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Placerville Speedway Gears Up for Round 2 of the Red Hawk Casino Championship Series

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Following an unscheduled weekend off due to heavy rains, the second round of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship Series will take place this Saturday night, April 16th on the 1/4 mile clay oval at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Promoters Scott Russell and Kami Arnold have made good use of their time following last weekend’s rainout, continuing with their plans to make improvements to the facility. For Saturday’s event, a new amplifier has been added to improve the sound system for a better fan experience.

“I just want to thank the El Dorado County Fair Association, for the support they have given us since we took over the speedway”, Russell stated. “All of the visions that Kami and I have brought to them, they have been behind 100%. They have helped us with every project we’ve undertaken. We have a good working relationship with the Fair Manager Jody Gray and office staff, the EDCF Maintenance team and the EDCFA Board of Directors. It has been a pleasure working with them. We plan on taking Placerville Speedway to a whole new level. We have many more ideas planned for the facility, and it will remain a work in progress. Fans will continue to see new things implemented throughout the entire season, so stay tuned.”

AL_driveline_logoIn addition, two new associate sponsors have come on board. AL Driveline, based in East Berlin, Pennsylvania has signed on with Placerville Speedway to offer $100 gift certificates to all 360 and 410 Sprint Car feature winners throughout the 2016 season.
AL Driveline can be found  on the web at aldriveline.com.

 

CalSTAR logoAlso joining the speedway as an associate sponsor is CalSTAR (California Shock Trauma Air Rescue), who will be offering family memberships to each division feature winners on a weekly basis.  In addition, CalSTAR will be offering the group discount rate to anyone who would like to sign up under Placerville Speedway. Details can be found on the web at calstar.org.

Saturday’s four division program will consist of the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks, as well as the first appearance of the season for the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins 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 the over 7000 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 now 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 Postpones Round 2 of Red Hawk Casino Championship Series

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Due to heavy rain, Placerville Speedway is forced to postpone Saturday night’s “Placerville Posse Challenge” event.

We were hoping to be able to get tonight’s event in”, explained promoter Scott Russell. “Unfortunately, with the amount of rainfall we’ve received and the threat of rain all day, there is no hope of racing this evening. We are discussing options with the Fairgrounds about a possible make up date. We will have details about that when they become official.

Action at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds resumes next Saturday night, April 16th, with a four division program consisting of the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks, as well as the first appearance of the season for the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.

Join the over 7000 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 now 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 Posse Challenge Headlines April 9th Red Hawk Casino Championship Series at Placerville Speedway

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After a successful opening weekend that saw a packed house and good car counts, new Placerville Speedway promoters Scott Russell and Kami Arnold are gearing up for the second event on the schedule, this Saturday April 9th. The event will be the first of four Placerville Posse Challenge races throughout the course of the year. The series boasts expanded purses as well as a separate point fund.

“We are really excited about the Posse Challenge events”, Russell explained. “As a racer, I always wanted to race for better purses. These four Posse races give us the opportunity to give a little back to the racers”.

The Thompson’s Automotive Group 360 Sprint Car Series, as well as the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks will all benefit from the four event series.  In addition to this weekend’s race, Posse Challenge events are also scheduled on May 7th, June 25th, and August 13th.

“We feel this is an opportunity for racers who frequent other tracks to come and race with us at Placerville”, Russell continued. “With Petaluma and Marysville dark this Saturday, we are giving them a chance to come and race for good money. There is a separate point fund for the top three point earners in each division following the 4 race series, so maybe we can entice them to come race here a few times throughout the season”.

The Posse Challenge events are an ambitious undertaking for the first year promoters, and it wouldn’t be possible if not for the division sponsors stepping up to help bolster the purses. “We are really fortunate to have such great series sponsors here at Placerville”, admits Russell. “If it weren’t for Thompson’s Automotive Group helping out our 360 Sprint Car Series, Domco Plumbing with our Limited Late Models, and Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating supporting our Pure Stock division, this probably wouldn’t work. I can’t express how grateful we are to the Thompson family, Dominic Stone, Jay Bryant, and their respective companies for backing our endeavors”.

