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Bud Kaeding races to fourth King of the West victory of the season on Saturday at Placerville Speedway

By: Gary Thomas *

Placerville, CA – September 24, 2016…After scoring his first career Placerville Speedway victory in April Campbell, California’s Bud Kaeding returned to the high-banked bullring on Saturday night and added another, dominating the 30-lap main event with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. 09_24_2016_135c

It was the fourth overall triumph of the season for Kaeding and the Williams Motorsports team, in what has been a solid year for the Zero Heroes. It also marked his 16th career King of the West 410 Sprint Car win, which gives him sole possession of seventh on the all-time series list. Kaeding is now just one victory away from tying Los Angeles driver Tyler Walker for sixth on the list.
“We’ve had a really good season overall and to get two wins here in Placerville this year is pretty special,” commented Kaeding. “This hasn’t always been my best track over the years, but Sean Grealy and my guys gave me an outstanding car tonight. These races are never easy to win, so you have to celebrate them when you get the chance. We’ve got a great group of racers out here and I hope all the fans are enjoying this season. Thanks to everyone for coming out tonight and supporting all of us. We really do appreciate it. Hope everyone can make it out to Watsonville & Tulare in a couple weeks.”

The 30-lap feature got off to a rather slow start, with multiple stoppages plaguing the flow early on. After lap 10 however, the race went green to checkered and saw Kaeding have his way out front for the duration of the contest. Roseville’s Colby Copeland tried to keep pace through lapped traffic, but Kaeding was ultra strong picking his way through the slower cars.

Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, who was making his first ever King of the West Placerville start, looked like a veteran as the laps wound down in the feature. After starting 10th in the field he battled his way under Hanford’s DJ Netto on lap 19 for third and then sliced under Copeland for second on lap 26.

Bernal then closed the gap between himself and Kaeding over the final few laps, but would come up just short, having to settle for second at the stripe. The official margin of victory for Kaeding at the line was 0.682 seconds. The runner up effort was a career best with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series for Bernal aboard the Mike Phulps owned Metal Works No. 56 machine.

“I’m pretty pumped to finish on t09_24_2016_113che podium with King of the West tonight,” said Bernal. “We had a really good car in the feature and I got into a nice groove on the bottom the last 10-laps. I think with a couple more laps we would have had a shot at Bud. I’ll take a second though considering the kind of competition we are running against. It was a great weekend for us.”

Copeland crossed under the checkered flag in third to claim his second podium finish of the King of the West season. It was also his first series start in the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association/ Antaya Motorsports No. 20 Sprinter. “I thought we had a shot to get a win early on, but a third place finish is pretty good for us tonight. This is a new deal for me so I can’t thank Larry Antaya and this entire team enough for giving me the chance to drive this car. I’m excited for the remainder of the season.

After winning the night’s dash DJ Netto had a solid run in the feature to come home in fourth behind the wheel of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c mount. Fremont’s Shane Golobic thrilled the crowd after having to go to the rear of the field on lap one aboard the Keith Day Trucking No. 22 Sprinter. He proceeded to charge around the high-side of the quarter-mile and march his way back to fifth by the finish. If a yellow had come out late in the race Golobic certainly would have made things interesting up front.

The top-10 was completed by Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Paradise’ Kyle Hirst, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox and Fresno’s Cory Eliason. Hirst was able to recover for an eighth place finish after getting upside down in his heat race and also being caught up in an early race incident in the feature.

As noted, DJ Netto captured the dash, while heat race victories went to Colby Copeland, Netto and Justyn Cox. Bud Kaeding started off the night by setting his first fast time of the season by clocking a 10.587 around the Placerville Speedway.

In the companion BCRA Midget feature, 14 cars took the green flag with Dustin Golobic leading the opening 3 laps until Cory Elliott drove by Golobic on the bottom in turn two. Elliott stretched almost a half lap lead as the race drew to a close, and won over Robert Dalby, Maria Cofer, Dustin Golobic, and Taylor Simas who rounded out the top five.
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Elliott was a very happy winner in victory lane, stating, “I always have wanted to win here. It feels awesome to finally get it done.” Earlier in the evening the two heat race winners were Shane Golobic and Dustin Golobic.

Only 4 IMCA Sport Mods were on hand for their final appearance of the year, with Todd Cooper, Damian Merritt, Dave Gibson, and Brian Cooper racing to the green flag. Over the course of the 20 lap non-stop affair, the battle for position never changed, with Todd Cooper winning his 3rd feature at Placerville in 2016.

“I wish there were more than 4 cars tonight, but it was a good R&D night for us”, Cooper said in victory lane. “Congrats to my brother on winning the IMCA state title tonight.”

Placerville Speedway is dark for the next two weekends, but will return for its final two races of the year, the NorCal Posse Shootout on October 14 & 15 featuring Winged 360 Sprint Cars. In addition, the NorCal Dwarf Cars will also be in competition on Friday and Saturday, with wingless spec sprints racing a full program on Friday. Pit gates open at 2pm while the front gates open at 3pm. Racing will begin 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 over 8000 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 also 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


King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series invades Placerville Speedway Saturday September 24th

By: Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – September 20, 2016…With the season winding down, the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will make its final visit of the season to the always action packed Placerville Speedway this Saturday, marking the third trip of the season to the Scott Russell & Kami Arnold promoted quarter-mile clay oval.

