California Sprint Car Civil War Series Preview

Civil War Preview 7/17 Civil War Sprint Series set for Silver Dollar Speedway July 17 Event will become fifth on El Nino restructured Civil War Campaign CHICO (6-17-98) - The California Sprint Car Civil War Race Series will swing back into...

Civil War Preview 7/17

Civil War Sprint Series set for Silver Dollar Speedway July 17 Event will become fifth on El Nino restructured Civil War Campaign

CHICO (6-17-98) - The California Sprint Car Civil War Race Series will swing back into full throttle competition next Friday night, July 17 at John Padjen's Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. This will become the first Civil War event to take place on the Chico high-banks after two previous rain outs and will be the fifth event of the 13-race Civil War campaign.

The California Sprint Car Civil War race series is dedicated to winged Pacific "360" Sprint cars. Between the months of March and October the popular series will compete in a total of 13 events at four different California tracks spanning the sierra foothills to the coastal range. For each event that participate in, Civil War competitors are awarded accumulative points towards the series championship which often is not decided until the checkered flag waves on the final event.

Entering next Friday's competition, Rio Linda racer Roger Crockett continues to lead the Civil War point standings. Crockett, however, will have his hands full as Chico's Shane Scott has closed to within just 10-points of Crockett on the point ladder. Scott is the only two-time winner of the Civil War campaign this season and with his most recent victory at Twin Cities Speedway in Marysville, launched up to second in the championship point standings.

Grass Valley racer Jeff Halleib has scored a total of three top ten finishes in the current campaign to place him third in the ranks just nine-points behind Scott. Mike Wasina Jr, with two top ten outings ranks fourth with just two points separating he and Halleib. David Robinson Jr. of Sacramento rounds out the top five. Robinson with two top ten finishes so far in the series, trails Wasina by just 4-points and holds off Grass Valley's Billy Wallace by an 18-point margin.

Rounding out the top ten competitors after four events is Jeff Young, Ray Rust, Kyle Schild and Scooter Lambert, all of which are expected next Friday at Chico.

Feature event winners in the 1998 Civil War campaign include Scott with two victories, one at Petaluma and another at Marysville. Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw, WA won the series opener at Marysville and Bobby McMahan of Rio Linda dominated the feature event at Placerville.

Action is scheduled to begin at 6:30 with qualifying on race day. The front gates of Silver Dollar Speedway will open at 5 p.m. when tickets will be available. Adult tickets will be $12, juniors and seniors will be $7, kids will be $3 and those under six will be admitted for free.

Race fans are asked to also mark their calendars for August 28th at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. This will be the rain date for the previous Civil War event that was washed out twice and will be the final Civil War event prior to the second annual Pacific Sprint Cup Invitational at Chico. This will be the final chance competitors have to work their way into the top 32-point standings to lock in an entry in this event that preludes the Gold Cup Race of Champions.

Current Civil War point standings (top 10) after four events

ROGER CROCKETT          265
SHANE SCOTT             255
JEFF HALLEIB            246
MIKE WASINA JR.         244
DAVID ROBINSON JR.      240
BILLY WALLACE           222
JEFF YOUNG              210
RAY RUST                207
KYLE SCHILD             202
SCOOTER LAMBERT                185 

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Series Sprint
Drivers Roger Crockett