Hirst begins bid at KWS title three on Saturday in Placerville

Top Story King of the West

Top Story King of the WestFrom Gary Thomas

Chico’s Kyle Hirst led the way last season with four victories en route to his second straight King of the West title and officially begins the march for three in a row on Saturday in Placerville. He also had tremendous consistency, finishing on the podium in half of the races and in the top-five 13-times out of 18 starts.

This year he will go after that third straight series title aboard the Main Motorsports No. 35m Sprinter, a car that visited victory lane in the July KWS event at Placerville last season with Sean Becker. Hirst also captured the KWS visit to the red clay bullring in April of 2013.

Adult tickets for the Gold Country Shootout on Saturday April 4 will cost $22, seniors 62 & over will be $15, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and children 6-11 will be $6. All seating is general admission during the night. The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 5pm and racing anticipated to begin around 7pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the grandstands always pack in at the Placerville bullring.

Come early to Saturday’s KWS opener for Live Music in the grandstand midway performed by Dante’s Inferno from 4:30-7pm! Classic rock hits from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s.

Since originally starting out as the Golden State 410 Series in 1986, this season marks the 30th anniversary for what is now known as the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. The tour will once again will be held under the leadership of John Prentice & Brent Kaeding, who begin their second full season managing the series. Saturday’s visit to Placerville is the first of two appearances at the track for KWS this year, with the other being the July 18 Bullring Nationals.

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more on Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com