Brad Sweet Bringing World of Outlaws to Placerville Speedway


By Placerville Speedway


California native returns ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt’ to his favorite California track for the first time since 1992

WOO Short Track Showdown CONCORD, N.C. — Nov. 4, 2014 — Brad Sweet and the World of Outlaws announced Tuesday they would partner to return the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series to Placerville (Calif.) Speedway during the 2015 season.

The event, Brad Sweet Presents the Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown, will be Wednesday, April 8, 2015, as part of a robust tour through the West Coast that will be announced later this fall.

“Placerville Speedway has always been a special place for me,” said Sweet, a native of nearby Grass Valley, Calif. “It is where I grew up competing and where my passion for sprint car racing developed. The opportunity to partner with the World of Outlaws in returning the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series to Placerville is exciting. I look forward to making the event a success for the fans and my fellow competitors.”

Sweet drives the No. 49 Surepoint Medical car for Kasey Kahne Racing in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.

This is not the first time the series has competed at the quarter mile, high-banked oval. From 1985 to 1992 the series made four starts at Placerville. Jac Haudenschild is the most recent winner at the track and, along with Sammy Swindell, has two Outlaw wins there.

“Partnering with Brad to return the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series to Placerville was a no-brainer,” said World of Outlaws President Tom Deery. “His passion for the series and for his home track is evident and made for a perfect combination in bringing the Outlaws back after more than two decades. We look forward to what is certain to be a great event.”

The partnership marks the first co-promotion of an event between the Outlaws and Sweet.

Tickets for Brad Sweet Presents the Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown are available at www.WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets. Reserved seating is $45. All advance reserved ticket purchases will include a pit pass upgrade. For more information and to order tickets call 877-395-8606 or visit www.WoOSprint.com.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, MSD, Sweet Manufacturing, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.

Championship Awards Dinner is November 22; Make your reservations early


By Bill Sullivan


banquet pictureThe 2014 Jackson Rancheria Casino Racing season has recently come to a close at Placerville Speedway and Handy Racing Promotions wishes to thank all of our teams, our sponsors and our dedicated fans for a fantastic racing season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. We are looking forward to the 2015 racing season with all of you as we have the honor of celebrating Placerville Speedway’s ladmark 50th anniversary season.

We have many exciting things ahead in our new season, however, there is still one very important piece of business to complete on this recent racing season and that is the honoring of our top drivers for their accomplishments in 2014.

The awards dinner for the Placerville Speedway will be held on November 22nd at the same location as last year, the American Legion Hall 4561 Greenstone Rd, Placerville 95667. Doors and a no-host bar will open at 5:00 pm and dinner will begin at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be $20 per person and this will include a tri-tip steak dinner with salad and dessert.

Dinner seating is limited to 175 people, you must make advanced reservations by November 10th by mailing a check to PO Box 726, Roseville, CA 95661 or by calling the business office at (916) 783-3478 to pay by credit card. Please leave a message and we will return your call. Reserved table seating is for season champion’s only, all other tables on a first come first serve basis.

Placerville Speedway will recognize, with trophies, the top 10 drivers from the Sprints division, the top 10 from Limited Late Models and the top 10 from the Pure Stocks.

Saturday’s Racing Cancelled Due to King Fire; Thank you for a great 2014 season


By Bill Sullivan


Due to the growth of the King Fire in El Dorado County and the El Dorado County Fairgrounds being overtaken by additional fire crews for an unknown term, racing has been CANCELLED at Placerville this Satfire arturday. Placerville Speedway is unable to reschedule this event but watch for news from the Civil War Series regarding a make up race at an alternative location in the coming weeks. We thank all you for a great 2014 racing season and are looking forward to seeing you again for our 50th Anniversary season next spring!

Thompsons Auto Centers’ Annual Tribute to Al Hinds Crowns Placerville Champions


By Bill Sullivan


champions bannerArticle by Bill Sullivan, Handy Racing Promotions  – Photos by Donna Peter, www.racephotosbydonna.com

PLACERVILLE, CA – The regular championship point racing season came to a climactic conclusion Saturday night at Placerville Speedway as the Thompson’s Auto Center’s Tribute Al Hinds brought added winnings to the final night of racing and crowned three season champions in the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resorts Championship Series. The evening marked the final night for the multiple divisions and just one event remains this Saturday, September 20 as the traveling Civil War Sprint Car Series will send the season into overtime at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

This marked the first year that the annual race which pays homage to late track promoter Al Hinds and paid bonus winnings courtesy of local businessman Ron Thompson and added funds from Handy Racing Promotions to all three of Placerville’s regular divisions. The Sprint Car winner earned $2000 last night, the Limited Late Models $1000 and the Pure Stocks earned $500, drawing a boosted car count and competitive racing throughout the final nigh of the Jackson Rancheria Casino Championship Points Racing Series.

