Accomplished Calistoga Speedway car owners look for more success this Saturday nightracepmg
By Gary Thomas
Calistoga, CA – June 23, 2105…Chico, CA drivers Jonathan Allard & Kyle Hirst are two of the favorites going into the Wine Country Classic this Saturday night. Both also happen to drive cars that have accumulated as much Calistoga Speedway success as anyone over the years. As owners, West Sacramento based Clyde Lamar has 13 main event wins to his credit, while Fresno based Dennis Roth has earned 14 main event victories at the famed half-mile.
Allard, a three-time King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series driving champion, has claimed two victories in his Calistoga Speedway career. The veteran is still looking for his first King of the West triumph of 2015, but did earn wins last week in weekly action at Silver Dollar Speedway and with the Civil War Series in Petaluma. Allard last year finished runner up at the Wine Country Classic and is currently in his second season driving the famed Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c for owner Clyde Lamar.
Hirst has claimed the last two King of the West Series titles and has also driven to a pair of wins in his Calistoga career. The 27-year-old scored victory in the KWS season-opener at Placerville in April and last season ran third at the Wine Country Classic. After starting out the year in a different car, Hirst has reunited with the familiar Roth Motorsports No. 83jr machine owned by Dennis Roth. He’s coming off a runner up finish during the last KWS event in Stockton on June 13.
After winning the most recent King of the West 410 event at the Stockton Dirt Track, 18-year-old Dominic Scelzi of Fresno sits atop the series standings by 14-points over Campbell’s Bud Kaeding & 16-markers over Lemoore’s Carson Macedo. Fremont’s Shane Golobic & Elk Grove veteran Bobby McMahan round out the top-five going into this weekend. The remainder of the top-10 is filled out by Willie Croft, Brent Kaeding, DJ Netto, Allard and Jarrett Soares.
In addition to the King of the West 410 Sprints on Saturday, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will also be in action. The Hunt Series made its Calistoga Speedway debut in April and put on a tremendous show in the main event, which was ultimately captured by Colton Slack of Brentwood.
Local driver Joe Stornetta from Napa came home in second, followed by Klint Simpson of Santa Rosa in third. Terry Shank Jr. also from Santa Rosa led the early laps and finished fourth. A great back & forth battle was seen for the lead, with much of the same expected at the Wine Country Classic.
This Friday June 26 the King of the West Series will be in action at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville for the Pombo/Sargent Classic, before the tour invades Calistoga on Saturday for the Wine Country Classic. The event on Friday will be the first time that the long running Pombo/Sargent Classic is held at Ocean Speedway.
The front gate at Ocean Speedway will open at 4:30pm this Friday night with hot laps at 5:30pm, qualifying around 6pm and racing to follow. The pit booth will open at 2pm. Adult tickets for Friday night cost $25, with kids 6-12 $20. Children 5 & under are free. The Ocean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, California with the physical address being 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076.
Tickets are on sale for the Saturday June 27 Wine Country Classic at Calistoga and can be purchased by contacting (916) 773-7225. Adult Reserved Tickets cost $30, with Adult General Admission Tickets $25. Children 6-12 are $10 with kids 5 & under free. Hotel Info: The Sandman Inn / Santa Rosa located at 3421 Cleveland Ave. 95403. Phone Number 707-293-2100. Must Mention CALI15 / Calistoga Speedway for an $85.00 rate.
The infield pit area will open at 9am allowing teams to move in, with the pit booth opening for pit pass sales at noon. Will Call & the ticket window opens up at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 4pm.
The Calistoga Speedway is located on the scenic Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, California at 1435 North Oak Street and has been in existence since 1937. For more information on the half-mile log onto http://www.calistogaspeedway.org/
The weekend as a whole is also part of a Prentice Motorsports Group Double Down Bonus Weekend.
If a driver wins both Friday in Watsonville & Saturday in Calistoga they will be awarded an extra $3000 bonus. Therefore if a driver sweeps the weekend they have the ability to go home with $9,000. Be sure and make plans for what looks to be a great weekend of Sprint Car racing, which will be capped at the World’s Most Beautiful Dirt Track.
Both nights will also feature the Williams Roofing Royal Fan Pill Draw. A trivia question will be asked from the announce booth and the fan that answers correctly will pull a random number (1-22) out of a bag. The fan automatically wins $100 and if the driver wins the feature from the starting spot drawn, the driver receives a $1000 bonus.
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