Winged 360 Sprint Car event held at the Stockton Dirt Track, with previous winners including Sacramento’s Willie Croft, San Jose’s Tim Kaeding and Rutherford’s Rico Abreu, who picked up the win in March. Rounding out the top-five in March were Washington’s Trey Starks, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Campbell’s Bud Kaeding and Oroville’s Sean Becker.

For the BCRA Midgets it will be the third time that the series has competed at the blazing fast 3/8 mile clay oval. Last season’s BCRA debut was captured by Stockton’s own Jonathan Henry, while the event in March was claimed by Alex Schutte, who came from the rear after an early incident. Completing the top-five were Shannon McQueen, Sean Dodenhoff, Scott Kinney and Gary Conterno.

Tickets for the May 17 event are on sale, with upper deck tickets costing $20 and lower deck bleachers being $18. To purchase your tickets contact 916-370-9417.

There will be no reserved seating for the night, but the $20 ticket will allow fans to sit on the upper level. Pit Passes will be $40. Will call & ticket window will open at 3:30pm on May 17, with the front gate opening at 5pm and first heat scheduled for 7pm.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state.

The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206.




Reminder the Stockton 99 race car show at Pacific Ave Bowl is this Sunday!

By Gary Thomas

Attention all race car owners: The Stockton 99 Speedway, Stockton Dirt Track & the Little 99 Kart Facility will be holding a special race car show/ meet & greet on Sunday March 30 at Pacific Ave. Bowl in Stockton to help bring awareness about the race tracks in the community. Anyone that owns a competition race car is welcome to come and show it off and be a part of the excitement.

It’s a perfect opportunity to showcase your sponsors and help get the word out about motorsports in the town of Stockton. The actual show will run from 10am to 2pm, but we’d like to start getting cars parked at approximately 8am on Sunday March 30. So bring your hero cards & get those sharpies ready!

“This is going to be a fun event to help get more awareness of the race tracks out there to folks in the community,” commented Stockton 99 Speedway announcer Wayne Pierce. “If you have a race car we’d love for you to come out and show it off. Pacific Ave Bowl is in a highly visible area and our focus is to reach as many kids as possible, so in theory they’ll bug their parents to come out and watch the races. This is going to be one of those events where we’re attempting to introduce the sport of racing to people around town and bring in new fans. We’ll have schedules & literature to hand out so we invite everyone to come be a part of it.”

Pacific Ave Bowl is located at 5939 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95207. If anyone has questions about the event please contact (209) 482-6969



Stockton Dirt Track - March 21 Winged 360 Sprint Car Results

By Gary Thomas

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Fast time: Bud Kaeding 13.577 New Track Record

Heat one: 1. 0 Bud Kaeding, 2. 3c Jonathan Allard, 3. 5c Curt Organ, 4. 5h Chase Johnson, 5. 88n DJ Netto, 6. 9 Dean Freitas, 7. 22d Nick Davis, 8. 7 Clayton Snow, 8. 7 Clayton Snow

Heat two: 1. 55 Trey Starks, 2. 01 Andy Forsberg, 3. 14r Andy Gregg, 4. 121 Shane Golobic, 5. 8 Jeremy Chisum, 6. 83sa John Bordenave, 7. 22 Mike Schott, 8. 77 Chris Magoon

Heat three: 1. 00 Jason Statler, 2. 35 Sean Becker, 3. 24 Rico Abreu, 4. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 5. 19 Art McCarthy, 6. 18 Justin Sanders, 7. 82j Steve Jaquith, 8. 3f Geoff Ensign

Heat four: 1. 88 Jace Vanderweerd, 2. 99 Shawn Wright, 3. 29 Willie Croft, 4. 33h Eric Humphries, 5. 5 Collin Markle, 6. 49 Mike Monahan, 7. 23 Tomas Bray Scully, 8. 2 Trevor Schmidt

Pannela Racing Engines Dash: 1. Jace Vanderweerd, 2. Bud Kaeding, 3. Jason Statler, 4. Andy Gregg, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Trey Starks, 7. Jonathan Allard, 8. Eric Humphries

LCQ: 1. DJ Netto, 2. Justin Sanders, 3. Art McCarthy, 4. Mike Monahan, 5. Dean Freitas, 6. Nick Davis, 7. Jeremy Chisum, 8. Collin Markle, 9. Clayton Snow, 10. Trevor Schmidt, 11. Mike Schott, 12. Steve Jaquith, 13. John Bordenave, 14. Matt Jensen, 15. Tomas Bray Scully

A-main: 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Trey Starks, 3. Andy Gregg, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Sean Becker, 6. Andy Forsberg, 7. Jonathan Allard, 8. Jason Statler, 9. Shane Golobic, 10. Jace Vanderweerd, 11. DJ Netto, 12. Justin Sanders, 13. Willie Croft, 14. Nick Davis, 15. Kurt Organ, 16. Dean Freitas, 17. Art McCarthy, 18. Eric Humphries, 19. Chase Johnson, 20. Mike Monahan, 21. Mitchell Faccinto, 22. Shawn Wright




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Stockton Dirt Track "FVP Western Spring Shootout" in March includes the return of three-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion Sammy Swindell on Saturday March 22

By Gary Thomas • Photos by Steve Lafond

Stockton, CA – March 11, 2014…The upcoming double-header weekend at the Stockton Dirt Track will not only be part of the “Salute to the King” tour for 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, but it will also be the return of fellow National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Sammy Swindell to the speedway. The three-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series titlist rounded out the top-10 in the feature last year at the Stockton Dirt Track, and ultimately ended the season sixth in the final series standings.

The wheel-man of the Big Game Tree Stands No. 1 machine ranks second to Kinser in all-time World of Outlaws A-main victories and has always been known as one of the biggest innovators in the sport of Sprint Car racing. Swindell has captured many of the biggest races in the sport including the Knoxville Nationals, Kings Royal, Williams Grove National Open and the Gold Cup Race of Champions among others. The Germantown, Tennessee driver is also a five-time driving champion of the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

It says perfectly of Swindell on his website: “One of the most recognized names in American motorsports, Sammy Swindell grew up watching his father behind the wheel at many of their local Memphis, Tennessee dirt tracks. In 1971, at the age of fifteen, Sammy took to the dirt at Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas. In his rookie season he won eleven feature events. From an engineering standpoint, he's been on the leading edge for years. His driving record speaks for itself. Few people demonstrate excellence at either skill, but Sammy Swindell combines the two like a director.”

Swindell has also spent time at certain points of his career competing in California, most recently in 2008-’09 aboard the Tom Rolfe Trucking No. 10 Sprinter.

“The things Sammy Swindell can do behind the wheel of a Sprint Car are just simply amazing,” commented George Hague of the Stockton Dirt Track. “As some driver’s age they can sometimes lose a step, but Sammy certainly hasn’t been one of those guys. He will drive a race car as hard anybody out there and his record over the years is pretty special. What he’s done at the Chili Bowl alone is incredible as a driver, car owner and mechanic. And when you talk about innovation Sammy has always been one of the people you look at. He and Steve Kinser have spanned generations and it’s going to be great having them go head to head on the road one last time this season.”

Travelers looking to keep Swindell out of victory lane at the Stockton Dirt Track during the “FVP Western Spring Shootout” on March 22 will include defending World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman of Owasso, Oklahoma; five-time series titlist Donny Schatz from Fargo, North Dakota; California native & current Nasville, Tennessee resident Paul McMahan, 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Indiana; title contender Tim Kaeding of San Jose, California; Brownsburg, Indiana’s Joey Saldana; Grass Valley, California’s Brad Sweet and many more.

Two-night adult General Admission tickets for the March 21 & 22 weekend are available for just $50 & two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost only $70. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children prices are available in GA only. To purchase two-night package advance tickets log onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=447 or call (877) 395-8606.

The front gate on Friday March 21 opens at 5pm with the first heat race scheduled go off just after 7pm. On Saturday March 22 the front gate will open at 4pm with the first heat also set to go green just after 7pm. A detailed list of start times can be found on the homepage of www.stocktondirttrack.com

Fans who pre-buy their March 21 & 22 weekend tickets will also be in a drawing for a special chance to have dinner with 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser. Stockton Dirt Track promoters Tony & Carol Noceti are offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for five select couples to have “Dinner with the King” at the El Rancho Inn – Steak & Lobster House on Thursday night March 20 at 7pm.

