Lucrative tribute to Donnie Tilford yields wild penultimate points race at Placerville Speedway Saturday Night


By Bill Sullivan


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PLACERVILLE, CA – During his days beneath the helmet and thereafter, the one thing the late Donnie Tilford truly loved was an exciting race night for both drivers and fans. Saturday night at Placerville Speedway there was undoubtedly a bit of magic in the air as a grandstand packed with fans was treated to thrills, spills and emotion for the inaugural Tribute to Donnie Tilford presented by Handy Racing Promotions and Domco Plumbing.

 

With added cash on the line for each division, Saturday’s race produced exactly what the late racing patriarch use to live by. “Drive fast and take chances,” was the motto that Donnie Tilford told so many during and after driving days. For some, such chances didn’t pay off well Saturday night but for others is surely did as point leader Greg DeCairies of Elk Grove tooks home a boosted $2000 victory in the Sprint Car Division while Matt Micheli of Live Oak claimed the $1500 to win Late Model feature and Eddie Gardner of Citrus Heights grabbed $500 in the Pure Stock division.

 

While all divisions benefited from added winnings Saturday night, the center of attention surrounded the Limited Late Model division, a class in which the late Tilford truly had a passion for and worked in recent years to help develop both the class and the drivers within it. Among those drivers, his own nephew Tom Tilford, the defending track champion who started on the pole of the event that kicked off with a first class introduction of the drivers from the front stretch which was once a weekly routine long ago.

 

Appropriately, Tom Tilford started on the pole of the 20-lap feature that paid tribute to his lost uncle and mentor. As the field entered the first turn, Tilford’s car pitched sideways in a near spin as a multi car collision broke out in his wake. The started resulted in a red flag when Jeff Olshowka went upside down in turn two, a rarity in this division. Nobody was injured in the incident and all returned to the line up with the exception of Olshowka.decaires tilford

“When we did the introductions I couldn’t hold back the tears, my emotions we so high and my hands were still shaking when we took the green flag,” said Tilford. “I completely over drove into that first turn and lost it. I feel bad about it and the cars that got torn up, I’m glad Jeff and everyone was ok. This was a tough night but a great night for Donnie. He loved an exciting race and the fans got that tonight.”

The opening lap incident wasn’t the only red flag of the night in this class. With the added money on the line and 16 drivers giving it their all, accidents were par for the course Saturday and former champion Dan Brown Jr. of Rocklin was the second rollover victim of the night after a brush with Auburn’s Matt Davis that sent im into a pile up and upside down without injury later in the race.

 

Through it all, 2012 champion Matt Micheli drove his way to the checkered flag for the biggest win of his career at the track he calls home. Micheli held off the challenges of Ryan Randy McDaniel to the finish line to pick up the $1500 win. Tilford finished in fourth followed by Jay Norton of Shingle Springs.

 

“This is really a special for me, the biggest I’ve ever had here,” said Micheli, who earned not only the added bonus but the four foot tall trophy and a one of a kind commemorative helmet custom painted in memory of Donnie Tilford. “All of out here tonight can’t thank Domco and Alan Handy for what they’ve done here tonight to remember Donnie. He was a great driver, all of us traded paint with him and respected him on and off the track. He was a great loss to the sport and winning this here tonight, well, the extra money is great but that’s not what its all about. It’s an honor for sure.”

 

In the Sprint Car division, $2000 was on the line to win Saturday night as Handy Racing Promotions increased the winnings across the board to honor Tilford. When the checkered flag waved it was Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove picking up the win. Over the last year DeCaires may earn the knick name of “old money” as the veteran driver has had a knack for picking off high paying victories at Placerville including the Tiner Classic, the Mark Forni Classic and now the Tribute to Donnie Tilford.

 

“I watched many laps that Donnie Tilford turned at this track and spent a lot of time with all of them at this place, they are like family here at Placerville and this is an honor to win this first race for him tonight,” said DeCaires. “Tonight we a little more lucky that we were good. I lost my brakes midway through the race and fortunately Andy Gregg got caught up in some traffic there and fell back. If that hadn’t happened I think we would have got me because he was coming back for the lead for sure.”

 

DeCaries took the lead at the green flag over second place started Jimmy Trulli when the green flag waved. After working his way around Trulli, Gregg moved into the bridesmaid position and shot around DeCaires for the lead at the 10 lap mark in the second turn when the two were racing in heavy traffic.

