King of the West roars into Placerville

By From page A11 | April 18, 2014

After opening its season last weekend, the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series are back at it this Saturday at the Placerville Speedway for the “Hoosier Tires Gold Country Shootout.”

Tomorrow’s event will be the second of five KWS shows this season filmed for airing by MAVTV American Real.

One of the hottest drivers, Rico Abreu, is set to join the King of the West 410’s Saturday. The Rutherford resident has captured a number of major wins this season as the 22-year-old has quickly moved up the ladder as one of the very best talents across the USA.

Last Saturday saw Easton’s Tommy Tarlton kick-off the King of the West season in victorious fashion as he guns for the California Triple Crown title this year. The always hard-charging driver put on a great show at both Placerville events last season.

After finishing second in the season-opener, defending champ Kyle Hirst looks to break his way into victory lane at a track he’s known much success at during his career.

Bud Kaeding ran third at the season-opener and will visit;  following a strong night at the opener, Willie Croft will be gunning for victory lane after coming off the finest season of his Sprint Car career. Dominic Scelzi put on an impressive charge in the feature last weekend and rounds out the top-five in points after one round of competition. The 16-year-old was solid in the two King of the West events last year at Placerville, highlighted by a fifth place finish in June.

Other drivers that have positioned themselves in the top-10 of points include Mason Moore,  Shane Golobic, Jason Statler, Sean Becker and Brent Kaeding.

After a tough opening night, Jonathan Allard hopes for a rebound at a track he has had immense success at, including a victory last June. More KWS regulars expected include DJ Netto, Craig Stidham, Bobby & Sean McMahan, Richard Brace Jr., Chad Compton, Jarret Soares, Nathan Washam, Geoffrey Strole and Pat Harvey.

More drivers looking to shine bright in front of the cameras are sure to include Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Jimmy Trulli, Todd Wanless, Michael Pickens, Colby Copeland; Taylor Malsam, Joey Magaruh and others.

The King of the West Sprint Cars will be joined by the Vintage Hardtops for a full night of racing action.

Adult tickets for the Saturday’s event cost $20, seniors will be $16, juniors $12 and children $6. All seating is general admission during the night. The pit gate opens at 2 p.m. with the front gate opening at 5.

Cars hit the track for wheel packing a little prior to 6 p.m. and qualifying is scheduled for 6:30 with racing anticipated to begin around 7. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the grandstands always pack in at the Placerville bullring.

Gary Thomas

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