King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Notes & Info
Round 15 at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway
Fernley, Nevada – Saturday September 14
For the fourth time this season the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will be in action at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in Fernley, Nevada on Saturday night September 14. It will mark round 15 in the season long fight for the KWS crown and is held in conjunction with the Reno Air Races weekend in Reno.
The purse this Saturday in Fernley will also be the standard payout as seen in California events, with the main event paying $3000-to-win & $500-to-start.
With five events left in the 2013 campaign Sacramento’s Kyle Hirst holds a 55-point lead over second place Jonathan Allard, as he continues his search at a first King of the West 410 championship. The 25-year-old Hirst has tallied 11 top-five finishes in the 14-events held thus far while driving the Roth Enterprises No. 83jr. Sprint Car.
The last time the King of the West 410’s competed at RTF Speedway it was Hirst picking up the win after a late race pass of Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr. Overall this season the second generation driver has scooped up three KWS wins and will be gunning for number four on Saturday in Fernley. Hirst last Sunday in Antioch scored a fourth place finish against the traveling World of Outlaws.
Three-time & defending series champion Jonathan Allard ranks second in the King of the West 410 Sprint Car points and is coming off a pair of podium finishes with the World of Outlaws in Chico & Antioch respectively. The Chico native has scooped up four wins with the KWS Series this season, including a victory at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway in May aboard his Williams Motorsports No. 0 mount.
Someone looking to keep Hirst & Allard out of victory lane on Saturday however, is sure to be Willie Croft of Sacramento, who has been the most consistent driver in the first three outings at Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway. The veteran driver of the Tri-C Machine finished runner up to Hirst in July and brought home a pair of third place finishes during the double-header in May. Croft is also the RTF track record holder.
Another driver that has shown immense speed at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway has certainly been Fresno’s Craig Stidham in the KRC Safety No. 3 mount. The former Rebel Cup 360 Series Champion has scored a pair of top-five finishes at the 3/8 mile dirt oval this year and has also earned a BR Motorsports Fast Time Award. Stidham will be someone to look at on Saturday, as he guns for his first KWS victory of the season.
Grass Valley’s Jason Statler is coming off a strong night with the Outlaws in Antioch last Sunday and will be searching to break his way into King of the West 410 victory lane this Saturday at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway. The 2004 Golden State/King of the West 410 titlist has claimed top-five finishes in three of the last four KWS events held aboard his familiar DF Rios Motorsports No. 00 machine.
Other drivers expected to tackle the lightning fast 3/8 mile oval will include 13-time series champion & Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding of Campbell, Grass Valley’s Carl Droivold, Oakhurst’s Doug Gandy, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton, Laton’s Geoffrey Strole, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey, Corning’s Bud Walberg, Rio Vista’s Danielle Simpson, Reno, Nevada’s Mark Tabor Jr., Spark’s, Nevada’s Mike Monahan, Fallon, Nevada’s Rusty Baglin and more.
The pit gate at the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway will open up at noon, with the front gate for spectators opening at 3pm. Racing is anticipated to get underway around 7pm with cars hitting the track just before 6pm.
From Sacramento take I-80 East to exit 46 towards West Fernley, Nevada. Follow the road to Highway 95a and then make a right turn into the Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway Motor Sports Complex. The physical address is 1965 US 95a Fernley, Nevada 89408.
Adult general admission tickets will cost $25 with kid’s prices also available. Pre-sale tickets can be acquired by contacting 775-325-8800. More info on RTF Speedway can also be acquired at 775-224-7644.
On the Internet:
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Official Website- http://www.kwssprints.com/
You Tube- http://www.youtube.com/user/kingofthewe … ature=mhee
About the track:
The Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway 3/8 mile dirt track has been in existence since 1999. The overall facility also includes a road course, drag strip, moto cross track, off road course, gun range, paint ball facility and has been tabbed as “Racings Field of Dreams.”
Sacramento’s Willie Croft holds the all-time Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway King of the West 410 track record at 13.673, which was set on May 18 of this year aboard the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c mount.
Top-15 in driver standings after 14 rounds of competition:
1. Kyle Hirst 2125; 2. Jonathan Allard 2070; 3. Willie Croft 2039; 4. Craig Stidham 1945; 5. Jason Statler 1851; 6. Brent Kaeding 1834; 7. Peter Murphy 1575; 8. Carl Droivold 1568; 9. Doug Gandy 1566; 10. Chad Compton 1564; 11. Dominic Scelzi 1555; 12. Geoffrey Strole 1486; 13. Richard Brace Jr. 1422; 14. Evan Suggs 1388; 15. Pat Harvey 1386
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 6: Kyle Hirst
Ocean Speedway July 13: Jonathan Allard
Antioch Speedway July 20: Jonathan Allard
Santa Maria Speedway July 27: Kyle Hirst
Stockton 99 Dirt Track August 3: Dominic Scelzi
Upcoming King of the West events:
Saturday September 14 Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway
Saturday September 21 Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway “Harry Talbot Memorial”
Saturday October 12 Kings Speedway “Cotton Classic”
Saturday October 26 Reno Tahoe Fernley Speedway
Saturday November 2 Stockton 99 Dirt Track “Tribute to Gary Patterson”