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NARC AND GOLDEN STATE SPRINT CARS INVADECALISTOGA OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND Calistoga Speedway will host two-nights of exciting sprint car racing action, this Saturday and Sunday (May 23-24), with the traditional Northern Auto Racing Club...


Calistoga Speedway will host two-nights of exciting sprint car racing action, this Saturday and Sunday (May 23-24), with the traditional Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC) Memorial Day weekend doubleheader.

This will mark the first appearance of the season by the NARC-Budweiser Shoot Out Series at the historic half-mile oval. The scheduled May 2 NARC/Golden State Challenge season opener at the track was rained out.

"El Nino has thrown us for a loop," said Napa Fair Manager Mike Kenney. "We run a limited number of events at our track, so every rainout has a big economic impact on our fairgrounds and our community."

In fact, Calistoga and the Napa Valley have experienced more than its fair share of rainfall. Normal precipitation in Napa, which is located just 25 miles to the south, is approximately 30 inches. Calistoga Speedway has experienced a record 70.4 inches of rainfall.

As a result, the inclement weather has slowed several scheduled facility improvements. Among them is a brand new concrete retaining wall around the entire track and a new concession stand.

El Nino permitting, a field of 35 of California's top sprint car pilots are expected to converge on Calistoga. In addition, several former NARC titlist's will appear at an autograph session and awards ceremony at Saturday's Walter T. Ross Salutes the Champions of NARC.

Heading the list will be 1960 NARC champion Fred Hunt of Carson City, NV; the first ever champion in Northern Auto Racing Club history. Hunt recently underwent heart bypass surgery, but stated that he "would not miss the event for all the money in the world."

Also expected is eight-time NARC legend LeRoy Van Conett, 1971 NARC titlist Billy Anderson, 1976 ace Johnny Anderson, 1986 kingpin Rick Hirst, and current ten-time NARC champion Brent Kaeding.

The Champions of NARC will be signing autographs near the front entrance between 6:00-7:00 p.m. (Several other champions are expected, but could not be confirmed as of press time.)

Sunday's event is the Tribute to Gary Patterson, which is a championship points race in the battle for the coveted "King of California" sprint car crown. Patterson lost his life in a racing accident at Calistoga in 1983.

The Northern Auto Racing Club is bringing two dynamite championship points races to Calistoga. Rio Linda driver Randy Tiner is the pacesetter of the group as the current NARC and Golden State Challenge points leader. However, his lead in both series combined, is only 11 points.

Other top contenders making up the field will be former San Jose track champion Randy Hannagan; the McMahan brothers, Bobby and Paul, or Rio Linda and Oroville respectively; Steve Kent of Fresno; Jason Meyer and Graydon Cross of Clovis; Kingsburg driver Jason Lund; and Kevin Pylant of Santa Cruz.

     The McMahan brothers have won seven of the past 12 events at
Calistoga Speedway.  Tiner has captured the last two. 

Front gates open both days at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying will get started at 6:30 p.m., followed by racing at 7:30 p.m. Calistoga Speedway is located at the fairgrounds in Calistoga, approximately 25 miles north of Napa on Highway 29. For tickets and information, call the track business office at (707) 942-5111.

The major series sponsor of the Northern Auto Racing Club is the Anheuser-Busch Company and Budweiser - "The King of Beers." Associate sponsors of the NARC-Budweiser Shoot Out Series include McCreary Racing Tires, Carrera Shocks, Donovan Engineering, Fuel Safe, HammerDown! Race Gear, Hansen Trailers, ICORE AutoSports, J & J Auto Racing, Joe Hunt Magneto, KSE Racing Products, Kaeding Performance Center, Kent Performance Center, Lynch Pro-Formance Products, Mallard Wings, MDR Machine, MAXIM, MPD Racing Products, Mountain View Mortgage Brokers, Outerwear Prefilters, Performance Bushing Specialties, River City Copy & Graphics, Rodeck, Shaver Racing Engines, Silver Legacy Resort-Casino, Spin Trap Performance Mufflers, SuperTrapp, System One, Weld Racing Wilwood Engineering, and Zootis Racing Engines.

UPCOMING NARC/GSC EVENTS: May 29-30 - Thunderbowl Raceway, Tulare, CA - NARC-Budweiser Shoot Out Series - Black & White Classic June 6 - Santa Maria Speedway - Round Five - Budweiser Golden State Challenge June 13 - San Jose Speedway - Round Six - Budweiser Golden State Challenge June 28-July 4 - SILVER LEGACY SPEEDWEEK ‘98 - "The Ultimate Sprint Car Quest"

NARC-BUDWEISER SHOOT OUT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS 5-17-98 (AFTER EIGHT EVENTS IN 32-RACE SERIES) 1. Randy Tiner, Rio Linda (3) 471 2. Brent Kaeding, Campbell (2) 461 3. Bobby McMahan, Rio Linda (1) 391 4. Paul McMahan, Oroville 389 5. Jason Meyers, Clovis 377 6. Steve Kent, Fresno (1) 366 7. Kevin Pylant, Santa Cruz 356 8. Jason Lund, Kingsburg 353 9. Jimmy Sills, Placerville 336 10. Jason Statler, San Jose 335 11. Tommy Tarlton, Easton 333 12. Peter Murphy, Sydney, AUST 320 13. Randy Hannagan, San Jose 296 14. Ronnie Day, Salinas 285 15. Graydon Cross, Clovis 276 16. Steve Coelho, Tulare 268 17. Steve Allard, Chico 267 Greg DeCaires, Elk Grove 267 Bud Kaeding, Campbell (1) 267 20. Todd Bammer, Plesanton 264 FEATURE VICTORIES ARE IN PARENTHESIS

BUDWEISER GOLDEN STATE CHALLENGE "KING OF CALIFORNIA" POINTS STANDINGS 5-17-98 (AFTER THREE EVENTS IN 12-RACE SERIES) 1. Randy Tiner, Rio Linda 148 2. Randy Hannagan, San Jose 147 3. Brent Kaeding, Campbell 136 4. Bobby McMahan, Rio Linda 130 5. Graydon Cross, Clovis 127 6. Paul McMahan, Oroville 126 7. Peter Murphy, Sydney, AUST 124 8. Jason Meyers, Clovis 122 Jason Statler, San Jose 122 10. Jason Lund, Kingsburg 121 11. Kevin Pylant, Santa Cruz 120 12. Steve Kent, Fresno 113 13. Todd Bammer, Plesanton 108 14. Jim Taves, Reedley 107 15. Tommy Tarlton, Easton 106 16. Brad Furr, Dublin 88 17. Jason York, Chico 84 18. Tim Kaeding, Campbell 82 19. Lee Brewer Jr. Torrance 80 20. David Fowler, Oroville (R) 67

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Series Sprint
Drivers Brad Furr , Bud Kaeding , Jason Meyers , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jimmy Sills , Tim Kaeding , Jason Statler , Bobby McMahan , Peter Murphy , Jason York