"California Sprint Car
January 18th, 2013
American Legion Center,
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.
Becker leads 14th point race flag to flag to post second season win
McDaniel wins Late Model Feature; Former Champion Holbrook win Pure Stocks
Media Release from Handy Racing Promotions
Photo by Donna Peter
PLACERVILLE, CA (8-18-12) - When Roseville's Sean Becker was without a permanent seat in a sprint car at the start of the 2011 racing season it was just a matter of time until one fortunate car owner would acquire the talented car owner. Woodland's Dan Monhoff is relatively new to the sport and car ownership but knew what he was doing when he elected to place Becker in his car last month for the remainder of the season. Now, the duo is a winning combination, posting their season team victory Saturday night at Placerville Speedway.
"This is a great race team and Dan is a great car owner to driver for," said Becker, who drives the #35 sprint car previously owned by longtime owner John Taylor who still assists the team with set up and maintenance. "John Taylor wasn't here tonight and Dan was on his own with the decisions on set up and did awesome. I can't thank him enough for giving me this opportunity."
Becker started on the pole of Saturday's 25-lap feature event on Mountain Democrat Kids Night at Placerville Speedway. Although a series of caution flags plagued the race from start to finish, the former Civil War Series Champion went without serious challenge for the entire event, capturing his second feature win of the season.
"This was a great track to race on tonight," said Becker. "We got lucky with our starting spot and it seemed like every time I got caught up in lapped traffic a yellow flag would come out and gave me a clean track again. I knew what was behind me, so staying out front as far as possible was the key. They may have caught me in traffic."
Charlie Cagle of Penryn posted his career best finish of second place behind Becker when the checkered flag waved. Cagle started on the third place position and challenged for the lead in the early laps of the race before "The Shark" broke away from the field. Placerville's Jimmy Trulli was third place when the final flag dropped after finishing fourth and challenging Cagle for nearly all 25-laps.
Finishing in the fourth position was point leader and defending track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn. Forsberg had to qualify for Saturday's feature by means of the B Main and started 19th in the field. With the point lead at stake and threatened by Cameron Park's Stephen Allard, Forsberg turned up the heat to push into the top five and maintain his lead in the standings for another week as Allard finished 9th following a tire change and a restart from the rear of the field late in race which will increase the point gap between the top two with just two races remaining in 2012.
In the Limited Late Model division, Ryan McDaniel of Oliverhirst claimed his first Placerville victory in this division. McDaniel started in the fourth position and worked his way past both Ken Micheli and Matt Micheli of Live Oak into second place to challenge early leader and former champion Jerry Bartlett of Yuba City.
McDaniel took the lead from Bartlett on the 8th lap and the two long time rivals raced door to door for lead in one of the most heated late model races of the season. At the finish line McDaniel was followed by Bartlett. James Edens finished in third followed by Charlie Marrs of Yuba City and Matt Micheli.
"When I saw the line up and Jerry started on the pole I told him all he had to do was stay down low and he would win this thing because that works at this place," said McDaniel. "I don't know why he decided to go high a couple of times but when made a mistake I was able to get underneath him. We had fun here tonight and I think we'll be back next week to give it another try."
In the Pure Stock division, former track champion Clarence Holbrook III was racing Saturday night with a heavy heart following the loss of his grandmother last week whom had much involvement with his racing. Holbrook did the honors of going out and leading every lap of the 20-lap feature event to post his first win of the year.
"It's great to come here and win again and I just want to thank everyone for their help getting me here," said Holbrook. "It's been a tough week losing Grandma and I want to dedicate this win to her tonight."
Orangevale's Matt Tilford drove from the sixth place position into second Saturday night in an effort overcome the three way tie he is in for the division point lead. Chris VanRoekel of Grass Valley finished in third followed by Placerville's Chris Curtiss who entered the night as one of three point leaders. Bryan Carnett of Placerville finished in the fifth position.
Saturday night was Kids Night at Placerville Speedway, an annual event that continues after decades due to the local sponsorship of the Mountain Democrat. The Mountain Democrat is a huge supporter of Placerville Speedway and Handy Racing Promotions wishes to thank them for their continued contribution to local racing.
Racing resumes next Saturday night at Placerville Speedway with championship point racing in the penultimate event of the 2012 racing season. It's the first ever Race for Hunger to benefit the Food Bank of El Dorado County. Three divisions will be on hand and during intermission drivers will be coming into the grandstands with helmets in hands to collect donations from fans to benefit the El Dorado County non-profit that needs nearly 10,000 individuals and families per month with emergency food assistance.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.