In the Sprint Car Division, Justin Sanders of Prunedale muscled his way to his fifth vict09_13_2014_137aory of the season. The year marked the best of Sander’s career as he raced fulltime for car owners Rudy and Beverly Warrington. His bid for the championship went down to the wire as his success Saturday night resulted him unofficially taking over the bridesmaid position in the championship standings from defending champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn.

Sanders was followed across the line at the finish by Fremont’s Shane Golobic Satureday night. Mason Moore finished in third over Forsberg who led the early laps of the race until an incident in lapped traffic cost him several positions and a rally back to the front. Justin Cox of Sacramento rounded out the top five.

After qualifying deep in the field, point leader Greg DeCaires simply had to take the green flag to clinch the championship Saturday night. DeCaires finished the nigh in the 7th position. Driving for local car owner Dale Miller in the Foothill 7 Television sponsored #4sa Sprint Car that is a Tribute to the late Stephen Allard, DeCaires ended the night with 56-point advantage over Sanders. The feat adds to a long resume of success for DeCaires, who won titles here in 2006 and 2007. A decade later, the fan favorite is already talking of another run in 2015.

09_13_2014_144“Tonight put the icing on the cake, we came in here tonight and stayed strong throughout the night even though we were off our mark in qualifying. Dale Miller and every single person on this crew have worked hard to support me and make this happen and all of their hard work paid off here tonight and we have a great sponsor in Foothill 7 TV and Ron Thompson. This is what we set out to do at the beginning of the year and it’s not just about this old guy winning another championship, this one means more. This one is for my Mom who I lost earlier this year and for the late Stephen Allard who this car pays Tribute to. They were both great supporters of me all my life and not a day goes by I don’t think about them. I’m ready to do it again in 2015, this old guy isn’t finished yet.” 09_13_2014_138

Limited Late Model action saw Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst claim his sixth win of the season Saturday night and pick up the added bonus money. McDaniel started on the outside of the front row and took the lead from Will McMillen at the green flag to lead every one of the 20 laps. At the finish line he was trailed by Duane Cleveland, Ray Trimble, Randy McDaniel and Jeff Olshowka.09_13_2014_154

The season ending point standings resulted in 2012 champion Matt Micheli winning his second title at Placerville Speedway in a season where he scored a pair of wins during the year and was a contender for victory in nearly each of the night’s of competition. Saturday night Micheli elected to park during his heat race and save his car for the feature event in which he had to take the green flag to clinch.

“I decided tonight I would skip the heat and save it for the main event so we didn’t tear anything up early in the night,” said Micheli. That kind of cost me a little bit later on as I didn’t really finish the way I wou09_13_2014_150ld have liked by we got the championship.   This was definitely a tougher one to win than my first on here two years ago. Ray Trimble and Tom Tilford raced me hard all season long and it was just an incredible season with great competition.”

In the Pure Stock division, Dan Jinkerson of Diamond Springs won his first feature event in this division. Jinkerson previously raced asphalt and dirt modifieds, winning his share of victories on both. Late this season with the help of his father, veteran driver Mark Jinkerson, who was a top driver in the late 70’s and early 80’s at Placerville.

Jinkerson took after five laps when early race leader Jon Tilford suffered mechanical issues and retired to the pit area for the night. Once on front, Jinkerson led all of the remaining laps and was followed across the line by Russell Murphy, Tim Mack, Rick Grunert and Mike Nuss.

Woodland’s Scott Grunert ended the night as the new Pure Stock Champion. Grunert parked during heat race action to insure a solid start in the feature event where he started in the rear and finished after late race tangle with Jason Armstrong in traffic. In the end he claimed the title by a 20-point margin over Eddie Gardner of Sacramento. His father, Rick Grunert, a 1997 track champion, finished third in the standings over Mack.09_13_2014_163

“Every since I watched my Dad race one of my goals was to one day win a championship and tonight we got that goal accomplished,” said Grunert. “Eddie Gardner ran me strong all season long and it was a great battle to the title. I want to thank him for a great season together and all my friends and sponsors that are here tonight.”

Saturday’s event also featured the Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association. Logan Seavey of Sacramento drove to victory in his John Taylor Motorsports owned car, appropriately on the night that is the Tracy Taylor Memorial for the traveling group. Brian Corso clinched the championship for the traveling group.

09_13_2014_152Action returns to Placerville Speedway for one addition night this Saturday, September 20th with the high profile Civil War Sprint Car Series in an added event to the regular season schedule. For further information on this events visit www.placervillespeedway.com.

