Amateur drivers set for East-West Challenge
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Team East, including one of the winningest amateur drivers competing in North America, will be treated to spring in The Golden State, and four races on each of two weekend nights. Local horsemen will enjoy increased purses for the events and fans will be treated to seeing a variation to the professional drivers they see night in and night out at the track. In addition, the Sacramento Horsemen's Association will be thrilled as they will receive a charitable donation to help them continue servicing the needs of the local horse community.
Dein Spriggs, with 368 lifetime wins, leads the Eastern Team. Las Vegas oddsmakers have made the Easterners the favorites to win the spoils. First timer to the event, 2012 Amateur Driver of the Year Bob Krivelin has notched 142 wins and hopes to leave his mark on the Cal-Expo oval. Rounding out the squad are George Bonomo and returning East-West combatant Michelle Ruvola with over 60 wins between them.
Team West has quite a different look to it. Overall, the Californians pale in years of driving experience, but hope their home track advantage will allow them to continue their dominance over their Eastern Brethren. Dave Siegel (268 wins) will do his best to keep the winner's trophy in California. Sue Boyce and Rick Bertrand, with about 100 wins between them have been on the California scene for many years join Dave with relative newcomer Karen Isbell, who have each been driving for less than three years.