"California Sprint Car
January 18th, 2013
American Legion Center,
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Sprint title heating up between Mr. Excitement, the Catfish and Allard Mania
Saturday point race is prelude to ASCS Nationals coming in less that one week.
Media Release from Handy Racing Promotions
Photo by Donna Peter
PLACERVILLE, CA (7-18-12) - The Fast and Furious Championship Racing Season presented by Red Hawk Casino and Hoosier Racing Tires is beginning to enter its final weeks at Placerville Speedway. While two of the weekly divisions are seeing the point standings begin to spread out, the winged sprint car championship is just beginning to heat up with three of California's well known champion drivers topping the roster at the foothill track known as the red bullring.
This Saturday night, three divisions will form the race card for the 10th championship point race of the season. Winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks will form the delicious racing menu for the evening that is sure to offer a generous serving of action that is dirty hot and fast just like the doctor ordered for every race fan. Saturday's event is the first of two big nights of racing at the El Dorado County Farigrounds. Following Saturday's event, the American Sprint Car Series will roll into town next Wednesday bringing national attention to the quarter-mile bullring at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
Entering Saturday's event, point leader and defending track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn leads the point standings by 18 points over Elk Grove's Greg DeCaires. Much like Forsberg, DeCaires is a former Placerville, Chico and Civil War Champion. The driver known as the Catfish is spawning to a strong come back season aboard the Rudy Warrington owned #18 sprint car as he is attempting to dethrone Mr. Excitement Forsberg driving for the highly competitive F&F Racing Team.
Following last Saturday's prestigious $5000 victory in the Mark Forni Classic, Forsberg has four feature wins to his name while DeCaires has a solo win. Stephan Allard in Chico is the third decorated champion in the mix. Allard of Cameron Park is a 2007 Silver Dollar Speedway Champion and has brought what is being titled as "Allard Mania" to Placerville Speedway as he has rapidly closed in on the point leaders in recent weeks with a pair of wins and a win it or wear it talented driving style aboard the Scott Russell owned 14r that has been putting fans on the edge of their seats with the new mix of competition at the 47 year old dirt track that was built around a community football field back in 1965
Nicole Miller of Elk Grove is the division's sole lady racer in 2012. Miller is fourth in the point standings with 65-points between her position and the lead. Local fan favorite Jimmy Trulli is another driver having a strong season, charging his way to the top five over fellow locals Justin Johnson of Shingle Springs and Placerville drivers CJ Humphreys and James Sweeney. Thus far 2012 is showing the true talents of the local contingent known as the "Placerville Posse" as the top ten point standings are populated by El Dorado County drivers.
In the Limited Late Model division, Matt Micheli of Live Oak continues to drive towards his first ever Placerville Speedway championship. Micheli is a five time winner and now holds an impressive 50-point advantage over his father Ken Micheli in second place. Former Pro Stock champion Marek Bernert of Orangevale is third in the standings and will look to rally back after a damaging accident last week that involved five different drivers.
Sitting fourth in the standings is Jay Norton of Cameron Park who is 79-points from the lead. Rounding out the top five is Tom Tigerblood Tilford who is 88 points from the lead in his first season of Late Model competition after multiple titles in the Pure Stock class.
Leading the Pure Stock standings is Madman Matt Tilford of Orangevale.. Last Saturday night, Tilford saw his win streak of eight races come to an end when Les "The Hitman" friend of Galt returned to action to score his first win of the year and end Tilford's historical streak. Gentleman Chris Curtiss of Placerville is second in the point standings, 29-points behind Tilford. Scotty Grunert of Woodland is third overall ahead of the flying plumber, Dominic Stone of Folsom. Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley rounds out the top five in the point standings in this division.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. Tickets for Wednesday's ASCS are also on sale through the track office and will be available this Saturday at the track. Race fans are 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.