Becker makes touching tribute to firefighters with Placerville Sprint win

By Placerville Speedway Media

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PLACERVILLE, CA (7-25-15) – Earlier in the week, Roseville’s Sean Becker was planning on going out and racing go karts this Saturday night as he hadn’t secured a seat in a sprint car for the upcoming weekend. After a call from Woodland car owner Dan Monhoff late in the week, Becker’s last minute plan change paid off in a big way Saturday night. The driver known as “The Shark” ended up in victory lane Saturday night at Placerville Speedway aboard Monhoff’s #35 Sprint Car.
“I was pretty content with just going and racing some go karts this weekend and then I got the call from Dan asking me to driver his car tonight at Placerville so we changed our plans,” said Becker. “It’s always a pleasure to drive for him and to come here tonight and get the win is great, it’s been awhile since I’ve won here.”
Becker was joined in victory lane Saturday night by Folsom’s John Tilford who won the feature event in the Pure Stock division. Ryan McDaniel of Olivhurst who won in the Limited Late Models and RC Smith who captured the Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Lite feature event. All four divisions competed on a night when Placerville Speedway shared the El Dorado County Fairgrounds with a large fire camp that has been set up for the area wild fires. The firefighters were admitted free of charge to the races for the night and Becker made it a point to pay homage to our “true heroes.”
“We come out here and race these cars for these fans each week, we sign these things called hero cards after the races everywhere we go but we aren’t the real heroes here,” said Becker. “These are our true heroes here tonight that put their lives on the line to fight these fires and protect us. They put themselves in danger and I want to really thank them here tonight for the sacrifice they make. I hope they enjoyed watching us do what we do tonight.”
Polesitter Jimmy Trulli of Diamond Springs lead the field into the first turn of the feature event with Mike Benson of Calistoga on the outside. Benson powered into the lead on the opening lap that was followed by a red when Stephen Ingraham of Fair Oaks tumbled upside down in turns one to draw a red flag. When the non injury incident was cleared, Benson lead the field back to the green flag where he powered himself to a lead of several car length over Trulli.Becker victory

With six laps complete Benson approached lapped traffic as Becker, who started fifth, overtook Trulli for the second spot and began stalking Benson for the lead. With 14 laps complete the two leaders dueled side by side in lapped traffic until Becker muscled his way into the lead. Meanwhile, Trulli was fighting a battle of his own with the likes of Logan Seavey of Sutter and Placerville’s Andy Gregg.
At lap 15 a caution flag gathered the field for a restart that saw Becker to continue to prevail as he worked both the low and high lines of the track at opposite ends. Benson stuck with running the high side for the final laps of the race to secure a second place while Logan Seavey of Sutter continued to duel with Trulli for the third and fourth positions with Placerville’s Andy Gregg in the mix.
At the finish line, Becker picked up his first Placerville victory of the season followed by Benson, Trulli, Seavey,Gregg and Justin Johnson of Shingle Springs.
“The track was really dry slick here tonight and when that happens you never know what’s going to happen when you take it hard into turns one and two,” he said. “I knew I wasn’t going to get past him by running up where he was so I kept taking the chance down low and was able to make it work when we came up on the lapped traffic.”

Folsom’s Tilford Wins Second Pure Stock Feature of the Year

In then Pure Stock feature event, the green flag saw pole sitter Ted Ahart of Placerville lead them to the green flag with second place starter Rick Grunert of Woodland in tow. After the second lap, Grunert assumed the lead and third place starter Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights moved in to challenge for the lead. Tilford passed Grunert for the lead on the low side of turn two and down the backstretch on the sixth lap to take the lead with four time winner Dan Jinkerson of Diamond Springs in his wake.
With 10 laps complete lapped traffic bottlenecked the leaders and Jinkerson muscled past Tilford in the traffic . It was then that Jon Tilford moved into third place after starting 8th, five places behind his brother to begin his pursuit of the lead. On the 11th lap a yellow flag flew and gathered the field, putting Matt Tilford to the outside of Jinkerson for the restart and the second row consisting of Jon Tilford and Rick Grunert.
When the green flag waved again, Jinkerson muscled into the lead while Jon Tilford powered into second place, overtaking Matt Tilford in the first set of turns. Jinkerson powered his way to a distant lead over the Tilford duo until the 15th lap when a yellow flag flew for a stalled car in turn four. The caution period placed Jon Tilford on the front row to the outside of Jinkerson for a five lap battle to the finish.

