Steve Watt’s first memory of racing was going to the old San Jose Speedway with his dad and brother in 1968, when he was 5 years old. Four of the guys who raced there worked for my dad. After work, the four racers would work on their super modifieds and Steve and his brother would get to help. Steve’s been hooked on racing ever since.
Open Wheel Racing
Ventura, California has a great little dirt track that brings racers from all the surrounding areas. Steve was exposed to sprints and midgets running half sideways around the track. Steve graduated from helping work on super modifieds as a kid to working on midgets and sprint cars.
Land Speed Racing
Maxwell Industries got involved with land speed racing by building headers for Kenny Duttweiler. Kenny Duttweiler was the engine builder for streamliner that was called Flatfire. Steve’s role evolved from fabricating, to crew member to crew chief in the years since. Along the way, the Poteet & Main Speed Demon has won the Hot Rod Trophy (signifying the fastest car of the meet) an unprecendented 5 years in a row and set numerous world records. They also currently hold the title of World’s Fastest Piston Engine Car.
Off-road & UTV Racing
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Steve’s connection with local sprint car legend, Cory Kruseman, led to his involvement with the some Baja 1000 teams. That included being a part of the Etter Racing Team in 2012 for their Baja 1000. In addition, Steve takes off to run Razr UTV’s in the mountains of Southern California.
Racing Updates
Standing Water Cancels Speed Week
SCTA — August 9, 2014
"The SCTA Board is currently on the salt, and has determined that the standing water will not dry in time for us to hold our annual Speed Week event. The Board is also discussing the possibility of extending our next event - World Finals (Sep 30 - Oct 3) into a full week of racing as a sort of delayed Speed Week. We Thank You all for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you at our next event."
[click the link for some pretty amazing photos of the trailers out on "the Salt."]
Duinkerken Takes 4th in Start 2
USAC Western States Midgets
In his second start in Steve Watt’s #81 Duinkerken Farms / Christian Stover Foundation Stealth, Heath Duinkerken of Laton scored fourth at Lemoore. Adapting quickly to the 1/5-mile oval, Duinkerken was second fast in time trials and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. At press time, Heath was earned two top-10 finishes in the campaign.
Speed Week 2014 Schedule
THURSDAY - 8/7/14 7:00 AM - Pits open fo setup 10:00 AM - Fuel truck opens 10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM - Inspection & registration 8:00 PM - Salt closed
FRIDAY - 8/8/14 7:00 AM - Pits open fo setup 9:00 AM - Fuel truck opens 8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM - Inspection & registration 8:00 PM - Salt closed
SATURDAY - 8/9/14 7:00 AM - Salt opens, lineup opens 8:30 AM - Course stewards meeting at tower 9:00 AM - Driver's Meeting (All drivers/riders & crew) at course 1/2 starting line. Rookie orientation to follow (All new drivers/riders & crew must attend) 10:00 AM - (+/-) Racing Begins 7:00 PM - Racing ends 8:00 PM - Salt closed
SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY - 8/10/14-8/14/14 6:00 AM - Salt Opens (upon arrival of the impound monitor) 7:00 AM - Record return runs on all courses will begin. Qualifying will begin on all courses immediately following record return runs. 7:00 PM - Racing ends 8:00 PM - Salt closed
FRIDAY - 8/15/14 On this, or the last day of racing, record runs will be on the same day
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