 

After a red flag on lap 15 when Sacramento’s Bobby Butler flipped over in the second turn a restart put the top runners bumper to bumper and the dogfight for the lead resumed with DeCaires redeeming it in traffic once again. On the 22nd lap, Gregg spun off the second turn and fell back several positions and out of contention and it was Trulli that was then pressuring DeCaires all the way to the checkered flag. James Sweeney of Placerville finished in third followed by Justin Sanders of Prunedale and defending track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn who recovered to a top five after starting deep in the field and fighting motor issues all through the night.

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In the Pure Stock division, 2003 Placerville Speedway Pro Stock champion Mike Nuss of Pollock Pines returned to the spotlight Saturday night with a crowd raising run to the finish line. Despite sparks showering from his #57 car for the first half of the race, Nuss took the lead from early front runner Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove on the seventh lap.

 

In the last two laps of the race, lapped traffic slowed Nuss and a three way battle broke out as Leonard and Eddie Gardner closed in. Gardner took the lead from Nuss on the backstretch until Nuss muscled into the final set of turns and crossed the line just inches ahead of Gardner in an exciting finish. Unfortunately the veteran driver learned the wheel base in his converted street stock was shy of the minimum in post race inspection, making him ineligible for the win.

 

“That was a bummer tonight, but man was this fun coming out here and racing like that in memory of Donnie,” said Nuss, a longtime competitor that is well known for his appreciation of fellow drivers, fans and officials through the years with a humble attitude regardless of a situation. “We hadn’t known the wheel base was an issue as this was just the third race since we came back and we just came out for fun. The last two races we weren’t running up front so it was never looked at. I kind of wish I had known about it before I won but this was fun and I think we’re ready to put together a car and come back for next year. I miss this place.”

 

After the ruling, Gardner was awarded the win and the $500 bonus along with the big trophy. Gardner has been racing alongside the Tilford family for several seasons and was honored with the victory over Leonard, Rick Grunert and Scott Grunert of Woodland.

 

“That was a fun race out there it’s a bummer that it came down to a ruling but rules are rules and we’re happy to be here again,” said Gardner. “This is definitely a big win for me. The Tilford family has helped me out here and there’s a great amount of respect for them by all of us. I’ll remember this one for a long time for sure.”

 

Placerville Speedway will go dark next weekend at return to action Saturday, September 13th with the final points race and the Thompson’s Auto Center Tribute to Al Hinds that begins with a big race car show and BBQ at Thompsons Auto Center at 126 Forni Road from 11am until 2 pm on race day. Watch the track website for further information on this event.

 

Join nearly 5000 friends of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can interact with other fans, drivers and staff in a positive, family friendly fashion. You can also follow Placerville Speedway on twitter to keep up to date on events to come. Visit the official track website at www.placervillespeedway.com. Follow Placerville Speedway on Twitter @pvllspeedway.com.

 

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Big Money and Heavy Hearts come together for Saturday’s Inaugural Tribute to Donnie Tilford at Placerville Speedway


By Bill Sullivan


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PLACERVILLE, CA – This Saturday will bring inflated winnings and heavy hearts together at Placerville Speedway as the second to Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season pays homage to the late Donnie Tilford, one the most decorated and beloved in the history of Placerville Speedway, with the inaugural Tribute to Donnie TIlford Big Trophy Night at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

The first edition of the Tribute to Donnie Tilford offers inflated winnings to all three divisions Saturday night. The Sprint Car Division will be racing for a $2000 to win bounty while the Pure Stock division will earn $500 on this special night. The most notable money on the line will be in the Limited Late Model Division as they honor the stock car patriarch with a $1500 victory check while second place will earn a $300 bonus, third place a $200 bonus and the hardcharger of the night in the division that Tilford truly loved will earn $200 as well.

1888570_10152066395423925_1931076265_nSaturday’s additional winnings are a collaborative effort of Dominic Stone, owner of Domco Plumbing, and track promoters Alan and Diane Handy. Domco added nearly $2000 in added funds to the Late Model purse alone for this special night while the track promoters have come forth with the extra rewards in the Sprint Car and Pure Stock divisions. In addition to the winnings, the event is the annual “Big Trophy Night,” ,making this a special night for a truly special racer that is missed by many this year.

