"California Sprint Car
January 18th, 2013
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Tilford looks to keep Micheli from redeeming long standing division point lead this Saturday as late model court begins thrilling fans
By Bill Sullivan, Handy Racing Promotions Media Relations
PLACERVILLE, CA (4-16-13) - When he was just a kid, Tom Tilford use to watch from the stands as his uncle Donnie Tilford raced door to door with rivals in what was then known as the super stock division at Placerville Speedway. Now, the next generation Tilford has finally worked his way up to the late model division, which is the modern day equivelant to the class that Donnie dominated back in the day.
As of last week, Tilford accomplished a feat that hasn't been done in over a year at Placerville Speedway. He dethroned defending track champion Matt Micheli from the division point lead. Micheli maintained the lead in standings ever since the opening race in 2012. After winning the title that year, the veteran driver from Live Oak assumed the lead again after winning on opening night.
While the season still has a long road ahead, Tilford has had two top three finishes this year, good enough to advance to the top of the point standings in his second year of racing in the division. After winning his second pure stock title in 2011 and rookie of the year in the late models last season, the driver from the family packed with winning talent behind the wheel is excited to be at the top of the roster. However, the championship isn't number on his list of priorities."
"It's awesome to be at the top of the points and be consistent enough in the first two races to have that honor with a division that is packed with champions," said Tilford. "But right now there is nothing more I want than to get my first win in this division. My goal is to be able to be competitive with drivers like Ryan McDaniel, one of the guys to beat in late models anywhere he is racing."
Tilford comes from a family with deep roots in auto racing and uncountable wins at Placerville Speedway. Through the decades this patriarch family of the sport has seen good years and bad in local auto racing. This year, Tilford is noticing the stronger car counts and the great fan support at his home track.
"Placerville Speedway is on a roll this year, the crowds have been amazing again," said Tilford. "It brings back memories of when I was a kid and it was packed weekly just like the last two weeks. It's exciting to see this renewed energy. I know Alan Handy and everyone at Placerville have been working hard at this and it's nice to see that work paying off."
This Saturday night, much of that crowd will be watching Tilford and his counterparts dueling it out in the late model division as the battle for the championship has already begun. Tilford leads the standings by two points over Micheli will be looking for redemption this Saturday night. Doug Grandbois of Jackson is third followed by Duane Zeider and Matt Davis. McDaniel is also expected to return in an effort to score back to back wins.
The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday night with ADCO Driveline Qualifying starting at 6:30 for the sprints cars. 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.
Prior to Saturday's event, be sure to check out the large display of Nor Cal Dwarf Cars that will be gathers at the Thompson Auto Center building at 126 Forni Road. Nearly all of the division drivers will have their cars on display with candy and autograph cards for the kids. Additionally, sprint car driver Andy Gregg will be greeting fans near his #53 sprint car as race fans enter the gates at Placerville at 5 p.m. on Saturday.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.