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Placerville Speedway forced to cancel Saturday May 21 event

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Placerville, CA (May 20)…Due to heavy rainfall and an unfavorable weekend forecast, Placerville Speedway has been forced to cancel Saturday night’s Red Hawk Casino Championship Series race.

“Unfortunately, with the amount of rain we’ve received, the amount of rain we are expecting, and the cold temperatures in the forecast, we feel it is best to call the event now and allow people to make other plans for the evening “, track promoter Scott Russell said. “The last thing we want to do is cancel events. But, obviously we can’t control mother nature.”

In addition to the race being canceled, the “Fan Appreciation Day” Car Show scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the Thompson Buick/GMC location on Placerville Drive has been rescheduled to coincide with the June 25th Placerville Posse race date.

Action at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds resumes June 4, after a hiatus next weekend in observance of Memorial weekend. Round 8 will feature 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 fourth appearance of the year for the BCRA Midget Lites. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.

Join the over 7500 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 Fan Appreciation Day this Saturday May 21st

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Placerville Speedway and Thompson’s Auto Group proudly present the annual “Fan Appreciation” Race Car Show, this Saturday night, May 21st. The highly anticipated event precedes the seventh round of the 2016 Placerville Speedway Red Hawk Casino Championship Series at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. In their first season promoting Placerville Speedway, Scott Russell and Kami Arnold have been looking forward to this event all season.

“Both Scott and I feel fortunate to be associated with Thompson’s”, stated Arnold. “Their commitment to our community is inspiring. The Thompson Family leads the way when it comes to giving back to this community and we are humbled to be included in their efforts. Ron & Jeff have been long time supporters of Placerville Speedway, and we feel this is another great event where fans can interact with their favorite drivers, kids can get autographs, and even sit in their favorite car.”

Thompson’s Buick GMC of Placerville invites you to their location on Placerville drive where race cars competing later that night at Placerville Speedway will be on display from 12pm-3pm.

Thompsons Fan AppreciationAll four divisions of race cars in competition that evening will be represented, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Model Cars, Pure Stock Cars and the Visiting Series Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association Cars.

In addition, kids up to age of 14 will receive a free t-shirt. There will be free Hot Dogs donated by Steve Stymeist Auto Body and free sodas donated by Thompson’s Buick GMC of Placerville. Thompson’s will be accepting donations for Hot Dogs and sodas and all proceeds will benefit the El Dorado County Western Slope chapter of the Boys & Girls Club of America. For more info on the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club, visit www.bgce.org.

After 3pm, the action will shift across the street to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, where the Placerville Speedway will host its seventh event of season. The Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, the Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stocks, as well as the visiting NorCal Dwarf Car division will all be taking to the lightning fast 1/4  mile oval.

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 7500 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.

“The Shark” Sean Becker strikes in last lap thriller at Placerville Speedway

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Written by Brad Kennedy *

Placerville, CA…(May 14) A packed house was treated to an impressive driving display to conclude the sixth scheduled event of the Red Hawk Casino Championship point season.

20 Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars were on hand for the evening. Justin Johnson of Shingle Springs sat on the pole of the 25 lap feature event, but it was current Placerville Speedway points leader Mason Moore of Princeton who got the jump into turn 1. Johnson fell in line in second, while Sean Becker moved from his fifth starting spot to 3rd, with Logan Seavey 4th. Action was slowed on lap 5 for Roseville’s Scott Hall who jumped the cushion in turn 1 and came to a stop.

When the race resumed, Moore maintained his lead while Johnson and Becker battled it out for the runner up position for much of the next 15 laps. Johnson stayed glued to the bottom of the ¼ mile oval and held on until Becker found momentum on top on lap 16 to take over second place. Johnson would retake second briefly in the waning laps of the race, before Becker would return the favor with a few circuits left.