Placerville Speedway and Handy Racing Promotions would like to thank all of the driver that competed in the 2014 Jackson Rancheria Casino Championship season this year and congratulate our champions on their accomplishments during this great of impressive car counts, fan support and sponsorship. We look forward to seeing many of you back on September 20 as we close out our season with the  return of the Civil War Sprint Car Series and we are already working on plans for our championship awards banquet November 22 and a spectacular season in 2015 which celebrates the track’s 50th anniversary season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Tribute to Al Hinds point race finale offers full day of fun ending with championship finale


By Bill Sullivan


By Bill Sullivan

PLACERVILLE, CA - Race fans from El Dorado County and the surrounding communities are gearing up for one of the biggest nights of open wheel racing in the sierra foothills as Placerville Speedway pays homage to a legacy in local racing. This Saturday, it’s time for the 11th Annual Tribute to Al Hinds at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds presented by Thompson’s Auto Centers.

hinds poster For the first time in the history of this event, the winners of all three of Placerville’s Championship divisions will earn bonus winnings in honor of Hinds’ legacy courtesy of the collaborative effort by Thompsons Auto Centers and Handy Racing Promotions. Eleven years ago this event was born after the passing of the well known early track promoter and mentor, Al Hinds, a longtime Placerville resident and true race fan that touched the lives of many of today’s up and coming drivers in the sport today.

It is due to the continuous support of longtime area auto dealer Ron Thompson that the legacy of Al Hinds continues in grand fashion for its 11th consecutive year. Not only will Saturday’s winners earn a lucrative bonus sponsored by Thompson, the event caps off a big day in local racing as Thompson’s Auto Center hosts a big race car show with hot dogs and drinks for fans and race teams from 11 a.m, until 2 p.m at their dealership located at 126 Forni Road in Placerville. The special event will feature some two dozen race cars and drivers that will be on hand, all showing appreciation for Thompson’s efforts in continuing to make racing richer at the track he has been so involved with for decades.

In past years, the Annual Tribute to Al Hinds always fell on a Civil War Series date. After many requests by drivers of the other divisions, this year it was the brainchild of track promoter Alan Handy and Ron Thompson to make this event a multi division program so all divisions can benefit from added winnings and join in the festivities for all the fans during the day. When the checkered flag falls on the final point race of the season Saturday night the Sprint Car winner will earn $2000 for their victory. The Late Model winner earns $1000 and the Pure Stocks will earn $500 to win with the added funds from Thompson and the track promoter.

Al Hinds was the second promoter of Placerville Speedway. Hinds took operation of the track with business partner Richard Hirst from its founder, Bruno Romani, in 1968, three years after it first opened when the facility was built around an existing community football field. Since that time, Placerville Speedway has become one of the top auto racing venues in Northern California, much due to the efforts of Hinds, who brought the community together with what was known as a rough and tumble facet of the sport back in the day.

From the day he set foot on the red clay at Placerville Speedway to the very last race he attended, Hinds continued to display his true love for auto racing and the community in which he brought it to. Even in his final years he continued to help young drivers, entertain fans and most importantly he spent a great deal of time talking to and mentoring many of those who are involved with the operations of the facility today, from officials, announcers and even the track promoter himself. When Hinds spoke, anyone who cared remotely about the future of the sport would sit down and listen.

When Hinds managed Placerville Speedway, the cars in competition were nothing like they were today. In Hinds’ later days of life, Cast iron transitioned into aluminum. Titanium began to replace just about anything that could break and aerodynamics became a factor on cars that now carry computerized scoring equipment that records speeds nearing 100 mph. However, none of that changed Hinds’ classic theory in the business of racing promotions; if you build it they will come.

“I miss that guy, it didn’t matter that the cars have changed and are going twice as fast they were back then, he knew how to promote racing and he still knew how to prep a track, ” recalls Alan Handy, the promoter of Placerville Speedway “He would come out here during the week and sit for hours and watch the grader. If he saw me doing something wrong, he told me his opinion. He was almost always right every time whether I liked it or not.”

The operator of a local machine shop by trade, Hinds loved the community where he lived. In his final years of life he enjoyed sitting with some of his best friends every night in the grandstands at Placerville Speedway and loved watching young talent make a name for themselves in the sport. This Saturday, such talent is sure to fill the field more than Hinds would ever imagine.

Saturday’s event is expected to draw a strong crowd as it is the final points race of the season and will crown the season champions as well as offer extra winnings. Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove, a driver who has raced many years under the sponsorship of Thompson will look to maintain his current point lead into the final green flag of the night to become the 2014 track champion. Matt Micheli of Live Oak will aim to lock his second track title down as he enters the night with a still narrow lead. Woodland’s Scott Grunert will look to complete his first Pure Stock championship with a strong finish Saturday.

The three track regulars are joined by the Bay Cities Racing Association Saturday night. Drivers and cars from all divisions will be on hand at the Thompson’s car show event featuring hot dogs from Stymeist Auto Body, all raising funds for the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County. It all starts at 11 a.m. at the service center building next to Thompson’s Toyota at 126 Forni Road in Placerville. (Across the highway from Denny’s).

The grandstands at Placerville Speedway will open at 5 p.m. Qualifying for this final night will start at 6:30 followed by racing at 7. For further information visit the track website at www.placervillespeedway.com.