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The first two events have been nothing short of thrilling and this weekend promises to feature much of the same, as drivers look to build momentum for the final month and a half in Northern California. Also on hand will be the always entertaining BCRA Midgets, plus IMCA Sport Mods.

Two-time King of the West champion Kyle Hirst leads the field into Saturday aboard the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x Sprinter. The Paradise, CA wheel-man sits atop the standings by 57-markers and will be gunning for his sixth victory of the campaign this weekend. Last year Hirst swept both events at the Placerville Speedway and led a number of laps in the feature during the most recent visit on July 30. If he were to park it in victory lane it would set a new personal high for him when it comes to wins in a season with the series.

“We’re looking forward to getting the season back underway this Saturday at Placerville Speedway,” Hirst commented. “We’ve had a really strong year so far and hopefully we can continue that during these last five races. Whenever King of the West competes in Placerville it’s a wild show, so hopefully the fans will pack the stands this weekend. It would mean a lot to get that sixth win of the season. We had a good shot last time in Pville and definitely want to seal the deal on Saturday.”

The previous two King of the West appearances in Placerville have been picked off by Campbell’s Bud Kaeding & Fremont’s Shane Golobic respectively. Both drivers have claimed three wins apiece this season, with Golobic claiming victory at the two most recent events held. Kaeding ranks second in the points going into Saturday and will be hoping for a strong night to try and cut into Hirst’s lead with five races to go. Golobic will be searching to make it three in a row with the series this weekend.

Sacramento’s Willie Croft has been in position to win both King of the West stops in Placerville this season, but each time has found heartbreak city towards the end. The season-opener saw him lead 26-laps, before a spun car ended his shot at victory. In July he looked to be on way to a certain triumph, until banging the cushion just hard enough to send him sideways & on his side in dramatic fashion just prior to the checkered. Croft looks to put that behind him on Saturday to try and scoop up his first Placerville KWS win.

Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler & Hanford’s DJ Netto round out the top-five in the standings going into Placerville. Cox will continue his rookie campaign with the series and has certainly gained speed with the season wearing on. Statler earned a podium finish in July at Placerville and will be gunning to improve by a couple more spots on Saturday. Netto will be looking to score his first win of the season, as he makes his second King of the West start since joining the Tri-C Motorsports team.

More possibilities on Saturday will include Fresno’s Cory Eliason, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Fair Oak’s Jake Morgan, 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 complete details of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship Racing Season, visit Placerville Speedway’s official website at www.placervillespeedway.com.

Join over 8000 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 also 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 Concludes 2016 with 3 Big Nights of Racing

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Placerville, CA (September 15)…Placerville Speedway will conclude it’s 2016 racing season with three marquee nights of racing, beginning with Saturday, September 24’s third and final visit of year by the King of the West Sprint Car Series, followed by the inaugural running of the NorCal Posse Shootout for 360 Sprint Cars on Friday and Saturday, October 14 & 15th.

Following a successful season at the 1/4 mile clay oval, new track promoters Scott Russell and Kami Arnold are excited about finishing strong in the opening year. “We are really pleased with the schedule we have created that allows us to spread our wings a little at the end of the season”, Russell said proudly. “The first two KWS events of the season were very successful for us, and we are looking forward to their return for the final time this season next week”.

Current KWS points leader Kyle Hirst leads the series back to Placerville with a season-high five main event victories aboard the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x machine. Campbell’s Bud Kaeding ranks second in the standings and has two wins on the season. KWS Rookie of the Year candidate Justyn Cox sits third in points, but is still searching for his first career series win next weekend. Jason Statler and D.J. Netto round out the top five.

In addition to the KWS Series, the BCRA Midgets and the IMCA Sport Mods will be on hand for the final time of the year for each series. Pit gates open at 2pm while the front gates open at 3pm. Racing will begin at 7pm.

The inaugural NorCal Posse Shootout promises to be the icing on the cake for the 2016 season at Placerville Speedway. “As a former winged 360 Sprint Car competitor and car owner, I have always wanted to see a big end of the year show here at Placerville”, Russell admitted. “Kami and I are very pleased to see that finally come to fruition. We have a lot of great things planned for that weekend, and we are looking forward to the event. It will see a big purse and a lot of great racers in competition, so it promises to be a great weekend of racing to end our first season as promoters”.

The event features a $3,000 to win preliminary feature on Friday, with $300 guaranteed to start, as well as an after race party on the fairgrounds in the Forni Building that will feature live music and a Taco Feed. Saturday’s big finale will offer $7,000 to the winner, with $500 guaranteed to all feature starters.

In addition to the winged 360 Sprint Cars, the NorCal Dwarf Cars will also be in competition on Friday and Saturday, with wingless spec sprints racing a full program on Friday. Pit gates open at 2pm while the front gates open at 3pm. Racing will begin 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 over 8000 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 also 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.


Purse Structure for NORCAL Posse Shootout on October 14th & 15th:

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