Race car drivers typically can only travel in one direction -- counterclockwise.
But race fans have no shortage of options with holiday events scheduled all over the Central Valley:
ALTAMONT -- Headlining the card at Altamont Motorsports Park near Tracy on Saturday is the first leg of the Flashco StockCar Racing League Southwest Tour Series' Tri-Holiday Classic.
Jim Pettit, two-time champion of the former Southwest Series, leads the standings after two races, including a victory, with 100 points. Fremont's Troy Ermish, who won the season opener, is second with 92 points.
Defending champion Dave Byrd, driving for Modesto's Bob Strandwold, is seventh with 70 points.
Time trials begin at 1 p.m., and the 100-lap SRL feature begins at 2:30.
The Formula-4, American Limited Stock Car and Future Champion classes and the Western Late Model 100 follow. Manteca's Guy Guibor leads the Western Late Model series with 476 points over Jason Gilbert (456).
MADERA -- Round 1 of Madera Speedway's Tri-Holiday Championship is Saturday with two 75-lap races in the HotWood 750 Series. Seven divisions are scheduled in a holiday extravaganza, including the American Limited Stock Car, Modified Super Toyota, Western Scale Racing Association Minicup and Baby Grand divisions.
Modesto's Kyle Gottula, 21, leads the track's Western Late Model standings with 188 points, four ahead of Clovis driver Trevor Schlundt, 18.
Stockton's Joey Stearns is third with 182 points, Manteca native Ross Strmiska is fourth with 174, and Modesto's Jeff Belletto has 149.
Manteca's Jacob Gomes, 15, leads the Baby Grand division, and Rocklin's John Bowman heads the Minicup list. Both drivers won in the WSRA's first visit to Madera on April 19.
With a joint sponsorship from HotWood and Inside Lines, general admission tickets for Saturday and three other events this season have been reduced by $5, and family packs are $10 off. Adult prices are $20.
Grandstands open at 3 p.m. with the opening ceremony at 6. Visit www.racemadera.com.
HANGTOWN -- The 40th annual Honda Hangtown Motocross Classic is May 31 and June 1 at Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area east of Sacramento. More than 100 pro riders are expected.
The Hangtown Classic is the second event in the 12-date AMA Motocross Championship schedule. The first is this weekend at San Bernardino's Glen Helen Raceway Park.
Tickets are $16.50 for Saturday's practice sessions and $35 for Sunday's finals. Visit the race Web site at www.hangtownmx.com.