Santa Maria Raceway Race Track in Nipomo, California, USA
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Santa Maria Raceway races ProStocks, Modifieds, SportMods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, MiniStocks, Sprints, DwarfCars, and Midgets.
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Santa Maria Raceway Dirt Track Location
1900 Hutton Road
Nipomo, California, 93444 USA
- lat: 35.003636, lng: -120.440265
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- Surface: 1/3 mile clay oval
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- NARC-KING OF THE WEST SPRINT CARS HEAD TO HANFORD ON SATURDAY
(9/20/21) Sacramento, CA ... The NARC-King of the West Fujitsu Sprint Cars enter the final quarter of the 2021 campaign this weekend with a trip to Hanford's Keller Auto Speedway on Saturday, September 25th. The west coast's premier 410-winged sprint car series will see a heavy slate of Hanford as the season winds down. After Saturday's event, the following two races will also take place on the Kings County 3/8th mile on October 9th and October 29th. Joining NARC will be the Kings of Thunder Bandit Non-Wing Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars and West Coast Sports Compacts. The central valley speedway promises to offer some of the best racing of the year. While most California tracks are notorious for heavy, hooked up conditions, Hanford tends to slick off leading to a big curb up top and a technical bottom groove creating plenty of slide job opportunities and side by side action. Atop the standings with just five races remaining is Dominic Scelzi. The Fresno native carries a ton of momentum into Hanford with his current streak of eight podium finishes. A win for Scelzi would check off a trio of milestones for the twenty-four-year-old. If he claims the checkered flag, it will mark the most consecutive series podiums since four-time series champion Kyle Hirst notched nine in 2018, Scelzi's 30th career podium with NARC, and his 15th career series victory. Fortunately for Scelzi, he enters the weekend as the most recent series winner at Keller Auto Speedway and has already earned three trophies in Hanford in 2021. Hanford's own Mitchell Faccinto has experienced plenty of success at his home track. Faccinto's first two series victories came at Keller Auto Speedway in the 2017 and 2018 Cotton Classic. In his last eight series appearances at the 3/8th mile, he owns podiums in half of them including the pair of wins, and he boasts a stout 4.9 average finish over that span. San Jose's Tim Kaeding should be in contention for his third series victory of the year. The two-time titlist was the only driver to finish inside the top 5 in all three feature events completed at Keller Auto Speedway last year. Still seeking his first series victory is Iowa's Austin McCarl. He's returned to California aboard the Country Builders Construction No. 88, and Hanford might present his best opportunity for a win. In 2020's Morrie Williams Tribute Race, McCarl finished a respectable 8th and 5th in the twin Fujitsu Features. Earlier this year, the former Knoxville track champion scored a pair of top-5s in Kings of Thunder 360 action at Hanford including a runner-up result. Many more from California's crop of gassers will be competing on Saturday. Expect Hanford's DJ Netto, Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Roseville's Sean Becker, Billy Aton on Benicia, Clovis driver Sean Watts and more to be in attendance. The NARC King of the West Hoosier Tire format will feature ARP Fast Time Qualifying, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions 10-lap Heat Races, a 6-lap Sunnyvalley Bacon Trophy Dash and the Fujitsu 30-lap Feature. Keller Auto Speedway is located at 801 South 10th Ave Hanford, CA 93230. For more information visit racekingsspeedway.com. Saturday's race can be viewed live on floracing.com along with the entire NARC-King of the West Fujitsu Sprint Car schedule. ED NOTE: This event was originally scheduled at Santa Maria Raceway. However, it was moved to Hanford when Santa Maria Raceway ceased operations in August. NARC King of the West Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series Championship Points Standings (After 15 events in 20-race series 9/20/2021) Dominic Scelzi, Fresno - 1688 Tim Kaeding, San Jose - 1623 Bud Kaeding, Campbell - 1621 DJ Netto, Hanford - 1620 Sean Becker, Roseville - 1588 Billy Aton, Benicia (R) - 1568 Sean Watts, Clovis - 1528 Justin Sanders, Aromas - 1394 Shane Golobic, Elk Grove - 1343 Mitchell Faccinto, Hanford - 1162 Joel Myers Jr, Sebastopol (R) - 1032 Jessie Attard, Sydney, AUS (R) - 1003 Geoffrey Strole, Hanford (R) - 960 Mitchel