19 Races For NARC-King Of The West Sprint Cars

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Tanner Thorson (3C) duels with eventual winner Kyle Hirst during NARC/King of the West sprint car action at California's Ocean Speedway. (Devin Mayo photo)

AUBURN, Calif. – The 60th anniversary King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series schedule was announced Friday, featuring 19 events at 10 different dirt tracks.

The 410 winged campaign is slated to award more than $500,000 in prize money and will kick off at the Stockton Dirt Track on March 2.

The season will conclude in Stockton eight months later on Nov. 2 with the $5,000 to win Tribute to Gary Patterson.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary milestone, the King of the West-NARC organization will feature many special events, including the return to the Louie Vermeil Classic at Calistoga Speedway on Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Louie Vermeil was regarded as the founding father of the Northern Auto Racing Club.

Both events on the half-mile oval will pay $6,000 to win and $600 to start, plus additional bonuses for any Northern Auto Racing Club driver who competes in the accompanying USAC-CRA non-winged show on the same card.

The King of the West-NARC series will also be showcased at Calistoga Speedway on June 22, when the historic track opens its 81st season of open wheel racing.

Overall, there are four events scheduled at the dirt track at Stockton. The bell cow of the season will be the Champions Classic, a Brad Sweet Promotions-supported event on Aug. 23-24.

The $75,000 show features a $10,000 to win and $700 to start purse on Saturday night.  The two-day show will pay tribute to 60-years of King of the West & Northern Auto Racing Club championship teams.

The prelude to that event is a special Wednesday night Gold Country Showdown at Placerville Speedway on Aug. 21.  Several nationally known drivers and teams are expected to compete during the three-day sprint car blitz.

The month of May will be highlighted by a pair of lucrative events, including the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial race at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico on May 4 and the $11,000 to win Peter Murphy Classic at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway on May 19.

The King of the West-NARC series will also be returning to Santa Maria Speedway after a five-year absence. The action-packed quarter mile oval will feature a July 27 Winged Madness Show that will also showcase a $1,000 to win HammerDown Wheelie Contest.

Ocean Speedway will host the Pombo-Sargent Classic on June 21 and the popular $5,000 to win Howard Kaeding Classic on July 20.

The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park and Petaluma Speedway are also on the calendar for a pair of action-packed events. Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford will be the site of the 34th annual Cotton Classic on Oct. 12.

Four of the racing events on the schedule will also feature the 360 Sprint Car Challenge Tour.

“We’ve got a great schedule laid out for fans and racing teams,” said Jim Allen, the King of the West Business Manager. “Our 60th Anniversary season promises to be entertaining and features a strong foundation that will continue to build on 410 sprint car racing in California. We plan to make some major announcements in the near future to sweeten the pot even more, spreading out the money to all teams supporting our series.”

In addition to prize money, there will be approximately $50,000 in other cash, product and contingency awards presented in 2019. The standard purse pays $3,000 to win and $500 to start the 24-car A-main.

The championship point fund will pay a minimum of $56,000 to the top 10 teams, plus bonuses to teams making every show.

Those funds will be presented to teams at the Championship Celebration Brunch at Brookside Country Club in Stockton on Nov. 3, the day after the season finale.

2019 King of the West Sprint Car Series Schedule

March 2 – Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, Calif.
April 6 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, Calif.
May 4 – Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, Calif.
May 18 – Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, Calif.
June 1 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, Calif.
June 21 – Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, Calif.
June 22 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, Calif.
June 29 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, Calif.
July 13 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, Calif.
July 20 – Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, Calif.
July 27 – Santa Maria Speedway – Santa Maria, Calif.
Aug. 21 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, Calif.
Aug. 22 – TBA – TBA
Aug. 23-24 – Stockton Dirt Track  – Stockton, Calif.
Aug. 31-Sept. 1 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, Calif.
Oct. 5 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, Calif.
Oct. 12 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, Calif.
Nov. 2 – Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, Calif.