At the green flag, the field entered the first turn side by side. Jon Tilford powered to the front on the highside while Jinkerson worked the low groove and a crash ensued involving Jinkerson, Matt Tilford and several other cars that were collected in the melee. Jinkerson ended his night on the tow truck, Matt Tilford went to the rear after a tire change and a restart followed with Jon Tilford on the pole and point leader Scott Grunert of Woodland at his side.
The second to last green flag of the night saw, Tilford muscle into the first turn and powered ahead of Scott Grunert to a distant lead. Despite a restart at the 17 lap mark, Tilford maintained his healthy lead over Scott Grunert to the finish line. Matt Tilford finished third followed by Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley and Dan Smith of Sacramento.
“For years I have wanted to have the opportunity to actually come out and race in the same race with one of my brothers and tonight I got to that,” said Tilford. “It’s great to get another win on the season since I don’t get to drive too often but being able to come out here and battle with my brother was the greatest part of it all. During the yellow flags we were egging one another one and doing what brothers do. When I took the lead I know a whole lot of drama broke out behind me and fortunately I was able to pull ahead before all of that happened.”

McDaniel Passes Point Leader Stone for Late Model Win


In the Domco Plumbing Late Model division, Folsom’s Dominic Stone powered off the pole to lead the field to the green flag. With three laps on the Red Hawk Casino scoreboard, Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst powered ahead of Live Oak’s Matt Micheli for the second position. Once in second, McDaniel set his sights on Stone and the two dueled in lapped traffic.
With 15 laps complete, McDaniel used a lapped car to his advantage to power around Stone entering the backstretch to take the lead. Despite a restart that gathered the field, McDaniel maintained his healthy lead to the finish line. Stone finished second followed by Micheli, Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights and Matt Davis of Auburn.

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“Dominic Stone drove one heck of a great race out here tonight,” said McDaniel. “It took me awhile to get into second place so I could close in on him and I was waiting for him to make a mistake in lapped traffic to get around him and it just didn’t’ happen. He cleared the lappers just fine and was pulling away from me. He got a little out of shape in three and four as we came up on a lapped car and I just decided to give it a try on up high and powered around him. It was a great race tonight after we made some adjustments in the heat race.”


Smith Leads majority of laps to win BCRA Midget Lite Feature

In the Midget Lite feature, Jeremy Queener of Torrrance took the lead from the pole position where he was challenged in the early laps by Smith. Followiing a restart on the sixth lap Smith overtook Queener for the lead. Smith then powered his way to a distant lead by the halfway point of the race with Queener challenging him several car lengths back with the likes of Craig Dillard.

At the finish line it was Smith followed by Queener, Dillard, Brian Corso and Chris Hansen. The win marked Smith’s first Placerville victory aboard a Midget Lite. Smith is a veteran of winged and non winged sprint cars with limited seat time in the smaller cars.
“This is definitely a new experience for me, it’s only my fifth week in one of these cars and we’re having a blast,” said Smith. “I was able to get up front early and keep out of trouble because it at this place it doesn’t matter what the size of the car is, lapped traffic is going to be part of the race. We had a great car and this is a great night.”
Next week championship racing continues at Placerville Speedway as racers gear up for Saturday August 8 when the track will pay out the highest winnings in it’s 50 Years of operation with the $10,000 to win Mark Forni Classic race. For complete results of Saturday’s race and information on the upcoming weeks visit
Placerville Speedway’t title sponsor is Red Hawk Casino. Thompson’s Auto Center is the presenting sponsor of the season with championship associate sponsors Domco Plumbing, Jay’s Mobile Welding, Riebes Auto Parts, the Mountain Democrat, Hoosier Racing Tires and Coors Light.

Gregg looks to keep closing in on point leader DeCaires Saturday night

By Placerville Speedway Media

DSC_0351PLACERVILLE, CA (7-25-15) – This Saturday night racing continues in the Red Hawk Casino Championship Season at Placerville Speedway presented by Thompson’s Auto Centers. Four divisions will converge at the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for the third championship points race of the season.

Saturday’s race card includes the Domco Plumbing Winged Sprint Car division along with Domco Plumbing Late Models and the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks. The night offers championship points for all three divisions towards the season title . The visiting Midget Lites will also be earning digits for their traveling championship campaign.
In the Domco Plumbing Sprint Car division, defending champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove will look to continue his roll towards the 2015 Red Hawk Casino Championship title aboard the #4SA sprint car owned by Placerville residents Dale and Tara Miller. DeCaires has been a dominant force this season since the opening green flag with four season victories that have contributed to his lead that is now at 56-points.

