Golden State King of the West Sprint Car Series Notes & Pertinent Info

2011 King of the West Golden State Sprint Car Series

From Gary Thomas

Santa Maria Speedway – Saturday May 21


The Golden State King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will venture to Chris Kearns’ Santa Maria Speedway this Saturday night May 21. The facility has been named “Best Short Track Operation West of the Mississippi” on two separate occasions and is nestled in a semi amphitheater of natural terrain, sheltered by dense eucalyptus trees at the top and back of the bleacher area.


On Saturday May 21 the front grandstand gate will open at 3pm with qualifying around 5 and racing at 6. The pit area will be open to the public until about 1:45, before being swept and pit passes then being sold. The pit meeting is scheduled for 3:45.


The Santa Maria Speedway is located 12 miles inland from the Pacific coast, three miles north of the city of Santa Maria and is located a 1/4-mile north of the US 101/166 interchange on Hutton Road. The facility is one hundred seventy miles north of Los Angeles and 260 miles south of San Francisco.


Adult tickets will cost $20 on Saturday with seniors, student and military costing $18, kids 6-12 $6 and children five and under free.

About the track:

The Santa Maria Speedway is a one-third mile clay oval and the all-time Golden State 410 track record being 11.272 set by Brent Kaeding on July 10, 2004. The track also offers free parking and free camping.

Last year at Santa Maria Speedway:

The Golden State 410’s last season made a pair of stops in Santa Maria with Easton’s Tommy Tarlton and Oroville’s Sean Becker claiming victories respectively. In May Tarlton scored a clean sweep of the night’s racing and in July Becker won a thrilling duel with Placerville’s Andy Gregg.

Top-10 in KWS points going into the night:

1. Tim Kaeding 742; 2. Evan Suggs 720; 3. Jonathan Allard 712; 4. Brent Kaeding 709; 5. Willie Croft 697; 6. Jason Statler 692; 7. Andy Gregg 686; 8. Brent Bjork 670; 9. Bobby McMahan 637; 10. Kenny Allen 583

On the internet:

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