Moles, Raisin City - 904 Ryan Robinson, Foresthill (R) - 639 Willie Croft, Colfax - 843 Corey Day, Salinas (R) - 802 Colby Copeland, Roseville - 768 Blake Carrick, Lincoln - 728 Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa - 727 The King of the West-NARC Fujitsu General USA Racing Series is also sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tires. Associate and product award sponsors include Automotive Racing Products (ARP), Autometer, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bullet Impressions, FloRacing.com, Johnstone Supply, Kaeding Performance Center, KSE Racing Products, Maxim, PAC Racing Springs, Pyrotect, Racing Optics, Saldana Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, SCI Racing Products, Swift Metal Finishing, Sunnyvalley Bacon, System 1 Ignition, Ultra Light Brakes, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Winters Performance Products. SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION Website: www.NARC410.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints Facebook (history page): www.facebook.com/NARCsprintcars Twitter: https://twitter.com/NARC410 Instagram: www.instagram.com/narc410 YouTube: NARC410 Live Stream PPV: Floracing.com Upcoming Events: October 9 - Keller Auto Speedway, Hanford, CA - Morrie Williams Legends Race October 29 - Keller Auto Speedway, Hanford, CA October 30 - Kern County Raceway Park, Bakersfield, CA November 6 - Stockton Dirt Track - Tribute to Gary Patterson November 7 - Championship Celebration - Brookside Country Club, Stockton, CA
- NARC NEWSLINE - AUGUST 20, 2021
NARC NEWSLINE - AUGUST 20, 2021, By Jim Allen ... According to the official NARC King of the West Fujitsu Sprint Car Series schedule, we've got nine races in the books with 11 more to go, including a flurry of them on the smoky horizon. Everybody in California is gearing up for a Fastest Four Days in Motorsports. Yes ..., we know that just a few short days ago, it was the fastest five-days, but we were forced to improvise when, yet another fire decided to wreak havoc on Northern California. Now Placerville Speedway's pit area is a staging and rest area for overworked fire crews and equipment fighting a massive fire in El Dorado County. And depending on how the wind is blowing, that may put a crimp in the rest of their local racing season. Let's hope they get these fires out soon. Either way, four races in four days at four different tracks still represents a delectable slice of sprint car racing heaven! To top it off, with the 2021 championship at stake, this centerpiece will probably have huge implications on what team's name will be locked into the NARC King of the West history books. Just so our calendars are synchronized, Merced Speedway will now host the opener on Thursday, August 26th, followed by Ocean Speedway, the Stockton Dirt Track and Petaluma Speedway on consecutive nights. As defending champ DJ Netto calmly stated at a recent driver's meeting, "it's all going to come down to NARC Speedweek." I tend to agree with that statement! What else is at stake? Each feature will pay $4000 to the winner, except for the August 28th show at the Stockton Dirt Track which will cash out $6000 to the top dog of the 30-lap Champions Classic headliner. Promoter Tony Noceti also bolted on a 360-sprint car show to the line-up at Stockton which pays $3000 to the winner. Expect a few teams to "double-up." Overall, there is a $8,000 point fund that will pay shares to the top 12 in points during the four-race blast. The champ will pocket $2,000 for his adventures, plus a one-of-a-kind custom FFDM trophy, which will rock the champions mantle for decades to come. It's a gem! FFDM PREDICTIONS, THOUGHTS & NOTES: At least one of these young drivers - Ryan Robinson, Corey Day, and Joel Myers Jr. - has a good chance to win their first NARC-KWS feature during the four days. Robinson should have won at Petaluma in July but got snagged by slower traffic. Day has proven to be fast and is beginning to gel with Paul Baines and Tarlton Motorsports. And Myers drives well beyond his 15-years of age. ... Who else is overdue? How about Shane Golobic? He has been all over the podium this season, except for the tall one in the middle. Can he win two? Absolutely! Can he win three? Wouldn't bet against it! ... Oregon's Brian Boswell will be tackling all four nights of racing. ... Roseville's Colby Copeland will be making his first extended-stay on the 2021 KWS campaign piloting Larry Antaya's 16A sprint car. What does that mean for regular shoe Justin Sanders? Something big, which we can't tell you right now. ... The last time the NARC 410 sprint cars pulled into the Merced Speedway pit area, Ross Perot was