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Four New Winners Break into Victory Lane at Placerville Speedway

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By: Brad Kennedy

Placerville, CA – April 30, 2016…The third contested round of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship season saw a total of 68 cars sign into the pits amongst the 4 divisions on hand, and saw 4 new faces land in victory lane.

Twenty-Four Thompson’s Auto Group Sprint Cars were in attendance and were greeted with an old-school slick surface to a thick cushion for the night’s 25 lap feature. Outside pole sitter Mason Moore of Princeton, aboard his Geico Local Offices #x1, got the jump on the start and was never seriously challenged on the way to his first victory of the season. Logan Seavey finished second over Tyler Seavey, Matt Peterson, and Jimmy Trulli.

“Everything is falling into place and working well for us this season”, remarked Moore in victory lane. “(Car Owner) Alan Bradway wasn’t all that pleased with my efforts in qualifying, but we put it all together in the heat race to put us in the re-draw, which put us on the front row for the feature. It feels great to win. I’m very fortunate to have Geico Local Offices and Econo Lube N’ Tube on board with the F&F Racing Team.” 04_30_2016_251w

Andy Gregg was the evening’s Fast Qualifier and picked up the Adco Driveline & Custom Exhaust bonus. Heat Races were won by Kyler Shaw, Logan Seavey, and Greg DeCaires, while the AL Driveline Hard Charger was Adam Walters, who improved 12 positions from his 22nd starting spot, finishing 10th.

Only nine Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models were on hand for the night, but the 20 lap feature was a thrilling one that saw pole sitter Will McMillan spin in turn 1 and then collected third place starter Ryan McDaniel, as well as Jay Bryant and Ryan Peter. However, McDaniel tagged the tail of the field and by lap 4 had moved back to third, then took advantage of a spin on the ensuing restart by leader Wayne Trimble. McDaniel slid new race leader Eddie Gardner for the lead in turn 1 on lap 9, then ran away from the field over the course of the final few laps to win his first of the year at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds over Tyler Lightfoot, Jay Norton, Trimble, who rebounded for 4th, and Gardner.

“We got lucky after getting tangled up on the start”, Ryan said following the race. After driving through the field back to the front in just five laps, McDaniel admitted that the incident on the opening lap lit a fire under him. “I was pretty upset after that first lap. But, it feels good to win last night at Chico, and then again tonight. I’ll take it.”

Will McMillan won the lone heat race, while Tyler Lightfoot earned the RMI Hard Charger Bonus with his 2nd place finish after starting 7th.

A stout field of 22 Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks took the green for the 20 lap feature, but it was outside front row starter Dan Smith of Vacaville who led all 15 laps of the curfew shortened feature. Smith fended off multiple advances of both Scott Grunert and Russ Murphy until late race contact ended Grunert and Murphy’s bid for victory. Despite multiple cautions that shortened the event, it was Smith who ended up in victory lane over Greg Rayl, Dave Silva, Travis Emery, and Dan Jinkerson to round out the top five.

04_30_2016_193awIn the winner’s circle, Smith was happy with his first victory. “It feels good to finally put all the laps together in the main to win. I have to thank all my sponsors, BRC Race cars, Vick’s Harbor Machine, and Oates’ Country Store for all their support.”
Orville Owens, Smith, and Scott Grunert were heat race victors while Greg Rayl earned the RMI Hard Charger Bonus by starting 18th and finishing second.

For their first visit to Placerville in the 2016 season, 13 IMCA Sport Mods took to the 1/4 mile, with 6th starting Brian Cooper of Yuba City aboard his Friesen Chevrolet #17c winning the shortened event. Cooper inherited the lead and the victory on lap 12 after his brother Todd Cooper made contact with the infield berm trying to avoid the spun lapped car of Lonnie Leonard. Despite having led the majority of the race, Todd Cooper’s night was over with rear suspension damage. For Brian Cooper, the win came over Howard Law, Dave Gibson, Alan Furuta, and Chuck Golden, who were the top five finishers.

