"California Sprint Car
January 18th, 2013
American Legion Center,
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DeCaires looks to extend win streak as championship resumes Saturday
By Bill Sullivan, Handy Racing Promotions Media Relations
PLACERVILLE, CA (7-16-13) - Just as the temperatures have been heating up, so has the championship point racing battle at Placerville Speedway as the 2013 Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires season enters its final eight week stretch at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. This Saturday night, three exciting divisions return for the ninth championship event of the season featuring winged 360 cubic inch powered sprint cars along with Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks for a full racing program.
Although he doesn't top the point standings, Elk Grove's Greg DeCaires has been the driver to beat as of late in Placerville Speedway's Sprint Car division. Last Saturday night, DeCaires drove his Tribute to Stephen Allard #4SA Sprint Car to victory lane for the second straight week at the quarter-mile bullring. One week earlier the veteran driver captured a $4000 victory in the Tiner Classic Civil War Series.
The recent success for DeCaires comes after changing teams. The driver known as "The Cat Fish" to his counterparts strapped into the seat of a car owned by local plumbing contractor Dale Miller that was built as a tribute to the late Stephen Allard, a local driver who passed away suddenly over the holidays after wowing fans for much of the 2012 racing season. DeCaires, a longtime friend and colleague of Allard's has suddenly found himself bringing a new era of "Allard Mania" back to Placerville Speedway.
"I just can't believe how well this team has come together, "said DeCaires, after one of his recent wins. "I can't thank Dale Miller enough for not only putting this car together in honor of Stephen, but for giving me the opportunity to drive it. I know Stephen has something to do with our success lately. He was an amazing driver that could always due things ten times better than I could."
Despite being unable to make all of the championship point races this season due to his transition between teams, DeCaires has moved into the top five of the current championship point standings, 100-points behind the leader. This Saturday, he will look to continue his recent win streak, one that is being envied by many of his colleagues but loved the majority of Placerville's fans who watched the late Allard do much the same last season.
Currently topping the point standings in this division is defending four time track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn. Forsberg is currently threatened by Placerville's own Jimmy Trulli who has moved into the bridesmaid position after a second place finish last Saturday night. Thirty five points separate the top two drivers entering this week's championship bout at the local bullring.
Placerville's Andy Gregg was unable to transfer into last week's feature event after a scuffle in traffic of the B main. The set back has placed Greg into third place in the standings where he is eight points behind Trulli. Mike Benson of Calistoga is fourth in the ranks, 55-points from the lead position.
In the Limited Late Model division, the battle for the title is heating up between two names that have long been successful in area stock car racing through the years. Matt Micheli of Live Oak, the defending track champion, is once again in a dead heat for the point lead with Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights.
Ken Micheli of Live Oak is third in the standings in this division, 320-points behind his son in the lead. Placerville's own Ted Ahart is 30 points back in the fourth position while Sheridan's John Ohnmacht rounds out the top five.
In the paint trading competitive Pure Stock division, Les Friend of Galt continues to dominate the point lead. After winning his sixth feature event of the season last Saturday night, Friend will continue towards his longtime goal of winning a championship this Saturday night with a 37-point lead over second place Scott Grunert of Woodland who is now tied for the bridesmaid position with Chris VanRoekel of Grass Valley. Tim Mack of Placerville is fourth in the ranks followed by veteran driver Dennis Armstrong of El Dorado.
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.
For further information on this event visit www.placervillespeedway.com.
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