running for president and Sharon Stone uncrossed her legs and sent millions of teenage boys into puberty with the movie Basic Instinct. The year was 1992 and Tim Green captured a double-feature show that eventually led to his second NARC championship. That is way too long of a time span. Which brings to question; is Basic Instinct on Netflix? ... Many fans asked why a replacement venue wasn't found for Placerville after the cancellation. It was researched but there were no takers for a Wednesday night show with a week's notice. Not to mention, most Fairgrounds don't allow midweek shows. ... Tim Kaeding, the winner of the 2019 edition of the FFDM aboard Rod Tiner's 83SA, is a driver who wins in bunches. He is driving excellent equipment with Joshua Bates and Roger Hamilton, so don't rule out a repeat! ... FROM THIS MONTH'S ... "YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME" DEPARTMENT: Santa Maria Raceway threw a giant wrench into the dirt track grinder by surprising many with news that they were shutting down operations as of August 9, 2021. Track owner/operator Nick Duggan, who bought the facility in 2018, published a lengthy release on the tracks Facebook site explaining the adversity, obstacles, and political nightmares they have had to deal with. We all knew the pressure was on the racetrack, but not to what level until he spelled it out in detail. Unfortunately, his press release provided as much joy as experiencing an emergency root canal and colonoscopy on the same day, or an ex-wife coming to visit because "she wants to talk." Don't deny it, California racetracks are under direct assault. Calistoga! Petaluma! And several others are beginning to put on their body armor. The thought was that privately-owned facilities like Santa Maria would be immune from the drama effecting State fairgrounds, but all it did was make the legal bills larger for the track owner. In a State where there are more than 266,000 lawyers, it's really no surprise a few filed expensive and threatening lawsuits because of the "environmental impact" and violation of "use-permits" by Santa Maria Raceway. What do you think was going to happen when a local housing tract began creeping closer and closer to the historic track? If the environment was going to be impacted, we think something would have happened by now, especially since the track opened in 1964. Instead of environmental impact, we should be talking about the positive "economic impact." And since racetracks are entertainment venues, it needs to do more than just racing events, because promoters are working on super slim margins, especially after the pandemic. Unfortunately, housing developers usually have deep pockets and politicians in their back pockets and don't typically care about these types of issues. The straw that broke the proverbial camel's back is when the County and District Supervisor couldn't get on the same page regarding long-existing "use permits" and the types of events that could be held at the facility. That complicated matters even more and the legal bills and fines continued to pile up, forcing Santa Maria to pull the plug. The local Homeowners Association also issued a press release with their point of view. It's like comparing Fox News to CNN. By the time you get done reading both, you need lots of alcohol. So, what can you do to help? Well, I'm glad you asked! The track may be shuttered for now, but there is still a faint pulse. We need the racing community to burn up the phones and call the following two bureaucrats. Explain what Santa Maria Raceway means to you. This includes how much money you spend in the area (trust me, they understand the money deal), the quality of entertainment the facility provides, and what a loss it would be if it closed permanently. Be professional, don't cuss and drive the point home. Wade Horton is the San Luis Obispo County Administrator. He can be reached at 805-781-5011. Lynne Compton is the 4th District Supervisor. She can be reached at 805-781-5450. NARC NOTES: And to answer your next question, the September 25th race at Santa Maria is cancelled (unless you see a pig fly by!) However, don't expect our series to lose the race date. A new location will be announced shortly. ... Just in case you were in a coma and missed the month of July, Tim Kaeding (Petaluma), Sean Becker (Ocean Speedway), Dominic Scelzi (Tulare) and Billy Aton (Santa Maria) were feature event winners. Even though TK has won 71 King of the West races in his career, he makes every win seem like his first. You can count on fist pumps, team hugs, an obligatory wheelie as he crosses the checkered, and a million-dollar smile. That's enough to get any fan excited. By