Placerville’s Andy Gregg is second in the standings and having a mid season rally pushing him to a hearty advantage for the second position. While Greg sits 56-points behind DeCaires in his Scott Russell owned #14r, his 68-points ahead of Mike Benson of Calistoga. Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks is 40 points back in the fourth position, 55-points ahead of Placerville’s James Sweeney.

In the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication Pure Stock Division, defending champion Scott Grunert of Woodland leads the standings with a 17-point advantage over Elk Grove’s Lonnie Leonard. Tim Mack of Diamond Springs is 34 points from the lead in third position. Russell Murphy of Placerville is fourth, 35 point back. Jason Palmer of West Sacramento is fifth, 55 points from the top spot.

The Domco Plumbing Late Model Division has Folsom’s Dominic Stone leading the point standings. Stone is 12 points ahead of Auburn’s Ray Trimble. Each with a victory this season, Stone and Trimble are trailed by 2014 Rookie of the Year Tyler Lightfoot of Placerville who is 66-points out of the lead. Eddie Gardner of Citrus Heights is fourth with Olivhurst’s Ryan McDaniel rounding out the top five.
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Kaeding Leads KWS Sprints Back to Placerville Saturday Night

By Placerville Speedway Media

BK PREVIEW(Courtesy Gary Thomas/KWS Series) – National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding earned his most recent King of the West victory at Placerville Speedway in 2012 and came oh so close in the summer event last year. The Campbell veteran is just seven-points out of the top-five in the series standings going into this Saturday’s Bullring Nationals.

Last season at this event the 13-time series champion led all the way until the final corner when he got out shape, allowing Sean Becker the chance to sneak by for the win. He’ll look for some redemption this Saturday night at the high-banked red clay bullring. Shane Golobic, Bobby McMahan, DJ Netto & Kaeding are all just 10-points apart going into KWS round 10.

“We always love coming to Placerville Speedway with the King of the West Series,” Kaeding commented. “Alan Handy does a great job with the track. You pretty much always know it’s going to be racy and that’s what you want as a driver. The fans there are always great as well. When you get 410’s on that track it’s always an unpredictable thing. Hopefully we can battle our way to the front with this Al’s Roofing Supply 69. Come out and bring a friend on Saturday. It’s going to fun.”

Adult tickets on Saturday will cost $22, seniors 62 & over will be $15, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and children 6-11 will be $6. All seating is general admission during the night. The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 5pm and racing anticipated to begin around 7pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the grandstands always pack in at the Placerville bullring.

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

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Gregg repeats as Silva, Morgan and Trimble post first wins

By Placerville Speedway Media


PLACERVILLE CA – The championship battles resumed at Placerville Speedway Saturday night with four action packed divisions for the 11th Red Hawk Casino Championship points race of the s