“There’s a stereotype that that racers are supposed to be small in stature with cat like reflexes, well someone forgot to tell Donnie Tilford that long ago and he proved them all wrong with great success,” said Alan Handy, Placerville Speedway’s track promoter. “He was a winner, a multi time champion but most importantly an even better friend and I miss that big old bear every week.”

Much of the dirt track racing community was stunned in March of this year when Tilford passed away in his sleep at just 58 years old, leaving behind a legacy in the sport that spanned the beginning of his racing career well past his retirement in 1991 when he hung up his helmet and went to help his son and nephews find their place in the sport, not only assisting them financially but more importantly sharing his wealth of knowledge, his winning ways and mentorship in a very competitive sport where the combination of car set up is just as important as a winning attitude.

“Stock car racing on the clay at Hangtown is what brought this family together. It’s with all of our fans, fellow racers and the staff of Handy Racing Promotions that continues to keep this family tight and this sport strong,” said Jon Tilford, who won the 2006 Pro Stock Championship under the guidance of his late uncle and now spends his time trackside wrenching for his brothers Tom, Matt and his cousin Nathan. ” So this race in honor of, who in my eyes is the greatest stock car driver ever, means a lot to me and my family and my extended family which is the racing community so I can’t thank everyone who has made this tribute to Donnie the beginning of what we hope will become the best stock car race at Placerville Speedway. This is what he lived for. He believed in driving fast and taking chances.”

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Defending track champion Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights will surely have his competition to contend with Saturday night as many of the region’s top talent are expected to race for the added cash in honor of Donnie. The driver of the #92 Late Model will undoubtedly be driving with a heavy heart in hope he will be taking home the night’s big trophy and the commemorative helmet that will go to Saturday’s winner. Like his brothers, Tilford feels the void of the man that was his hero, sponsor, crew chief and mentor built into one.

helmet“He was one of the best stock car drivers on the west coast in one of the most important times for stock car racing,” said Tilford. “He brought technology and knowledge from his travels to the sport locally, much of it we still use today. He was what my brothers and cousins always strived to be in racing. Not only by winning but by earning the respect of our competitors.”

Matt Tilford will be in competition Saturday night in the Pure Stock division. Despite being one of the track’s winingest drivers in recent history, a victory Saturday night will by far be the high point for Tilford’s career and it has nothing to do with the money at stake but much more.

“It means a lot to see a race track commemorate Donnie for being one of the best drivers in this area and it’s great to see one of the people I looked up to growing up to be honored in this way,” said Matt Tilford. “I have really thank Handy Racing Promotions and Placerville Speedway for doing this in his memory.”donnie cropped

There will undoubtedly be many heavy hearts on both side of the fence this Saturday at Placerville Speedway and among them will be Donnie’s son, Nathan Tilford who drives the number three Pure Stock that replicates the Team USA car that Donnie drive in Australia early in his career. Following in his father’s footsteps, Nathan has been racing part time when his schedule permits and along with his sister Terena, looks forward to this event that pays tribute to his late Father.

“My Dad was my hero, he raced like he lived and always helped his competitors because competition makes you better. Not only in racing but in life,” he said. “The best thing about Placerville Speedway doing this special race is that it will give my son the opportunity to see how important his grandfather was to this sport.”

With the added money on the line in all three of Placerville Speedway’s divisions and just two point races remaining in the season there is no doubt that many drivers will be driving fast and taking chances Saturday night. This special night of racing is one any race fan surely will not want to miss with all three championship titles remaining undecided and field of competitors that will be second to none in honor of the late Donnie Tilford.

The grandstands will open at 5 p.m Saturday night on this big bang for buck night with five full divisions. Adults are $15, Seniors $13, Juniors are $12, Children $5 and those 5 and under are free. Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive and is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort who offers $25 in free play to every race fan this Saturday night. Additional sponsors include The Mountain Democrat, Thompson’s Toyota, ADCO Drive Lines, Hoosier Racing Tires and Riebes Auto Parts of El Dorado County.

Join nearly 5000 friends of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can interact with other fans, drivers and staff in a positive, family friendly fashion. You can also follow Placerville Speedway on twitter to keep up to date on events to come. Visit the official track website at www.placervillespeedway.com. Follow Placerville Speedway on Twitter @pvllspeedway.com.