The drawing will work simply as follows. Five names will be randomly drawn out of the pre-ticket sales for the Stockton Dirt Track March 21 & 22 weekend. Those lucky winners will be invited to the special dinner at 7pm on March 20 with Steve Kinser at the El Rancho Inn – Steak& Lobster House, which is located off Charter Way/MLK Blvd and Mariposa Road in Stockton, California. The deadline to pre-buy your March 21 & 22 weekend tickets and still be eligible for the special “Dinner with the King” drawing is Thursday March 13.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. Camping will also be available during the weekend with a number of great spots for RV’s and Campers on the fairgrounds. The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. Camping reservations can be made by contacting 916-370-9417.




Dinner with the King countdown drawing near

By Gary Thomas

March 4, 2014...Just 9 days remain to purchase your race tickets & be eligible for the "Dinner with the King" drawing! Five lucky winners out of the Stockton Dirt Track March 21 & 22 pre-sale tickets bought by March 13, will get the chance to have dinner with 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser at the El Rancho Inn Steak & Lobster House on Thursday March 20 at 7pm.

Don't miss out on your chance to have a world class dinner with arguably the greatest Sprint Car driver to ever live! Once again the deadline to purchase your race tickets is Thursday March 13! Tickets can be bought online at http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=125 or by calling (877) 395-8606

Tables at the El Rancho Inn Steak & Lobster House on Thursday March 20 can also be reserved in groups of five for those wanting to have dinner that night. The El Rancho Inn – Steak & Lobster House is located off Charter Way/MLK Blvd and Mariposa Road in Stockton, California. To reserve your table contact (209) 467-1529




Golobic to pull double duty at Stockton March 21st

By Gary Thomas

March 3, 2014...Track kicks-off the year on Friday March 21 with Winged 360 Sprint Cars & BCRA Midgets. The talented & versatile driver claimed the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo championship in 2012 and is a multi-time A-main starter at the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Oklahoma.

Golobic last year had a very solid campaign that was highlighted by his first career World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win at the Antioch Speedway in April. He'll be one of the many drivers looking to take home the $3,000 top prize in the Winged 360 main event on March 21, which will be run under Civil War Series rules and use the Civil War format.

The Winged 360 Sprint Car Dash for the night features extra cash on the line, with it being backed by Panella Racing Engines and features a total of $1000 up for grabs, which will be broken up as follows: $500 to the winner, $300 to second place and $200 to third place.

The BCRA Midgets will also run a special Dash sponsored by Terry Tarditi of T&T Trucking in Lodi with $800 on the line, which will be broken up as follows: $250 to the winner, $150 to second and $100 to third through sixth in the rundown. The stipulation to be eligible for the T&T Trucking Dash is that to run it, the owner & driver must be a current BCRA Member. The top-6 fastest qualifiers will make up the dash and draw for starting spots. If a non-BCRA Member is among the top-six, then the next member up in the qualifying rundown will be awarded the spot.

The front gate on Friday March 21 will open at 5pm, with the first heat race scheduled to go off just after 7pm.

Tickets for the Friday March 21 Winged 360 & BCRA Midget event, plus the World of Outlaws return to Stockton on Saturday March 22 can be purchased by logging onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=125 or by calling (877) 395-8606.

Keep in mind tickets bought prior to March 13 enters you into the special "Dinner with the King" drawing at the El Rancho Inn Steak & Lobster House in Stockton. Five lucky winners will get the chance to have dinner with Steve Kinser on Thursday March 20 at 7pm. Don't miss out on your opportunity! Get your tickets today!




Kinser to be presented Key to the City of Stockton

Noceti Group Inc. Media Relations : By Gary Thomas

February 26, 2014...Hall of Fame race car driver Steve Kinser to be presented with Key to the City during ceremony at 11:30am on Thursday March 20 at City Hall in Stockton, California

Stockton, California…The top Sprint Car drivers in the world of auto racing are geared up to invade the Stockton Dirt Track at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds on Saturday March 22. Just prior to that however, the greatest Sprint Car driver of all-time will be honored at City Hall in Stockton during a special ceremony on Thursday March 20 at 11:30am.

Bloomington, Indiana native Steve Kinser, a 20-time World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series champion and a past starter of the Indianapolis 500 will be presented with a key to the city, in commemoration of his final full-time season of competition. The country’s premier Sprint Car tour in fact, has dubbed this year as a “Salute to the King” in honor of the man known quite simply as the “King of the Outlaws.”

Media members are invited to attend and cover the special ceremony on March 20.

Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva said, "I am very excited about these events coming to Stockton. We do have positive events in our City and we definitely need to support them. Please help promote these great events in March."

“This is a really exciting event for the city of Stockton and what we’re trying to do more & more is showcase just how large motorsports is in the town,” said Tony Noceti of the Stockton Dirt Track. “When it comes to Sprint Car racing across the world there is nobody bigger than Steve Kinser, so awarding him with the key to the city on March 20 at City Hall is going to be pretty special. We are looking to have as much media as possible come cover the presentation and showcase some of the great things we’re doing down here in Stockton.”

As noted Kinser is considered to be the greatest Sprint Car driver of all-time and possesses the most World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championships in the history of the tour, having claimed the title on 20 occasions. The Indiana driver is the all-time winningest competitor in World of Outlaws history with 576 career triumphs with the series.

Kinser has captured all of Sprint Car racing’s biggest events, including 12 titles at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals in Iowa and 12 victories at California’s biggest showcase - the Gold Cup Race of Champions in Chico. He also finished 14th in the 1997 Indianapolis 500 & even had a stint in the NASCAR Cup Series during his storied career. Kinser is a fourteen-time National 410 Sprint Car Driver of the Year and a nineteen-time American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association All-American honoree.

Kinser also happens to drive a race car owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, who said: “I never missed a World of Outlaw show in the area when I was growing up. We waited for those nights like they were holidays. A few years ago, when we had the chance to get Steve Kinser to drive for Tony Stewart Racing, it was like a dream come true. When we got him on board, my goal was for him to drive for us during the remainder of his career. I’m really excited for him to go out and have a great season. He’s the best ever and I couldn’t be more proud.”

The public is also welcome to come and attend the ceremony to witness Kinser be presented with the key to the city.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series event at the Stockton Dirt Track on March 22 is part of a two-night open wheel event, which includes Winged 360 Sprint Cars & BCRA Midgets on Friday March 21. A car show and live band will also be featured on Saturday afternoon at the track. Tickets for both nights can be acquired by logging onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=447 or by calling (877) 395-8606.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built on the inside of the one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track racing facilities in the state. Information can be found online at www.stocktondirttrack.com





Paul McMahan pictured carving his way around the Stockton Dirt Track last March in the CJB Motorsports No. 51 Sprinter. The California native rounded out the top-five in last years main event and comes west this season maintaining a share of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series point lead with reigning champ Daryn Pittman.

California Native McMahan Shares Outlaw Lead Coming West

By Gary Thomas - Photo by Steve Lafond

February 24, 2014...With three races down in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series season California native Paul McMahan holds a share of the point lead along with defending champion Daryn Pittman. Last year at the Stockton Dirt Track grand opening McMahan captured the Dash and went on to finish fifth in the feature aboard the CJB Motorsports No. 51 mount.

The veteran driver cut his teeth racing on the California bullrings, finishing runner up in the Northern Auto Racing Club standings in 1994 & '95, as well as runner up in the Golden State 410 Series points in '95, while driving for Clyde & Marion Lamar. McMahan is also fresh off one of the best season’s of his career, having finished third in the final 2013 WOO standings with four wins and 17 fast-time efforts.

In addition to McMahan, fellow California natives sitting among the top-10 in the World of Outlaws standings coming west include Grass Valley’s Brad Sweet, who ranks third, as well as San Jose’s Tim Kaeding, who currently stands seventh.

Sweet is making his first full-time assault with the series and captured the Outlaw opener in Florida at the helm of his Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 Sprinter. Kaeding last year won the second most A-mains with the series and is gunning for his first World of Outlaws title this season in the Roth Motorsports No. 83 machine. “TK” finished runner up last season during the series event in Stockton.

