"California Sprint Car
January 18th, 2013
American Legion Center,
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Championship battles to heat up this Saturday at Placerville Speedway
Fifth championship event of the year features four action packed divisions
By Bill Sullivan, Handy Racing Promotions Media Relations
PLACERVILLE, CA (5-13-13) - It's no secret, Placerville Speedway has once again become the place to be in El Dorado County on Saturday nights. After a month of record crowds packing the grandstands at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, the championship battles are just heating up in each division of the 48 year old quarter-mile dirt track. This season is undoubtedly one of the strongest in several years with superior attendance, healthy car counts and great action that is entertaining families and fans of all ages.
This Saturday night, the action is sure to be at an all time high as four divisions take to the red clay bullring for the fifth championship event of the season. The winged sprint cars return with the company of the limited late models, pure stocks and the visiting midget lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association. This event will mark the final night of regular championship action which won't return for three weeks after this week following a break for the Memorial Day weekend and a special event the following week.
So pack up the family this Saturday night to witness thrills, spills and the excitement of local dirt track racing at Placerville Speedway. This is the track where 360 sprint car racing was born and where heroes are born every Saturday night in the form of great activities like the weekly Riebes Auto Parts Kids Dash, ADCO Driveline Fast Time Awards, heat races and feature events that pack up to 20 cars onto this tight quarter mile banked speedway that is supported by Red Hawk Casino, Hoosier Tires, Coors Light, The Mountain Democrat and Thompson's Auto Centers.
In the winged sprint car division the championship battle is heating up as defending track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn continues to lead the point standings but is starting to see that lead become threatened by local favorite Andy Gregg of Placerville. After posting his second win last Saturday night, Gregg is now second in the championship point standings, just three points behind Forsberg who remains winless on his home track this season.
Another local favorite, Jimmy Trulli of Placerville, has advanced into the top three ranks as well. Trulli, with top ten runs all season long, is just 15-points out of the lead behind Forsberg and Gregg entering this Saturday's race. Mike Benson of Calistoga is now fourth in the point standings over Princeton's Mason Moore who rounds out the top five in a class that is packed with talent this season.
Prior to the green flag this Saturday, race fans arriving to the speedway will have the opportunity to visit with Penryn driver Charlie Cagle and see his car up close. Cagle won the Riebes Kids Dash last Saturday night and has offered to do this week's meet and greet with the fans when the gates open at the speedway prior to the night of racing. Its all part of Placerville Speedway's continuing outreach to the fans and families this season, a theme that is being welcomed by fans as they get the opportunity to connect with many of their heroes.
In the Limited Late Model Division, defending track champion Matt Micheli of Live Oak has once again advanced back into the point lead. Micheli is three points ahead of 2012 Rookie of the Year Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights. Doug Grandboise of Jackson this third in the standings, six points out of the lead. Paradise resident Duane Zeider is fourth in the numbers ahead of Live Oak's Ken Micheli who rounds out the top five.
Pure Stock action has Les Friend of Galt maintaining a narrow point lead over defending track champion Matt Tilford of Orangevale. Chris VanRoekel is third in the standings, 18 points out of the lead while Scott Grunert is fourth followed by Tim Mack of El Dorado.
The three track regulars will be joined this Saturday by the Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association. As this division makes its second appearance of the year. In this traveling division look for point leader Marcus Smith to lead the field. Smith is followed in the standings by Brad Dillard, Stuart Gohering, Scott Kinney and Joey Hoover.
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.