 

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Championship Point Race 15 brings five different drivers to victory lane


By Bill Sullivan


PLACERVILLE, CA – The pit area of Placerville Speedway was packed full Saturday night as five different divisions formed the race card for the 15th Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season presented by Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light, The Mountain Democrat and Thompsons Auto Centers.Midgets

When the final checkered waved on the field of more that 80 cars, five different faces celebrated their success in victory lane. Bobby Hogue of Watsonville came home the winner in the visiting Dirt Modifieds of the Nor Cal Challenge Series. Frank Guerrini III of San Rafael was the victor in the Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets while Kevin Bender of Rocklin took home the win in the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars. Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst scored his sixth Limited Late Model win of the year while Tim Mack of Diamond Springs took the win in the Pure Stock Division.

In the visiting Dirt Modified, a dozen of Calforinia’s top talent returned the clay oval quarter-mile track for the first time in several years for a one time appearance in this series that races at multiple tracks throughout Northern California for a simple, yet competitive traveling tour. Hogge started fifth on the grid while Troy Foulger of Martinez started on the pole position to take the lead at the green flag.

Once in second place, Hogge put the pressure on Foulger for the lead as he road the rim of the quarter-mile to muscle his way into the lead. Eight laps into the race Olivehursts Randy and Ryan McDaniel worked into the top runners and began battling for the third position with Kellen Chadwick. At the finish line, Hogge was chased to the win by Foulger, Ryan McDaniel, Ryan McDaniel and Chadwick.

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The Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets brought 21 entries into Saturday’s event. In the tour’s final Placerville race of the year, Guerrini started on the outside of the front row and took the lead where he was challenged by Orland’s Tyler Simas. Simas took the lead from Guerrini with five laps complete and the two began dueling for the lead while Matt Streeter of Galt moved in to make it a three way battle before dropping out of contention on the 14th lap.

Throughout multiple caution flags for spins and collisions, Guerrini and SImas kept the fans on the edge of their seats as they swapped the top position back and fourth into the final laps. At the finish, Guerrini celebrated his first Placerville winover Simas, Kevin Morris joined the podium in the third position ahead of Brian Guard and Streeter who recovered to the fifth position at the checkered flag.

The Limited Late Model division saw Ryan McDaniel work his way into the top two positions at the waving of the green flag where he challenged second place started Duane Cleveland for the lead position all the way up to the final lap. After chasing his longtime rival, McDaniel pulled off an impressive high side pass as the two traveled through the final set of turns to steal the win. At the line McDaniel was followed by Cleveland, point leader Matt Micheli, Paul Gugliemoni and former champion Dan Brown Jr.mack

Pure Stock action had Mack powered into then lead from the outside of the front row Saturday night. With 8 laps down Mack felt the challenges from the season’s winningest driver, Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights. Both Mack and Tilford raced bumper to bumper and side by side throughout the 20-lap event. Despite the many attempts made by Tilford both low and high to steal the lead, Mack was the first one to cross the line. Tilford finished in second followed by Russell Murphy, John Durrett and point leader Scott Grunert.

After giving a win with a last lap error a couple of months ago, Bender was on a mission to make up for it in the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car’s final appearance of the year Saturday night. After starting 8th the former champ worked his way to the front and took the lead on the 13th lap after early race leader Neil Stinson took wild tumble down the backstretch and into the third turn. Once in front Bender maintained his pursuit to his elusive win here and was followed across the finish line by Bobby Brown Jr and Darin Brent in an event that saw competitors from as far as San Diego in competition Saturday night.

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Racing resumes next Saturday night with the first of just two remaining championship point races in the season. Saturday’s event will mark the inaugural Tribute to Donnie Tilford and is big trophy night at the speedway. The evening will include Winged Sprints, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks.

The grandstands will open at 5 p.m Saturday night. Adults are $15, Seniors $13, Juniors are $12, Children $5 and those 5 and under are free. Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive and is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort who offers $25 in free play to every race fan this Saturday night. Additional sponsors include The Mountain Democrat, Thompson’s Toyota, ADCO Drive Lines, Hoosier Racing Tires and Riebes Auto Parts of El Dorado County.

