PLACERVILLE, CA (7-11-15) – This Saturday night the action resumes at Placerville Speedway with the 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Championship series presented by Thompson’s Auto Group. Four divisions will form the evening roster once again as the quarter-mile bullring at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds welcomes The Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Lites back to competition to share the spotlight with Placerville’s competitive winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stock divisions.
As the season has entered it’s second half, the battle for the championships in all three divisions is taking shape. This year, drivers are competing for far more winnings that any other season at Placerville Speedway celebrates its 50th anniversary year with inflated championship bonus funds courtesy of Domco Plumbing and Jay’s Mobile Welding adding monies to a season already lucrative with title sponsorship of Red Hawk Casino and Thompsons Auto Centers.
Entering Saturday’s event, defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove continues to lead the roster in the Sprint Car division aboard the #4SA Red Hawk Casino machine owned by Placerville’s Dale and Tara Miller. After winning his fourth point race of the year last week and his fifth overall, DeCaires looks to continue his domination of the track this Saturday night, entering the event with a 57-point lead.
Andy Gregg of Placerville is second in the point standings. Gregg will look to overcome a setback last week when his fuel tank failed in the early laps of the race and a fiery crash involving CJ Humphreys of Placerville ensued. Nobody was injured in the incident but both drivers were unable to continue, costing Gregg a great number of points in his quest to close in on DeCaires’ lead. Mike Benson of Calistoga is third in the ranks, 103 points out of the top spot. Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks and James Sweeney of Placerville round out the top five.
In the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, Dominic Stone of Folsom leads the point standings. After his first career Late Model win last week, Stone is now 12 points in the lead over Auburn’s Ray Trimble. Tyler Lightfoot of Placerville has moved into the top three, 56 points from the lead now. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is fourth followed by Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst.
In the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock division, defending Champion Scott Grunert of Woodland has moved in the point lead after overtaking season long point leader Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove. Grunert leads the division by 10-points. Rick Grunert of Woodland is third followed by Placerville’s Russell Murphy and Tim Mack of Diamond Springs. Just 36-points separate the top five in this competitive division.
The grandstands will open at 5 p.m on Saturday with qualifying starting at 6:30 followed by heat races for all four divisions. Adult tickets are $15, Juniors and Seniors are $13, Children are $6 and those under six are free. For additional information on this event check out www.placervillespeedway.com or join the local racing community on Facebook and Twitter and interact with over 5000 fans, drivers and track staff.