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Tilford clinches Late Model Championship in final race of the season


By Bill Sullivan


By BILL SULLIVAN, Handy Racing Promotions Media Relations830

PLACERVILLE, CA (8-30-13) -Saturday night Placerville Speedway closed the chapter on one of the most successful and memorable season’s in recent history at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. With a capacity crowd packing the grandstands and lining the perimeter of the pit area, there was plenty of action all through the night to please every type of race fan in every division.The evening was bannered as Steve Stymeist Auto Body Big Trophy Night for the night of racing that awarded the winners of each feature event the coveted perpetual trophy that gets passed on to the winner of the final points race each season. Additionally, the stock car divisions had the pleasure of racing for inflated winnings as a number of sponsors collaborated to bring the first event $1000 to win Limited Late Model Showdown to the quarter mile track. Additional winnings were added to the Pure Stock division as well with a full field of cars taking to the track.All but one championship title was locked up entering Saturday’s final points race. While the Sprint Car and Pure Stock Championship titles were determined before the green flag even waved, the Limited Late Model title bout was far from over and went down the to the final lap of the final race of the season

For decades, the Tilford name has been a common entry to the overall winners list and championship titles at Placerville Speedway. Now, Citrus Heights’ Tom Tilford has brought the family name back to the championship spotlight, claiming the 2013 Limited Late Model championship by single digits over defending track champion Matt Micheli of Live Oak.

“There’s so many people I have to thank for their support of me during this season, all my sponsors and especially my family for their support as these past few weeks have been pretty busy and stressful for us,” said Tilford, a 2006 and 2009 Pure Stock Champion that shares title crowns with his brothers Matt Tilford and Jon Tilford.”The amount of cars here tonight really shows what this division has become and I am proud to be part of its growth and to be a track champion in this division.”

Tilford entered the night a mere 10-points ahead of Micheli in the point standings. A driver can earn as many at 45 points in a night of racing. After both drivers scored third place finishes in their heat races it was down to the final feature event where Tilford had to stay within 9 positions of Micheli to clinch the title. Starting on the pole position, Tilford nearly watched his championship hopes turn to broken dreams as Live Oak’s Ken Micheli collided into Tilford in the first set of turns to initiate a multi-car collision. Tilford was able to break away from the melee with minimal damage and maintain his position for the ensuing restart.

“I saw that coming when we went into the first turn and I wasn’t sure how we were going to come out of it,” said Tilford, who finished fourth in the event after battling and trading paint with Micheli for multiple laps. “I was lucky I didn’t cut a tire when he got into me and just went as low as I could to try not and get caught up in it. It was a pretty stressful race all the way to the end. It’s kind of funny that I helped organize a big race tonight that ultimately could have cost me the championship but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I really want to thank Chris McGinnis for putting on this special race. It was a great way to win a championship.”

Dan Brown Jr. of Grass Valley took the early lead from Tilford in Saturday’s feature event and looked to be on his way to the lucrative victory. Brown battled with fellow former champion Jerry Bartlett of Yuba City and Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst for the win while Micheli and Tilford raced in their wake.

Brown and McDaniel dueled for the lead into the final laps until the two tangled on the 18th trip just enough to send McDaniel into a spin which collected Brown on the 18th lap. The wild collision allowed Micheli to move in for the kill and power himself into the lead to claim the $1000 win and the perpetual trophy. McDaniel salvaged second place over Matt Davis of Auburn. Brown recovered to fourth ahead of Tilford.

“That was a pretty wild finish for sure,” said Micheli. “What a great event here tonight with the added money and cars and I want to congratulate Tom Tilford on this championship. This was a long hard season all the way to the end and he earned it.”

In the Sprint Car division Saturday night, Sean Becker of Roseville drove his way to victory lane to take home the big trophy aboard Dan Menne’s #75 sprint car. Becker took the lead of the race on lap five when we overtook early leader Herman Klein of Sacramento. Penryn’s Charlie Cagle maintained the second position for Saturday’s event behind Becker to the finish line while Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli scored a third place finish over Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Justin Sanders of Prunedale.

“This was a surprise coming here tonight, I wasn’t expecting to be racing,” said Becker. “Dan sent me a text during the week asking me if I wanted to drive his car and.here we are. This is pretty cool to take home the big trophy and now we have a busy week ahead with Gold Cup this week. Hopefully we can continue this success.”