eason presented by Thompson’s Auto Group, Domco Plumbing, Jay’s Mobile Welding and Hoosier Racing Tires. The evening saw one repeat winner in victory lane and three new faces celebrating the fruits of their labor at the 50 year old dirt track located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
After an disappointing night on the Fourth of July, Placerville’s Andy Gregg overcame another night that began with adversity in the Sprint Car division to score his second win of the year. Dave Silva of Shingle Springs captured his first win of the year in Pure Stocks. Ray Trimble of Auburn captured his first victory of the season in the Limited Late Models. The visiting Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association saw a familiar face take the win when Sprint Car racer Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks, racing two divisions, earned his first victory.
Last week, Greg and his Scott Russell owned team had what even they describe as a horrific night at their home. Early in the feature event the 14r sprint car was struck in the rear, rupturing the fuel cell which ignited on the backstretch, engulfing the car of fellow driver CJ Humphreys and much of the backstretch. The incident not only effected Gregg and the team emotionally due to its nature, it ended their night early, costing them valuable points towards the championship this season.
“That was by far the worst race I have ever had, and we are fortunate nobody was hurt,” said Gregg. “CJ Humphreys isn’t here tonight but it’s not due to any injury its due to damage and I just want to thank the good lord for protecting all of us in that situation, it could have been much worse. Aside from that it really hurt us in the points so tonight we came out here and started our focus on wins not points. We had our troubles early but this crew went hard to work and got us here.”
At the beginning of the night, the 14r crew wasn’t happy with the performance of the #14r and went to extreme measures to make the car competitive for the evening. This was more than simple adjustment, Gregg’s crew made a motor change in the pit area. A huge feat, that paid off at the end of the night.
The start of the sprint main saw Greg starting on the outside of the front row where he powered ahead of polesitter and point leader Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. Gregg quickly worked his way to a distant lead within three laps of the race and into lapped traffic by the seventh lap. Just before a yellow flag delayed the race and gathered the field with 8 laps on the Red Hawk Casino scoreboard.
On the restart, Greg kept a tight line into the first set of turns to make headway on working his way to a distant lead over DeCaires as a lapped car sat between the top two runners. Jake Morgan worked the third place position with Justyn Cox the fourth as the race went back to green but quickly back under yellow when Placerville’s James Sweeney went airborne off turn three and four and Calistoga’s Mike Benson stopped on the backstretch at the same time to draw another caution.
When the race went back to green Gregg muscled ahead of Gregg while Morgan, Becker and Cox dueled for the third spot three wide. Becker overtook the third spot 15 to join the podium eligible trio but on this night it was Gregg who owned his home track, leading to the checkered flag. DeCaires finished in second followed by Becker, Cox, Justin Johnson and Morgan.
“I knew Greg (DeCaires) was there and would be fast on the bottom the whole race,” added Gregg. “When it comes to racing the bottom line, he is by far the best driver in the business to you have to always keep that in mind when your racing with him. I have to thank my whole crew and sponsors.
Top Starting Spot Paved the Way for Silva’s First Dirt Victory

In the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock division, Silva earned the advantage of an early restart that put him on the front row of the 20 lap feature event. The veteran asphalt racer is still new to the dirt track community and proved he has adapted well with his first win just minutes from home.
“It’s great to be standing here in victory lane right up the road from my house,” said Silva. “I’ve been racing asphalt for over 15 years and we decided to switch it up and come up here close to home and race on the dirt. What a great crowd this place has and a great car count and a really good group of competitors. We love it here and now we have a short drive home each week too.”
At the green flag pole sitter Tim Mack and Tilford raced side by side into the first set of turns. Tilford muscled ahead of Mack to take the lead on the backstretch. Tilford muscled his way to a healthy lead for the first two laps until he fell out of contention on lap three and came to a stop and then reported to the pit area and returned to the rear of the field.
On the ensuing restart, Mack assumed the pole position with Dave Silva on the outside of the front row When the green flag waved a second time, Silva muscled into the lead over Mack. With 13 laps complete the battle for thel ead heated up with Mack closing in on the lead and traffic jam just inches behind the duo. Just as the white flag was due to wave, a yellow flag flew when Chris VanRoekel went up in smoke in turn three.

This forced a double file restart for a green-white-checkered flag scenario that didn’t phase Sila a bit as he outraced Mack to the finish line for the win. Positions three thru five remained unofficial at press time as track officials were reviewing a possible unreported driver’s change during the evening among the top five finishers which could effect the outcome of the results as well as winnings and championship points.
Morgan’s First Big Win Comes Aboard Smaller Ride in Midget Lites

Saturday night, Morgan was a busy driver, racing in both the Sprint Car and Midget Lite divisions. Morgan powered off the outside of the front row into the lead of the feature event with Cori Andrews and Brian Corso battling for the bridesmaid position for the first six laps when a caution flag to draw a restart. When the race restarted, Corso closed in on Morgan to battle for the lead while Andrews worked the third position.
Morgan led the event into the waning laps with Corso, Andrews and RC Smith just inches behind him in a heated battle for the lead. On lap 13 the race underwent a red flag when Steve Gularte rolled over without injury in turn two.
On the final restart of the night, Morgan led them to the green flag and powered ahead of Corso for the lead. Andrews retired to the pits on lap 17. At the checkered flag Morgan earned his first career victory over Corso, Smith, Craig Dillar and Steve Brown.
“I’ve been trying to get here for quite awhile,” said Morgan. “I really want to do this in the Sprint Car but I’m happy to be here and want to thank the Lopez Motorsports guys for giving me the opportunity to drive their car tonight. Early this year we raced a midget in Nevada and led all the way to the last lap when someone’s bumper took it away. This is great group of talented clean racers and I wanqt to thank them for all their great driving and respect for one another. Hopefully I’ll get one of these wins in the sprint car soon.”