Tickets for the World of Outlaws return to Stockton on Saturday March 22 are going fast and be purchased by logging onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=125 or by calling (877) 395-8606.

You can also purchase your tickets for the Friday March 21 opener at the Stockton Dirt Track featuring Winged 360 Sprint Cars & BCRA Midgets.

Keep in mind tickets bought prior to March 13 enters you into the special "Dinner with the King" drawing at the El Rancho Inn Steak & Lobster House in Stockton. Five lucky winners will get the chance to have dinner with Steve Kinser on Thursday March 20 at 7pm. Don't miss out on your opportunity! Get your tickets today!



Five-time WOO champ Schatz returns to Stockton in March

By Gary Thomas - Photo by Steve Lafond

Stockton, CA – February 9, 2014…Five-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz charged from 13th to third last season at the Stockton Dirt Track & will be gunning to move up a couple more spots in the rundown on Saturday March 22 during the "FVP Western Spring Shootout." The Fargo, North Dakota veteran in January was named the 2013 "North American 410 Sprint Car Driver of the Year" for the sixth time in his future Hall of Fame career.

The pilot of the Tony Stewart Racing/ STP No. 15 finished runner up in the World of Outlaws standings last season & will be looking to get back atop the ladder in 2014. Schatz last year led the series with an amazing 23 main event wins throughout the campaign, including his seventh career Knoxville Nationals title. His victory at the Nationals came in historic fashion, by carving his way from the 21st starting spot to claim the impressive win.

Going into the 2014 season Schatz ranks fourth on the all-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win list, having earned 147 A-main wins with the tour.

Two-night adult General Admission tickets for the March 21 & 22 weekend are available for $50 & two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost $70. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children prices are available in GA only. To purchase two-night package advance tickets log onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=447 or call (877) 395-8606.

Fans who pre-buy their March 21 & 22 weekend tickets will also be in a drawing for a special dinner with Schatz's Tony Stewart Racing teammate Steve Kinser. Stockton Dirt Track promoters Tony & Carol Noceti are offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for five select couples to have “Dinner with the King” at the El Rancho Inn – Steak & Lobster House on Thursday night March 20.

The drawing will work simply as follows. Five names will be randomly drawn out of the pre-ticket sales for the Stockton Dirt Track March 21 & 22 weekend. Those lucky winners will be invited to the special dinner on March 20 with Steve Kinser at the El Rancho Inn – Steak& Lobster House, which is located off Charter Way/MLK Blvd and Mariposa Road in Stockton, California.

The deadline to pre-buy your March 21 & 22 weekend tickets and still be eligible for the special “Dinner with the King” drawing is Thursday March 13.

The Friday March 21 opener in Stockton is also the only show in the state on that night for Winged 360 Sprint Cars & Midgets, which means many of the best drivers from around California in both divisions are expected for the event. Last November's Winged 360 show brought 39 entrants to the Stockton Dirt Track and was claimed by San Jose's Tim Kaeding over Rutherford's Rico Abreu and a hard charging Geoff Ensign from Sebastopol.

For those coming to the Stockton Dirt Track for the March 21 & 22 double-header and looking for a great breakfast spot, be sure & check out the Ranch Coffee Shop located near the track at 1872 E. Mariposa Rd, Stockton, CA 95205. When leaving the fairgrounds and heading back in the direction of Highway 99, turn slight right onto Mariposa Rd and it's just a short distance down on your left hand side.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. Camping will also be available during the weekend with a number of great spots for RV’s and Campers on the fairgrounds. Camping reservations can be made by contacting 916-370-9417. The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206.



From the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series PR Department:

Huge Crowd Expected When World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars Invade Stockton for FVP Western Spring Shootout

Concord, N.C. – January 31, 2014…The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series' inaugural event last season at the Stockton Dirt Track at California's San Joaquin Fairgrounds was one of the highlights of 2013, this year expectations are even greater for the FVP Western Spring Shootout on Saturday, March 22, at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Three California natives shared the lead - Paul McMahan, Tim Kaeding and Kyle Larson - before Larson finally earned the victory in front of the sellout crowd. McMahan and Kaeding will be eager to notch a victory this time around.

Adding to the anticipation for this event is new title sponsor FVP, a leading provider of OE-quality aftermarket automotive parts.

"FVP is passionate about sprint car racing and after seeing how big last year's event was at Stockton we had to partner with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars this year," FVP's Joel Quetschenbach said. "We can't wait to see the packed grandstands once again. The FVP Western Spring Shootout is going to be a huge event and we are excited to be part of it."

Steve Kinser will try to add Stockton to the list of tracks where he's earned victories in his legendary career. Kinser's "Salute to the King" tour will mark his final season chasing a 21st World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship, and a win at Stockton would no doubt go a long way toward being a title contender as the season takes shape.

Tickets for the show are going fast, but great seats are still available and can be ordered online by clicking www.WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets or by calling 877-395-8606.

Camping spots with hooks ups are available on the carnival midway, located behind the main grandstands at the Stockton Dirt Track. To reserve your camping spot call 916-370-9417, to view a map of camping information click http://stocktondirttrack.com/rv_camping.pdf.

For information on Stockton Dirt Track click www.StocktonDirtTrack.com , and for more on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars click www.WorldofOutlaws.com , follow the series on Twitter @WorldofOutlaws or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws



Stockton Dirt Track to offer "Dinner with the King" at the El Rancho Inn - Steak & Lobster House to five randomly selected couples from March 21st & March 22nd pre-sale ticket holders

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – January 29, 2014…The upcoming World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series season has lots to look forward to and ranking right near the top of that list is the fact it will be the final full-time campaign for 20-time Outlaw champion & National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Steve Kinser.

The “Salute to the King” tour is something every Sprint Car fan is excited about and to commemorate it during the series visit to Stockton in March, track promoters Tony & Carol Noceti are offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for five select couples to have “Dinner with the King” at the El Rancho Inn – Steak & Lobster House on Thursday night March 20 at 7pm.

The drawing will work simply as follows. Five names will be randomly drawn out of the pre-ticket sales for the Stockton Dirt Track March 21 & 22 weekend. Those lucky winners will be invited to the special dinner on March 20 at 7pm with Steve Kinser at the El Rancho Inn – Steak & Lobster House, which is located off Charter Way/MLK Blvd and Mariposa Road in Stockton, California.

“We’re really excited to put this dinner together with Steve Kinser and include five couples that have pre-bought their tickets for the two-night show in March at the Stockton Dirt Track,” said Tony Noceti. “Steve is a living legend & the El Rancho Inn has some of the best steak & lobster you’ll ever have, so fans will definitely want to purchase their tickets early to become eligible for the dinner.”

The deadline to pre-buy your March 21 & 22 weekend tickets and still be eligible for the special “Dinner with the King” drawing is Thursday March 13.

“This is a really neat promotion that Tony & Carol Noceti have offered up to fans that purchase their March tickets to Stockton tickets early,” commented George Hague with the Stockton Dirt Track. “It’s not every day that you get to have dinner with a National Sprint Car Hall of Famer & a guy that has meant as much to Sprint Car racing as Steve Kinser has. I can also attest that the El Rancho Inn serves up steak & lobster that is out of this world, so do yourself a favor and buy your tickets early to become eligible for the drawing.”

The five winning couples will also be part of a presentation to Kinser in the winner’s circle area during Saturday night’s World of Outlaws event.

Steve Kinser is considered to be the greatest Sprint Car driver of all-time and possesses the most World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championships in the history of the tour, having claimed the title on 20 occasions. The Bloomington, Indiana driver is the all-time winnigest driver in World of Outlaws history with 576 career triumphs with the series. He’s captured all of the sport’s biggest events, including 12 titles at the prestigious Knoxville Nationals in Iowa and 12 victories at California’s biggest showcase - the Gold Cup Race of Champions in Chico. He also finished 14th in the 1997 Indianapolis 500 & even had a stint in the NASCAR Cup Series during his storied career.

Two-night adult General Admission tickets for the March 21 & 22 “FVP Western Spring Shootout” weekend are available for just $50 & two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost only $70. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children prices are available in GA only. To purchase two-night package advance tickets log onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=447 or call (877) 395-8606.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. Camping will also be available during the weekend with a number of great spots for RV’s and Campers on the fairgrounds. Camping reservations can be made by contacting 916-370-9417.