the way, Andy Forsberg was strong all night and scored second at Petaluma, chased by early-race leader Bud Kaeding to fill out the "40-year and older" podium. ... ... If you are into pure raw emotion after a heartfelt and overdue victory, then Sean Becker climbing the fence at Ocean and fist pumping to the crowd after claiming a stout $6900 payday at the Howard Kaeding Classic was a keeper also. Becker and the Dave Vertullo 83V sprinter survived a metal crunching feature that seriously damaged at least half of the 24-car field in two big accidents. Tanner Carrick posted a KWS career best second and Mitchell Faccinto was third. ... Special thanks to all the great sponsors who supported the HK race. Your generous contributions allowed this show to pay the enhanced winners share and a minimum of $1000 to start the feature - plus there were a ton of other perks for fast time mechanic, heat race winners, and non-transfers. Geoffrey Strole took home a 50" TV as the first B-main non-transfer. That doesn't happen every day! Bud Kaeding's fundraising efforts also kicked in a substantial amount of money to the Friday night portion of the HKC. ... Corey Day made his debut aboard the Tarlton Motorsports #21. He timed in third quick, but got crashed out in the feature, finishing 14th. ... More than $5000 was raised for the NARC Benevolent Fund at the Howard Kaeding Classic luncheon. Miles McAtee's catering group knocked it out of the park (again) in the food department! ... Also, special thanks to Petaluma Speedway promoter Rick Faeth for his recent $500 donation to the NARC Benevolent Fund. ... The next weekend in Tulare, Dominic Scelzi outran DJ Netto and Shane Golobic to claim yet another "W" at Tulare! It might be time to install a dedicated parking space on the front straightaway for the Scelzi Enterprise #41, because he owns the Thunderbowl Raceway in 2021. Let's see if he can continue that success at the Trophy Cup. ... Billy Aton's first series win at Santa Maria was about as popular a win as we could possibly have! It made the best of a rough night. Everybody loves the guy and the effort he puts into racing on the NARC King of the West circuit. The win should be the first of many. It was a great ending to a drawn-out show that required a two-hour intermission after qualifying to make the track raceable. Most teams had already burned down three-tires in hot laps and qualifying, forcing the rework. The delay forced the cancellation of the highly anticipated wheelie contest. ... Scelzi attempted to reel Mr. Aton in the waning laps but couldn't make it happen. JJ Ringo nailed down a KWS career best third place finish after suffering a heat race crash. The Keller Motorsports team barely made the call for the feature, but their hard work paid off. Bud Kaeding's championship aspirations took a hit when he got reeled into a big first lap crash, effectively ending his night two caution flags later. A few pit peeps thought Kaeding benefitted from three yellows and should have been DQ'ed earlier. However, the NARC rulebook states that if there is a crash involving three or more cars on the first lap, no teams get charged with the yellow. It didn't matter because he finished 17th. Along those lines, the NARC-KWS rulebook has three-times the text than it had 20-years ago. THE LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC: The Fastest Four Days in Motorsports is the front end of six races in 11 days for the NARC King of the West Fujitsu Sprint Cars. The backend is the popular 13th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic at Chico on September 4-5th. Yes .., like you .., I almost said Calistoga, but the event was moved while the Napa Valley track works through its own set of problems. However, don't expect any drop off in enthusiasm or entertainment because the Labor Day weekend is packed with activities at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Wine tasting, beer tasting, and of course, the Calistoga Speedway Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday night, September 3rd. Big money is on the line for both the King of the West and USAC/CRA series and this one also features lap money both nights. Go to www.LouieVermeilClassic.com for more info. If you need tickets, lock them in now by calling HMC Promotions at (916) 773-7223 Face it: The best way to thoroughly enjoy an entertaining Labor Day weekend is by attending the Louie Vermeil Classic! Make sure you bring a friend! #justsaying Coming to you live from Auburn, CA. See ya
- Stadium 805 owners shutting down Nipomo venue
Racing on the Central Coast may be dead unless something like a miracle happens to save Stadium 805, also known as Santa Maria Raceway.