Entering the night, defending champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn had already clinched his fifth Placerville Speedway track championship. Forsberg started 8th in the event and suffered a broken brake component in the opening laps that forced him into an excursion up the turn four hillside. With a quick repair in the pit area, Forsberg returned to drive his way back up to the eighth position at the checkered flag.

“We didn’t get the win tonight but getting back to eighth have I knocked the brake off and ended up doing my Chitwood move up the hill we’re pretty happy with tonight,” said Forsberg. “This is my third year with F&F Racing and I can’t thank these guys enough for putting me in the car and I hope I’m paying them back now. I really want to thank Alan Handy for giving us a great race track and all of the fans that come out here and support this place, even the ones that love to boo me. Now we have Calistoga tomorrow, then Chico for the Gold Cup later this week and we’re back here in the 21st so make sure you get to these final races, they are far and few.”

n the Pure Stock division, defending champion Matt Tilford returned to the driver’s seat Saturday night, racing both in the Late Model class and the Pure Stock division. Tilford worked his way into the lead of the 20-lap feature after the green flag and never relinquished the top spot to bring home the big trophy on the same night his brother won the championship. Clarence Holbrook III of Galt finished in second followed by Scott Grunert of Woodland and Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley.

“A few years ago when they started this deal with the big trophy I told myself I was going to come out here and win one of those someday,” said Tilford. “We did it and on the same night my brother Tom won the Late Model Championship. I have to thank everyone in my family for their support and a big thanks to Chris McGinnis for towing our car here tonight so I could race both divisions.”

Les Friend of Galt clinched the Pure Stock championship title at the opening of Saturday’s event. An 8 time feature event winner, Friend accomplished his longtime dream of earning a track title. For Friend, Saturday’s celebration was calm as he thanked all of his supported and

“I have so many people that helped me this season and I have always wanted to win a track championship and we finally did it, ” said Friend, who raced both divisions in Saturday’s event and got very emotional in victory lane as he spoke to the crowd that lined the fence to witness the crowning of the champions. “Tonight I’m thinking about my cousin Ronnie and how happy he would be to be standing here with us. We wanted to win a championship together when we started this year. I know he’s looking down and smiling tonight. This is for him.”

The 2013 Championship season at Placerville Speedway was presented by Red Hawk Casino, Hoosier Tires, Coors Light, Thompson Auto Centers and the Mountain Democrat News Paper. Associate sponsors that made the season possible included Stymeist Auto Body, ADCO Driveline, Arnolds for Awards, The Paint Spot, Minute Man Press-Hangtown Printing and Foothill 7 Television.

Action will return to Placerville Speedway one more time on Saturday, September 21 with the Thompsons Auto Centers Tribute to Al Hinds Civil War event that includes a giant fan bbq and sprint car show at Thompson Auto Centers and a $3000 to win Civil War Race that night. The Thompson’s event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County.

For additional information visit the track website at www.placervillespeedway.com You can also join over 4000 Placerville Speedway fans and drivers by liking them on Facebook.

Penultimate Championship event produces wild night at Placerville.


By Bill Sullivan


By BILL SULLIVAN, Handy Racing Promotions Media Relations

830PLACERVILLE, CA (8-24-13) -The night was filled with door to door racing action, hot tempers and plenty of thrills and spills Saturday night at Placerville Speedway. The evening’s attributes are definite indicators that the 2013 championship season presented by Red Hawk Casino, Hoosier Tires, Coors Light and Thompson Auto Centers is nearing its completion.With only one remaining points race on the schedule next week, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg poised himself for this fifth track championship with his fifth win of the season. In the Late Model division, 75 year old Ken Micheli of Live Oak proved his still has his competitive edge with a victory. Scott Grunert of Woodland won a highly competitive Pure Stock feature event and Doug Nunes returned to the winners circle in the visiting Midget Lites.

In the Sprint Car feature event, Forsberg started Saturday’s feature event in the sixth place starting position and drove his way to second place on the opening lap. Justin Johnson of Shingle Springs took the initial lead of the event and raced close with Forsberg for the first four laps when Forsberg passed the leader exiting the fourth turn.

Once in front, Forsberg drove his way to a lead of several car lengths and quickly approached lapped traffic. Johnson drove a strong second position, holding off Placerville’s Andy Gregg who powered into third on the ninth lap. Gregg moved into the second position with 16 laps complete after he drove to the inside line in turn two and both he and Johnson made contact approaching the back stretch.

Although he closed in on the leader, Gregg was unable to threaten Forsberg for his fifth win of the season, Gregg finished in second followed by Johnson. Jimmy Trulli of Placerville started seventh and finished in fourth followed by Placerville’s Matt Barber. The checkered flag flew along with a red flag as Cody Spencer of Cameron Park went upside down on the closing lap of the race.