The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/

Be sure and like the Stockton Dirt Track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/stocktondirt




99 Speedway Tow Truck Driver Russell Johnson Passes Away

Everyone with the Noceti Group, Stockton 99 Speedway & the Stockton Dirt Track would like to send our condolences to the friends & family of Russell “Superman” Johnson, who passed away this week. Russell was the tow truck driver at 99 Speedway & also raced stock cars, with a passion for enduro racing. In fact, the late-season Watermelon Bash Enduro event on October 4 at Stockton 99 Speedway will be re-named the “Russell Johnson Memorial Watermelon Bash” this year.

A fundraiser event for Russell’s family will take place this Sunday February 2, with the details listed below. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday February 15, which includes a tow truck processional that begins at 10am and starts at Anderson's Towing 4055 N Wilson Way Stockton CA 95205. The processional will then end at the Stockton Fairgrounds located at 1658 S Airport Way Stockton, CA 95206. The celebration of life will begin at 11am.

“Hearing of Russell’s passing hit us pretty hard this week,” said Tony Noceti. “Russ was one of those real good guys out there that would take the shirt off his back for you. He had a big family to take care of and his wife is expecting another child so it’s a rough deal all around. We’re going to do a helmet pass for Russell’s family when we open the season at the dirt track & also Stockton 99. We’re also going to honor him at the Watermelon Bash later on this season. Our hearts go out to his whole family and I know we’ll really miss him.”

Russell "Superman" Johnson 12/23/54 - 01/28/14

Everyone who knew Russ associated him with his passion for family, racing, towing, Superman and helping the community, children in particular. Most would never guess that this husband and father to 9 children, was nearing 60 years of age. His love of life and generous involvement in community events and fundraising activities truly kept him youthful.

Russ loved traveling the region to race his Superman themed stock car. This is how he began his involvement in the towing industry. In the 1970's he owned his own "Old Red" Ford conventional tow truck to haul his race car to speedways and community events. Locals knew it would be a great event with Superman there!

For many years as a driver for City Wide Towing and later, the general manager of Mad Dog Towing, Russ was proud to support his family without any handouts or assistance. Unfortunately, that leaves quite a burden on his wife with a baby on the way.

To help with expenses now and in the coming months a fundraiser event will be held this Sunday including Raffles, Race Cars, Music, Food etc. A little bit goes a long way. Contact Kelly at Anderson's to make arraignments for donations. Thanks in advance for all your help!

We will have a 55" television for people who want to watch the NFL Superbowl.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

10 am to 4 pm
Fundraiser will be at:
Anderson's Towing
4055 N Wilson Way
Stockton CA 95205

A Celebration of life and Tow Truck processional will be held:

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Tow Truck processional meet at:

Anderson's Towing
4055 N Wilson Way
Stockton CA 95205
Leaves promptly at 10 am

Ends at:
Stockton Fair Grounds @ Dirt Track
1658 S Airport Way
Stockton, CA 95206

Celebration of life at 11 am

Any further questions please call Anderson Towing:
Kelly Hill
PO Box 654
Linden, CA 95236
Phone (209) 946-9661
Cell (209)752-0426
andersonsstkn@yahoo.com

More information about the fundraising event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/670995012963039/



World of Outlaws return to Stockton in March includes hard charging Madsen

The Saturday night finale will mark the return of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series to Stockton, including the "Madman" Kerry Madsen, who carved his way from 24th to 7th last season at the 3/8 mile oval, earning the KSE Hard Charger award.

The St Mary's, New South Wales, Australia native has always been known as one of the more aggressive drivers behind the wheel of a Sprint Car and capped last season with three World of Outlaws wins, en route to a 10th place finish in the final standings. The pilot of the Keneric Racing No. 29 machine captured the prestigious Knoxville Raceway track championship in 2005 and has been a common sight with the World of Outlaws over the last number of seasons.

Madsen captured his first ever World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory in 2007, while at the time driving the famed California based Selma Shell Racing No. 11 mount, which was owned by the late Dave Helm.

The Friday March 21 opener in Stockton is also the only show in the state on that night for Winged 360 Sprint Cars & Midgets, so many of the best drivers from around California in both divisions are expected for the event. Last November's Winged 360 show brought 39 entrants to the Stockton Dirt Track and was claimed by San Jose's Tim Kaeding over Rutherford's Rico Abreu and a hard charging Geoff Ensign from Sebastopol. In qualifying Chico's Jonathan Allard broke the existing 360 track record by clocking a 14.400 around the Stockton clay.

"This will be the first two-night open wheel show we've done at the Stockton Dirt Track since we opened last year and we're really excited about it," said track promoter Tony Noceti. "Creating special events is something we're really focusing on at the Dirt Track and we would love this March weekend to become a happening like you see at the Gold Cup in Chico & how the Trophy Cup in Tulare has been. We've got a great fairgrounds here that is huge in size and can accommodate a ton of campers for the weekend. The World of Outlaws of course is the cornerstone of the weekend on Saturday, but the Friday show with the 360's & BCRA Midgets is going to be a can't miss as well."

Two-night adult General Admission tickets for the March 21 & 22 weekend are available for just $50 & two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost only $70. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. Children prices are available in GA only. To purchase two-night package advance tickets log onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=447 or call (877) 395-8606. Last year’s World of Outlaws event held on a Friday was a sell out and with this season’s outing moving to a Saturday, fans are encouraged to get their tickets now for the best seats possible.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. It is built inside a one-mile horse track and boasts one of the nicest dirt track facilities in the state. Camping will also be available during the weekend with a number of great spots for RV’s and Campers on the fairgrounds. The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/ & info on the World of Outlaws can be viewed at http://www.woosprint.com/



The Stockton Dirt Track is excited to have the BCRA Midgets co-headline the March 21 & 22 "Western Racing Classic" opener alongside the Winged 360 Sprint Cars!

Here's a shot of the typical kind of racing we love with the Midgets! Shown battling 3-wide last year at the 3/8 mile clay oval are Pete Davis, Matt Streeter and Scott Pierovich. Photo by M&M Racing Photos.

It will be the second ever BCRA Midget event at the Stockton Dirt Track after last year’s debut in April was claimed by Stockton's own Jonathon Henry over Visalia’s Greg Bragg and Sean Dodenhoff. Pierovich & Taylor Simas rounded out the top-five in the main event that night. Midget racing is routinely some of the best & most exciting you'll see in any form of motorsports and fans should be in for a treat on Friday March 21. Information on the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) can be found at http://www.bcraracing.com/

"I've always been a big fan of Midget racing and look forward to having the Bay Cities Racing Association as part of the Western Racing Classic weekend opener in March," said Stockton Dirt Track promoter Tony Noceti. "Having the Midgets & Winged 360 Sprint Cars will be a great way to open the weekend at the Stockton Dirt Track. We're expecting to have solid car counts in both divisions, so it will be an exciting and action packed show. Then the next night the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars hit the speedway & we're really looking forward to that. I can't think of a better way to open the season at the Dirt Track and hope all the fans will come out to support the whole weekend."

The “Western Racing Classic” weekend kicks off on Friday March 21 with the Winged 360 Sprint Cars & BCRA Midgets taking to the Stockton Dirt Track, prior to the World of Outlaws making their second ever appearance in Stockton the following evening. Two-night adult General Admission tickets cost $50 & two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost $70. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. To purchase tickets for both nights log onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=125 or call (877) 395-8606.

"The Bay Cities Racing Association has been around since 1939 and is one of the oldest and most historic sanctioning bodies still going, so I'm excited to see them in action as they open the Western Racing Classic weekend in March," commented George Hague. "Some of the biggest names in open wheel racing have competed with BCRA and it will make for a great show pairing them with the Winged 360 Sprint Cars on March 21. It's going to be a can't miss weekend with the World of Outlaws coming in on Saturday March 22, so we definitely hope fans will get their tickets asap."

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. Defending World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman set the all-time track record on opening night last season with a clocking of 13.278 aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing/ Great Clips No. 9 machine.