Join nearly 5000 friends of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can interact with other fans, drivers and staff in a positive, family friendly fashion. You can also follow Placerville Speedway on twitter to keep up to date on events to come. Visit the official track website at www.placervillespeedway.com. Follow Placerville Speedway on Twitter @pvllspeedway.com.

 

Nor Cal Modified Challenge Headlines Five Division Placerville Program Saturday Night


By Bill Sullivan


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PLACERVILLE, CA – This Saturday night Placerville Speedway will pack the pit area of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds with a giant five division racing program for the 15th Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season presented by Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light, The Mountain Democrat and Thompsons Auto Centers.

While four divisions will make return visits, the evening will welcome the excitement of Dirt Modifieds back to the quarter mile with the Nor Cal IMCA Dirt Modified Challenge Series make it’s Placerville Speedway debut. While this division returns for high winnings with an all star cast it will be accompanied by the BCRA Midgets, the weekly Late Models and Pure Stocks as well as the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars.

The Nor Cal Modified Challenge Series is in its second year of operation and consists of seven races at five different Calforinia tracks. In addition to Placerville Speedway, the series assaults the dirt surfaces of Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Petaluma Speedway and Antioch Speedway with California’s top talent racing door to door for high winnings and a coveted series championship.

This Saturday night will mark the second to last leg of the 2014 traveling series that has seen record car counts at nearly all of it’s events so far this season. The highest car count in the tour has been 43 entrants when the campaign competed at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico in the spring and the series has averaged nearly 30 cars at every event which boasts $1000 to the winner and accumulative points towards the series crown.

Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst is the defending Nor Cal Challenge Series Champion and comes into Placerville leading the way in the series point standings. McDaniel has been a regular contender at Placerville this season in the competitive Limited Late Model Division where he has captured five wins this season. Driver’s expected to join McDaniel include Oakley’s Kellen Chadwick, Nick DeCarlo of Martinez, Freddie Plourde of Santa Rosa, Livermore’s Brian Cass, Chico’s Richard Papenhousen and more.

As the BCRA Midgets make their return to Placerville Speedway, Chad Nichols will be looking to maintain his series point lead over Gary Conterno. Veteran Floyd Alvis is third in the ranks over JR Williams. Nick Chivello rounds out the top five in this division that always provides an action packed night of open wheel excitement on the Placerville bullring.

In the Limited Late Models, Live Oak’s Matt Micheli will look to continue his pursuit of the his second Placerville Championship as he enters these final weeks. Micheli is 15 points ahead of Ray Trimble of Auburn. Defending Champion Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights is 57 points out of the lead. Former champion Dan Brown Jr. of Rocklin rounds out the top five, 75 points from the leader.

Scott Grunert of Woodland leads the Pure Stock division, 23-points out in front. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is second followed by Rick Grunert of Woodland. Tim Mack of Diamond Springs is fourth while Placerville’s Danielle Clauson rounds out the top five.

A full field of Nor Cal Dwarf Cars is expected for the second straight week at Placerville. Look for Shawn Jones to aim for a second consecutive win this Saturday night along with the company of all the division favorites in this traveling class.

The grandstands will open at 5 p.m Saturday night on this big bang for buck night with five full divisions. Adults are $15, Seniors $13, Juniors are $12, Children $5 and those 5 and under are free. Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive and is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort who offers $25 in free play to every race fan this Saturday night. Additional sponsors include The Mountain Democrat, Thompson’s Toyota, ADCO Drive Lines, Hoosier Racing Tires and Riebes Auto Parts of El Dorado County.

Join nearly 5000 friends of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can interact with other fans, drivers and staff in a positive, family friendly fashion. You can also follow Placerville Speedway on twitter to keep up to date on events to come. Visit the official track website at www.placervillespeedway.com. Follow Placerville Speedway on Twitter @pvllspeedway.com.

 

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Sanders rides the rim to fourth Placerville Victory on Kids Night


By Bill Sullivan


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PLACERVILLE, CA – A jubilant crowd packed the grandstands at Placerville Speedway for Mountain Democrat Kids Night at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and cheered on Prunedale’s Justin Sanders at the end of the night as he celebrated a hard earned fourth victory in the Sprint Car feature event.08_16_2014_258

Sanders was joined in the victory celebrations with Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst who won his fifth Limited Late Model feature. Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights added another Kid’s Night win to his resume in Pure Stocks while Shawn Jones won the Nor Cal Dwarf Car feature event.

