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Auto racing: Sprint cars will go at Speedway

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Four classes of sprint cars will be racing at NAPA Speedway on Saturday in the second consecutive big weekend at the West Side facility.

Last Saturday, the NASCAR K&N West Pro Series event was run at the half-mile asphalt oval. This week, approximately 80 to 100 cars will be pouring into town for the Sprint Car Stampede on the dirt.

Competition will be in the Winged and Non-Winged Sprint Car classifications, as well as the Winged and Non-Winged Mini-Sprints. All races will be on the three-eighths-mile clay oval.

“There will be more people at this event than there were last week at the K&N race,” said track owner Charlie Fegan, who estimated about 2,000 attended last week’s program, which included feature races in five local classes on the asphalt circuit.

“About half of the drivers will be coming in from out of town for this,” Fegan added. “This will be the biggest event that we have at NAPA Speedway this year. Albuquerque is a dirt-track town. It’s been going on here forever.”

Fegan said Jeff Swindell, who’s third nationally in the Sprint Car points standings, is expected to compete.

More than $20,000 in cash and prizes is at stake. Seating capacity at the dirt oval is about 2,500.

Admission is $20, with gates opening at noon. Racing begins at 3 p.m.

For more information, go to napaspeedway.com

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