Tentative entry list for the Louie Vermeil Classic races at Calistoga Speedway August 30-31, 2008. USAC CRA Sprint Cars & USAC Western Midgets
The list includes all drivers we think would consider running plus any driver or car-owner who emails us to confirm their intentions to run.
Please email us if you are planning to race at this event or if you see your name and you know you are NOT running it. ...Those written in BLUE have confirmed their intention to run.
...The latest news from Calistoga has all kinds of periphery events surrounding the Louie Vermeil Classic August 30-31, 2008.
The biggest part of the deal is the racing - given it will be the first non-wing sprint car races at the half-mile dirt track since September 28, 1985. Also on the card are the USAC Western Midgets.
The return to the Louie Vermeil Classic name is a good thing. Without the pioneering Vermeil it is likely we wouldn't even know what a sprint car is in Northern California. The Vermeil Family is involved in the weekend - with Lou's son Dick making a guest appearance. Dick Vermeil was born in Calistoga. Of course he is best known for coaching the 1999 Super Bowl winning team.
On Saturday afternoon at 1 PM - a wine tasting and bench racing event is planned featuring Dick Vermeil plus Sprint Car Hall of Famer LeRoy VanConett, and Calistoga Speedway heroes such as Billy Anderson, and Rendy Boldrini.
As for drivers in competition - we hear that Midwest pilots such as Daron Clayton, and Jesse Hockett are confirmed. Clayton is always worth the price of admission alone.
The Southern California contingent will be lead by Cory Kruseman, Mike Spencer, and Rip Williams. Nor-Cal figures to be repped by Brent and Tim Kaeding, Andy Forsberg, and Damion Gardner.
I haven't looked more forward to a non-wing sprint car race than this since the Mopar Million at Eldora a few years back. Get your tickets for just $25 (adults) (916) 863-7223.
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