The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. Camping will also be available during the weekend with a number of great spots available for RV’s and Campers on the fairgrounds. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/

Be sure and like the Stockton Dirt Track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/stocktondirt

For information on the quarter-mile paved oval Stockton 99 Speedway located on Wilson Way in Stockton log onto www.stockton99.com & like it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheNewStockton99?fref=ts





What would make a better Christmas gift than getting your Stockton Dirt Track “Western Racing Classic” weekend tickets, which includes the return of 20-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car champion Steve Kinser on Saturday March 22! Last season’s grand opening event was a standing-room-only affair, so be sure & get your tickets early for the seats you want.

Kinser, a living legend in the sport & a National Sprint Car Hall of Famer, won his heat race & finished eighth in the main event during the WOO debut at the 3/8 mile clay oval last season. The wheel-man of the Tony Stewart Racing/ Bad Boy Buggies No. 11 mount ended last year eighth in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series standings with two victories on the season. The upcoming season will be his final championship run & is being dubbed “Salute to the King.”

“Steve Kinser is definitely one of the guys that you consider to be royalty in the sport of Sprint Car racing,” said George Hague of the Stockton Dirt Track. “His records are un-matched and people have been coming out to see him race for so long that he’s without a doubt an icon. With this being his final season chasing the title it’s going to be a special one and fans are not going to want to miss it. We’re looking forward to having him back at the Stockton Dirt Track in March.”

The “Western Racing Classic” weekend will kick-off on Friday night March 21 with a special & exciting Winged 360 Sprint Car & BCRA Midget event, prior to the World of Outlaws making their second ever appearance at the Stockton Dirt Track on the following night Saturday March 22. Two-night adult General Admission tickets cost $50 & two-night Reserved Grandstand tickets cost $70. Single-night tickets & box seats are also available. To purchase tickets for both nights log onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=125 or call (877) 395-8606.

Last season’s World of Outlaws event at the track was claimed by Elk Grove native Kyle Larson, who picked up the win over two-time Golden State/ King of the West 410 champion Tim Kaeding from San Jose and five-time WOO titlist Donny Schatz of Fargo, North Dakota. Eventual World of Outlaws champ Daryn Pittman of Owasso, Oklahoma came home fourth, with California native and current Nashville, Tennessee resident Paul McMahan rounding out the top-five.

To view a commercial for the “Western Racing Classic” weekend visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAhaUsZVRvw (Preview)

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. Defending World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman set the track record on opening night last season with a clocking of 13.278 aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing/ Great Clips No. 9 machine.

The physical address for the Stockton Dirt Track is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. Camping will also be available during the weekend with a number of great spots available for RV’s and Campers on the fairgrounds. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/

Be sure and like the Stockton Dirt Track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/stocktondirt

For information on the paved quarter-mile oval Stockton 99 Speedway located on Wilson Way in Stockton log onto www.stockton99.com & like it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheNewStockton99?fref=ts

World of Outlaws A-Main Results from last year at the Stockton Dirt Track - (30 Laps) - 1. 57-Kyle Larson [3] [$10,000]; 2. 83-Tim Kaeding [2] [$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [13] [$3,200]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [6] [$2,800]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [1] [$2,500]; 6. 63-Chad Kemenah [9] [$2,300]; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen [24] [$2,200]; 8. 11-Steve Kinser [7] [$2,100]; 9. 14-Tony Stewart [4] [$2,050]; 10. 1-Sammy Swindell [11] [$2,000]; 11. 71M-Joey Saldana [20] [$1,500]; 12. 4-Cody Darrah [21] [$1,200]; 13. 6-David Gravel [15] [$1,100]; 14. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [16] [$1,050]; 15. 21X-Carson Macedo [10] [$1,000]; 16. 7-Craig Dollansky [25] [$100]; 17. OO-Jason Statler [23] [$800]; 18. 24A-Rico Abreu [8] [$800]; 19. 21-Brian Brown [12] [$800]; 20. 26-Sam Hafertepe Jr [18] [$800]; 21. 44W-Austen Wheatley [5] [$800]; 22. 88-Terry McCarl [14] [$800]; 23. 21M-Jason Meyers [22] [$800]; 24. O-Jonathan Allard [17] [$800]; 25. 3C-Willie Croft [19] [$800]; 26. 11K-Kraig Kinser [26]




Tickets are on sale for the two-night season opener at the Stockton Dirt Track featuring the return of the STP World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Saturday March 22, plus a special Winged 360 Sprint Car/ BCRA Midget show the night before on Friday March 21.

Last March saw a standing room only crowd during the event, so be sure and reserve your tickets early to get the best seat possible for both nights of racing!

To purchase tickets for both Friday March 21 & Saturday March 22 log onto http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=125 and the event hotline is (704) 795-7223.

Last season’s World of Outlaws event at the track was captured by rising NASCAR star Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, who picked up the win over two-time King of the West 410 champion Tim Kaeding from San Jose and five-time WOO titlist Donny Schatz of Fargo, North Dakota. Eventual STP World of Outlaws champ Daryn Pittman of Owasso, Oklahoma came home fourth, with California native and recent “World Finals” winner Paul McMahan rounding out the top-five.

The Friday evening kick-off on March 21 will mark the third Winged 360 Sprint Car event to take place at the Stockton Dirt Track since it opened up last season. The previous two races have been captured by Sacramento’s Willie Croft and Tim Kaeding. It will also be the second BCRA Midget event, after last year’s debut was claimed by Stockton's own Jonathon Henry over Visalia’s Greg Bragg and Sean Dodenhoff.

Camping will also be available during the weekend with a number of great spots available for RV’s and Campers on the fairgrounds. More information on the overall weekend will be released soon, with plans for a car show on Saturday and a post race party on Friday evening for fans & teams.

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval and is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit http://www.stocktondirttrack.com/

You can also like the track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt as well as follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/stocktondirt



Rico Abreu charges to second straight "Tribute to Gary Patterson" victory &
Kyle Hirst brings home first King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series championship
in Stockton on Saturday

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA - November 2, 2013…A large & enthusiastic crowd at the Stockton Dirt Track witnessed a bit of history on Saturday night, as Rutherford’s Rico Abreu continued his stellar season by scoring his second consecutive victory in the “Tribute to Gary Patterson,” along with Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst locking up his first career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series title.

Abreu, in just his third year of Sprint Car racing, became the very first driver to ever win the “Tribute to Gary Patterson,” the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” and the “Johnny Key Classic” all in the same year. The immensely talented 21-year-old was thrilling to watch aboard the Paul Silva prepared Abreu Vineyards No. 24 during the night at the lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval. It was Abreu’s third KWS victory of the year and the fifth of his young career.

“This is awesome to come out here and win the Tribute to Gary Patterson for the second straight year,” said Abreu, who ends the season with an impressive 10 top-five finishes in his 10 King of the West Series starts this season. “I can’t say enough about Paul Silva, Trevor Canales and all my guys. They have given me great cars all year and it has been a lot of fun. I also want to congratulate Kyle Hirst on the championship this year and thank everyone for coming out to support us.”

Abreu captured the main event after battling with Kyle Hirst and Chico’s Jonathan Allard for much of the 30-lap contest. Hirst got the jump on the field when the green flag waved for the final time in 2013, as Allard hopped into second and Abreu into third. Racing through traffic Hirst attempted to keep Allard and Abreu at bay, as the fight for second went back and forth until Abreu locked himself into the runner up spot just prior to the halfway point.

The youngster would charge after Hirst and actually make the pass for the lead on three separate occasions, only to have the caution lights flash on each time. Abreu kept after it however, and continued to come hard for the lead, which he would finally get on lap-17 with a beautiful move to the inside in turns and two. Allard would follow along on lap-21, as he got around Hirst and began to track down Abreu up front. Allard motored up to his rear in traffic, but over the final couple laps issues on the right side of Allard’s car would allow Abreu to escape and take the checkered by a margin of 3.845 seconds for victory.

Allard limped across the line to narrowly score second over Hirst to cap another strong season driving for Morrie & Katie Williams in the ZERO Sprint Car. It should be noted that Allard flew all the way back from New Zealand just to compete at Stockton on Saturday, which shows the kind of dedication the three-time KWS champ has. The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series would like to wish him the best of luck as he heads back down to New Zealand for his annual tour down under. Allard ended the year with four series wins, which led all drivers during the season.