Meanwhile, Mason Moore stretched out his lead to over a second before he encountered heavy lapped traffic, which allowed Becker to reel in Moore and challenge for the lead. On lap 24, Becker applied heavy pressure with Moore choosing the bottom while Becker remained upstairs. With the white flag flying, Becker passed Moore down the backstretch and shut the door entering turn three to pick up his first win of 2016 after five consecutive podium finishes. Justin Johnson came across the line in third, with Greg DeCaires 4th, and Logan Seavey 5th. Jimmy Trulli’s 6th place finish up from the 13th starting spot was good enough for the AL Driveline Hard Charger bonus.

05_14_2016_300c “This is so awesome to finally win this year”, explained Becker in victory lane, after climbing the front stretch catch fence in celebration. “I know Mason was good on the bottom and I was searching the track and kept having to inch my wing back to get more traction. I just kept hammering the top of the track,’’ he continued. “I thought I was going to junk it when I jumped the curb in turn three in traffic, but I settled it down and kept digging. Then I saw the opening in turn one on the final lap, and I just threaded the needle, shut the door on Mason in turn 3 and went on to win.”

Heat race victories went to Moore, Becker, and Adam Walters while the Adco Driveline & Exhaust Fast Time award went to Greg Decaires with an elapsed time of 10.720 seconds.

14 Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models signed in to the Placerville pits for the night. Noticeably absent were series point leader Ryan McDaniel and second place in points Ray Trimble.

Wayne Trimble and Jay Norton had the front row of the 20 lap main event, with Norton getting the jump to lead the first lap. Throughout the race Norton held off many challenges for the lead by the trio of Will McMillan, Wayne Trimble and Matt Micheli, but was never seriously challenged on his way to a wire-to-wire win. 05_14_2016_285c

“The track was hooked up and fast tonight, and there are some good cars and drivers here”, Norton stated after the race.“ We just pointed the car to the bottom of the track and were solid all 20 laps. In the heat race we battled fuel problems and just had a tough time”, he continued. “But, the team got it figured out, and now I’m smiling on the front stretch after a victory”.

Norton’s first victory of the year came over Matt Micheli, Will McMillan, who rebounded to 3rd after a flat tire early in the event, while Mike Lightfoot, and Paul Gugleimoni rounded out the top five. Heat race wins went to Tyler Lightfoot and Micheli, while Micheli also earned the RMI Hard Charger bonus by improving 6 positions in the feature.

17 Jay’s mobile Welding & Fabrication Pure Stocks took the green flag for their 20 lap feature event with Dan Jinkerson taking command over Travis Emery on the opening lap. Dan Smith moved into 3rd immediately from his row 2 outside position and began pressing Emery for second. Emery remained second until he spun off of turn 2 on lap 5, bringing out the caution.

When the race resumed, last weekend’s winner Jason Palmer pushed past Smith for second, then trailed closely behind the leader until lap 12 when the lapped car of Mike Stoeckle spun in front of Jinkerson, giving Palmer the lead.

05_14_2016_244c Palmer fended off challenges in the waning laps from Smith and eventual second place finisher Orville Owens to win his second consecutive Pure Stock feature at Placerville. Smith came home 3rd with Nick Baldwin and Russ Murphy rounding out the top five.

“The car has been fast the last two weeks”, the jubilant Palmer explained in the winner’s circle. “It is tough to beat guys like Dan Jinkerson, Dan Smith, Scott Grunert and the others, so to win 2 in a row is huge for my guys and myself. Hopefully we can come back next weekend and make it three in a row,” he said confidently.

The two heat winners were Scott Grunert and point leader Nick Baldwin. Orville Owens was the evening’s RMI Hard Charger on the basis of a 2nd place finish up from his 9th starting spot.

The third visit of the year for the BCRA Midget Lite Series to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds saw 17 drivers entered for the evening. Tim Kinser and Terry Bergstrom occupied the front row and led the field to green as Bergstrom grabbed the lead. Meanwhile, Scotty Males would move to second on the start from his 4th starting position, while Kyle Offill took over 3rd on the opening lap, with Kinser falling to 4th. A lap later, Kinser brought out the caution after spinning off of turn 2.

On the ensuing restart, Bergstrom led Males and Offill but got sideways in turns 3&4 a lap later which allowed both Males and Offill to get by with Offill taking over the point.

