King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series & Joe Hunt Magneto Wingless Sprints takes to the Stockton Dirt track for inaugural Salute to LeRoy Van Conett this Saturday
By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA – May 17, 2016…The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is ready to invade the centrally located Stockton Dirt Track for the first time in 2016 this Saturday night May 21 for the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett.
The night of competition will be the first of three season appearances at the 3/8 mile clay oval, now in its fourth year of operation on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. The King of the West 410’s will also return to Stockton on Saturday June 18 for the Jimmy Sills Classic and conclude the year on Saturday November 5 with the 33rd annual Tribute to Gary Patterson.
This Saturday night honors retired Galt, CA racer LeRoy Van Conett, who was born in Stockton and would go on to become one of the very best to wheel a Sprint Car in California. Special event shirts will be available under the grandstands and LeRoy will be on hand during the night for autographs. A live band will also perform prior to the races.
The driver simply known as the “Dragon from Galt” is the all-time leader in wins at the famed Calistoga Speedway half-mile, with 31 victories to his credit. He also captured the track title seven-times in his illustrious career. Van Conett claimed 65 career wins with the now defunct Northern Auto Racing Club and eight series titles, both of which rank second to only Campbell’s Brent Kaeding.
In 1976 he scored victory at the Gold Cup Race of Champions and in 1999 was bestowed one of the highest honors any driver can receive, by being inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Competing alongside the KWS Winged 410 Sprints on Saturday will be the Wingless Sprint Cars presented by Hunt Magnetos, a series that provided exciting action last year at the Stockton Dirt Track.
On the King of the West side of things Sacramento’s Willie Croft goes into this Saturday night as arguably the driver to beat. The veteran has been fantastic all season long and is fresh off a victory last week at the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial in Tulare. Croft won a Winged 360 event at the Stockton Dirt Track in June of 2013. Read More!