Hirst’s third place finish marked his 13th podium effort of the KWS 410 season and allowed him to wrap up his very first King of the West Series championship. When going back through the archives of the Northern Auto Racing Club and the Golden State Challenge/ King of the West Series, Kyle & Rick Hirst have become just the second father/son tandem to win the Nor Cal 410 title, joining Brent & Tim Kaeding. It also marked the third consecutive owners’ championship with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series for Fresno, CA based Roth Motorsports. Hirst ended the year with three series victories aboard the famed HR Livestock Transportation No. 83jr machine.

“It’s a great feeling to finally lock up this King of the West championship here in Stockton,” Hirst commented. “I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth, Todd Ventura and this whole Roth Motorsports team for the opportunity they have given me this year. I also want to thank all my family for always believing in me and all the fans for their support all year long. It’s pretty unbelievable getting my name on that list of champions for this series. My dad won the NARC title back in ’86, so it means the world to me that I’m able to get a KWS championship under my belt. It’s been a great season out here and I definitely need to thank everyone involved for making it happen.”

Visalia’s Cory Eliason finished the main event in fourth to cap one of the best nights of his King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series career at the helm of his Eliason Racing Composites No. 00x mount. The youngster began the night by setting fast time and then brought home third place finishes in both his heat race and the dash. It was nice to see Eliason finish the year on a strong note. San Jose’s Tim Kaeding, who won the 360 Sprint Car portion of the night, charged forward to round out the top-five in the feature aboard the Roth Enterprises No. 83. The remainder of the top-10 was completed by Sean Becker, Brent Kaeding, DJ Netto, Jason Statler and Willie Croft.

The 12-lap Last Chance Qualifier was captured by Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan and the six-lap Dash presented by Panella Racing Engines during the night was claimed by Fresno’s Craig Stidham, who earned an extra $500 for his efforts. Kyle Hirst finished second in the dash and will receive $300, while third place Cory Eliason will get $200. We’d like to thank Panella Racing Engines for their gracious support of the KWS dash at the “Tribute to GP” in Stockton. The four 10-lap Kaeding Performance Heat Races were brought home by Willie Croft, Kyle Hirst, Andy Gregg and Rico Abreu. As noted Cory Eliason began the evening by setting the BR Motorsports Fast Time with a lap of 13.414 around the Stockton Dirt Track.

On behalf of the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series we’d like to thank all of the teams, fans, sponsors and everyone that made the 2013 season possible. We hope you all have a great off-season and can’t wait to see everybody in 2014. The championship awards banquet will occur on Saturday December 14 at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom in Santa Cruz. More details will be released this coming week. For updates during the off-season stay glued to our website www.kwssprints.com as well as Facebook and Twitter for the latest breaking news.




King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season wraps up on this Saturday November 2
at the Stockton Dirt Track as Kyle Hirst looks for his first title

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 29, 2013…What started in late-April will come to an exciting conclusion this Saturday November 2, as the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars Series rolls into the new Stockton Dirt Track for championship night and the 30th running of the “Tribute to Gary Patterson” at the lightning fast 3/8 mile clay oval.

It will be the 18th and final KWS 410 event of 2013 and the second appearance of the season for the series at the beautiful San Joaquin County Fairgrounds based facility. It also marks the first ever “Tribute to GP” in Stockton, as it becomes the third track to host the event, joining Calistoga Speedway and Silver Dollar Speedway. Going into the evening Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst holds a 45-point advantage over Chico’s Jonathan Allard, as he looks to join his father Rick Hirst as a Northern California 410 Sprint Car champion and bring home his initial King of the West title.

“It’s been a really consistent and solid season for us and we’re looking forward to the KWS finale this weekend in Stockton,” said Hirst, whose father captured the 1986 Northern Auto Racing Club championship while driving for DuWayne Starr. “It would really mean a lot to win the King of the West title. Out here on the west coast in Winged Sprint Car racing it’s hard to find a more prestigious list of series champions to be a part of when you look at all the past Golden State/ KWS title winners.”

So far this season Hirst has claimed 12 podium finishes in the 17 events held and has also picked up three KWS victories on the year, which has been his first full-time campaign driving the famed Roth Enterprises No. 83jr for owners’ Dennis & Teresa Roth. The 25-year-old began driving the car in June of last year and captured victory during his very first night in the 83jr at Antioch Speedway with the King of the West Series. That night coupled with other success during the year parlayed him into becoming the full-time driver of the car on the west coast.

“I can’t thank Dennis & Teresa Roth and the whole Roth Motorsports team enough for the opportunity they have given me this season,” commented Hirst, who won the Tribute to Gary Patterson in 2009 when the event was being held at Silver Dollar Speedway and also finished fifth during the recent Trophy Cup in Tulare. “Being able to drive one car on a consistent basis this year has been really nice and for it to be in the Roth 83jr has made it pretty special. Dennis & Teresa have had some amazing drivers in their stable throughout the years and it’s just a first class operation all around.”

Jonathan Allard, the three-time and defending King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion will look for a strong night and a little help to try and retain the title at Stockton this weekend. The Chico veteran has captured four main event wins with the series this season, which is tops amongst all drivers and was dominating the August event in Stockton, until suffering a blown engine late in the race. With a perfect points night being worth 164-markers the championship isn’t over by any means and Allard has shown in the past that he can strive through adversity when it comes to winning championships and big races.

Hirst’s Roth Enterprises teammate Tim Kaeding will be gunning to keep up his hot streak, which has seen him claim victories in all three of his King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series starts this season. The former two-time series champion will make his second career start at the Stockton Dirt Track, after battling it out and finishing runner up to Kyle Larson in March with the World of Outlaws during the inaugural event at the speedway. Kaeding scored a clean sweep at the “Tribute to GP” in 2008 and is coming off a fourth place finish in the final points tally at the “Trophy Cup” in Tulare.

Rutherford’s Rico Abreu will be looking to defend his “Tribute to Gary Patterson” victory from last season in Calistoga and is coming off a strong showing at the recent “Trophy Cup” where he finished third in the overall standings at the event. The 21-year-old throttle-masher has raced to a pair of wins with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this season and finished fifth a couple weeks back in Hanford. With November 2 at Stockton also featuring a Winged 360 Sprint Car show during the night, Abreu will be pulling double duty with a pair of Paul Silva wrenched Abreu Vineyards No. 24 machines on hand.

The top-15 in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings going into the season finale at Stockton is rounded out by Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Craig Stidham, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Fair Oaks Chad Compton, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole and Clovis’ Peter Murphy. The KWS event in August was captured by Scelzi, who earned his first career series win that night over Suggs and Lemoore’s Carson Macedo.

Both the KWS 410 & 360 Dash will feature bonus money on the line as well this Saturday. The King of the West 410 Dash is being backed by Panella Racing Engines and features a total of $1000 on the line, which will be broken up as follows: $500 to the winner, $300 to second place and $200 to third place. The Winged 360 Sprint Car Dash is being sponsored by Chase Chevrolet and features a total of $750 on the line, which will be broken up as follows: $400 to the winner, $200 to second place and $150 to third place.




Defending "Tribute to Gary Patterson" Champion Rico Abreu looking to continue
impressive season on Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 28, 2013…This Saturday night Rutherford, CA’s Rico Abreu will be gunning to defend his “Tribute to Gary Patterson” victory from last season and is fresh off a solid showing at the recent “Trophy Cup” in Tulare, where he finished third in the overall standings at the event. The 21-year-old throttle-masher has raced to a pair of wins with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this season and finished fifth a couple weeks ago in Hanford during the “Cotton Classic.”

Among his KWS 410 victories this year have included becoming the youngest winner in the history of the “Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial” in Chico and a final lap thriller at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in May. With this Saturday’s event at Stockton also featuring a Winged 360 Sprint Car show during the night, Abreu will be pulling double duty driving a pair of Paul Silva prepared Abreu Vineyards No. 24 machines.

The youngster has certainly shown to be one of the most versatile drivers across the country, winning in both Sprint Cars and Midgets this year. One of his highest career accomplishments thus far was also reached in September by winning the USAC National Midget portion of the “4-Crown Nationals” at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio. In August he also captured the prestigious $10,000 “Johnny Key Classic” aboard a Winged 360 at Ocean Speedway.

Abreu will be just one of the many top notch drivers expected to invade the Stockton Dirt Track this Saturday November 2. To purchase your tickets contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want. Ticket office hours are 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30, with general admission bleachers being $20. Kids 6-12 in the bleachers cost $10 with children five and under free. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $5 convenience fee for each ticket purchased. Tickets will be left at will call on November 2 and can be picked up at 2pm that day. Parking is available at the fairgrounds for $5.

