KOW: Ocean Speedway to Host King of the West Pombo/Sargent Classic on June 26

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The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series (KOW) and Ocean Speedway announced Tuesday that the annual Pombo/Sargent Classic will be held this season during the KOW event at the track on June 26.

The Pombo/Sargent Classic honors California racing legends Al Pombo and Marshall Sargent and has been going on for nearly 30 years, originally starting at Kings Speedway in the 1980s, before moving to the Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway from 2006-’11. In 2012 the event returned to Kings Speedway where it had been held the last few years, before now finding a new home at the Ocean Speedway in 2015 and beyond.

“It’s going to be really exciting to host the Pombo/Sargent Classic at Ocean Speedway when the King of the West 410’s are here on June 26,” said Prentice Motorsports Group President John Prentice. “I’m honored that the Pombo & Sargent families have chosen Ocean Speedway to celebrate the memory of two great families that have done so much for the sport out here. Creating special events is something we’re trying to do very hard and the Pombo/Sargent Classic fits right in with that.”

Al Pombo began his career in the 1940’s and is credited with more than 500 main event victories, including multiple wins in the Gold Cup at West Capital Raceway, the same event that is now held at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. He also won five San Jose Speedway titles, seven NASCAR super-modified championships, nine titles at Kearney Bowl and six at Clovis Speedway. Pombo was a fixture at the event until his passing a few years ago.

Early in his career Marshall Sargent won a pair of San Jose titles, which included two wins in the Johnny Key Memorial and also captured the Australian championship in 1964. A pair of crashes unfortunately cut his career short and he enjoyed retirement until his passing in 1990. His legend and memory is kept alive each year as part the Pombo/Sargent Classic and on Friday June 26 we’ll once again pay homage to a pair of legends, who helped set the foundation for the sport in our state.

The Pombo/Sargent Classic is also part of a Prentice Motorsports Group Double Down Weekend, which includes the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series event the following night at Calistoga Speedway on June 27. If a driver can sweep the KWS weekend at Ocean Speedway & Calistoga, they will go home with a $3,000 bonus.

CREDIT: King of the West Sprint Car Series

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