“I just can’t complain at all about this awesome team I drive for, in fact nobody can complain about them, it’s just me they can complain about because these guys are awesome. This is a great weekend, after winning the Tyler Wolf Memorial in Chico last night and then coming here and winning. It isn’t often I can win on both a Friday and Saturday night. I’m hoping to see this place filled with fans next week for the final race of the year because your time is running out to boo me before winter. Lets continued to support this place like we have all year.”

In the Late Model division, a wild 20-lap main event saw two different leaders, its share of paint trading, collisions, black flags and drama in the chase for the championship. In the end, the veteran Ken Micheli used his patience and decades of skill to drive his way to victory lane. At 75 years old, Micheli out drove some of the best late model drivers out there to the finish line for his win.

Micheli took the lead from the pole position after a brief battle on the opening lap with Dennis Ahart of Shingle Springs. Once in front Micheli was then challenged by former champion Dan Brown Jr. of Grass Valley. Brown closed in on the leader and made several bids for the lead and stealing it from Micheli down the backstretch and into the third and fourth turns in the closing laps. In the final turn of the final lap Brown was leading the way to the finish as the two continued to race hard in traffic and the result was Brown breaking but salvaging a third place finish as Micheli and Jason England of Citrus Heights slipped by for first and second.

“That was a pretty wild race tonight I have to say,” said Micheli, who then proudly informed that the crowd that he turns 76 in December. “It wasn’t a good night for my son, he has a lot of work to do this week and some ground to make up so we have a busy week ahead.”

Micheli was referring to Matt Micheli, the defending track champion who went into Saturday night just three points behind Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights for the point lead. Tilford finished in fourth Saturday night while his rival was scored 10th after retiring from the track surface following two different collisions and spins. Entering the final night, Tilford now sits 10 points ahead of Micheli, unofficially, in the only division where the championship is still fair game.

In the Pure Stock division, Tim Mack of Placerville took the opening lead. Mack maintained the top spot holding off Grunert until the eighth lap with the leaders worked into lapped traffic in turns one and two. While Mack become trapped in the lapped traffic, Grunert moved in and gained enough momentum to take a lead he would never relinquish.

At the finish line Grunert picked up his first win of the year where he was followed by Mack, Dominic Stone of Folsom, Randy Hill of Auburn and Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove.

“I’ve had a lot of third places and second places this year and was starting to think I wasn’t going to get a first,” said Grunert, who races with his father Rick and brother Kyle weekly. “It feels good to finally get a win here.”

The three track regulars were joined Saturday by the Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association. Doug Nunes drove his way to victory in this event. Nunes was followed by Dakota Albright, Scott Kinney and Bradley Dillard at the line.

“It’s been awhile since we’ve been here,” said Nunes. “Placerville has always been one of my favorite tracks, we do well here. I’m already looking forward to coming back next month.”

Next Saturday is a big night of racing at Placerville Speedway. It’s Steve Stymeist Night for the final points race of the year in which the perpetual trophies will be passed on to each feature winner. Additionally, the Late Model division will be racing for a $1000 win in a special season finale presented by a number of event sponsors that will be announced in the coming week.. Gates will open at 5 pm followed by ADCO Driveline qualifying at 6:30.

For additional information visit the track website at www.placervillespeedway.com You can also join over 4000 Placerville Speedway fans and drivers by liking them on Facebook.

Forsberg returns to victory lane on Mountain Democrat Kids Night


By Bill Sullivan


By BILL SULLIVAN, Handy Racing Promotions Media Relations

ForsbergkidsPLACERVILLE, CA (8-13-13) -It was back in 1983 that Auburn’s Andy Forsberg first got a taste of what it felt like to be in victory lane. It was back then that Forsberg stood on the front stretch holding a precious trophy after winning the Kid’s Night bicycle races with his father Richard by his side. Saturday night, Forsberg exercised his nostalgic ways, driving to victory at Placerville Speedway before a packed grandstand for Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night.”It’s always special to win on Kid’s Night at this place, it brings back a lot of really cool memories of racing my bike as kid,” said Forsberg, who’s speech was barely audible over the crowd that was casting both cheers and jeers towards the four time champion. The crowd response seems to be routine each year late in the season towards the driver known as Mr. Excitement when his wins become accumulative and the championship title nears closer.

