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  • By Gary Thomas

Close SCCT point battle converges in Stockton Saturday

Salute to LeRoy Van Conett at Stockton Dirt Track up next for Sprint Car Challenge Tour this Saturday

Stockton, CA – Fresh off a double header last weekend the Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Elk Grove Ford and Abreu Vineyards will now visit the centrally located Stockton Dirt Track this Saturday July 6th for the annual “Salute to LeRoy Van Conett.”

The event at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds facility begins the start of four races to go in the Sprint Car Challenge Tour season. After this Saturday the tour will have a few weekends off before resuming action with the inaugural appearance at Merced Speedway on August 3rd. The race for the championship has tightened up even more heading into the Stockton Dirt Track and it’s expected to be a battle right down to the end.

This Saturday night honors retired Galt, California 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.

The driver simply known as the “Dragon from Galt” is the all-time leader in wins at the famed Calistoga Speedway half-mile, with an amazing 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 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 in Knoxville, Iowa.

Heading into the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett this Saturday Paradise, California’s Kyle Hirst continues to lead the Sprint Car Challenge Tour standings, but has San Jose’s Tim Kaeding breathing down his neck, as he sits only six-digits back in second. Hirst is attempting to bring home his third consecutive SCCT driving title, but first while piloting the Tiner-Hirst Enterprises No. 94, which debuted this season. The now 31-year-old father of two will be gunning for his first Stockton victory on Saturday.

Kaeding is the defending winner of the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett and will be looking for another this weekend to try and wrestle the point lead away from Hirst. The always exciting driver is searching to give car owner Joshua Bates his second straight car owner title this year. Hollister’s Tony Gualda, Roseville’s Sean Becker and Tracy’s Kyle Offill complete the top-five in points. Rounding out the top-10 are Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Lemoore’s Cole Macedo and Auburn’s Andy Forsberg.

Adult tickets this Saturday July 6th at the Stockton Dirt Track will cost $20, kids 5-12 and military with ID will be $15 and those four and under are free. All seating will be general admission. Online tickets are available at

The Stockton Dirt Track is a lightning fast 4/10-mile clay oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California. The physical address is 1658 S Airport Way, Stockton, CA 95206. For information on the speedway visit

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is proudly sponsored by Elk Grove Ford, Abreu Vineyards, Hoosier Racing Tires, Kyle Larson Racing, All Star Performance, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, BR Motorsports, King Racing Products, Pit Stop USA, Auto Meter, ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust, Bullard Construction, Bullet Impressions Inc., Chris Kenner Racing Specialties, CLT Logging, CRV Carbon Solutions, D&D Roofing, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services, High Sierra Industries, Keizer Wheels, Kevin Sharrah Designs, Moto Wear, Metal Works, PT Shocks, Quick Time Mortgage and Solar,, Ti 22 Performance and Walker Performance Filtration.

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is operated under the Russell Motorsports Inc. banner, which also manages the Placerville Speedway in Placerville, California. For sponsorship opportunities and inquiries, RMI can be reached at 530-344-7592 or

More information on the Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Elk Grove Ford and Abreu Vineyards can be found at our official website – Be sure to also like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter for the latest breaking news regarding SCCT. You can also find us on Instagram by searching scct360.

Remaining Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Elk Grove Ford and Abreu Vineyards events

Saturday July 6: Stockton Dirt Track (Fourth annual Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)

Saturday August 3: Merced Speedway

Saturday October 12: Keller Auto Speedway (34th annual Cotton Classic w/ KWS-NARC)

Saturday November 2: Stockton Dirt Track (36th annual Tribute to Gary Patterson w/ KWS-NARC)

Image courtesy of Paul Trevino

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