(March 19, 2021 from Jim Allen) – The high powered NARC King of the West Fujitsu General Series will kick off its highly anticipated 2021 sprint car campaign on Saturday, March 20th, with the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett at the Stockton Dirt Track. The event is in honor of legendary eight-time Northern Auto Racing Club champion LeRoy Van Conett. Photo by Devin Mayo
This marks the first of 20 scheduled championship racing events at 10 different dirt track venues this season. The traveling series and its loyal teams are attempting to return to some form of normalcy after getting sidetracked by the pandemic last year. Only four of the planned 19-events were run season and the Northern Auto Racing Club did not crown a champion for the first time in 61-years.
The sanctioning body is realistic on what is possible this season with the pandemic still looming strong in the background. A few setbacks and cancellations are expected, but a majority of the schedule is should run as scheduled.
“We are looking to get back to the business of dirt track racing and put on some entertaining shows for the fans,” said 13-time series champion and Series Board Member Brent Kaeding of Campbell. “It’s been a rough year for motorsports in California and everybody is anxious to get back to doing what they love the most. We should have a great show at Stockton on Saturday.”
Admission is $30 per person. Seniors 65+ and Military personnel will be admitted for $25. Pit passes are $40.
All NARC King of the West races are are available on PPV at Floracing.com.
Hanford driver DJ Netto will be defending his 2019 series title this season and the competition is expected to be fierce. Several teams have already declared their intentions to make a championship run including Dominic Scelzi of Fresno; three-time series titlist Tim Kaeding of San Jose; 2018 champ Bud Kaeding of Campbell; Aromas driver Justin Sanders; Sean Becker of Roseville, the 2005 series champion; Roseville’s Willie Croft; Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto; and Austin McCarl of Iowa. Collectively, this group has 148 NARC King of the West feature event victories to their credit.
Others expected to compete include four-time King of the West champion Kyle Hirst of Paradise; Elk Grove’s Shane Golobic; Rico Abreu of Rutherford; Clovis driver Sean Watts; Kyle Offill of Tracy; Chico’s Kenny Allen; Mark Barroso of Merced and many more.
The NARC King of the West Hoosier Tire format will include qualifying, three 8-lap heat races, a six-lap Sunnyvalley Bacon trophy dash, and the $3000 to win Fujitsu feature event headliner.
Pit gates will open at noon. Qualifying is set to get underway at 5:00 p.m., followed by racing at 6:00 p.m. Also on the racing card is Nor Cal Dwarf Cars.
The Stockton Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, located at 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For more information, call 916-370-9417.
Race fans and teams are required to wear mask and maintain social distance as much as possible to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
ED NOTE: Commemorative LeRoy Van Conett event shirts will be sold near victory lane between 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit the NARC Benevolent Fund.
The King of the West-NARC Fujitsu General Racing Series is also sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tires. Associate and product award sponsors include ATL Racing Cells, Automotive Racing Products (ARP), Autometer, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bullet Impressions, FK Rod Ends, FloRacing.com, Hooker Harness, Johnstone Supply, Kaeding Performance Center, KSE Racing Products, Maxim, PAC Racing Springs, Pyrotect, Racing Optics, Saldana Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, SCI Racing Products, Swift Metal Finishing, Sunnyvalley Bacon, System 1 Ignition, Ultra Light Brakes, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Winters Performance Products.