Saturday’s race saw hundreds of area youngster pack the grandstands for the annual Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night event. On this special night youngsters race their bicycles at intermission for trophies and ribbons with the help of the drivers. This particular edition of this community classic brought the community together as the event raised funds for the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County and in the end, multiple brand new bicycles were presented in a free raffle courtesy of The Mountain Democrat and Lightfoot Automotive.

“This event is great, it’s awesome that the track continues to carry on this tradition for the kids each year,” said Pure Stock winner Matt Tilford. “It gives kids the thrill of competing and one day many of them may come out here like we do and become the drivers of the future. It’s a lot of fun to be part of.”

Jon Meyer of the Mountain Democrat attended Saturday’s event to assist with the festivities. Meyer received a standing ovation after addressing the crowd over the infield microphone and explaining how strongly the Mountain Democrat supports the racing community in El Dorado County.

Sean McCartney, Executive Director of the Western Slope Boys and Girls Club participated in the event to give it an entertaining touch. McCartney called the race action for the bike races and thanked the fans and speedway promoters for all their ongoing efforts to benefit the organization through this race season.

“I can’t thank Placerville Speedway enough for what they have been doing for the Boys and Girls Club this season,” said McCartney. “It’s great to be a part of this event here tonight along with my staff and 100 percent of our proceeds collected from here is helping us construct a new facility to better serve El Dorado County. We appreciate everyone that has been involved with this.”

In the Sprint Car feature event, Sanders started on the outside of the second row and moved into the third position at the opening green flag Saturday night to challenge front row starters Andy Forsberg of Auburn and point leader Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. After racing in the veteran’s wake for the first 7 laps, Sanders made what can only be described as a hale mary pass on the 8th lap when he moved his Rudy Warrington owned #18 to the extreme high line and passed both DeCaires and Forsberg for the lead as they exited the fourth turn.

Forsberg fought back with Sanders in the immediate laps after the pass but the Prunedale fast man could not be caught as he drove to his fourth victory here. Forsberg finished in second at the checkered flag. Placerville’s Andy Gregg, who recently returned to the state after becoming the 2014 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year, muscled his way to the third place position at the line over DeCaires and Colby Wiesz.

In the Pure Stock division, Tilford took the lead from pole sitter Danielle Clauson in the opening lap and maintained his lead all the way to the finish line. Tim Mack of Diamond Springs finished in second place over point leader Scott Grunert of Woodland Eddie Gardner of Sacramento.08_16_2014_260

In the Limited Late Models, Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst lead from the green flag to the checkered. McDaniel started on the pole and never relinquished the lead for the entire 20 laps. McDaniel was trailed by Marysville’s Jeff Olshowka, point leader Matt Micheli of Live Oak, Ray Trimble of Auburn and Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights.

The three track regulars werejoined by the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars. Mike Grenert of Travis AFB took the initial lead in this 20-lap feature before Jones powered into the lead with high side pass in turns three and four to take a position he would never relinquish. At the line Jones was followed by Ryan Winter, Grenert, Kevin Bender and Chuck Conover.

Following Saturday’s racing, 08_16_2014_268Placerville Speedway and El Dorado County Fairgrounds staff was working through the night to prepare for Sunday’s 41st Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby presented by the Placerville Police Officers Association. Gates open at Sunday at 11 a.m with the first green flag at 1 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and seniors. For more information visit www.hangtowncops.org.

Placerville Speedway’s 2014 championship season is sponsored by the new Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort who invites the racing community to their newly remodeled 257,000 square foot entertainment facility just south of El Dorado County. Additional sponsorship provided by Hoosier Tires, Coors Light, The Mountain 08_16_2014_270Democrat, Riebes Auto Parts, ADCO Driveline, the Paint Spot and more.

Catch the highlights and hear what the drivers have to say about Saturday night’s race on local El Dorado County Television. Tune into Foothill 7 TV on Comcast or on the web at www.foothill7tv.com to catch the weekly episode of “Foothill Thunder” presented by Thompsons’s Toyota.

Join over 5000 friends of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can interact with other fans, drivers and staff in a positive, family friendly fashion. You can also follow Placerville Speedway on twitter to keep up to date on events to come.

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