KING OF CALIFORNIA Micro Sprint Series – FRESNO, Calif. (April 16, 2018) – It all began Friday night at Dixon Speedway for round one. Originally scheduled to be round three Dixon became the opener after rain postponed the start of the season last month. The anticipation was apparent as 86 entries checked in to try their hand at the King of California.
Heartbreak struck early for your defending champion Jake Hagopian as he lost a motor in hot laps. He would watch round one from the sidelines. However his teammate Cody Christensen in an almost identical car set the tone by going out and capturing quick time in the Joe W. Lewis Super 600 class.
As the night progressed the Driven Performance driver would continue to flex his competitiveness by making a fierce charge, but it wouldn’t be quite enough. Coming all the way from Phoenix Arizona, Colton Hardy was on rails all night as well. After qualifying third quick, and going directly to the main from his heat Colton Hardy would land on the pole for the feature. As the green flag dropped it was apparent the Arizona driver was not going to be denied.
Joey Ancona of Concord, California gave it everything he had but to no avail. No matter if the field saw a restart or had to maneuver lapped traffic Hardy proved to be superior on this night. Cody Christensen would bounce back after a couple early bobbles and pass the likes of Ben Worth and Jake Andreotti in route to a third place podium finish. It would be Colton Hardy making his long trek worth it by capturing the first Joe W. Lewis Snap-on super 600 victory of the series with Ancona 2nd and Christensen 3rd.
The opening round of the King of California Micro Sprint Series did not disappoint. Drivers from all over the west coast came to run and put on a memorable show for the fans at Dixon Speedway. However the celebrations wouldn’t last long as the drive down to Stockton for Rd 2 at Delta Speedway loomed ahead. Saturday night at Delta would mark a record breaking night.
Delta Speedway is synonymous with premiere competition and national status car counts. King of California night in conjunction with the Delta Season opener would prove to be record breaking.
Widely regarded as a premier destination to race at nationwide, an astounding 129 entrants came out to rip the lip of the 1/7th mile clay oval. King of California Rd 2 at Delta Speedway would prove to be stuff of legend before a green flag ever dropped.
All three 600 classes would require championship worthy qualifying efforts just to make the show.
Coalinga, California’s Ben Worth had been fast all weekend and felt incredibly confident heading into Saturday nights feature. After capturing 4th in the opener he and crew chief Jarrod Huckleberry knew exactly what to do to land on the top spot of the podium.
That being said there was no shortage of competition. Cody Christensen captured QuickTime for the 2nd night in a row aboard his Driven Performance D1 chassis and looked fast again. Round one winner Colton Hardy also appeared to ready to rip at Round two by capturing his heat race in dominating fashion. But it was Ben Worth who looked to parlay that laser sharp focus into a victory. He went out and dominated his heat, scored a good inversion, and found himself on the pole for the feature.
It didn’t take long for Worth to grab all he could from his Adams performance and leave the field wondering where he had to be in such a hurry. Despite a few yellows Ben Worth was in a class of his own Saturday night. With each restart he stepped on loud pedal, went strait to the top, and made it look easy. He flat footed the car around the track with his right rear hooked to the cushion, right up against the wall, lap after lap en route to a statement performance.
“As the night went on, I became really confident in the wing car,” said Worth. “I can’t thank Jarrod Huckleberry and the crew enough for everything, every time I get in that car I know it can win, I just have to do my part, and this feels so good.”
Worth is committed to the King of California Series as is a driver who had a weekend to remember as well. There’s an old adage in racing that says, “consistency wins championships,” and Joey Ancona was the Hallmark of consistency all weekend. After grabbing the runner up spot at Dixon, Ancona turned in a good Points night at Delta by landing on the podium and capturing the Max Papis Innovations 3rd place award. Colton Hardy had another stand out performance at Delta earning the runner up spot but he confirmed he will not be running for points.
The 2018 edition of the King of California Series is off and running in full swing. If opening weekend is any indication of what’s to come, we have some serious battles on our hands. All four classes are ultra competitive and have the making to go down to the wire. The season resumes in two weeks for round 3 and round 4. Round 3 exclusively presented by Salmon Motorsports is set to roll into Keller Auto Raceway at Plaza Park in Visalia, California, on Friday, April 27. Round 4 gets underway the very next evening, Saturday, April 28, at Lemoore Raceway presented by T-Zone Promotions.
JOE W. LEWIS SNAP-ON Super 600:
OFFICIAL RESULTS – Round 1 (4/13/18): DIXON SPEEDWAY (Top 5):
- 41 Colton Hardy
- 88a Joey Ancona
- 12 Cody Christensen
- 44 Ben Worth
- 7p Jake Andreotti
OFFICIAL RESULTS – Round 2 (4/14/18): DELTA SPEEDWAY (Top 5):
- 44 Ben Worth
- 41 Colton Hardy
- 88a Joey Ancona
- 12 Alex Panella
- 33w Tucker Worth
King of California Series would like to cordially Dixon Speedway and Delta Speedway for hosting the series. We also would like to thank all of sponsors. None of this would be possible without any of them.
- Joe W. Lewis Snap-On
- Racepunk Race Apparel
- Elk Grove Ford
- Salmon Motorsports
- Southern Pacific Farms
- Galante Bros Grading and Paving
- Advantage Pools and Service
- C&K Towing
- Hanford Jewelry and Loan
- Financial Center Credit Union
- Driven Performance
- Cs9 Chassis
- CSi Shocks (competition suspension Inc)
- MPi (Max Papis Innovations)
- Schoenfeld Headers
- Keizer Aluminum Wheels
- Driven Performance/D1 Chassis
- CS9 Title Contingency
- DIRT CO Media House
- Ano-Tech Anodizing Specialists
- Caps Coatings
- Bullet Impressions
- Huckleberry Motorsports
- Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
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For information regarding the host tracks please visit:
DIXON SPEEDWAY – dixonspeedway.net
DELTA SPEEDWAY – deltaspeedwaystockton.com
KELLER AUTO RACEWAY at PLAZA PARK – Kellerautoraceway.com
LEMOORE RACEWAY – Lemooreraceway.com
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