“My brother Todd had the race won”, Brian Cooper said wistfully, on the front stretch after. “Unfortunately, his night came to an abrupt end trying to avoid contact with the lapper, which gave me the win. Obviously, it didn’t end the way he wanted it to, but it gave us good notes on the race track and what the cars liked and didn’t like. Now we have a good baseline set up that can be used for next time.”

04_30_2016_213Heat races were taken by Raymond Benkowski and Cooper, while the RMI Hard Charger was awarded to 5th place feature finisher Chuck Golden who improved 7 positions during the race.

Racing action returns again next Saturday, May 7th, to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds with the second scheduled Placerville Posse event, featuring the normal three classes as well as the second visit of the year by the BCRA Midget Lite division. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.

For complete details of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship Racing Season, visit Placerville Speedway’s official website at www.placervillespeedway.com.

Join the over 7000 followers of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can interact with fellow fans, drivers, and staff. You can also find Placerville Speedway on Twitter for schedule updates and more by following us @pvillespeedway. In addition, Placerville Speedway is now on Instagram. Please follow us @PvilleSpeedway.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The racing facility is operated by Russell Motorsports Incorporated, which can be reached at the track business office at 530-344-7592.

Placerville Speedway’s Red Hawk Casino Championship Series resumes this Saturday

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Placerville, CA (April 27)…Following a special event last Saturday featuring KWS Sprint Cars and BCRA Midget Lites, the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship series returns to Placerville Speedway this coming weekend with the third points event of the season. Saturday’s four division program includes the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, the Jays Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks, as well as the first appearance for the season for the IMCA Sport Mod division.

With two races complete in the Red Hawk Casino Championship season, Princeton, California’s  Mason Moore leads the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Car division by a scant point over defending series champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. Moore, aboard the F&F x1 mount owned by Alan Bradway & Steve Tuccelli has two top five finishes in the opening two rounds, scoring 5th on opening night, April 2nd and a runner-up finish two weeks ago.

“Alan is a great car owner, and crew chief, and provides one heck of a car for me to drive every week”, said Moore. “Luckily, I have driven for him before and he knows what works for me. It definitely is a confidence booster for myself to be able to jump in the car and run well. I really enjoy racing at Placerville weekly and hope to be able to pick up a championship for the F&F Racing team.”

In the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Model division, Olivehurst’s Ryan McDaniel leads Ray Trimble by 1 marker after the first two events, scoring two runner-up finishes in the process.

“Both races we have been real quick”, McDaniel stated. “Things just haven’t quite gone our way. Last year by this time we had 3 or 4 wins, but the competition is tougher now and guys have really stepped up their programs. So, this Saturday we will be trying some different setup things to help get us a little quicker.”

Dan Jinkerson leads the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stock division by two points after two events over Nick Baldwin, winner the last race out. Jinkerson won opening night and cited preparation as the key to his early season success. “Lots of hours in the shop. That’s how you win races”, he stated over the Placerville Speedway public address system.

Saturday’s race marks the initial visit of the IMCA Sport Mods to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, which will see the series contest the 1/4 mile on four occasions in 2016. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.

For complete details of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship Racing Season, visit Placerville Speedway’s official website at www.placervillespeedway.com.

Join the over 7000 followers of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can interact with fellow fans, drivers, and staff. You can also find Placerville Speedway on Twitter for schedule updates and more by following us @pvillespeedway. In addition, Placerville Speedway is now on Instagram. Please follow us @PvilleSpeedway.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The racing facility is operated by Russell Motorsports Incorporated, which can be reached at the track business office at 530-344-7592.

Kaeding scores first career Placerville KWS victory

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By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – April 23, 2016…Willie Croft’s misfortune was Bud Kaeding’s gain on Saturday night when the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series officially kicked-off the 2016 season at the always action packed Placerville Speedway.

After winning the six-lap Dash to earn the pole position in the feature, Croft was able to hold command out front, all the while racing through heavy traffic on the tight quarter-mile. Kaeding would keep him honest in traffic however, stalking the rear bumper of the familiar Holy Smokes BBQ No. 29 mount.

