Sprint Car Challenge Tour heads for the Asparagus Cup on Saturday in Stockton
By Gary Thomas
Stockton, CA…After opening the season last weekend the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards is right back at it this Saturday night with a journey to the Stockton Dirt Track.
The event at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds facility marks the annual “Asparagus Cup” and is the first of two SCCT appearances this year in Stockton. The fully loaded show on April 1st also features the NARC 410 Sprint Cars and the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour.
The much-anticipated race is held two weekends prior to the annual San Joaquin Asparagus Festival, which sees more than 65,000 people come through the gates over its three-day run.
Former winners of the Asparagus Cup include current World of Outlaws stars James McFadden and Giovanni Scelzi, along with most recently Roseville’s Colby Copeland.
All cars that competed at the SCCT opener will be vying for $3,000-to-win on Saturday, thanks to the www.shopkylelarson.com bonus up for grabs.
Aromas throttle-masher Justin Sanders claimed the win last Saturday at the SCCT lid-lifter in Placerville. Sanders was especially strong at the Stockton Dirt Track in 2022, sweeping both ends of the SCCT and NARC finales last November, to go along with a runner up with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour in July.
Other drivers looking to punch their ticket into victory lane on Saturday will include reigning winner Colby Copeland, along with Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Lincoln’s Tanner Carrick, Modesto’s Tony Gomes, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Oakley’s Dylan Bloomfield, Hanford’s Michael and Mitchell Faccinto, Suisun City’s Chance Grasty, Lemoore’s Gauge Garcia, Clovis’ Dominic Gordon, Fresno’s Caeden Steele, Dunnigan’s Luke Hays, El Cajon’s Braden Chiaramonte and many more.
“We had an excellent opener with SCCT last weekend in Placerville and now look forward to Stockton on Saturday,” commented tour President Scott Russell. “The schedule this season is a little more condensed, so it will be our only visit to the Stockton Dirt Track until November. We hope the fans will come out and fill the stands this weekend because it’s going to be a great show. The talent on hand in that pit area is going to be pretty incredible.”
For those who can’t make it to the track CaliDirt.TV provides live coverage of every Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards race. The live streaming service also includes the entire championship point race season from Placerville Speedway in 2023. Fans can purchase through a monthly membership or on a per race basis via https://calidirt.tv/
Adult tickets at the Stockton Dirt Track this Saturday April 1st cost $30, while seniors 65+ and juniors ages 5-12 will be $25. Those four and under are free. Purchase tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asparagus-cup-narc-410-scct-360-sprint-cars-and-more-tickets-570895683357 or at the gate on race day.
With a large car count expected, the pit meeting will be held around 3:30pm, with cars on track for packing shortly after. Hot laps, Sierra Foothills Wine Services qualifying and racing will follow. The front gate for spectators opens at 4pm.
SCCT teams must utilize a muffler this Saturday in Stockton. It will mirror that of the NARC rule, which is Flowmaster, SpinTech, Schoenfeld 14272735-78 or Extreme mufflers.
The Stockton Dirt Track is a 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 www.stocktondirttrack.com
The Sprint Car Challenge Tour would like to thank Elk Grove Ford, Abreu Vineyards, Hoosier Racing Tires, CaliDirt.TV, Shop Kyle Larson, Pit Stop USA, Tiner-Hirst Enterprise, BR Motorsports, King Racing Products, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, D&D Roofing, Sierra Foothills Wine Services, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services and High Sierra Industries for their support this season.
More information on the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards can be found at our official website www.sprintcarchallengetour.com – Be sure to also like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sprintcarchallengetour and follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/360SCCT for the latest breaking news regarding SCCT. You can also find us on Instagram by searching scct360.
Upcoming Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards events
Saturday April 1: Stockton Dirt Track (Asparagus Cup w/NARC)
Saturday April 22: Merced Speedway
Saturday May 13: Kings Speedway in Hanford (Ninth annual Peter Murphy Classic w/NARC)
Image courtesy of Tim Holland Photography