- Santa Maria Raceway Ceases Operations
Santa Maria Speedway announced Monday that all operations at the facility have shut down for the foreseeable future.
- Billy Aton claims his first career King of the West victory at Santa Maria
(7/24/2021 - Alex Nieten) Nipomo, CA... Just a tad more than two years after he led seven laps and scored a then-career best second place finish at Petaluma, Billy Aton finally captured his inaugural NARC-King of the West Fujitsu Sprint Car victory at Santa Maria Raceway's Winged Madness event Saturday night. It had been over a year since a driver had claimed their first series victory prior to Aton, Spencer Bayston being the most recent in June of 2020. Aton also became the sixth driver to earn a series victory this year through nine races. While the box score will show Aton led from green to checkered, it was by no means a 30-lap walk in the park. The pilot of the Bill Aton Painting No. 26 had to endure a hairy start to the feature and hold off the west coast's hottest driver, Dominic Scelzi, in the closing laps. Aton admitted to feeling some intense pressure. "I couldn't tell if I was rolling at a good pace or if they were on us," Aton said. "But every time a yellow came out, I was looking at the scoreboard and I thought 'oh god, they're coming.'" The green flag dropped with Aton and fellow front row starter, Bud Kaeding, leading the field into turn one. Aton nailed the start and established a lead out of turn two and down the backstretch. Then in turn three, the entire venue held their collective breath as Wild Bill got a little too wild, getting sideways on the top side in front of the field, leaving Bud Kaeding nowhere to go. By the time the dust settled, Aton had straightened himself out, but Bud Kaeding found himself on his side having been hit by at least five other cars in the melee. Kaeding was uninjured. Ryan Robinson snuck by the mess to briefly take the lead, but since a lap had not been completed the top spot was returned to Aton for a complete restart following the red flag. A pair of cautions on laps three and four for cars stopping on track slowed the early pace of the race. The restart with twenty-seven to go brought the first green flag run and saw Tarlton Motorsports pilot Corey Day drive by Robinson for the runner-up spot and quickly close on Aton. Just when it appeared Day might move into the lead, misfortune struck the 15-year old on lap thirteen when two lap cars got together right in front of his No. 21 machine, leaving him with nowhere to go and a second straight DNF. It didn't take long for three-time series winner in 2021, Dominic Scelzi, to join the battle for the win following the restart with eighteen to go. The driver of the Scelzi Enterprises/Red Rose Transportation 41 moved past Robinson on lap fourteen and set his sights on the No. 26. Just when you could throw a blanket over Aton, Scelzi and a fast approaching Tim Kaeding in the battle for the lead, a yellow came out with less than ten to go for a stopped Brooklyn Holland. The final seven laps produced an intense game of cat and mouse around the lightning fast Santa Maria Raceway. Scelzi stalked his prey, using a unique line in turns one and two to get a massive run down the backstretch each lap. Aton, though, would not be denied as he maintained a steady line and pace and held on to win by just .350 seconds over the point leader. "Just had to keep running some good lines, and luckily this old girl took her