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January 18th, 2013
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Defending Civil War Champion eyes elusive win at Placerville
Auburn's Andy Forsberg and F&F Racing to be awarded 2012 title rings Saturday
By Bill Sullivan, Civil War Series Media Director
PLACERVILLE, CA (5-29-13) - This Saturday night, Placerville Speedway hosts one of the biggest nights of racing thus far in the 2013 season as the Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Race Series makes its first appearance of the year at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. As the winged stars return to the track where 360 sprint car racing was born they will be joined by the USAC Western Midgets and BCRA Midgets for a night of high octane open wheel racing to wow fans of all ages.
While the talent on the roster is sure to pack the grandstands long before qualifying is complete, one particular driver is looking forward to the homecoming in hopes it will result in the end of what he considers a victory drought in the series he has dominated with seven different titles. That's right, defending Civil War Series Champion is hoping to live up to his name of Mr. Excitement and eying his first Civil War and Placerville Speedway season victory this Saturday night.
"I'm always excited to be racing in Placerville but this year has been a bit of struggle," said Forsberg, who drives for car owners Steve Tuccelli and Alan Bradway in the #X1 F&F Racing machine. "We made a couple changes during the winter and along with some gremlins we have encountered some nights where we have been chasing our tail a little. I think we finally got everything figured out last week so this now it's time to put up or shut up."
So far this season, Forsberg has been shut out of a top five finish in the four events that have taken place in the Civil War Series. After competing in Antioch, Petaluma, Marysville and Chico, Saturday's homecoming will be welcomed by one of Placerville's winningest drivers. However, he is well aware of the competition at hand as California's best drivers converge on one of the state's most competitive tracks and looks for a top performance to maintain and improve on his current fourth place ranking in the series point standings.
Last season, Forsberg ended the Civil War Series with a 44-point lead at the end of the season to claim his seventh campaign championship. During the run he scored three wins, eight top five finishes and nine top tens in the 11 events that took place. This Saturday night, Forsberg and his team will be recognized at Placerville Speedway for their dominating performance in 2012 as the championship rings will be awarded at intermission.
A tradition started by longtime official Mike Andreeta and carried on by Handy Racing Promotions, the championship ring presentation will present Forsberg and his team owners with their customized Josten's Civil War Championship rings. The ceremony couldn't come at a better time and place as Forsberg looks to step up his chase for the 2013 title at the track he calls home this Saturday night.
"As far as last year's championship is concerned we did exactly what we set out to do," said Forsberg. "Since teaming up with F&F Racing, I told them that winning Placerville and Civil War titles was something I was confident we could do as well as winning a bunch of races and we have done that the first two seasons. This year we still have time to advance in the points, we just have to get our ducks in a row. If we do that I think things are going to get pretty exciting."
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 Forsberg is sure to be in the mix this Saturday night, even if he is not, the action is sure to be exciting at Placerville as nearly 40 of California's best assault Placerville's high banked bullring in the fifth round of this traveling campaign. Add in the USAC and BCRA Western Midgets and you have a grandiose event that will likely put the fans on the edge of their seats all night long.
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 won 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.
Rounding out the top five will behind Forsberg is 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.
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.