The pair raced closely together for the majority of the race, weaving in & out of the slower traffic, until the complexion of the main event changed on lap 25. As the leaders charged into turn one, lapped cars ahead of them came together, leaving Croft no place to go and resulting in him making contact and coming to a stop.

After inheriting the lead it was clear sailing out front for Kaeding, who took the Ed Entz checkered flag by 1.135 seconds over Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan. For Kaeding it marked his first series win at the track and the 13th of his KWS career, which gives him sole possession of ninth all-time. It was a solid way for the Campbell, CA driver to start out the season after missing out on the title by just 12-markers last year.  04_23_2016_201

“It feels great to start out the season in victory lane and for it to be in Placerville is pretty cool,” Kaeding commented. “This hasn’t always been my best track, but to win championships you have to be good everywhere. That was a tough break for Willie Croft because he was good all night. I can’t thank Morrie & Katie Williams enough for the opportunity to drive this car. We’ll now go and try to win the Bradway again next week in Chico.”

The runner up effort for McMahan was his best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish since the 2014 season. The veteran began his Sprint Car career at the Placerville bullring way back in 1982. Chico’s Jonathan Allard charged from 14th to third in the feature. The three-time King of the West champ looked strong in the 30-lapper.

Penngrove’s Chase Johnson earned his career best KWS finish by running fourth. It was an impressive effort put together by the 20-year-old second year series competitor. The top-five was rounded out by 16th starter Dominic Scelzi of Fresno. The 18-year-old made a nice rebound in the feature to earn the solid finish.

The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by 20th starter Shane Golobic of Fremont, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Fresno’s Cory Eliason and Hanford’s DJ Netto. It was also a nice recovery by Netto, who had gotten into a spin following a chain reaction in front of him while running third early on.

Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto captured the LCQ, with Croft claiming the Dash as noted. The three 10-lap heats were picked off by DJ Netto, Bobby McMahan and Willie Croft. Cory Eliason opened the night by setting fast time with a lap of 10.726 around the quarter-mile. Full results will be available at www.placervillespeedway.com.

In the companion BCRA Midget Lite Feature, Kyle Offill took advantage of a lap 9 restart to take the lead away from pole sitter Scott Kinney in turns 1 & 2. Kinney returned the favor in turn 3, but Offill came across the stripe on lap 10 as the new leader. Despite a challenge from veteran Craig Dillard of Oakdale over the course of the final few laps, Offill held on for the win. Dillard finished second with Scotty Males, Dakota Albright and Greg DeCaires V rounding out the top five.  04_23_2016_215

In victory lane, Offill was almost speechless when describing his first victory at Placerville. “The car was fast all night. It really was digging”, he said.  “It feels good to get a win.”

Racing action returns to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds next Saturday, April 30th, with a four division program consisting of the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks, as well as the first appearance of the season for the Sport Mods. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The racing facility is operated by Russell Motorsports Incorporated, which can be reached at the track business office at 530-344-7592.

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Set for Placerville Showdown Saturday night

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By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – April 19, 2016…Well known for its steep banks, distinctive red clay, loyal fan base and extremely close action, the El Dorado County Fairgrounds based Placerville Speedway is set to play host to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season-opener this Saturday night April 23.

The Placerville Speedway is located just 40 minutes from the capital city of Sacramento and marks the first full point race for KWS after opening the season with a co-sanctioned event in Tulare with the World of Outlaws on March 12.

Including this Saturday the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series regular season starts off with five consecutive weeks of racing, prior to a break during Memorial Day weekend. In addition to Saturday’s opener the King of the West Series will also return to the Placerville Speedway for events on Saturday July 30 & Saturday September 24.

With last year’s King of the West champion Carson Macedo competing for Keith Kunz Motorsports in the Midwest it opens the door for a different titlist in 2016. Last season the 19-year-old joined the illustrious list of past champions that includes Kyle Hirst, Jonathan Allard, Brent Kaeding, Tim Kaeding, Kyle Larson, Tyler Walker, Sean Becker, Jason Statler, Ronnie Day, Randy Hannagan, Tim Green and the “Original King” Steve Kent.

