"California Sprint Car
January 18th, 2013
American Legion Center,
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"Catfish" DeCaires swims to the top of Placerville Sprint Car Standings
Media Release from Handy Racing Promotions
Photo by Donna Peter
PLACERVILLE, CA (5-8-12) - He is one of the most well respected local drivers in local winged sprint car racing and is the first one to admit he's not sure just how many more laps he has in his decorated career but one thing is for certain, Elk Grove's Greg DeCaires is proving he is once again a force to contend with at Placerville Speedway.
"I don't know just how many laps this old guy has left in him but I know one thing for sure, we're looking at having a great year back at this place," said DeCaires following his opening night win at Placerville Speedway last month. "I have a great team ton drive for and we're on a mission to put the owners of this team, Rudy and Bev Warrington, at the championship table when the season ends."
Saturday night, DeCaires will lead the roster back to Placerville Speedway for the fourth Red Hawk Casino, Hoosier Racing Tires-Coors Light Championship event of the season. The evening will feature an action packed three division race program featuring winged 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. followed by qualifying at 6:30.
Since his opening night win, DeCaires has been one of the most consistent drivers in Placerville Speedway's 2012 Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing Series. The former two time track champion that is known best as "The Catfish" for his low line driving style is the only driver in his division to finish in the top five positions in all three of the events that have taken place thus far this season.
"This is just a great team with great car owners, the best crew and a fantastic group of sponsors that have come together," said DeCaires. "We're fast and we are having fun and that's what we plan on doing here all year long."
Following a second place finish last week in the wake of winner Colby Wiesz of Colfax, DeCaires has officially moved into the point lead of the division point standings at Placerville as he enters this Saturday's event. The multi-series titlist is now eight points ahead of defending three time track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn. Forsberg also has a single feature victory to his name this year and will be looking for redemption this Saturday night after a late race incident resulted in a cut tire and loss of crucial points last Saturday night.
Longtime local favorite Justin Johnson of Shingle Springs has advanced four positions in the standings after a strong run last week. Johnson is now third in the ranks just nine points out of the lead and one point behind Forsberg. Dennis Harvey of Orangevale is fourth overall, also advancing four spots last week. Cameron Park's own Stephen Allard is rounding out the top five with 19 points between fifth place and the point leader in this division.
Joining the Sprint Cars on Saturday will be the fire breathing Limited Late Models. In this division all eyes will be on Live Oak's Matt Micheli to see if he can remain undefeated in the championship point racing season thus far. Micheli has won all three championship point races this season and has increased his point lead to 13 digits over Shingle Springs driver Jay Norton who is having his strongest year of his young career so far.
Former track champion Marek Bernert is third in the ranks. Bernert is 19-points out of the lead while former Pure Stock champion Jason Englund of Citrus Heights is fourth. Ken Micheli of Live Oak rounds out the top five in this division entering this weekend.
Another driver that will be looking to maintain his undefeated status on Saturday is Orangevale's Matt Tilford. Tilford is already a three time winner this season but his point lead has yet to illustrate his strong performances due to the caliber of competition that is chasing him towards the title this year.
Sitting in second place is Placerville's Chris Curtiss, the 2010 Pure Stock Champion. Curtiss is just eight points out of the lead and has raced side by side with Tilford in nearly every event so far this season in search of a repeat title. Scott Grunert of Woodland is third in the point standings, only 12-points out of the lead. Danielle Clauson of Placerville has moved up a position to fourth in the point standings. Folsom's Dominic Stone rounds out the top five, 21-points out of the lead.
On the eve of Mother's Day, Placerville Speedway challenges all of its great fans to bring Mom to the races at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and show her where the best Saturday night family entertainment is taking place in El Dorado County.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 and future contests. Follow us on twitter as well by finding us at: @pvllspeedway.