“Ok, ok, you guys can keep coming out and booing me all you want, even on Kid’s Night,” mused Forsberg. “It’s not going to change things, we already got the win and if your coming out to boo me, well that’s alright because at least it means your coming out here and supporting this great race track and that’s all that really matters.”

Forsberg started on the pole of Saturday’s 25-lap feature event. At the waving of the green flag the 2013 three time winner here took off in a lead he would never relinquish with Princeton’s Mason Moore in his wake as they worked their way deep into lapped traffic. The event went without a great amount of caution flags and only one red flag that flew on the 19 th lap when Billy Butler went upside down in the third turn after an incident when Forsberg was lapping the Sacramento area driver. Butler was uninjured in the incident and took a moment to address Forsberg during the red flag, which was partially responsible for many of the jeers from the fans that overtook Forsberg’s victory lane speech.

“I know that team is pretty mad at me right now but they are always mad at someday and tonight I’m the one they want to beat up,” said Forsberg. “The bottom line is if you’re a lapped car and the leader is coming you don’t need to be racing with him, you need to do the right thing and get out of his way. I won’t deny it, I wasn’t clear of him when I made the pass but I didn’t do that intentionally. A few laps before that he cut me off in turn one. That’s racing and its going to happen now and there’s no reason to want to fight about it.”

In the end, Forsberg was followed across the line by Elk Grove’s Greg DeCaires who drove up from the 15 th starting position to steal second place from Moore in the closing laps. Moore finished in third followed by Steven Tiner of Elverta and Colby Wiesz of Colfax.

In the Pure Stock division, Les Friend of Galt drove from the sixth place starting position to victory. Friend overtook early race leader Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley to drive into the lead he would never relinquish. At the checkered flag, Tom Grady of El Dorado snagged the second position over Van Roekel. Tim Mack of Placerville was fourth followed by Chris Wirth of Pollock Pines.

“What a great crowd here tonight, they are pretty passionate too,” said Friend, as the crowd was still heckling Forsberg. “You know in racing things happen out here on the track and we need to let it go. It’s racing, we do it for fun. We’re having fun, I have to thank all my sponsors, crew and my family for this. We just have to show up next week and we have the championship and that was my goal this season. I love this place and I’m looking at doing a late model next year.”

In the Late Model Division, Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights started on the pole with his championship rival Matt Micheli of Live Oak on the outside. Tilford powered into the lead at the green flag while Micheli searched for a line in an effort to remain in the point chase with Tilford.

Former Pure Stock Champion Jason Englund started in the fourth place position aboard the #66 Late Model owned locally by John Hollow Hornbear of Shingle Springs. Englund advanced into the top three with just three laps complete and one lap later overtook Tilford for the lead on the backstretch. The two leaders battled for the next several laps. At the finish line Englund picked up his long awaited win with his new team followed by Tilford, Ken Micheli of Live Oak and Matt Micheli.

“It’s really nice to finally be standing here in victory lane again, its been a long time since I have done this,” said Englund. I just really want to thank John and Rose for putting me in their car. They make this car fast for me each week and I get to come out here and have the easy job so I want to thank them and their sponsors for all the support.”

In the visiting Nor Cal Dwarf Car division, Ryan Winter of Tracy drove to another strong win at Placerville. Winter overcame a race long battle with early leader Shawn Jones who eventually fell out of contention with a wayward wide route of the first and second turns. In the closing laps, Rocklin’s Kevin Bender closed in on the lead to finish second followed by Ben Wiesz and Scott Dahlgren.

“That was a really good race we had tonight, this place is always fun,”said Winter. “I just want to thank all the fans that came out tonight to watch us again. We love this place.”

Saturday’s event was sponsored by the Mountain Democrat Newspaper and all kids were admitted free with bicycle races at intermission and free soda and popcorn for the kids. The result was a near capacity crowd at the speedway thanks to the marketing efforts and partnership with the Mountain Democrat.

“We couldn’t do this without them, The Mountain Democrat’s partnership with this speedway is one of the best things to come to Placerville Speedway,” said track promoter Alan Handy. “I can’t thank Richard Esposito and his staff enough for all they do for this place year after year. This was one of the best kids nights ever.”

Racing resumes at Placerville Speedway next Saturday night with the penultimate championship race of the season. Gates will open at 5 pm followed by ADCO Driveline qualifying at 6:30.

For additional information visit the track website at www.placervillespeedway.com You can also join over 4000 Placerville Speedway fans and drivers by liking them on Facebook.

