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Bryan Clauson

June 15, 1989 – August 7, 2016

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From all of us at Placerville Speedway, our thoughts and prayers are with the Clauson family at this time. Bryan was living the dream of many racers. He was an amazing and talented example that fueled the desire of many young aspiring drivers. This tragedy is a grim reminder of how precious life is. Our racing family has lost a champion, and an ambassador to the sport we love. May he rest in peace…

“The Shark” Sean Becker Scores his Third Career Mark Forni Classic Win at Placerville

By: P.J. Petersen

Placerville, CA (August 6)…In 2015, Sean Becker looked to be well on his way to claiming his third career Mark Forni Classic triumph until a late race brake issue dashed those hopes. Saturday night, Becker returned to the Placerville Speedway with the Civil War Series looking for redemption, and found it as he claimed the 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic.

A very technical Placerville Speedway surface greeted the field for the 30-lap contest, and in the early goings it was pole sitter, Kyle Hirst, leading the way aboard the Josh Ford Motorsports No. 73 entry.

Hirst, the most recent Civil War Series winner, set a very nice pace early as he fended off Sean Becker who had moved into the second spot after starting the race in the fourth spot.

As the leaders got into traffic, Becker closed in on the race lead and made his move on the ninth lap before the caution flag waived on the tenth circuit. 08_06_2016_164c

The ensuing restart saw Hirst take the top spot back, but the caution waived for Justyn Cox and the move was negated, as Becker remained the race leader.

Becker got the jump when the race came back to life, while the battle for third and fourth was just as entertaining as the battle for the lead, with the two lead championship contenders, Mason Moore and Andy Forsberg, battling lap after lap.

A 10-lap green flag run saw Becker open up a sizeable lead over Hirst, only to see his advantage shrink in traffic. With laps clicking off, Hirst pulled up on Becker’s rear bumper and brought the crowd to their feet only to see his progress halted on the 23rd lap when the red flag flew for Matt Peterson. Peterson made contact with the turn four wall, and got his machine over on its side. Fortunately, he was uninjured.

08_06_2016_185cThe final five laps saw Becker open up a nice lead as he raced on to score his third career Mark Forni Classic win, while Hirst settled for second with Mason Moore rounding out the podium. Forsberg finished in the fourth spot, Jake Morgan fifth, Greg DeCaires sixth, Steven Tiner seventh, Kalib Henry eighth, Michael Kofoid ninth, and Andy Gregg rounded out the Top-10.

With 27 cars on hand Saturday night, the action would get kicked off with Kyle Hirst setting quick time during qualifications while the three heat races went to Justin Johnson, Becker, and Moore. The 12-lap B Main was won by Steven Tiner, who rebounded to make the feature after flipping in heat race action.

In the companion BCRA Midget Lite program, Kyle Offill and Scott Kinney led the field to the green in the 20 lap feature. On the start, third place starter Tim Kinser made contact with Kinney’s left rear sending Kinser up the race track, collecting Hunter Kinney and Charlie Caraccilo.
On the restart, the 25 of Scott Kinney lost power while running second, ending his night. As the race went on, Offill built up a straightaway lead until the yellow lights flashed for Scotty Males.

Offill was never seriously challenged and led every lap on his way to victory, his third of the year at Placerville. Second went to Craig Dillard followed by Hunter Kinney,
who rebounded after his early race incident. Fourth went to Danika Jo Parker, wh08_06_2016_198cile Logan Seavy made his return to a Midget Lite to score a top 5 finish. The two heat race wins went to Charlie Caraccilo and Hunter Kinney.

Placerville Speedway returns next Saturday with the final “Placerville Posse” series event for the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication Pure Stocks. In addition, the annual “Kid’s Night” bicycle races will be held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. 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 7800 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.

Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster Set For 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic at Placerville Speedway

(PETERSEN MEDIA – Aptos, CA) – The second half of the 2016 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster season get underway in a big way Saturday night as the series invades the Placerville Speedway for the $5,000-to-win, Mark Forni Classic.

In the Summer of 2005 Mark Forni succumbed to Multiple Myloma at the age of 45 years old. For generations The Forni family has a great history in El Dorado County and deep ties to the El Dorado County Fairground and much of the land on which it sits.

