"California Sprint Car
January 18th, 2013
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It's the big show; Placerville Speedway readies for big event with Civil War Sprint Cars together with the USAC/BCRA Midgets
By Bill Sullivan, Civil War Series Media Director
PLACERVILLE, CA (5-28-13) - Placerville Speedway will host its most anticipated race of the season thus far this Saturday night. The premier racing series for 360 cubic inch powered sprint cars is headed to one of the region's most action packed tracks this Saturday night. That's right; the Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Sprint Car Series makes its first appearance on the bullring at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
While the winged warriors of the popular Civil War Series will bring the best talent in California this Saturday, the division will not be alone. Joining the program for the first time ever will be the Western Midgets of the United States Auto Club (USAC) which will be competed in a co-sanctioned event with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA.)
With the winged stars returning to the track where 360 sprint car racing was born and the addition of the USAC Western Midgets, race fans are in for an open wheel program that is sure to put them on the edge of their seats from the drop of the first green flag. The best of the west is rolling into Placerville this Saturday so make plans to get to Placerville Speedway early as this an event no true race fan will want to miss any portion of.
Following a two day event up in the northern end of the state, the Hoosier Tires Civil War Sprint Car Tour will be competing in their fifth event of the 2013 racing season. The current campaign has seen four different faces in victory lane so far this season and a new face leads the point standings as nearly 40 of California's top racing teams converge on the high banks of Placerville Speedway that is expecting a sold out crowd once again this week.
Leading the series point standings in the Civil War Series is Prunedale's Justin Sanders. After driving his way from 18th to an outstanding fourth place finish in round four at Chico this past weekend, Sanders has increased is previous single digit point lead to 15 points over Princeton's Mason Moore entering Saturday's event.
A former series Rookie of the Year, Moore drove to his second top five finish of the season this past weekend, winning the 30-lap feature event at Silver Dollar Speedway and advancing to second place in the ranks. Former two-time champion Sean Becker of Antelope is third overall, 26-points out of the lead.
Sitting fourth in the standings is seven time series champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn. Forsberg is still looking for his first hometown win of the season at Placerville as well as his first Civil War victory in a season where he has finished in the top ten just two times and the team has suffered some hardships in the way of top runs so far in the year.
Rounding out the top five will be Benicia's Billy Aton who is trailed in the standings by Sacramento's Herman Klein, Colby Wiesz of Colfax, recent Placerville winner Shane Golobic of Fremont, Billy Butler of Sacramento and former Petaluma Speedway Champion Bradley Terrell of Sebastopol.
In addition to the competition for the current series championship, the 2012 championship driver and car owner will be presented with hardware this Saturday night on the infield at Placerville Speedway. Driver Andy Forsberg and car owners F&F Racing will receive their official championship rings for their 2012 series championship during a break in the program Saturday night.
Moving to the Western Midgets that will be in competition this Saturday night. As this division makes its first appearance here since Jimmy Sills won the event back in 1996 look for top talent on the Placerville clay as a handful of drivers are also expected to do double duty Saturday night.
Topping the point standings in this division will be Ronnie Gardner who will look to hold off Jake Swanson in the standings. David Prickett is third overall ahead of Cody Swanson, Frankie Guerrini, Scott Pierovich is seventh ahead of Shannon McQueen and Trey Marcham. Bryan Clauson currently rounds out the top ten in the USAC Western Midget standings.
The USAC stars will be joined by the talent of BCRA. This division will run together for an action packed program. Championship points will be awarded for each division respectively. In the BCRA ranks, Kevin Morris leads the standings over Floyd Alvis, David Goodwill and Darin Snider. JR Williams rounds out the top five over Gary Conterno, Michael Snider, Scott Pierovich, Bill Lindsey, Dave LaMott and Lonny Alton.
The gates to Placerville Speedway will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday night. Antioch Civil War Series winner Brett Rollag of Rohnert Park is scheduled to be on hand with his #27 sprint car in the grandstand area to give arriving fans an early look at his car and provide autographs.
Qualifying will begin at 6:30 followed by racing at 7. Both divisions will compete in full racing programs to produce a night of open wheel racing that will long be remembered. Adult tickets will be $16.00 Seniors $14, Juniors $12 and Children $6. Those five and under will be free. For further information on this event please visit the official website of Placerville Speedway at www.placervillespeedway.com or the Civil War Series site at www.civilwarsprints.com.If you haven't done so yet, please like Placerville Speedway on Facebook today and join with nearly 4000 Placerville fans, drivers and track personnel. Placerville Speedway can also be found on twitter.