HE KING OF THE WEST SERIES, featuring Rico Abreu, will make the first of its two stops in Placerville tonight. Photo by Steve Lafond


King of the West Series makes appearance

By From page A11 | April 26, 2013

After opening the season last weekend, the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series heads for round No. 2 tomorrow night at Speedway.

Saturday’s event is the first of two appearances for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series at the oval track, the other occurring June 29.

Willie Croft has confidence after his victory at the KWS season opener at the Antioch Speedway. It was the first 410 Sprint Car win for car owners’ Clyde & Marion Lamar since 1996 and because of that, the Tri-C Machine sits atop the points competition. Croft also captured victory at Placerville Speedway on April 13.

“This is just so unreal I don’t even know what to say,” said Croft last week. “I can’t thank Clyde & Marion Lamar and the whole Lamar family enough for the opportunity to drive the Tri-C Machine.”

Rico Abreu had a solid outing at the opener and comes in looking to claim his third career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win. The 21-year-old finished second at Antioch and had a great run in Placerville April 6. The hard charging driver is always worth the price of admission.

The top five in the standings following the opener is rounded out by Evan Suggs, Kyle Hirst and Bobby McMahan. For McMahan it’s a return home to the track where he began his Sprint Car career way back in 1982. Completing the top-10 are Brent Kaeding, Sydney, Peter Murphy, Craig Stidham, Todd Wanless and Jason Statler.

Other drivers looking to fight their way to the front Saturday will include three-time and defending KWS champion Jonathan Allard, Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Jimmy Trulli, Cory Eliason, Dominic Scelzi and Carson Macedo, Brad Bumgarner, Kenny Allen, DJ Netto, Chad Compton, Richard Brace Jr., Sean McMahan and three-time Placerville champion Doug Gandy.

The pit gate at the speedway opens Saturday at 2 p.m. with the front gate opening at 5. Cars hit the track for wheel packing around 6 p.m., qualifying is scheduled for 6:30 and racing is anticipated to begin around 7.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors, $12 for juniors and $6 for children. All seating is general admission.

Gary Thomas

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