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SATURDAY is the last time to catch the popular King of the West Sprint Series in Placerville. Photo by rwracingphotos


Last visit for KWS Series

By From page A9 | July 18, 2014

Red clay high-banks of Placerville Speedway host the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series for the final time this season on Saturday.

The always challenging unique confines of Placerville Speedway welcomes the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars tomorrow for round 12 of the series.

Kyle Hirst holds a commanding 102-point advantage but come in off his first finish outside of the top-five last weekend. The 26-year-old driver of the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr looks to get back in the groove at a track that’s always been one of his strongest.

“I always love running at the Placerville Speedway whenever possible,” said Hirst, who picked up a King of the West victory at the track in April of last season. “Placerville always gets a big cushion up top to lean on and as a driver that makes it a lot of fun. The stands always pack in as well and the fans are always pretty vocal, so it’s a really cool atmosphere.”

Fresh off his first King of the West win last week, Bud Kaeding hopes to make it back-to-back Saturday. He goes into this weekend ranked second the standings.

Thirteen-time Golden State/King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Brent Kaeding has had success at Placerville in recent outings and comes in sitting third in the points.

Sean Becker currently ranks fourth, 22-markers back of Kaeding, and continues to search for his first KWS win of the year.

Three-time Golden State/King of the West Series winner Jonathan Allard rounds out the top-five in the standings going into Placerville, a track he has been very consistent at over the last eight-years. Last season, Allard picked up a thrilling final corner victory at Placerville during the summer event.

The person Allard passed on the final corner last year happens to be the driver ranked sixth in the standings, Shane Golobic. Golobic stands just seven-points behind Allard.

Former Placerville Speedway King of the West winner Jason Statler comes into Saturday sitting seventh, 15-markers back of Golobic. Dominic Scelzi is only five-digits behind Statler going into Saturday while Bobby McMahan holds onto the ninth spot. Craig Stidham rounds out the top-10 in the standings.

Other drivers expected to be in action this weekend at Speedway include DJ Netto, Willie Croft, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg and Richard Brace Jr., Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Jimmy Trulli, Evan Suggs, Mason Moore, Colby Copeland, Jarrett Soares, Cory Eliason, Chad Compton, Pat Harvey, Geoffrey Strole, Gordon Rodgers and more.

Adult tickets cost $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $6. All seating is general admission during the night. The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2 p.m., with the front gate opening at 5 and racing anticipated to begin around 7 p.m.

For more on Placerville Speedway log onto Information on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at


Gary Thomas

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