King Of The West Opens Season Saturday
Stidham has been an accomplished racer for a number of years, having claimed championships with the Rebel Cup Winged 360 Sprint Car Series and USAC West Coast 360 Wingless Sprints, along with a victory at the prestigious Trophy Cup in 2001.
Last July however, the Fresno veteran knocked another item off his bucket list, when he claimed his first career 410 Sprint Car win with the King of the West Series at the Antioch Speedway.
“It’s hard to put into words what that victory in Antioch last season meant to me and the whole team,” Stidham stated. “I’ve been trying for so long to win a 410 Sprint Car race and to finally do so was just a feeling like no other. I definitely can’t thank Dan Simpson enough for putting on the King of the West Series. It’s like one big family out here and that’s how racing should be.”
Stidham not only captured victory at the Antioch Speedway on July 21, but he also scored a runner up finish to Hirst at the track on June 23 during the second KWS visit to the one-third mile oval. Last season marked his first campaign running full time in a Winged 410 Sprint Car since 2003 and he capped it by finishing ninth in the King of the West standings. With last year under his belt Stidham will look to move his way up the ladder and that all begins in Antioch on April 20.
Another driver that experienced success at the Antioch Speedway last season was former NARC Speedweek champion Bobby McMahan, who finished among the top-five in all three of the KWS events at the track. At season’s end the Elk Grove veteran solidified the fifth spot in the King of the West Sprint Car Series standings and will be another driver gunning to slice his way even further forward in 2013.
“They’ve done a lot of work at Antioch over the last few years and it has become a really racy track once again,” commented McMahan, who has finished in the top-five on four consecutive occasions at Antioch with KWS dating back to 2011. “Both ends of the speedway are different and it kind of throws a challenge at you, but it’s had a top and bottom groove lately so that’s all you can ask for as a driver. We’ll hope to continue our success there on April 20 and can’t wait to get the season started.”
Other drivers set to tackle the Antioch clay include three-time & defending KWS champion Jonathan Allard, 13-time time titlist Brent Kaeding, 2004 champ Jason Statler, along with Evan Suggs, Peter Murphy, Willie Croft, Rico Abreu, Justin Sanders, Shane Golobic, Chad Compton, Cory Eliason, Kenny Allen, Brad Bumgarner, Sean McMahan, Richard Brace Jr., Eli Deshaies, Doug Gandy, Danielle Simpson, Pat Harvey, Geoffrey Strole, Todd Wanless and more.