2015 Schedule Includes Return of the Outlaws and 24 Events for 50th Anniversary Season


By Placerville Speedway Media


PLACERVILLE, CA (1-6-15) – Placerville Speedway has finalized the schedule for the upcoming Red Hawk Casino 50th Anniversary Championship Season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The 2015 racing schedule will feature an action packed calendar consisting of 24 events at the high banked quarter mile bullring carved in the hillside of the community once known as “Old Hangtown” in the days of the Gold Rush.

As the high banked lady in red enters her Golden Anniversary season, the schedule of events to come clearly illustrates that there is still gold in these hills in the eyes of avid race fans as Handy Racing Promotions brings a multitude of high profile events to the track that has been home to auto racing since the summer of 1965 when a community football field hosted hard top racing for the very first time and “Hangtown Speedway” was born.

The 2015 racing season opens up with a practice night for competitors on Sunday evening, March 29th. The following week the season roars into action in grand fashion with the King of the West Sprint Car Series bringing 410 cubic inch sprint car action to the bullring on Saturday night, April 4th. The KWS event is a prelude to an epic night of 410 sprint car racing as the following Wednesday night, the National STP World of Outlaws Sprint Car Tour will roll into Placerville Speedway for the first time in over 20 years in a special event that will honor longtime racing promoters John and Robbie Padjen for their contributions to Placerville Speedway and California racing.

The return of the World of Outlaws to Placerville is a much anticipated event as Grass Valley Native Brad Sweet, who began his sprint car racing career on the banks of Placerville has teamed with World Racing Group and Handy Racing Promotions to bring the National tour back to his home track with the Brad Sweet Presents Short Track Outlaw Showdown, both of whom were instrumental in the Outlaw’s development in California.  Tickets are already selling fast online for this event that is being promoted through the World of Outlaws and are currently available online at www.woosprint.com. All tickets for this event will be reserved seating and an early sell out is expected.

Following the assault of the Greatest Show on Dirt, Placerville Speedway will wave the green flag on the Red Hawk Casino Championship Series presented by Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light and the Mountain Democrat on Saturday night, April 11. This season, every night of action at Placerville Speedway will feature winged sprint cars with the combination of championship point events and four special nights of racing bannered as the Placerville Posse Sprint Car Challenge.

The Posse Sprint Car Challenge is named after a familiar term known as the “Placerville Posse,” consisting of popular locals that have made Placerville Speedway their home track through the years and drawing a strong fan base of area residents who pack the grandstands each week in support of their local racer.

In years past, winged sprint cars would be absent from action on nights when other events in the region were taking place. Much to the liking of local drivers and fans, this season will not be the same with the inception of the Posse Sprint Challenge.  Any driver who wins all four of these special races will receive a $2000 bonus sponsored by Red Hawk Casino. If no one driver can accomplish the feat, the bounty will be split among the winners of the series accordingly. Placerville Posse Sprint Challenge Races will include April 11 and 25th and August 1 and 22nd. Two events are non points nights for the sprint cars while the other two are championship events as well.

The 2015 championship campaign this season will feature winged 360 sprint cars in 13 total point events. Limited Late Models will race for the crown in 17 events as will the Pure Stock division. The three track anchor divisions will be joined by a number of guest divisions throughout the season, making for an action packed racing program each week.

The Nor Cal Dwarf Cars are slated for five visits in 2015. The Bay Cities Racing Association will bring the traditional midget division to the bullring on two different nights during the year and the Midget Lite division a total of nine times throughout the year. The 410 sprint cars of the King of the West Sprint Cars will race a pair of events this season with the season opener followed by a return visit on July 18. The Civil War Sprint Car Series is slated for two Placerville appearances including May 30 and August 8. The California Hardtop Association is also on the race card with two season visits while the wingless sprint cars will make a sole appearance, competing with the Civil War Series in their first visit of the year.

Season event notables include Placerville’s richest annual race of the year, the Mark Forni Classic which celebrates its 10th anniversary on August 8th. Independence Day and auto racing come together with the annual July Fourth Spectacular on Saturday, July 4th. Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night will be August 15th this year and will be followed by the annual Hangtown Destruction Derby presented by the Placerville Police Officers Association on Sunday, August 16th.

The 2015 season will conclude with high winning events. On Saturday, September 5th the second annual Tribute to Donnie Tilford returns with the sprint cars taking home $2000 to win, Limited Late Models $1000 and Pure Stocks $500. The following week will mark the Tribute to Al Hinds which pays identical amounts and will crown the season champions.