The purse structure for the 3 divisions can be seen below. In addition to the usual three division program this Saturday, the 1/4 mile clay oval will host the BCRA Midget Lites for the first time in 2016.

Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins 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 the over 7000 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 now 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.

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360 Sprint Cars Posse Race Payout                              360 Sprint Cars Posse Points Payout

1st – 2000.00                                                                     1st – 1000.00
2nd – 1500.00                                                                    2nd – 600.00
3rd – 1000.00                                                                     3rd – 400.00

Limited Late Models Posse Race Payout                      Limited Late Models Posse Points Payout

1st – 850.00                                                                        1st – 750.00
2nd – 575.00                                                                       2nd – 500.00
3rd – 400.00                                                                        3rd – 250.00

Pure Stocks Posse Race Payout                                     Pure Stocks Posse Points Payout

1st – 600.00                                                                        1st – 500.00
2nd – 400,00                                                                       2nd – 450.00
3rd – 250.00                                                                        3rd – 200.00

Top 3 in points after all 4 Posse Challenge races are finished are awarded Posse points money.
Note: All 4 races contribute to regular weekly points as well.

 

2016 starts off with a bang at the “Fastest Quarter-Mile in California”

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By: Brad Kennedy

Placerville, CA (4-2-16) 2016 at the Placerville Speedway has brought a lot of new faces, seeing a new promoter, new officials, and even a new track announcer. Despite these changes, some very familiar faces ended up in victory lane on the opening night of the Red Hawk Casino Championship season.

Twenty-One Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars signed in to the pits for the kick-off of the 51st racing season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Veteran Greg DeCaires from Elk Grove showed the young kids how to get around the tight 1/4 mile red bull ring. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid set the early pace in the 25-lap feature after getting the jump over Justyn Cox to lead the first handful of laps. Kofoid defended a two lap challenge by DeCaires, but the veteran pulled a masterful slide job in turn three to conquer the lead on lap 9.

After a handful of restarts, DeCaires set the pace as Watsonville’s Justin Sanders and pole sitter Justyn Cox battled with Kofoid for second. The trio traded slide jobs for much of the rest of the race until Kofoid misjudged the tricky first turn and spun to a stop while running second on lap 22.

04_02_2016_283DeCaires held on for the last three circuits to take the season opening win over Sanders and third place finisher Gregg, while Cox and Mason Moore rounded out the top five. In victory lane, DeCaires recognized his hard working team and dedicated the win to long-time crew member Paul Countryman.

“It is awesome to win on opening night”, explained DeCaires. “I was worried that it would take a few races to get back to where we were last year after switching chassis manufactures from A.R.T. to Eagle Performance.” Earlier in the night DeCaires explained that he struggled in qualifying, but was fortunate to get to start on the pole and win his heat race to make the top 8 redraw.

DeCaires also talked about how he was excited to see “new life” that promoters Scott Russell and Kami Arnold, along with their new staff have brought to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Andy Gregg was the only driver to break the ten second bracket, setting quick time in time trials. Gregg earned the Fast Time Award courtesy of Adco Driveline & Custom Exhaust. Heat races went to Koen Shaw, Kofoid, and DeCaires, while the RMI Hard Charger Bonus went to 7th place finisher D.J. Freitas, who improved 11 positions from his 18th starting spot.

Fourteen Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models were on hand for the night and provided action packed racing during the 20 lap main event. On the opening lap, pole sitter Jay Norton spun collecting Tyler Lightfoot and Terry Kuntz in turn one.

The ensuing complete restart saw Mike Lightfoot and Eddie Gardner on the front row. A drag race into turn 1 saw Gardner slide over the bank and fall deep in the field while Norton at the same time got crossed up in the middle of the track to allow the number 37 of Ray Trimble and the 32 of Ryan McDaniel to drive by. Both drivers would come from the third row to gain first and second on the start.