Much like his forefathers, Mark Forni had a great passion for the county fair and its attributes, especially the race track. From his childhood up until his passing, racing played a special role in Forni’s life, So, it was a natural fit for his family and the local community to band together to establish this race in his honor back in 2006. In its 11th year of existence, the event will attract some of the very best 360ci Sprint Car drivers that this region has to offer.

Heading into Saturday night’s event, two-time Mark Forni Classic Champion, Andy Forsberg leads the 2010 event champ and current Placerville Speedway point leader Mason Moore by a slim 17 digits in the California Civil War Series.

07_02_2016_094cMoore currently has three wins at the speedway, and will look to pick up his first series win of the season and his second career Forni Classic triumph as he attempts to cut into Forsberg’s point lead.

Forsberg, who has been a staple at the Placerville Speedway until recent years, will come into Saturday’s event hungry for his third career Mark Forni Classic win, and looking to extend his lead as he chases an unprecedented ninth career Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Championship.

With big money on the line Saturday night, a who’s who of drivers is expected to be on hand including previous Forni Classic Champions Kyle Hirst (2006), Greg DeCaires (2007, 2014), Sean Becker (2008, 2009), Andy Gregg (2013), as well as the aforementioned Moore (2010) and Forsberg (2011, 20012). Other drivers expected to be on hand are Civil War winner at Placerville on June 11th Steven Tiner, Bradley Terrell, Michael Ing, Geoff Ensign, Chase Majdic, Seth Nunes, Koen and Kyler Shaw, Michael Kofoid, Matt Peterson, Justyn Cox, Tyler Walker, and many more top drivers from around the area. 06_11_2016_281c

On Saturday night, Russell Motorsports, Inc. will cover the driver pill draw fee, and will also offer a Happy Hour in the main grandstands from 4pm-6pm.

In addition, the BCRA Midget Lites will be on hand for their seventh visit of the season. Last weekend’s winner at Placerville Craig Dillard, along with two-time winners Scotty Males and Kyle Offill, as well as Charlie Caraccilo are all expected to be back in competition on Saturday night.

The front gates are scheduled to open at 3pm with qualifying expected to go green at 6pm. Tickets for the 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic will be available at the front gate starting at 6$ for children 6-11, $15 for juniors and seniors, and $18 for adults, while children five and under will be admitted at no charge.

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 7800 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.

Shane Golobic wins a wild one with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on Saturday at the Placerville Speedway

By: Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA (July 30, 2016)…Willie Croft’s misfortune on the final corner was certainly Shane Golobic’s gain in what was a wild & crazy 30-lap King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series main event at the Placerville Speedway Saturday evening.

The night of racing marked the second of three season appearances at the always action packed red clay bullring for the King of the West 410s. Fans ended up being treated to a stellar feature, which saw Golobic lead just the final straightaway, but it was good enough to send him home with a $3,000 payday and his second series win of 2016.

07_30_2016_162c“I don’t even really know what to say because that one was so crazy at the end,” Golobic commented on the front stretch. “It feels pretty good to finally get a King of the West win at Placerville. I’ve been close before and it always seems like something happens late in the race. I hate to see that happen to Willie, but I’ll take them how I can get them. Big thanks to this entire Keith Day Trucking team for all their support and hard work.”

Golobic had looked to be settling for yet another runner up finish in King of the West action at the high-banked quarter-mile, until Croft banged the cushion just hard enough to send him sideways coming down to the checkered. His Holy Smokes BBQ #29 then tipped over and allowed Golobic, who was running in second, the chance to just sneak by underneath and steal the win away in amazing fashion.

It was the second KWS event in a row at Placerville Speedway that Croft had suffered through misfortune late in the race. At the season-opener on April 23 he led the first 26-laps in the feature, until getting caught up in a lapped traffic incident. On Saturday night he battled his brother-in-law Kyle Hirst tooth and nail, before Hirst banged the turn four wall, which left him with damage on his right rear wheel.

After that Croft held command until the final corner issue in turn four, which left the crowd on hand stunned. Roseville’s Sean Becker crossed the stripe in second to cap a solid run in the Menne Motorsports #75, with Grass Valley’s Jason Statler having a great rebound from last week to finish third aboard the DF Rios Motorsports #00. Hirst did a great job to maintain a fourth place finish, with Campbell’s Bud Kaeding claiming fifth after going to the rear midway through the race.