The drivers will be recognized for their efforts shortly after the season concludes with the Red Hawk Casino Championship Awards Dinner on Saturday night, October 10th, tentatively.

For the complete schedule of the 2015 racing season click HERE.

Associate sponsorships will be detailed in the weeks leading up to the season opener. For information on becoming an associate or division sponsor at Placerville Speedway please inquire by email at placervillespeedway@gmail.com.

Join over 5000 friends of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can interact with fellow fans, drivers and staff and follow them on twitter to keep up to date on events to come. You can also find Placerville Speedway on twitter for schedule updates and more by following them @pvllspeedway.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The facility is operated by Handy Racing Promotions which can be reached at their business office at (916) 783-3478.

Placerville Speedway Welcome’s Red Hawk Casino and Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians as Title Sponsor


By Placerville Speedway Media


PLACERVILLE, CA (1-6-15) – As Placerville Speedway embarks on a landmark 50th Anniversary Season, it is proud to welcome Red Hawk Casino and the Shingle Springs Band RH SSR Placervilleof Miwok Indians as the official title sponsor of the quarter-mile clay oval located that has been home to auto racing at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville since 1965.

“The Tribe and its Red Hawk Casino are proud of our long-term partnership with Placerville Speedway,” said Nicholas Fonseca, Chairman of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. “Placerville Speedway offers great family fun for our community.”

With El Dorado County’s second largest employer and premier entertainment venue joining forces with Placerville Speedway, the season to come is poised to be one of the biggest in recent history, expected to bring record numbers in the way of area tourism with an action packed 24-event schedule, containing several high profile events throughout the year. Among the highlights will be the return of the Nationally known World of Outlaws Sprint Car Tour for the first time in over 20 years in addition to talent both local and from afar in competition every Saturday from April through September amidst a variety of racing divisions.

“Both local and corporate sponsors are the lifeblood of this sport, but they are not easy to come by,” said Bill Sullivan of Placerville Speedway. “The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians and its Red Hawk Casino have worked hard to partner with Placerville Speedway in a spectacular fashion and we are proud to have them for the launch of our historical 50th anniversary season ahead.”

Built in 2008, Red Hawk Casino features 88,000 square feet of world class gaming nestled on the Shingle Springs Rancheria in Placerville, just West of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Among the amenities are more than 2100 slot machines, 75 gaming tables, non smoking gaming areas, poker rooms, five delectable restaurants, Kids Quest and Cyber Quest. Red Hawk Casino offers a destiny like no other in scenic El Dorado County where they believe in giving back to their community in many different forms.

Placerville Speedway fans are urged to join the Red Hawk Rewards Club. The rewards club is free and offers the ultimate player loyalty program. The Rewards Club gives casino guests the ability to earn points that can be redeemed for free slot play, dining at any of the casino’s restaurants, gifts at Red Hawk Traders gift shop and more.

Throughout the upcoming Red Hawk Casino 50th Anniversary Season at Placerville Speedway, race fans and drivers alike will be rewarded throughout the year with various prizes, gifts from Red Hawk Casino and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians through the title sponsorship program. The casino welcomes race teams to it’s facility after a night of race with ample parking for large haulers, live entertainment and dining.

Placerville Speedway’s 50th Anniversary Season is set to begin with a special practice night for competitors on Sunday, March 29th followed by a high octane opening week featuring the King of the West Sprint Cars and Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets on Saturday April 4th and the much anticipated return of the nationally known STP World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on Wednesday, April 8th. The weekly Red Hawk Casino Championship series begins on Saturday, April 11th. The 2015 racing season features a total of 24 events between April and September.

For complete details of the 2015 Red Hawk Casino Championship Racing Season visit Placerville Speedway’s official website at www.placervillespeedway.com. For further information on Red Hawk Casino visit www.redhawkcasino.com.

Associate sponsorships will be announced in the weeks leading up to the season opener, highlighting the numerous businesses that support El Dorado County’s largest spectator sports venue. For information on becoming an associate or division sponsor at Placerville Speedway please inquire by email at placervillespeedway@gmail.com.

Join over 5000 friends of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can interact with fellow fans, drivers and staff and follow them on twitter to keep up to date on events to come. You can also find Placerville Speedway on twitter for schedule updates and more by following them @pvllspeedway.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The facility is operated by Handy Racing Promotions which can be reached at their business office at (916) 783-3478.

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 Placerville Speedway Media


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 Placerville Speedway Media


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!