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THEY'RE BACK — The King of the West 410 Sprint Cars compete in their ninth race, second in Placerville, tomorrow night at Speedway. Photo by Donna Peter


King of the West Series returns to Placerville

By From page A11 | June 28, 2013

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series returns Saturday to the always action-packed Placerville Speedway, a venue that routinely produces great racing and is a fan favorite among many in Northern California.

“The fans at Placerville are always great and really get into the racing,” said King of the West 410 Series Operations Manager George Hague. “They all have their local favorites and it’s a lot of fun to see so many people that love Sprint Car racing.”

There’s been eight KWS events in 2013 with five different winners. Rico Abreu leads the series standings but scheduled to compete this summer in the Midwest in both Sprint Cars and Midgets, the point lead turns over to Kyle Hirst whose late pass of Shane Golobic for the win highlighted the last time KWS competed locally in late-April. Hirst sits 39-markers up on his brother-in-law, Willie Croft, who ranks third in the series standings.

“Placerville Speedway is always one of my favorite places to race,” Hirst said. “When it gets slick and has that big cushion there aren’t many places more fun to drive a Sprint Car.”

Trailing Croft by a handful of points is Jonathan Allard while former Rebel Cup & USAC West Coast Series champion Craig Stidham is fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 in the KWS points is Jason Statler, Brent Kaeding; Peter Murphy; Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. and Rookie of the Year contender Cory Eliason.

Other drivers expected to tackle the high-banked quarter-mile include Andy Forsberg, Evan Suggs, Andy Gregg of Placerville, Shane Golobic, Dominic Scelzi, Doug Gandy, Carl Droivold, Chad Compton, Geoffrey Strole, Pat Harvey, Scott Parker, Eli Deshaies, Bud Walberg, Jimmy Trulli and more.

The pit gates open at 2 p.m. with the front gate opening at 5. Cars hit the track for wheel packing around 6 p.m. with qualifying scheduled for 6:30 and racing anticipated at around 7 p.m.

Adult tickets on Saturday will cost just $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $6.

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Gary Thomas

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