Placerville’s Gregg becomes first local to win the $5K Mark Forni Classic


By Bill Sullivan


By Bill Sullivan, Handy Racing Promotions Media Relations

Andy-Gregg-victory81013PLACERVILLE, CA (8-10-13)Since it’s inception eight years ago, The Mark Forni Classic is the biggest race of the year at Placerville Speedway that had never been claimed by a local driver until Saturday night. After years of trying, Placerville driver Andy Gregg and car owner Scott Russell won this prestigious race Saturday night, claiming the $5000 victory in honor of the late Fair Board Member and community icon.Saturday’s big victory at Placerville Speedway had emotions running high all night long among the many drivers whom Forni assisted during his life that ended at the early age of 45 after a hard fought battle with cancer in 2005. Such emotions were just as powerful within the capacity crowd that packed the grandstand to witness the event, many of which flooded into victory lane to celebrate with Gregg the moment he climbed from Russell’s car.

“This is just awesome to finally win this race, I can’t thank my sponsors and team enough for all their continued support and the Forni family for continuing to put this event on each year,” said an emotional Gregg to announcer Bradley Kennedy. “This isn’t about the big money here tonight, it’s not about the money. This is about great people who believe in me and these people have believed in me for so long. I could care less how much this pays, this is for them and Mark tonight.”

After a series of caution plagued starts for Saturday’s 30-lap feature event, Gregg eventually started on the outside of the second row for the waving of the green flag. Second place starter Colby Wiesz of Colfax muscled into the lead at the start of the event, overtaking pole sitter Carson Macedo of Lemoore for the point while Gregg dueled with fellow local James Sweeney for the third place position.

Overtaking Sweeney for third and then Macedo, Gregg set his sights on Wiesz for the lead and the two drivers battled their way into lapped traffic early in the race. With 13 laps complete, the two leaders went into the first turn in traffic where Gregg made his move for the lead he would never relinquish.

Once in the front position, Gregg’s mission was far from over. With the added bounty on the line he found California’s best gunning for this top spot into the final laps of the race. Sacramento’s Willie Croft worked into the second position with 17 laps down and began chasing Gregg. Croft was fighting a flat tire in the final laps of the race but never held back.

At the finish line it was Gregg followed by Croft in the top two positions. Justin Sanders of Prunedale drove to the third place position and took over the Civil War Series point lead once again with the effort. Defending two time Forni Classic winner and seven time series champion Andy Forsberg was fourth at the line followed by Steven Tiner of Elverta.

Preliminary competition on Saturday night saw Sacramento’s Billy Butler win the opening heat race of the evening. Jason Statler of Grass Valley claimed the win in heat race two. The third heat of the night went to Mason Moore of Princeton while Gregg started his winning ways in the fourth heat race of the night.

The 10-lap C Feature was claimed by Wilton’s Matt Peterson. Croft was the winner of the B feature where he was followed by Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli, Tiner and Chad Compton of Fair Oaks.

In the visiting Nor Cal Dwarf Cars, Ryan Winter took home another Placerville Speedway victory Saturday night. Winter shot into the lead at the green flag for the 20-lap race. In the latter laps of the race Winter was challenged by Kevin Bender and the two top runners raced for the lead. Bender attempted a final turn slide job on Winter that was well received by the crowd but unsuccessful. At the finish line it was Winter followed by Bender, Scott Dahlgren, Chuck Conover and Doug Martin.

In addition to honoring the late Mark Forni, Saturday’s race benefited the Leukemia Lymphona Society Team in Training charity. This fundraiser was organized by longtime race fan Carla Tilford and her family. The event offered hundreds of great door prizes donated by businesses throughout El Dorado and Sacramento County. In the raffle alone, Placerville Speedway fans raised nearly $1500 for the cause. This amount excludes the winnings in which various drivers also committed to donate to the effort.

Next Saturday night is another big night at Placerville Speedway as it will be Mountain Democrat Kids Night at Placerville Speedway. Kids bike races will take place on the race track at intermission and all kids under 12 get in free to the speedway. The weekend will be capped off with the 40 th Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby on Sunday presented by the Placerville Police Officers Association which will award all kids under 12 at the speedway event a complimentary ticket to Sunday’s Derby.

For further information visit www.placervillespeedway.com. For additional information on the upcoming Destruction Derby visit www.hangtowncops.org.