A car show from noon to 4pm on Saturday will also take place behind the grandstands featuring Classic Hot Rods, Restored Classics, Race Cars, Motorcycles, Custom Hot Rod Trucks and more. Registration is free at the event and will be located through the front gate of the fairgrounds off Airport Way. Two GA tickets will be given per car owner who participates. The Central Valley Cruisers are the host car club for the event and live music will be performed by the Robert Flores Band.

The evening will also be capped with a huge 4th of July style fireworks show to finish off the season in grand fashion. Plans are too have racing completed by 9:30pm and then to have the firework show began following our victory lane celebration.

With two classes of Winged Sprint Cars and a large field expected there will also be a slightly earlier than usual start time with things beginning just about an hour earlier than normal. The pit meeting will be held at 3:30pm with plans for wheel packing at 4pm, qualifying at 5pm and the first heat will be scheduled to push off at 6pm. The front gate will open at 3:30pm with the ticket booth opening at 2pm.

Known as the "Dancing Phantom from Stockton," the "Preacher," the "Hostile Hippie" or just simply "GP," Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of lucrative wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions when it was held at West Capital Raceway in Sacramento, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington at Skagit Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park in Gardena among others.

Patterson unfortunately lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. The event began at Calistoga Speedway, before moving to Silver Dollar Speedway in 2008-2011, prior to going back to Calistoga last year. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway, which makes for a perfect tie-in to pay tribute on the 30th anniversary of the event. More info on the late great “GP” can be found at http://garypattersonracing.com/

The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206.
For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com You can also like the track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/stocktondirt and also visit www.stockton99.com for information on the paved oval located just minutes from the dirt track.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.kwssprints.com Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing




Sheldon Haudenschild returns to California for King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series
portion of the "Tribute to Gary Patterson" on November 2nd at Stockton Dirt Track

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 26, 2013…After running the recent “Trophy Cup” in Tulare the team of Brian Sperry Racing, Rick Fowzer Racing and Scott Miller have made the decision to bring Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild back to California to compete with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 2.

The 20-year-old son of veteran driver & Hall of Famer Jac Haudenschild will climb back aboard the familiar No. 51 Sprint Car with help from C&H Veteran Enterprise, Uni Waste Inc., ART Enterprise, IPC, Benic Enterprise, S and S Pics and Circle of Girls, which can be seen on Facebook under Circle of Girls and a soon to be launched website. The Sperry 51 has most recently won in KWS competition with Sean Becker at the helm in 2010.

It will mark Haudenschild’s first career start with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, during what is the season finale for the tour. So far this year there have been seven different winners in the 17 rounds held and when the series last visited Stockton, it happened to be a first time winner in the form of 16-year-old Dominic Scelzi. Haudenschild will be searching for a solid run at the 3/8 mile clay oval, as he races in front of the Golden State fans once again.

A car show from noon to 4pm on November 2 will also take place behind the grandstands featuring Classic Hot Rods, Restored Classics, Race Cars, Motorcycles, Custom Hot Rod Trucks and more. Registration is free at the event and will be located through the front gate of the fairgrounds off Airport Way. Two GA tickets will be given per car owner who participates. The Central Valley Cruisers are the host car club for the event and live music will be performed by the Robert Flores Band.

The evening will also be capped with a huge 4th of July style fireworks show to finish off the season in grand fashion.

To purchase your tickets for November 2 contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want. Ticket office hours are 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30, with general admission bleachers being $20. Kids 6-12 in the bleachers cost $10 with children five and under free. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $5 convenience fee for each ticket purchased. Tickets will be left at will call on November 2 and can be picked up at 2pm that day.

With two classes of Winged Sprint Cars and a large field expected there will also be a slightly earlier than usual start time with things beginning just about an hour earlier than normal. The pit meeting will be held at 3:30pm with plans for wheel packing at 4pm, qualifying at 5pm and the first heat will be scheduled to push off at 6pm. The front gate will open at 3:30pm with the ticket booth opening at 2pm.

Known as the "Dancing Phantom from Stockton," the "Preacher," the "Hostile Hippie" or just simply "GP," Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of lucrative wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions when it was held at West Capital Raceway in Sacramento, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington at Skagit Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park in Gardena among others.

Patterson unfortunately lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. The event began at Calistoga Speedway, before moving to Silver Dollar Speedway in 2008-2011, prior to going back to Calistoga last year. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway, which makes for a perfect tie-in to pay tribute on the 30th anniversary of the event. More info on the late great “GP” can be found at http://garypattersonracing.com/

The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com and you can also like the track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/stocktondirt and also visit www.stockton99.com for information on the paved oval located just minutes from the dirt track.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.kwssprints.com Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing




7-time Knoxville Raceway champ coming to Stockton on November 2nd, 2013

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 26, 2013…Seven-time Knoxville Raceway champion Terry McCarl will be in action with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on Saturday November 2 at the Stockton Dirt Track. The Altoona, Iowa veteran will be aboard the famed Clyde & Marion Lamar owned Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c, for what will be the 18th and final King of the West 410 event of the season. McCarl has captured seven main event wins this year, including a World of Outlaws triumph at the Volusia Raceway Park in February.

With the event marking the 30th “Tribute to Gary Patterson” and with GP being known as a colorful and flamboyant personality, it’s only fitting that “T-Mac” is on hand driving a car that Patterson once sat aboard. McCarl recently brought home a 10th place finish in the final points tally at the “Trophy Cup” and should be very exciting to watch at the blazing fast 3/8 mile Stockton Dirt Track.

A car show from noon to 4pm on November 2 will also take place behind the grandstands featuring Classic Hot Rods, Restored Classics, Race Cars, Motorcycles, Custom Hot Rod Trucks and more. Registration is free at the event and will be located through the front gate of the fairgrounds off Airport Way. Two GA tickets will be given per car owner who participates. The Central Valley Cruisers are the host car club for the event and live music will be performed by the Robert Flores Band.

The evening will also be capped with a huge 4th of July style fireworks show to finish off the season in grand fashion.
To purchase your tickets for November 2 contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want. Ticket office hours are 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30, with general admission bleachers being $20. Kids 6-12 in the bleachers cost $10 with children five and under free. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $5 convenience fee for each ticket purchased. Tickets will be left at will call on November 2 and can be picked up at 2pm that day.

With two classes of Winged Sprint Cars and a large field expected there will also be a slightly earlier than usual start time with things beginning just about an hour earlier than normal. The pit meeting will be held at 3:30pm with plans for wheel packing at 4pm, qualifying at 5pm and the first heat will be scheduled to push off at 6pm. The front gate will open at 3:30pm with the ticket booth opening at 2pm.

Known as the "Dancing Phantom from Stockton," the "Preacher," the "Hostile Hippie" or just simply "GP," Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of lucrative wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions when it was held at West Capital Raceway in Sacramento, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington at Skagit Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park in Gardena among others.

Patterson unfortunately lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. The event began at Calistoga Speedway, before moving to Silver Dollar Speedway in 2008-2011, prior to going back to Calistoga last year. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway, which makes for a perfect tie-in to pay tribute on the 30th anniversary of the event. More info on the late great “GP” can be found at http://garypattersonracing.com/




Extra money on the line for KWS 410 & 360 Sprint Car Dashes at the Stockton Dirt
Track November 2nd courtesy of Panella Racing Engines & Chase Chevrolet

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 25, 2013…The Northern California Sprint Car season is set to wrap up on November 2 at the Stockton Dirt Track and with tremendous buzz already in the air even more incentives for teams have been announced for the night, as extra cash will be on the line in both the King of the West 410 and Winged 360 Sprint Car Dash.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Dash is being backed by Panella Racing Engines and features a total of $1000 on the line, which will be broken up as follows: $500 to the winner, $300 to second place and $200 to third place.

The Winged 360 Sprint Car Dash is being sponsored by Chase Chevrolet and features a total of $750 on the line, which will be broken up as follows: $400 to the winner, $200 to second place and $150 to third place.