From there, Offill was never seriously challenged on his way to his second feature win in three starts at Placerville, over last weekend’s winner Charlie Caraccilo, Scotty Males, Craig Dillard and Chris Hansen.

“I’m still trying to get a handle on this track. It’s fast and it’s fun to race on. The car seemed to be real good and had a lot of forward bite, which was an advantage,” Offill said in victory lane.

Placerville Speedway returns next week with the annual Thompson’s Auto Group “Fan Appreciation Day” . Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM. 4 divisions will be in competition with the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks, as well as the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Series.

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 7500 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.

* Additional writing contributions by Dean Mills

Four Divisions On Tap For Saturday at Placerville Speedway

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Saturday’s four division program at Placerville Speedway 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 third appearance of the year for the BCRA Midget Lite Series.

3-widecWith four races complete in the Red Hawk Casino Championship season, Princeton, California resident Mason Moore continues to remain out front of the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Car division with an impressive 50 point lead over defending series champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. Moore, in the Friends & Family #X1 mount owned by Alan Bradway & Steve Tuccelli has four top five finishes in four events, with a victory two weeks ago. Veteran Jimmy Trulli sits third in points, 64 markers behind the leader, while Andy Gregg holds down 4th, and 14 year old Michael Kofoid sits 5th.

In the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Model division, Oakhurst, California’s Ryan McDaniel leads Ray Trimble by 7 points after scoring his first victory two weeks ago, on April 30. Eddie Gardner holds down the 3rd position, while the father/son duo of Tyler and Mike Lightfoot round out the top five.LLMc

Nick Baldwin of Oakley, California leads the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stock division taking over for Dan Jinkerson, who failed to finish last weekend’s 20 lap feature. Baldwin sits 7 markers ahead of Jinkerson in the Red Hawk Casino Championship chase on the strength of 3 top five finishes in 4 events, including a victory on April 16. Scott Grunert trails by just 10 points after four events, despite being the only competitor in the top five without a victory. April 30th victor Dan Smith resides in 4th, while last weekend’s winner Jason Palmer holds down 5th, just 19 points behind the leader.

BCRAcFor the second weekend in a row, the BCRA Midget Lites return to the lightning fast El Dorado County Fairgrounds. April 23rd winner Kyle Offill and last weekend’s victor Charlie Caraccilo lead Craig Dillard, Scotty Males, and the rest of the Bay Cities Racing Association competitors who will all be back to tackle the “Fastest 1/4 Mile in California”.

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 7500 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 Prevails Over Mother Nature

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Written by Brad Kennedy *

Placerville, CA – May 7, 2016…Despite a mid-afternoon rain shower that all but doomed the night’s event, new Placerville Speedway promoters Scott Russell and Kami Arnold persevered and completed Saturday’s racing program. 54 cars signed into the pit area for the evening for the first of four Placerville Posse Challenge events.

23 Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars signed into the pit area for the evening. With the KWS 410 Sprint Car Series getting rained out in Petaluma, drivers Andy Forsberg of Auburn, Jonathan Allard, of Chico, Roseville’s Sean Becker and Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi all were surprise entrants for the evening, after making motor changes.

The 25 lap feature event saw Andy Forsberg and Sean Becker on the front row. Becker got the initial jump over Forsberg, but Matt Petersen got sideways in turn 1 and collected Robbie Price, Matt Barber, and Jimmy Trulli, resulting in a complete restart.

On the ensuing restart, it was Forsberg first to turn 1 over Becker, but the red flag flew due to Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks flipping in turns 1 & 2 without injury after contact from Michael Kofoid.

A third attempt at starting the feature saw Forsberg getting the jump over Becker again and setting a torrid pace. It took just 5 laps for Forsberg to catch traffic, where he threw a huge slide job on John Clark in turn 3. However, Forsberg got trapped behind Justin Henry which allowed Sean Becker to slip past all three to claim the lead. Unfortunately, Chase Majdic spun simultaneously in turn 1 to bring out the caution, putting Forsberg back in the lead.

When racing resumed, the red flag waved yet again on lap 6 as John Clark and Cory Elliason tumbled in turns three and four in separate incidents. Both drivers climbed out okay.

