"California Sprint Car
January 18th, 2013
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USAC Western Classic Sprint Cars make sole season appearance at Placerville Speedway this Saturday with stock car divisions
By Bill Sullivan, Handy Racing Promotions Media Relations
PLACERVILLE, CA (4-29-13) - USAC Western Classic Sprint Cars make sole season appearance at Placerville Speedway this Saturday with stock car divisions By Bill Sullivan, Handy Racing Promotions Media Relations PLACERVILLE, CA - So far this season a total of four events have taken place at Placerville Speedway and for each one of those events impressive crowds have packed the grandstands to witness some of the most exciting racing in recent years at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds' quarter-mile. This week will be no exception as another big night of racing is ahead this Saturday night with a special division.
The United States Auto Club (USAC) Western Classic Series is bound for the bullring this Saturday night. Don't miss this big night of racing as the USAC stars will be joined by many of Placerville's regular open wheel drivers in a night of competitive open wheel racing without the top wings.
In the early days of sprint car racing, top wings were non existent as drivers raced on the edge of victory or defeat using amazing manpower and skill to maneuver their machines around dirt tracks throughout the nation. Now, with cars that travel speeds much higher than those days the techniques are very much the same as well as the moxie of these men and women who choose to compete in what is often referred to as a "drivers" division.
As the USAC Western Classic Series returns to Placerville Speedway, look for longtime fan favorite Shauna Hogg of Fair Oaks to return to the track she use to call home. In the early 90's, Hogg was one of Placerville's top weekly competitors at Placerville Speedway in winged sprint car action and became the first female to ever win a Civil War Sprint Car Series feature win here.
Now, Hogg travels with the popular USAC Tour racing on both dirt and pavement venues with some of the best open wheel drivers on the circuit. Series regulars that will be joining Hogg include current series point leader and recent Watsonville winner Ryan Bernal. Bernal sits ahead of Colton Slack in the USAC WCS point standings over Tanner Swanson and Matt Streeter. Nationally known open wheel driver and stuntman Tony Hunt is currently fifth in the point standings over DJ Johnson, Nathan Washam, Jim Richardson, Klint Simpson and Scott Hall.
Last year a full field made for a solid night of USAC racing in this event with many of Placerville's regular weekly drivers pulling the wing off and joining the roster. Among those regular drivers included Placerville's own James Sweeney, Jimmy Trulli, Marc Mackay, Jake Morgan, Justin Johnson and CJ Humphreys, many of which are expected to do so again this Saturday night.
As the USAC stars take to the clay for the one and only time this season on Saturday night they will be joined by the fire breathing Placerville Speedway late models and the exciting pure stock division. This event will be a non points race for the stock car divisions.
In the late model division, rivalry is begging to rise in temperature between defending track champion Matt Micheli of Live oak and Tom Tilford of Folsom as they have raced door to door trading paint over the last three events. Now, both drivers will return to the championship campaign in two weeks tied for the point lead Duane Zieder of Chico is third in the ranks followed by Jackson's Doug Grandboise and Ken Micheli of Live Oak. All drivers are expected this Saturday to compete with the USAC program as well.
In the Pure Stock division, Les Friend of Galt leads the roster with defending champion Matt Tilford of Orangevale. There's rumor that Tilford will be departing the Pure Stock division beginning this week to race in the late model class.However, with some enticement with his many dedicated fans there's a chance this driver could pull double duty. The only way to find out, come out to the track Saturday night.
Currently Tilford is five points behind Friend Chris Van Roekel is third in the standings followed by Scott Grunert of Woodland. El Dorado's Dennis Armstrong rounds out the top five. The battle for the crown in this class will also resume on May 11 but the majority of drivers are expected Saturday night.
The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday night with 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.