California Sprint Car
Civil War Series
June 1, 2013
360 Sprints - BCRA Midgets
Fairgrounds Parking Fee: $5.00
All persons must be at least 14 years of age to enter the Pits. Persons 14-17 years of age need both parents/guardians to sign and notarize a Parental Consent Form and submitted to the office prior to entering pit areas.
Nor Cal Dwarf Cars join track regulars for second points race Saturday
by Bill Sullivan/HRP Media Release
Photo by Steve La Mothe
PLACERVILLE, CA (4-16-12) - Following a late season drenching by Mother Nature that forced a rain cancellation last week, the quarter mile high banked bullring at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds that is known as Placerville Speedway is locked and loaded for action this coming Saturday, April 21 for the second event of the 2012 Fast and Furious Dirt Track championship series presented by Red Hawk Casino, Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light and Pepsi Cola.
The fire breathing winged Sprint Cars will return to action Saturday night and will be joined by the Limited Late Models and the Pure Stocks. Joining the three track regulars will be the colorful coupes of the Nor Cal Dwarf Car Association. This will mark the first visit of the season by this traveling division that brings with it a great caliber of competition packed into small machines that entertain race fans of all ages. The pit gate will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday with the main grandstands opening at 5 p.m. for spectators.
Two weeks ago, veteran driver Greg DeCaires bested the 20-car field and returned to victory lane for the as Placerville Speedway opened its 47th year of competition at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The driver that has a stellar career with titles in Placerville, Chico and the traveling Civil War Series has teamed up with Sacramento car owners Rudy and Beverly Warrington for 2012. Standing in victory lane on opening night, DeCaires made a bold statement that he his eying another championship at the track where he has earned the respect of hundreds of fans and colleagues in his decorated career.
"I don't know how many laps this old guy has left in him but I'm ready to run the full season here and race for the championship," said DeCaires. "Rudy and Bev Warrington have given me a great team to drive for, the crew, the sponsors, everything is a great group that has come together and we're looking to win some races and put Rudy and Bev at the table for the awards banquet."
DeCaires led from the early laps on opening night, holding off the hard charging efforts of Civil War Series champion Sean Becker, Silver Dollar Speedway Champion Stephen Allard of Chico and defending three time Placerville and six time Civil War champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn.
The event was a true testament that Placerville is home to the best of the west when it comes to Saturday night sprint car racing and the 2012 chase for the title is anticipated to be one of the most competitive in decades at the foothill facility that brings millions of dollars in revenue to El Dorado County that is known best for gold discovery, agriculture and fort the last 47 years, affordable family entertainment in the form of dirt track racing at the track formerly known as "Old Hangtown Speedway" since it opened in 1965.
After one event in the championship series, Allard leads the point standings by two points over Becker. Forsberg is third overall with Dennis Harvey of Orangevale fourth followed by DeCaires. Drivers are awarded points for their finishing positions in qualifying, heat races and feature events weekly.
In the Limited Late Model division, Matt Micheli of Live Oak won the season opener over Jay Norton of Shingle Springs. Marek Bernert of Orangevale was third overall. Micheli leads the series point standings and is expected to compete in the division for the 2012 season. Bernert is four points behind Micheli in the standings followed by Norton , Jason Englund of Citrus Heights and Doug Grandboise of Jackson.
Matt Tilford dusted the competition opening night in the Pure Stock division. Tilford passed early race leader Chris Curtiss of Placerville while Scott Grunert of Woodland finished in the third position. Tilford is the point leader after night one at Placerville. Curtiss is second followed by Grunert. Danielle Clauson of Placerville is fourth followed by Dominic Stone of Folsom.
As the three track regulars resume their championship battles, look for the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars to put the fans on the edge of their seats in their first visit of the season. In this division look for all of the returning as they compete in their traveling series championship.Adult tickets are $13 for Saturday and available at the track box office. Seniors and Juniors are $11 while Children are $6. Those five and under will be admitted free. For further information visit www.placervillespeedway.com or call the track office at (916) 783-DIRT. Fans and competitors are also urged to join Placerville Speedway on Facebook where you can network with fellow fans, drivers and staff in a friendly forum packed with information. Follow us on twitter as well by finding us at: @pvllspeedway.