BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Kyle Offill will turn his focus towards the 410 sprint car ranks as he is set for his rookie season with the King of the West Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series.
“I am definitely excited to be running the 410ci car full time in 2020,” Offill said. “We will still mix in some 360ci races when there are breaks in the KWS schedule, but it should be a great experience competing with some of the best that CA has to offer week in and week out.”
What makes Offill’s season more special is the fact that in King of the West action he will drive the famed Country Builders No. 88 that was made famous by the likes of Rick Wright, Tom Henry, Terry McCarl, Rod Spencer, Craig Smith, Danny Olmstead, Rick Martin, Ricky Gaunt, Ronnie Day, Danny Lasoski and most recently, Jonathan Allard. Those drivers all ran for Weldon Offill, grandfather of young Kyle Offill.
“To bring back the Country Builders No. 88 car for the full year is also a pretty cool honor,” Offill added. “The car is really iconic to the sport in general over the years, and it means a lot to my family. With my Grandpa, Weldon, having success with some pretty notable names over the years, I’m looking forward to carrying it myself in 2020.”
The King of the West schedule is made up of 19 events at 10 different venues scattered through Northern and Central California. The season will kick off on March 14 at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif., and will conclude on Nov. 7 at Stockton (Calif.) Dirt Track.
When the King of the West tour is idle, Offill will compete aboard the Team KO No. 2K machine in various 360 races as the schedule allows.
Offill enters the year fresh off of a season that saw him pick up his first winged 360 sprint car win at Silver Dollar Speedway, as he also was in contention for the track championship through the final night of the season only to end up third in the standings to Sean Becker and Andy Forsberg.
Dillon Paddock returns to Offill’s stable as he will take over the duty of crew chief, and Colby Rennert will also be a part of the Offill crew. While Paddock and Rennert will handle car duties, Craig Smith will fill in as his schedule allows and work as a mentor for Offill as he makes his maiden voyage with the King of the West.