“We can’t thank Panella Racing Engines and Chase Chevrolet enough for their support of the Tribute to Gary Patterson on November 2,” said Tony Noceti. “We have a lot of great things happening for the event and this will certainly add to it. We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone on November 2 and hope everybody has a great time. Fan & team experience is definitely something we’re focusing on and we look to put on a great show for all that attend.”

Not only do the Dashes have extra money, but both the Panella Racing Engines KWS Dash and the Chase Chevrolet 360 Dash will also set the lineup in the first four rows of their respective main events.

The dashes will be lined up by random draw with the heat race winners and next so many fastest qualifiers (depending on number of heats) who transfer from their heat to give us eight cars. If four heats are run it will be the four heat winners & top-four fastest qualifiers who transfer. If three heats are run it will be the three heat winners and top-five fastest qualifiers that transfer. This is the same Dash format seen all season long with KWS.

“This is shaping up to be an outstanding show to end the season out here and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” said Troy Hennig of Silver Dollar Speedway, who is coming to guest announce at the 30th Tribute to Gary Patterson. “From the car show & live band, to the fireworks and all the great racing with two divisions of Winged Sprint Cars I can’t think of a better way to finish the year. If you’re a Sprint Car fan from Nor Cal then you should definitely make plans to be in Stockton on November 2.”

A car show from noon to 4pm on November 2 will also take place behind the grandstands featuring Classic Hot Rods, Restored Classics, Race Cars, Motorcycles, Custom Hot Rod Trucks and more. Registration is free at the event and will be located through the front gate of the fairgrounds off Airport Way. Two GA tickets will be given per car owner who participates. The Central Valley Cruisers are the host car club for the event and live music will be performed by the Robert Flores Band.

The evening will also be capped with a huge 4th of July style fireworks show to finish off the season in grand fashion.

To purchase your tickets for November 2 contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want. Ticket office hours are 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30, with general admission bleachers being $20. Kids 6-12 in the bleachers cost $10 with children five and under free. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $5 convenience fee for each ticket purchased. Tickets will be left at will call on November 2 and can be picked up at 2pm that day.

With two classes of Winged Sprint Cars and a large field expected there will also be a slightly earlier than usual start time with things beginning just about an hour earlier than normal. The pit meeting will be held at 3:30pm with plans for wheel packing at 4pm, qualifying at 5pm and the first heat will be scheduled to push off at 6pm. The front gate will open at 3:30pm with the ticket booth opening at 2pm.

Known as the "Dancing Phantom from Stockton," the "Preacher," the "Hostile Hippie" or just simply "GP," Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of lucrative wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions when it was held at West Capital Raceway in Sacramento, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington at Skagit Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park in Gardena among others.

Patterson unfortunately lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. The event began at Calistoga Speedway, before moving to Silver Dollar Speedway in 2008-2011, prior to going back to Calistoga last year. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway, which makes for a perfect tie-in to pay tribute on the 30th anniversary of the event. More info on the late great “GP” can be found at http://garypattersonracing.com/

The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com and you can also like the track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/stocktondirt

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.kwssprints.com Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing






Silver Dollar Speedway & Civil War Sprint Car Series champion Sean Becker joins
Stockton Dirt Track roster for next Saturday November 2nd

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – October 24, 2013…This year’s Silver Dollar Speedway 410 track champion and Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series titlist Sean Becker will be one of the drivers set for double duty action during the 30th “Tribute to Gary Patterson” next Saturday November 2 at the Stockton Dirt Track.

The driver known as the “Shark” will be aboard the M&S Racing Products No. 27 mount with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and the M&M Structures No. 35 machine during the Winged 360 Sprint Car portion of the event.
Becker raced the No. 27 Sprinter to his second consecutive and third career 410 driving championship at the Silver Dollar Speedway this year, scoring a pair of victories along the way. The veteran also picked up a big World of Outlaws preliminary victory in the car last season during the prestigious “Gold Cup Race of Champions” at SDS.

The Oroville, CA native likewise drove the Dan Monhoff owned No. 35 Sprint Car to his third career Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series title this year and captured the annual “Gold Fever Open” at Marysville Raceway Park earlier this month. Becker also guided the machine to a Civil War victory in Petaluma on September 14 and claimed the “Sherm Toller Memorial” in March at Marysville.

Becker has been one of the most accomplished drivers in Northern California over the last 10 to 15-years and is also a former Golden State/ King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion, having claimed the title in 2005. He also ranks ninth on the all-time series win list, sitting in a tie with Bud Kaeding, Tommy Tarlton and Ronnie Day with nine triumphs to his credit. His most recent win with the tour came back in 2010 at the Santa Maria Speedway, where he drove Brian Sperry’s No. 51 to a final lap win over Andy Gregg.

“When you look at Sean Becker you think of the great driver he is, but just as important you point to how good of a person he really is,” said Silver Dollar Speedway announcer and director of communications Troy Hennig. “Year after year Sean is one of the best drivers out here on the west coast and he’s a great representative for Sprint Car racing. He’s one of those guys that make our sport pretty special and I know we’re extremely happy to have seen him so much at Silver Dollar Speedway over the last number of seasons.”

To purchase your tickets for November 2 contact (916) 370-9417 and to view a seating chart log onto http://stocktondirttrack.com/grandstands.pdf to find the seats you want. There will be a car show and live band during the day from noon to 4pm behind the grandstands so make plans to arrive early and enjoy the festivities with us. The front gate will open at 3:30pm with the ticket booth opening at 2pm. The evening will also be capped with a huge fireworks show to finish off the season in grand fashion.

Premium reserved grandstand seats cost $30, with general admission bleachers being $20. Kids 6-12 in the bleachers cost $10 with children five and under free. Box seats in sets of six will be sold for $180 and sets of eight for $240. There will also be a $5 convenience fee for each ticket purchased. Tickets will be left at will call on November 2 and can be picked up at 2pm that day.

With two classes of Winged Sprint Cars and a large field expected there will also be a slightly earlier than usual start time with things beginning just about an hour earlier than normal. The pit meeting will be held at 3:30pm with cars on the track for wheel packing at 4pm, qualifying at 5pm and the first heat will be scheduled to push off at 6pm.

The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit www.stocktondirttrack.com and you can also like the track on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stocktondirt?fref=ts as well as follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/stocktondirt

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.kwssprints.com Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing




Purse announced for 360 Winged Sprint Car portion of the 30th annual
“Tribute to Gary Patterson” at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday November 2

By Gary Thomas

Stockton, CA – September 18, 2013…The upcoming 30th annual “Tribute to Gary Patterson” at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 2 is shaping up to be an exciting conclusion to the 2013 Northern California season and will include the crowning of the “King of the West” champion, open Winged 360 Sprint Cars, a huge fireworks show and more.

The purse for the Winged 360 Sprint Car portion of the “Tribute to GP” has also been announced, with the main event going to pay $2,200-to-win and $400-to-start. The runner up in the feature will earn $1500, with third place paying $1200, fourth place $1,000 and fifth place $900. Initial plans are to have the 360’s run a KWS style format during the night, which includes qualifying, heat races, a dash, LCQ and main event.
For any info regarding the Winged 360 portion of the event, which will follow Civil War/ Rebel Cup rules contact 707-816-9901.

“We’re really excited to have the Tribute to Gary Patterson at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 2,” said Tony Noceti. “It’s definitely going to be a show that fans won’t want to miss. Having the King of the West 410 Series finale here is going to be great and when you add in the Winged 360’s it basically gives you two shows for the price of one. I know we’re looking forward to it and hope everyone else is too.”

Known as the "Dancing Phantom from Stockton," the "Preacher," the "Hostile Hippie" or just simply "GP," Gary Patterson was one of the most colorful characters of his time and captured a number of major wins in his career, including the Gold Cup Race of Champions, the Super Dirt Cup in Washington and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park among others.

Patterson unfortunately lost his life in a Sprint Car crash at Calistoga Speedway on Memorial Day weekend 1983 and an event in his memory has been held every year since. “GP” moved to Stockton, California in 1957 and actually began his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway.

The 30th “Tribute to GP” as mentioned will also mark the championship finale for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series and is the second time that the tour will compete at Stockton in 2013. During the KWS event in August young 16-year-old Fresno driver Dominic Scelzi earned his first career series win in dramatic fashion.

The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. Advance tickets for the “Tribute to Gary Patterson” will be available soon.
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