Last year two-time KWS champion Kyle Hirst led the way with five wins on the season and looks to be a favorite for the title in 2016. The 28-year-old Paradise resident is set to drive for Tarlton Racing with support from Roth Motorsports and will be gunning to duplicate his championship performances from 2013 & ’14. Hirst also swept both King of the West events in Placerville last season and has started off this year in solid fashion, including a podium finish with the World of Outlaws in Stockton.

After missing out on his first KWS title by just 12-points it could be the year for Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, who captured the prestigious Trophy Cup last October at Thunderbowl Raceway. The driver of the Williams Motorsports ZERO also claimed his first career Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial last season with KWS. Elk Grove veteran Bobby McMahan finished third in the points last year, ending the campaign with no dnf’s. McMahan returns to the track this Saturday where he began his Sprint Car career in 1982.

Hanford’s DJ Netto claimed two KWS wins last season and will be looking for more in 2016. The Central Valley youngster ended the season fourth in points and will be a threat to move up the ladder in 2016. A few weeks back Netto impressed everyone with the World of Outlaws in Chico, until fuel issues ended his bid at victory. Three-time King of the West titlist Jonathan Allard of Chico will also be searching to add a fourth crown to his resume this year. The veteran drove to victory at the season-ending Tribute to Gary Patterson last November.

A couple new faces joining the King of the West trail this year and looking to make their mark are Watsonville’s Justin Sanders & Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox. Sander’s is coming off a fantastic season that saw him claim 20 main event victories and earn track titles at Ocean Speedway & Marysville Raceway. Cox last November brought home a runner up at the Tribute to Gary Patterson in Stockton with the Civil War Series and places his 2016 focus on chasing points with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.

More drivers expected for this Saturday’s opener will include Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Cory Eliason, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Roseville’s Willie Croft & Colby Copeland, Los Angeles, CA’s Tyler Walker, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

Adult tickets this Saturday cost $22, seniors 62 & over and juniors 12-15 will be $15 with kids 6-11 being $6. Children under 6 are free. The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 3pm and racing anticipated to begin around 7pm.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more on Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com.

Rico Abreu returns to Placerville to take Red Hawk Casino Championship Round 2

By Brad Kennedy

04_16_2016_257Placerville, CA (4-16-16) After a week off due to rain, “The Fastest ¼ Mile in California” returned to action for the second Red Hawk Casino point series race on the calendar. 85 cars signed into the pit area between all four divisions, with the Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Nor-Cal Dwarf Cars traveling series.

Twenty-four 360 Sprints were counted in the pit area to battle it out on another exciting night at Placerville Speedway. Mason Moore would be the fastest car in time trials with a nice lap of 10.829. Moore would be presented with $100 courtesy of ADCO Drivelines and Exhaust.

Moore has shown speed in his return to the seat of the F&F Racing X1 mount, picking up heat 1 from the 4th starting position. Jonathan Allard, Justyn Cox, and Sean Becker were the remaining heat race winners, while Greg DeCaires came back after a fourth heat skirmish with Bobby Butler to win the 10 lap semi.

The 25-lap feature event saw Rico Abreu and Ryan Robinson on the front row with Abreu getting the jump and setting the pace. Meanwhile, Jonathan Allard got by Robinson through turns one and two to get the second spot. Through the first 11 laps, Allard closed on Abreu in traffic and pulled off a masterful slide job to take the lead on lap 12. However, fourth and fifth place runners Andy Gregg of Placerville and outside front row starter Ryan Robinson both got tangled up with a lapped car, causing Gregg to flip violently down the front chute as Robinson suffered front end damage. Both drivers were uninjured.

The ensuing restart saw Abreu get an excellent restart over Allard who spun his tires off of turn four allowing Princeton, California driver Mason Moore to take the runner up spot. Abreu managed a three car length lead over Moore during the middle portion of the race, but Moore closed the gap as Abreu fought his way through traffic. Moore chased the rear bumper of Abreu to the checkered, but Rico proved too tough to tame, leading all 25 laps and scoring the popular victory over Moore, Allard, defending Placerville Speedway Champion Greg DeCaires and Kirt Organ, who rounded out the top five. Jake Morgan charged from his 19th starting position to finish 6th and picked up the RMI Hard Charger Award, and earning a $100 gift certificate to AL Driveline products.

