King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Info

Round 11 at Ocean Speedway – Third annual “Howard Kaeding Classic”

Watsonville, California – Saturday July 13

What:The cool coastal climate of Watsonville, California will welcome the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series to the Ocean Speedway for the only time in the 2013 season this Saturday night July 13. The much anticipated night of racing will also mark the third annual “Howard Kaeding Classic” and is the 11th round of action for the KWS 410’s. 

The program will start a little earlier than usual on Saturday with the front gate opening at 3:30pm and qualifying scheduled to fire off around 5pm. Please be advised as things will start about an hour and a half earlier than usual.

Howard Kaeding was a multiple-time California state super-modified champion, a four-time Johnny Key Classic winner and once captured a record 17-straight races at the San Jose Speedway. The driver known as the “Campbell Comet” claimed over 300 main event victories in his career and even raced into his 60’s, before retiring in the 1990’s. The “HK Classic” has been a great weekend of re-living memories from the past and will certainly be so once again in 2013.

The two-night show features USAC Sprints & Midgets on Friday July 12, before the fire breathing KWS 410’s invade the bullring on Saturday July 13.

To commemorate the event, fans and teams are invited to attend the “HK Classic” luncheon held at the fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon July 13 from 2pm to 6pm, which will benefit the NARC Benevolent Fund. The luncheon is being backed by High Five Pizza & Catering Co. along with Roth Motorsports and will feature a terrific New York Steak & Chicken lunch for a $20 donation. There will also be a raffle and silent auction.

All proceeds from the “HK Classic” Luncheon will go directly to the NARC Benevolent Fund, so we invite everyone to come support a great cause on Saturday and do some bench racing with many of your favorite drivers and closest race fans.

Fresh off his second King of the West 410 victory of the year current point leader Kyle Hirst will lead the series into the “Howard Kaeding Classic” on Saturday night. The Sacramento driver set fast time and then led the final three-laps of the feature last weekend in Fernley to help extend his point lead to 28-markers over his brother-in-law Willie Croft. The wheel-man of the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr will be gunning for his first ever 410 Sprint Car Ocean Speedway win this Saturday evening.

The battle for second in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings continues to be a close one between Croft and three-time series champion Jonathan Allard. Going into the “HK Classic” just seven-points separate the talented duo. Croft charged to a runner up finish last weekend in Fernley to earn his seventh top-five effort of 2013 in the Tri-C Machine Sprinter. Allard claimed last season’s “HK Classic” after a thrilling battle with Shane Golobic and Tommy Tarlton in the main event.

Fresno’s Craig Stidham comes into the weekend ranking fourth in the King of the West 410 standings and is fresh off a top-five finish last Saturday in Fernley. The former “Trophy Cup” winner continues to knock on the door of his first series win of the year and he’ll look to accomplish that this weekend. Sydney, Australia’s Peter Murphy has moved to a season high fifth in the standings and has been one of the hotter drivers in recent weeks. Murphy will be searching to find victory lane on Saturday.

Completing the top-10 in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series standings going into the “HK Classic” are 2004 series champion Jason Statler, 13-time champion Brent Kaeding, St. Helena’s Rico Abreu, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. and Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy. Brace Jr. is coming off his best ever KWS finish last Saturday in Fernley, where he ran third behind Kyle Hirst and Willie Croft after leading much of the main event.

Other drivers expected this Saturday include three-time USAC Silver Crown champ Bud Kaeding, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Elk Grove’s Bobby & Sean McMahan, Easton’s Tommy Tarlton, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi and Carson Macedo, Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs, Hanford’s DJ Netto, Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold & Pat Harvey, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Corning’s Bud Walberg, Australian Michael Cunningham and more.


The program will start a little earlier than usual this Saturday July 13 with the front gate opening at 3:30pm and qualifying scheduled to fire off around 5pm. The pit gate for competitors will open at noon.


The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, two miles east of Watsonville, California on SR 152. The physical address is 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076.


Adult tickets on Saturday will cost $25, seniors will be $24 and kids six to 12 will be $15. All seating will be general admission.

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About the track:

The Ocean Speedway is semi-banked quarter mile clay oval with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series track record being 11.345, which was set by Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs on August 5, 2011. The all-time track record was set by Mark Kinser in 2000 with a blistering 10.949.

“Howard Kaeding Classic” King of the West history:

The “Howard Kaeding Classic” began in 2011 and featured a two-night KWS show that season, with the opener seeing Easton’s Tommy Tarlton make a lap 22 pass of Tim Kaeding to score the victory. T. Kaeding came home in second and Chico’s Jonathan Allard crossed the line in third to round out the podium. Completing the top-five were Bobby McMahan and Brad Furr.

The “HK Classic” finale in 2011 ended in popular fashion with Scotts Valley’s Evan Suggs passing Tim Kaeding, Willie Croft and Tommy Tarlton to earn his first ever King of the West 410 Sprint Car victory. The exciting main event saw Tarlton, Bobby McMahan, T. Kaeding and Jason Statler complete top-five.

Last season Chico’s Jonathan Allard captured the “HK Classic” to mark his first ever KWS 410 win at Ocean Speedway. The entertaining main event saw Allard win out during what was a three-car fight for the lead over much of the race with Tommy Tarlton and Shane Golobic. Kyle Hirst and Peter Murphy rounded out the top-five.

Top-15 in driver standings after 10 rounds of competition:

1. Kyle Hirst 1500; 2. Willie Croft 1472; 3. Jonathan Allard 1365; 4. Craig Stidham 1405; 5. Peter Murphy 1308; 6. Jason Statler 1285; 7. Brent Kaeding 1284; 8. Rico Abreu 1239; 9. Richard Brace Jr. 1224; 10. Doug Gandy 1081; 11. Carl Droivold 1063; 12. Chad Compton 1057; 13. Geoffrey Strole 1022; 14. Pat Harvey 975; 14. Dominic Scelzi 975

Winners so far this season with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series:

Antioch Speedway April 20: Willie Croft
Placerville Speedway April 27: Kyle Hirst
Silver Dollar Speedway May 4: Rico Abreu
Petaluma Speedway May 11: Willie Croft
Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 17: Rico Abreu
Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway May 18: Jonathan Allard
Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 25: Jason Meyers
Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway May 26: Jason Meyers
Placerville Speedway June 29: Jonathan Allard
Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway July 13: Kyle Hirst

Upcoming King of the West events:

The King of the West 410 Sprint Series will get ready for its second event of the season at John & Donna Soares’ Antioch Speedway on Saturday July 20. The night of competition will also be the final visit of the year to the one-third mile clay oval that always provides thrilling moments. The KWS Winged Warriors kicked off the season at Antioch on April 20 with Willie Croft coming out on top over Rico Abreu & Kyle Hirst.

On Saturday July 27 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its return to the popular Santa Maria Speedway for the first time in two years. With its coastal climate the track is always a favorite stop among teams and fans alike, especially during the heat of summer. In 2011 the King of the West Series competed at the Santa Maria Speedway on two occasions, with the first being captured by Andy Gregg and the second won by Jonathan Allard. The victory for Gregg marked his first career Golden State/ King of the West 410 triumph.

On Saturday August 3 the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its anticipated debut at the brand new Stockton 99 Dirt Track. After a very successful World of Outlaws event, everyone is eager to see Winged 410 Sprint Cars return to the venue on August 3. The Stockton 99 Dirt Track is located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California and is built inside a one-mile horse track. The grandstands are some of the nicest we will see all season long with KWS & makes a unique experience for Sprint Car racing.