A lap 12 restart had Forsberg resume his blistering pace while Dominic Scelzi overtook Becker for second. In lapped traffic, Scelzi had reeled in the leader with 3 laps to go, but got sideways, relinquishing second back to Becker. Forsberg held on for the win over Becker, Scelzi, Mason Moore, and Jonathan Allard. Greg DeCaires had crossed the line in 4th, but failed to go to scales in the pits and was penalized to the tail of the lead lap, finishing 11th. 05_07_2016_217w

“Did ya miss me, Placerville?”, a jubilant Andy Forsberg exclaimed in victory lane, after his first Placerville win of the year. “I can’t thank Scott Russell and Kami Arnold enough for getting this race in tonight with the weather conditions. To pull this off tonight really shows their dedication and love for this sport”.

Forsberg was the evening’s fast qualifier and earned $100 courtesy of ADCO Driveline & Exhaust with a lap time of 10.952. Heat race winners were defending track champion Greg DeCaires, Allard and Scelzi. Justin Johnson earned the RMI / AL Driveline Hard Charger bonus by improving from 15th to 7th.

14 Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stocks were on hand for the night. In the 20 lap feature, Les Friend grabbed the lead from his outside front row starting spot over pole sitter Jason Palmer and led without challenge until lap 13 when his left front tire flattened. As Friend reached lapped traffic on lap 15, Palmer went around Friend in turns three and four to take the lead. A lap later the yellow flew for Travis Emery who went up in smoke in turn 2. After Friend pitted during the caution and relinquished second to Matt Tilford, Palmer ran off and hid on his way to the win over Tilford, Scott Grunert, Jeff Sly and new point leader Nick Baldwin.

In the winner’s circle, Palmer stated, “It’s always good to get that first win of the year out of the way. Thanks to all my sponsors, Cloud IX, Bud’s Towing, Horizon Glass, because without them this wouldn’t be possible”.

Heat race winners were Greg Rayl and Nick Baldwin, while 6th place feature finisher Ted Ahart won the RMI Hard Charger bonus after starting 14th.

9 Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models were on hand for the night. Last week’s winner Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst had the pole, but left early on the initial start, which was called back. Head official Doug Runkle moved McDaniel back a row, putting Tyler Lightfoot on the pole next to Will McMillan. On the second attempt at a start, McMillan grabbed the lead over Lightfoot, McDaniel, Matt Micheli and Ray Trimble. On lap 5, Micheli got by McDaniel for 3rd, but McDaniel passed both Micheli and Lightfoot on lap 10 to move back into second.

05_07_2016_194wMcMillan led all 20 laps to score his second win of the year ahead of McDaniel, Lightfoot, Trimble and Micheli. McMillan also won the lone heat race for the Late Models, and was the evening’s RMI Hard Charger.

“We pretty much destroyed the car last week, so we got this car out tonight and it worked out great for us”, admitted McMillan in his post-race interview. “We just need to find our rhythm and get rolling the rest of the year”.

14 BCRA Midget Lites entered the Placerville Speedway, for their second visit of the season. When the green flag dropped to start the 20-lap feature, #87 of Charlie Caraccilo jumped to the lead from his outside row 1 starting spot and was never challenged on his way to the victory. The only stoppage of the event came on lap 12 when original pole sitter Roy Moody flipped off of turn 2 without injury. Caraccilo took the checkered flag over Craig Dillard, Kyle Offill, Chris Hansen, and Greg DeCaires V.

“At 3PM this afternoon I was skeptical whether we’d be racing tonight”, Caraccilo said flatly. “I’d like to thank my crew, my Uncle Dave and Tony. They must have scraped 100 pounds of mud off this car tonight, but we got it done”.

Caraccilo also won the first heat while Scotty Males won heat 2. Kyle Offill was the RMI Hard Charger, by improving from his 8th starting spot to 3rd.

Racing action returns again next Saturday, May 14th, to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, featuring the normal three classes as well as the third 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 7500 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.

*Additional writing contributions by Dean Mills