Beautiful weather and high car counts expected for King of Kings (KOK) 360’s Round 3 this Friday!
A nearly month long break hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm for Round 3 of the KOK 360’s scheduled for this Friday night at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Round 2 went to Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto who led wire to wire for the $3,000 main event win. He also won the Hanford Jewelry & Loan Dash and pocketed a nice $3,560 nights’ total.
Title sponsor Graham & Associates has ponied up the sponsorship money and this week’s KOK main will pay $3,500 to win and $350 to start with membership. A one race membership is available for purchase at the track for $150. The dash is once again being sponsored by Hanford Jewelry & Loan and will pay $560 to the winner of the 6-lap preliminary event. Each heat race will pay $250 to win courtesy of Race Chic, B&B Racing Engines & Southern Pacific Farms. The RacePartsTrader.com Quick Time award will also pay $200. If a single driver were to sweep all the money possible, they will take home over $4,500 in winnings!
At press time, officials with the track expect a healthy 22-25 360’s on hand. The greatest 360 drivers on the West Coast are expected to descend on the Keller Auto Speedway pit area. New dad, Kyle Hirst from Chico, who ran 2nd to Faccinto in Round 2 will be back in the familiar Roth Motorsports #83. His 15-year-old teammate, Gio Scelzi, fresh off a NARC 410 win this past weekend in Antioch will look to climb the wing in Hanford for the 2nd time this year in the #83JR. The always tough to beat Selma racer, Cory Eliason will be aboard his #00 mount. Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto will look to become the first multiple winner this year in the #37 Western Metal Company machine. Local favorite, Hanford’s D.J Netto will look to get the monkey off of his back and pick up a win at his home track, aboard the Tri-C #3C car. Lemoore’s Cole Macedo has had a couple of solid runs to start the season looks to improve just a few positions in the Tarlton & Sons 21x. After a wild wreck during Round 1 of the KOK 360’s Zane Blanchard will be back in action on the 3/8ths clay oval. Others expected to compete are Tiner, J. Vanderweerd, Stidham, Coelho, Moles, Schott, Worth, Markle, Romanazzi, Hurst and Simone. You won’t want to miss the best of the best as they roar around the 3/8ths mile clay oval!
Joining the KOK 360’s on the card are the ever growing IMCA Sport Mod class and IMCA Stock cars. The last time the IMCA Sport Mods were in town, the dominant one, Nick Spainhourard, outlasted Clint Reichenbach. Can Reichenbach move up one spot this week? Or will some other Sport Mod driver steal Spainhourard’s thunder? The IMCA stock class has been one of the longest running divisions at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. May 12th saw young Hanford driver Brock Hamiltion dominate the field only to be felled by a blown tire, #45 of Troy Patee was in the right place at the right time and picked up the big check. Who takes the win this week in this ultra-competitive class?
Tickets for this Friday’s event are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors/students. Back by popular demand is the “444” deal (includes 2 adult/2student tickets, 4 hotdogs & 4 small sodas for $44). Additional student tickets may be purchased for $7.50. Back gates open at 3pm, spectator gates at 5pm. Qualifying begins at 6:30 with the first race around 7:15.
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