"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.
Third race a charm; Placerville Speedway ready for another strong night of racing this Saturday with four divisions of thrills and spills
By Bill Sullivan, Handy Racing Promotions Media Relations
PLACERVILLE, CA (4-16-13) - If you missed the season opener two weeks ago, you missed a great night of racing. If you missed the second race of the year last week, you missed another outstanding event. Don't waste any more time and be sure to bring the family out to Placerville Speedway this Saturday night for a real action packed night of racing at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
This Saturday, four divisions of racing will headline the evening at Placerville Speedway following a number of fan friendly activities throughout the day leading up to the big night of racing that features the exciting winged sprint cars, the firebreathing late models, pure stocks and the addition of the Nor-Cal Dwarf Cars. The event is the third championship event of the year presented by Red Hawk Casino, Hoosier Tires, Coors Light and Pepsi Cola in conjunction with the Mountain Democrat, Thompson's Auto Centers, ADCO Driveline and Riebes Auto Parts.
For the past two weeks, the management of Placerville Speedway has seen many new faces in attendance to their events as the track starts its 48th year of operation. The crowds have been large and energetic, illustrating how much the communities of El Dorado County and the Sacramento region support the track formerly known as "Old Hangtown." Track management credits the great attendance and increased interest to a healing economy combined with renewed marketing and outreach efforts in the community that carry the message of what a great, affordable form of entertainment this historic speedway offers to fans and families of all ages.
"There's no doubt that this track has the most devoted fans around and so far this year they are truly showing strong support of Placerville Speedway," said track promoter Alan Handy. "There are new faces coming out here with great energy and a lot of talented drivers and much of that is due to some creative marketing to let people know we are here right in their back yard on Saturday nights."
Returning this Saturday night will be the new Kid's Trophy Dash presented by Riebes Auto Parts. This event will put two of Placerville's rival racers up against one another this Saturday night and will conclude with one lucky youngster being selected to join the winner in victory lane and take home the trophy along with a speedway t-shirt and bag of swag courtesy of Kids Quest at Red Hawk Casino.
"This is what this sport is all about, families and kids out here watching their local heroes," said Ken Micheli, winner of last week's Kid's Dash. "Seeing these young kids out here so excited is rewarding for us older guys. I hope one day I'm retired in those stands and watching some of them race like they dream about today."
This Saturday, a couple of pre race activities will give families and youngsters the opportunities to get up close and personal with their high speed heroes. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., all the members of the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association will be having their cars on display near the fairgrounds at the Thompson Auto Center building at 126 Forni Road.
The building is home to several businesses that support local racing, including RPM Photo Art, who has teamed with Kevin Bender and the Nor Cal Dwarf Car drivers to put on an early season display. The cars will be accessible for fans to check out, sit in and get an autograph from many of the drivers who will have hero cards and candy for the kids.
Later in the day at the speedway gates open at 5 p.m., veteran driver Andy Gregg of Placerville will have his #53 Sprint Car on display by the main grandstands of the speedway and will be available for autographs and photos with the kids and the fans prior to the exciting race night. Like most drivers, Gregg believes in reaching out to the fans that support the sport he loves. Gregg is the first of several drivers that will begin meeting the fans prior to the races each Saturday.
"Without the fans we wouldn't be able to do this," said Gregg. "It's the race fans coming out and supporting us and cheering us on every week that help us do this. I love when they come into the pit area after the races and we're trying to get more of them doing that each week. The bigger the crowds, the harder we race. We live for it."
When the green flag waves Saturday night, sprint car point leader Andy Forsberg will aim to go undefeated when it comes to the weekly $100 fast time award sponsored by ADCO Drivelines. Forsberg has claimed the prize for the last two events but has yet to score his first home track win of the year.
The four time champion enters the night in the point lead, sitting seven points over Prundale's Justin Sanders. Sacramento's Willie Croft is third in the ranks after his win last Saturday night. Gregg is fourth in the standings following by Placerville';s Jimmy Trulli and Rohnert Park's Brett Rollag.
In the limited late model division, 2012 Rookie of the Year Tom Tilford has moved into the point lead. Tilford is two points ahead of defending track champion Matt Micheli while Doug Grandbois of Jackson is third followed by Duane Zeider of Chicoi and Matt Davis of Auburn.
In pure stock racing, Les Friend of Galt has taken the point lead from defending champion Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights. Chris VanRoekel of Grass Valley is tied with Scott Grunert of Woodland for fourth in the point standings over El Dorado's Tim Mack.
In the Nor Cal Dwarf Car division, look for opening night winner Shawn Jones to return with the likes of Mike Grenert, Ryan Winter, Kevin Bender, Travis Dutra, Dan Gooder, Brian Quilty and Cameron Beard. Be sure to visit all of the division drivers from 10 to 2 at The Thompson Auto Center building as well.
The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday night with ADCO Driveline Qualifying starting at 6:30. Tickets will be available at that time Adult tickets will be $14, Juniors and Seniors will be $12, Children $6. A special pre-sale of grandstand tickets will take place at 3 p.m. at the track concession center to help alleviate long lines when the gates open.To keep up with all the information on the season to come visit www.placervillespeedway.com. Additionally, join with over 3000 others and like Placerville Speedway on Facebook where you can interact with other fans, drivers and staff and follow them on twitter to keep up to date on events to come.