Forsberg starts local win streak heading into upcoming Forni Classic


By Bill Sullivan


080413-01PLACERVILLE, CA (8-3-13) - Auburn’s Andy Forsberg won his third feature win of the season at Placerville Speedway and his second consecutive win at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds Saturday night during the 11th championship race presented by Red Hawk Casino, Hoosier Racing Tires and Coors Light. Forsberg’s sudden win streak couldn’t come a better time as he will look to carry his new found momentum into the biggest race of the year next weekend, the $5000 to win Mark Forni Classic Civil War.”You could look at this two different ways,” said Forsberg. “Our good luck could continue right into next week or we may be using it up these past two weeks. All I know is I have won the Forni Classic two years in a row and this team has won it three years in a row so we will be trying to make it three and four next week.”

Forsberg started Saturday’s feature event in the sixth place starting position. The early laps of the event saw Mason Moore of Princeton power past pole sitter Justin Johnson to take the lead where he was soon joined by Placerville’s Andy Gregg. As the two dueled for position their battle proved fateful for both with nine laps down as they collided in the first turn to draw a yellow flag.

Meanwhile, Forsberg was busy working his way to the front of the field. When the two leaders crashed, the four time track champion had worked his way into the top four. He passed Prunedale’s Justin Sanders for the fourth position as the yellow flag flew for the leaders and converted his fourth place into second.

Both Humphreys and Forsberg battled for the lead, racing side by side for a series of laps until Forsberg slipped below the leader at the halfway mark. Once in front, Forsberg worked his way into lapped traffic with Sanders and Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove in his wake. At the finish Forsberg was trailed by Sanders, DeCaires, Humphreys and Mike Benson of Calistoga.

“You know a lot of things take place in a sprint car race between lap one and lap 25,” explained a philosophical Forsberg in victory lane. “I had worked so hard to get past that 18 car (Sanders) and got passed him just as the two leaders decided to run over one another so it put us in a good position for the restart. That’s just one example, but a lot of things take place during one of these races. Sometimes they work for you, sometimes they don’t”

In the Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets on Saturday, Scott Pierovich of Alamo took home a hard earned win. Pierovich was the victor in an exciting race that raised the Placerville crowd into the final laps as he rallied his way back to the front in the closing laps to win a battle of rivalry between he and race leader Pete Davis of Pleasanton.

In the early laps, Pierovich was racing in the second position and had spent several laps trying to pass Davis only to have his efforts blocked on several occasions as the two became involved in a serious dog fight for the lead. Pierovich decided he had enough of Davis’ moves on the ninth lap when he sent the leader into a near spin in the third and fourth turns. Both drivers would fall back as Sean Becker of Roseville took the lead.

Becker later fell to fifth after he slid sideways and nearly stalled in the first turn. Before the end of the 30-lap affair Davis and Pierovich were back at the front resuming their battle. On lap 27, Pierovich made a Hale Mary pass as he exited the fourth turn outside of Davis. At the finish line it was Pierovich followed by Davis. Shannon McQueen drove her way to third followed by Gregg Bragg of Visalia and Galt’s Matt Streeter.

“He (Davis) was really driving me dirty out there not matter how clean I kept things on my end,” said Pierovich. “So I eventually had to let him know I didn’t like it. It cost me a couple of position but we got back up here to get the win. It’s always a pleasure to come to Placerville and race in front of this big crowd. I hope everyone liked that tonight and thank all of them for coming out.”

In the BCRA Midget Lite division the close racing action was just as extreme. Richard Hoover of Elk Grove maintained the lead of the 20 lap event from start to finish. However, for Hoover, the race was far from any cake walk.

Hoover drove his way to a lead of several car lengths in the opening laps of the race but was then challenged by previous Placerville winner Brad Dillard of Oakdale and Marcus Smith of Tracy. Dillard and Hoover raced side by side several times throughout the race with Hoover maintaining his lead in all those battles. At the finish line it was Hoover with the win followed by Dillard, Brian Corso of Ripon, Dakota Albright of Oakdale and Scott Kinney of Citrus Heights.

“I knew they were right there behind me and had to just give it everything I had and hold my line,” said Hoover, who celebrated the win with his Grandfather Rick Hoover, who fields cars for both of his grandsons in the division. “Brad got next to me a couple times and I thought he was going to get me but my car was perfect tonight. I love racing at this place without the wings.”

Placerville Speedway will be working hard in the coming days to prepare for next Saturday’s Mark Forni Classic. This event features the sprint cars of the Civil War Series in the highest paying event of the season with $5000 to win. California’s best drivers are expected as well as competitors from the Pacific Northwest and parts of Nevada. Gates will open at 5 p.m.