TRACY, California -- Racing fans will be treated once again to a diverse slate of racing at Altamont Motorsports Park this Saturday as the USAC/CASA Sprints hit the 1/2-mile oval while the Ford Focus Midgets try to tame the 1/4-mile oval. Making their first appearance at the track, the V8-powered West Coast Pro Trucks will try their luck on the "Fastest Half Mile in the West" while the Grand American Modifieds will also take to the half-mile oval in a 50 lap Open Competition event.
Competition is heating up for the USAC/CASA "Best in the West" Sprint Car series as USAC reports that only 43 points separate the top 5 drivers leading the series. Ryan Kaplan tops the list, followed by Tony Hunt, Greg Anderson, JoJo Helberg and Shauna Hogg. In the Ford Focus Midgets lineup, Nic Faas leads in points, followed by Tom Dyer, Tim Skoglund, Beau DeBard, and Daniel Adler.
USAC Sprint driver Tanner Swanson secured his first victory of 2007 at Altamont Motorsports Park's June 16th "Best in the West" USAC/CASA event. Swanson was followed by Tony Hunt and points leader Ryan Kaplan. Tom Dyer took the checkers in the Ford Focus Midget race.
Tony Hunt of Lincoln, Calif. was declared the winner of last Saturday night's Lucas Oil Western Sprint car feature at the Madera Speedway. The 50-lap race was halted after 47 laps when Richard Bailey flipped and vaulted over the wall in turn one. Bailey was transported to a local hospital and released after treatment.
Hunt and his Thompson Toyota Bailey/Chevy led the final 30 laps after passing Nick Rescino Jr. on lap 18.
In 2006, Altamont Motorsports Park was awarded the Race Organizer of the Year Award by the United States Automobile Club (USAC) racing organization.
With full-sized, V-8-powered competitive racing machines that replicate Ford F150, Chevy Silverado, or Dodge Ram trucks, the West Coast Pro Trucks are making their inaugural and first of two visits to Altamont Motorsports Park. These two AMP events will be the popular series' only visits to Northern California this season.
The West Coast Pro Truck Series races in the southwest portion of the nation including stops in California, Nevada, and Arizona. The southwest region holds most of its events at its home track in California, Irwindale Speedway with additional events scheduled at Havasu Speedway, I-10 Speedway, Tucson Raceway Park and Altamont Motorsports Park.
Some 27 drivers are in the West Coast Pro Truck point standings, with Jeff Williams of Newbury Park in a strong first place coming into Saturday's event.
In addition, the Grand American Modifieds will hit the half-mile for a 50 lap Open Competition event. Grand American Modified car counts have doubled from last year with Tony Noceti, Jamie Jackson and Todd Lewis leading in the 2007 points standings.
Fun for the fans will also include a chance to mambo for tickets to the next Grand National event. It's all part of Altamont Motorsports Park's "Ultimate Mambo-Combo Night!"
Qualifying starts at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday with opening ceremonies scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Ticket pricing is $25 General Admission , $20 for Seniors and $15 for youth.
Source: Jeff Downey/Altamont Motorsports Park West Coast Pro Truck PR USAC PR
Altamont Motorsports Park Event Notification
Where: Altamont Motorsports Park 17001, Midway Road, between Tracy and Livermore, California
Saturday July 14th - USAC-CASA Sprints, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, West Coast Pro Trucks and Grand American Modifieds
Qualifying at 3:15pm Opening Ceremonies start at 5pm followed by Heats and Mains.
General Admission: $25.00
Seniors (65+): $20.00
Youth (6 to 12): $15.00
Under 6: Free
Family Pak (2 adults, 2 youth): $65.00
ABOUT ALTAMONT MOTORSPORTS PARK
Located in Alameda County, between Tracy and Livermore, Calif., Altamont Motorsports Park (AltamontRacing. com.) is a NASCAR-sanctioned motorsports facility featuring a 1/2-mile, high-banked paved oval that is the only 1/2-mile paved oval between Redding and Los Angeles. The facility also features a 1/4-mile paved oval, a 1.1-mile road course, Figure 8 track, Drifting course, and Kart course. An operating short-track in Northern California since 1963, the facility was acquired and refurbished in 2006, by Riverside Motorsports Park, LLC (RMPracing. com) of Atwater, Calif. Altamont Motorsports Park features the NASCAR Whelen All-American Weekly Racing Series, USAC-CASA-BCRA sprint car competitions, and a variety of automobile and motorcycle motorsports events. In 2006, Altamont Motorsports Park was awarded the Race Organizer of the Year Award by the United States Automobile Club (USAC) racing organization, and the Best Facility Improvement Award, as a Premier Short Track, by NASCAR.