The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Citrus Height’s Kalib Henry and Wilton’s Matt Peterson.
Kyle Hirst captured the six-lap dash, while Shane Golobic, Bobby McMahan, and Kalib Henry claimed the three 10-lap heat races. Sean Becker kicked-off the night by setting fast time in the 20-car field. The 2005 King of the West champ toured the quarter-mile in 10.550 seconds to set the standard.

The companion BCRA Midget Lite program featured 20 cars that ventured to the Placerville Speedway for the 6th time in 2016. Craig Dillard and Scotty Males led the field to the green with Dillard getting the early jump, pulling away from the rest of the field. 07_30_2016_174c

On lap two, Kyle Offill drove around Scotty Males to take over second, but then spun in turn 2 to draw the yellow on lap four.

As the race continued, Charlie Caraccilo applied pressure on the leader when the duo reached traffic, but Dillard was too tough to handle and went on to win his first race of the year by leading all 20 laps. Caraccilo settled for second followed by Males in third. Meanwhile, fourth went to Kyle Offill rebounding after his spin on lap four forced him to charge through the field. Doug Nunes rounded out the top five. The two 8-lap heat race winners were Scott Kinney and Bobby Michnowicz.

Placerville Speedway returns next week with the much anticipated “Mark Forni Classic” featuring the California Civil War Series. The Annual event features a $5,000 to win payday for the 360 Sprint Car series. 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 7700 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.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finishes off month of July with a visit to the Placerville Speedway this Saturday

By Gary Thomas *

Placerville, CA (July 26, 2016)…With the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars venturing to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday the question of the day will certainly be, is there anyone that can stop two-time series champion & current point leader Kyle Hirst?

KHirstc The 28-year-old Paradise, CA resident has captured the last three King of the West events and goes into the Placerville bullring with a commanding lead in the series standings. The wheel-man of the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x has won five features overall and looks to set a new personal high for wins in a single KWS season this weekend. Last year Hirst also swept both series events at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Overall this Saturday’s event marks round 13 in the battle for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series championship. It finishes off a busy month of July that has seen the tour compete throughout the Central Valley and the South Bay, before finishing up in the Sierra Foothills with the second of three season appearances at the Placerville Speedway. It’s also the last race before an extended three week break for the Knoxville Nationals and the Johnny Key Classic.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding claimed the first King of the West event at Placerville Speedway and goes into Saturday sitting second in the series standings. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ finished runner up both nights to Hirst last week at the Peter Murphy Classic and hopes to change that on Saturday aboard the Williams Motorsports 0 machine. Kaeding has earned three total victories so far this season.

Hanford’s DJ Netto ranks third in the standings, but is expected to be absent for other obligations on Saturday. First year full-time King of the West competitor Justyn Cox of Clarksburg goes into Saturday ranking fourth in the points and looks to move up. Cox will be gunning for a strong run at a track that he has a number of laps at aboard the Berco Redwood No. 31c Sprinter.

Grass Valley’s Jason Statler rounds out the top-five in the standings at the helm of the DF Rios Motorsports 00. The 2004 King of the West champ looks to rebound after a tough ending to a solid run at the Peter Murphy Classic last week. Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto and Chico’s Jonathan Allard complete the top-10 in the standings going into Placerville.

Fremont’s Shane Golobic has been one of the most consistent drivers over the last couple months and will be a favorite on Saturday. Golobic is always a driver to beat at the high-banked quarter mile clay oval and has been close to a KWS victory there before. Past King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Tyler Walker will be another driver to reckon with this weekend. The Los Angeles pilot typically runs strong at the Placerville Speedway and has won multiple series events at the track in the past.

More drivers expected will include Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Roseville’s Sean Becker, Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Sacramento’s Stephen Ingraham, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

RMI is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring the pill draw entry fee for all race teams during the final 2 KWS events as well as the Civil War show at Placerville Speedway in 2016. Track promoter Scott Russell hopes that this gesture of good will might sway some competitors to race in the final 3 PMG events on the year.

Scotty-MalescIn addition, the BCRA Midget Lites will be joining KWS on Saturday night for the 3rd annual Wayne Albright Memorial. Albright, a former car owner, was also a past member of the BCRA Board of Directors. His son Dakota will be aboard the #35jr Saturday night. In the previous five events held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds this season, Kyle Offill and Scotty Males lead all competitors with two wins apiece, with Males winning the last two events, while Charlie Caraccilo also has a victory.

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 more on Placerville Speedway log onto http://www.placervillespeedway.com

* Additional writing contributions by Dean Mills