home," a jubilant Aton said. While disappointed to miss out on the win, Scelzi and the entire pit area couldn't help but be happy for Aton. "If there's anybody in this pit area you want to see pick up their first win and run second to him, that's the guy," Scelzi said. Rounding out the podium after an incredible comeback was JJ Ringo. After hitting the wall hard while leading his heat race, he and his team thrashed to get the Mike Mitchell Construction/Ernest Hemingway Vineyards/Porter Diving No. 2 back out for the feature, and Ringo drove from twelfth to third to earn his first career series podium and the Swift Metal Finishing Hardcharger. "Thanks to everyone who busted their butts to help us get out here," Ringo said. "It's pretty cool to get my first podium with King of the West." The remainder of the top-10 was DJ Netto, Tim Kaeding, Bryce Eames, Sean Watts, Sean Becker, Jessie Attard and Mark Barroso. (ED NOTE: The Wheelie Contest scheduled at Santa Maria Raceway was cancelled due to poor track conditions. It required a complete track rework which delayed the program by 90-minutes.) FUJITSU FEATURE (30 laps): 1. Billy Aton 26 2. Dominic Scelzi 41 3. JJ Ringo 2 4. DJ Netto 88N 5. Tim Kaeding 42X 6. Bryce Eames 50 7. Sean Watts 98 8. Sean Becker 83V 9. Jessie Attard 76 10. Mark Barroso 78 11. Brooklyn Holland 2B 12. Geoffrey Strole 09S 13. Keith Day Jr. 22 14. Ryan Robinson 56 15. Corey Day 21 16. James Herrera 5J 17. Bud Kaeding 69 18. Mitchel Moles 01 HOOSIER TIRE LAP LEADERS: Billy Aton 1-30 SWIFT METAL FINISHING HARDCHARGER: JJ Ringo 12th to 3rd ARP FAST QUALIFIER (18 cars): DJ Netto 12.582 BROWN & MILLER HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): Bud Kaeding, Sean Watts, Sean Becker, DJ Netto, Mitchel Moles, Geoffrey Strole FUJITSU GENERAL USA HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): Dominic Scelzi, Tim Kaeding, Ryan Robinson, Jessie Attard, Brooklyn Holland, Mark Barroso FLORACING.COM HEAT #3 (8 laps): Corey Day, Keith Day Jr., Billy Aton, James Herrera, Bryce Eames, JJ Ringo SUNNY VALLEY "POWERED BY BACON" DASH (6 laps): Billy Aton, Bud Kaeding, Ryan Robinson, Corey Day, Dominic Scelzi, DJ Netto
- SEXTON GATLIN RACING BACK IN ACTION AT SANTA MARIA’S WINGED MADNESS #1 THIS SATURDAY
After a six-week mid-summer break, Sexton Gatlin Racing will return to action this Saturday night, July 24, in the “California Lightning Sprint Car Series Summer Classic” at the Santa Maria Raceway.
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Santa Maria Raceway Nearby Dirt Tracks
- Kern County Raceway Park Race Track69 miles away - Bakersfield, California, USA
- Ventura Raceway Race Track81 miles away - Ventura, California, USA
- Bakersfield Speedway Race Track85 miles away - Bakersfield, California, USA
- Lemoore Raceway Race Track94 miles away - Lemoore, California, USA
Distance information is direct (as the crow flies) - driving distance will differ due to road routes and things like lakes or mountains.
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Santa Maria Raceway Dirt Track Racing Organizations
- BCRA - Bay Cities Racing Association Dirt Track Racing Organization
- CLS - California Lightning Sprints Dirt Track Racing Organization
- KWS - King of the West Sprints by NARC Dirt Track Racing Organization
- NMRA - National Midget Racing Association Dirt Track Racing Organization
- USAC - United States Auto Club Dirt Track Racing Organization
- WoO - World of Outlaws Dirt Track Racing Organization