Trimble Becomes Auburn’s First winner of the season in Late Models

Last year, Trimble drive to multiple victories at Placerville Speedway but was suffering from the bridesmaid blues so far this season. Saturday night, the veteran driver changed all of that as he held off the challenges of the series point leader all the way to the checkered flag in the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Model feature event.
Trimble powered ahead of Lightfoot at the green flag that was immediately followed by a yellow flag for Eddie Gardner who spun in turn three on the start. The caution period drew a complete restart and put Lightfoot back on the pole. When the green flag flew a second time Trimble muscled ahead of Lightfoot. With three laps down, Dominic Stone overtook Lightfoot for the second position and began his pursuit of Trimble. With five laps down a second yellow flag flew for Gardner who came to a stop in turn four requiring a tow.
The restart put Stone nose to tail with Trimble for the next green flag where Trimble powered ahead with Stone, Jeff Olshowka of Chico and Matt Micheli of Live Oak in his wake. With 15 laps complete the two leaders approached lapped traffic in a heated battle as Lightfoot spun on lap 18 to draw a final yellow. At the line Trimble picked up his first win of the year over Stone, Matt Micheli finished in third followed by Ken Michel and Jeff Olshowka, Matt Micheli and Ryan McDaniel in fifth.
“Nice to finally be back here,its been too long,” said Trimble. “This division is by far the one with the strongest group of talented drivers racing for the win here. On any night any of these guys can contend for a win and its pretty amazing and it’s honor to race with them. Tyler Lightfoot is a good example, last year he was a rookie and look at him now. I honestly thought he may win this thing tonight with as fast as he has become recently but they had some problems with car I know.”
Racing resumes next Saturday night at Placerville Speedway. For complete details visit

Championships Heat Up with Four Division Program this Saturday Night

By Placerville Speedway Media

Tyler Lighfoot webPLACERVILLE, CA (7-11-15) – This Saturday night the action resumes at Placerville Speedway with the 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Championship series presented by Thompson’s Auto Group. Four divisions will form the evening roster once again as the quarter-mile bullring at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds welcomes The Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Lites back to competition to share the spotlight with Placerville’s competitive winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stock divisions.

As the season has entered it’s second half, the battle for the championships in all three divisions is taking shape. This year, drivers are competing for far more winnings that any other season at Placerville Speedway celebrates its 50th anniversary year with inflated championship bonus funds courtesy of Domco Plumbing and Jay’s Mobile Welding adding monies to a season already lucrative with title sponsorship of Red Hawk Casino and Thompsons Auto Centers.

Entering Saturday’s event, defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove continues to lead the roster in the Sprint Car division aboard the #4SA Red Hawk Casino machine owned by Placerville’s Dale and Tara Miller. After winning his fourth point race of the year last week and his fifth overall, DeCaires looks to continue his domination of the track this Saturday night, entering the event with a 57-point lead.

Andy Gregg of Placerville is second in the point standings. Gregg will look to overcome a setback last week when his fuel tank failed in the early laps of the race and a fiery crash involving CJ Humphreys of Placerville ensued. Nobody was injured in the incident but both drivers were unable to continue, costing Gregg a great number of points in his quest to close in on DeCaires’ lead. Mike Benson of Calistoga is third in the ranks, 103 points out of the top spot. Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks and James Sweeney of Placerville round out the top five.

In the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, Dominic Stone of Folsom leads the point standings. After his first career Late Model win last week, Stone is now 12 points in the lead over Auburn’s Ray Trimble. Tyler Lightfoot of Placerville has moved into the top three, 56 points from the lead now. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is fourth followed by Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst.

In the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock division, defending Champion Scott Grunert of Woodland has moved in the point lead after overtaking season long point leader Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove. Grunert leads the division by 10-points. Rick Grunert of Woodland is third followed by Placerville’s Russell Murphy and Tim Mack of Diamond Springs. Just 36-points separate the top five in this competitive division.
The grandstands will open at 5 p.m on Saturday with qualifying starting at 6:30 followed by heat races for all four divisions. Adult tickets are $15, Juniors and Seniors are $13, Children are $6 and those under six are free. For additional information on this event check out or join the local racing community on Facebook and Twitter and interact with over 5000 fans, drivers and track staff.