As the race went on, Trimble and McDaniel raced fiercely nose to tail as the duo weaved through traffic. Trimble stayed committed to the bottom for all 20 laps as McDaniel tried to run the top shelf of the race track attempting to pass Trimble. McDaniel’s pursuit of Trimble in the late stages was unsuccessful as the multi-time champion of the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico would jump the cushion on two separate occasions in turns three and four. 04_02_2016_243

Ray Trimble went on to pick up his first win of the year and left the speedway with the points lead over Ryan McDaniel and third place runner Wayne Trimble. The night’s RMI Hard Charger recipient Paul Guglielmoni was 4th, up from his 9th starting position, while Mike Lightfoot rounded out the top five. Ray Trimble and Ryan McDaniel were the heat races victors.

Nineteen Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks were also on hand, and the 20 lap extravaganza showcased great racing action.

On the initial start, pole sitter Travis Emery, aboard the “General Lee” number 01 in homage to the hit television show “The Dukes of Hazzard”, spun going into turn one after attempting to slide outside pole sitter (and two-time track champion) Scott Grunert.

The restart had the number 17 of Nick Baldwin as the new pole sitter alongside Grunert. The two raced hard over the first few opening laps until Russ Murphy took command from the front row.

On lap 11, number 29 of Dan Jinkerson took the lead on a restart after Baldwin and Grunert made contact. The incident ended Grunert’s night and saw Baldwin penalized for rough driving. Jinkerson led the rest of the way to win the season opener over Murphy and Baldwin. In addition, Jinkerson grabbed the evening’s RMI Hard Charger Bonus with his victory coming from the 6th starting spot.Jason Palmer and Orville Owens rounded out the top five. Greg Rayl won the opening heat race with Jinkerson winning the second. 04_02_2016_226

Round 2 of the Red Hawk Championship Point series on April 9 will also feature the opening round of the 4-race Placerville Posse Challenge. The regular slate of 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, and Pure Stocks will be joined by the BCRA Midget Lite traveling series. Pit gates will open at 2:00PM with the front gates opening at 3:00PM. Racing begins at 7:00PM.

For complete details of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship Racing Season, visit Placerville Speedway’s official website at www.placervillespeedway.com.

Track Sponsors: Red Hawk Casino, The Paint Spot, Les Schwab Tires, Riebes Auto Parts, Fords Only, Capitol Ace, Arnolds for Awards, Thompsons Auto Group, Cal.Net, Jay’s Mobile Welding, Adco Driveline, Coors Lights, Domco Plumbing, Mountain Democrat.

ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust Back on Board as Fast Time Award Sponsor

ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust Back on Board as Fast Time Award Sponsor

Placerville Speedway is proud to announce ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust as the returning sponsor of the Fast Time Award for the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship Season.

“We are thrilled to have Ken Short of ADCO back on board this year as the Fast Time sponsor for our weekly racing series”, track promoter Scott Russell said. “Ken’s passion for the sport and dedication to this race track over the years is evident in all the race teams he helps, and he is a true asset to Placerville Speedway.”

A native of Placerville, Short has spent his entire life at the 1/4 mile clay oval on Saturday nights. “I’ve been going to that old track since I was a baby”, he stated proudly. “I’m lucky enough to be able to give back to the speedway this way. It is a privilege to be involved.”

Short, a long time supporter of local racers such as Jimmy Trulli, C.J. Humphreys, Jake Morgan, and Ted Ahart, has been a pit crew member for James Sweeney the past couple of seasons. “I’ve been doing race car exhaust for 20 years”, he continued. “It’s a pleasure to be able to fix the bent headers and mufflers, and work on the exhaust systems of so many of the local race teams.”

The next time you are in need of some service to your vehicle’s muffler or driveline, consider contacting ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust at 4211 Sunset Lane, Suite 109 in Shingle Springs, or you can contact Ken Short at (530) 676-1516, and on the web at adcodriveline.com.

For information on becoming an associate sponsor at Placerville Speedway, please inquire by email at office@placervillespeedway.com.

Placerville Speedway’s 2016 season officially kicks off this Saturday night, April 2nd, with the Red Hawk Casino Championship Series. Saturday’s race will mark the first of 17 point races on the year, featuring a four division program consisting of 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks and Hard Tops. Pit gates will open at 2:00PM with the front gates opening at 3:00PM. Racing begins at 7:00PM.

Join the over 7000 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 now 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.