Abreu was very pleased with his second victory in as many nights after a rough Outlaw swing. “Glad I could put on a show after a disappointing race when the Outlaws were here,” Rico acknowledged. “It’s great to win at Chico last night and then come here to win tonight.”

28 Nor-Cal Dwarf cars signed into the pits for their first visit of 2016 to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Sean Jones of San Jose put on a dominating performance in the feature after taking the race lead early in the 20 lap A-Main. Jones went on to win by a straightaway to secure the victory, and credited his ability to maneuver through traffic to secure the victory in the winner’s circle. “I just had to be very aware while in traffic because you roll up so fast on the tail end of the field.” Jones explained in detail. “I pushed hard on the cushion multiple times in the first handful of laps, and finally just started tossing the car hard in the corners to let the right rear hit the cushion, so I would not push the nose and I would have good forward bite on exit.”

The race long battle for second between Mike Grenert, Ryan Winter, and Kevin Bender thrilled the fans, while the three traded slide jobs for multiple laps. Grenert got the best end of the deal, finishing second. Bender was credited with third, while fourth went to Winter, and Brian Quilty rounded out the top five in the feature cut to 15 laps due to time constraints.

Heat Race wins went to Grenert, Bender, Shawn Jones, and Buddy Olschowka.

The Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks had 21 cars in attendance and put another great battle on in the main event. Nick Baldwin and two-time track champion Scott Grunert fought for most of the race until late in the 20 lapper, when Grunert jumped the cushion and allowed Baldwin to escape to victory for the first time in 2016. Dan Jinkerson, Dan Smith, and Greg Rayl rounded out the top five.

“I knew my car wasn’t good on restarts, and the only way I could get past Scotty (Grunert) is if I tried to diamond the corners because he was too good up top”, Baldwin theorized in victory lane. “I’m glad we got the win tonight because the car was good in the season opener and we just had some bad luck early in the race. Fortunately, we managed to get back to the top 5”.

Heat race winners included Tim Mack, Dan Jinkerson, and Grunert. The RMI Hard Charger award went to Greg Rayl, who charged from the 19th starting spot to finish fifth.

The Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models saw 12 cars in the pit area for round two of their championship season and they did not disappoint during the 20 lap feature event. From the drop of the green flag, Will McMillan danced around the cushion as Ryan McDaniel worked the bottom of the surface. The two raced side by side for 11 straight laps until the first caution. Once again, on the restart McMillan flirted with the curb in his #29 as McDaniel  “catfished” around the bottom.

A lap 14 restart saw McDaniel try a slide job in turn one, but the car got tight on the right front causing the seasoned veteran to hop the edge of the track allowing McMillan to get away. McDaniel regrouped and continued to chase McMillan, but the number 29 was too fast on the cushion and cruised to his first win in 2016 at the fairgrounds. McDaniel finished second over Ray Trimble, RMI Hard Charger award winner Mike Lightfoot (moving up from 8th to 4th), and Paul Guglielmoni, who rounded out the top five.

In victory lane, a very happy McMillan talked about how he enjoyed the 11 lap door to door race with McDaniel. “I just had to be perfect and not miss my mark. I knew if I messed up, Ryan would drive by and I would never be able to get back by him.”

Heat race wins went to Eddie Gardner and McMillan.

The next race on the schedule will be April 23rd featuring the King of the West sprint cars and BCRA Midget Lites. Pit gates open at 2PM, Ticket Sales and Grandstands open at 3PM, Racing begins at 7PM.

Track Sponsors: Red Hawk Casino, Capitol Ace Hardware, Coors Light, Thompson’s Auto Group, Domco Plumbing, Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabrication, Mountain Democrat, ADCO Drivelines & Exhaust, Arnolds for Awards, Riebes Auto Parts, Les Schwab Tires, Fords Only, AL Driveline, Cal Star, The Paint Spot, Cal.Net