World of Outlaws Set to Invade Placerville this Wednesday


By Placerville Speedway Media


PLACERVILLE – (Courtesy World of Outlaws) It has been more than 20 years since the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series last took on the high-banked, quarter-mile Placerville (Calif.) Speedway. The opportunity to bring the series back after all that time came at the hands of one Outlaws competitor, Brad Sweet, but it is another who brings a very special connection to the track.2015 BRAD SWEET PLACERVILLE RIEBES

In 1987, Paul McMahan, an Elk Grove, California native, stepped into a 410 sprint car for the first time in his career. Not long after that first start, McMahan got his first 410 win. That win, of course, came at Placerville.

“It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago but obviously it was,” McMahan said. “Going back to Placerville is pretty cool. That’s where I cut my teeth. It’s always cool to go back to a place like that. I’m looking forward to it.”

Despite his experience at the track, McMahan said he knows it has changed a lot over the years. His last race at Placerville came in 1998.

“When I went there in 1987 to when I went there in 1998, it changed two or three times,” he said. “Talking to several friends of mine who race there every week, the track has changed there again. I went there two years ago to look through the fence and it doesn’t look anything like it was almost 20 years ago. The only thing it’s still got there is the big hill on the back straightaway. That’s about the only thing that stays consistent.”

McMahan and his fellow World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competitors take on Brad Sweet’s Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by Riebes Auto Parts on Wednesday, April 8.

Reserved tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets, or by calling the ticket hotline at (877) 395-8606. Pit passes sold on the day of the event will provide first-come first-served general admission grandstand seating. There are no age restrictions in the pits.

ABOUT THE TRACK
PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY is ahigh-banked, quarter-mile oval. The track record of 9.913 was established by Tim Kaeding on March 27, 2004.For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/placerville-speedway

Previous A-Feature Winners
1992 – Jac Haudenschild on March 11
1987 – Sammy Swindell on Sept. 2
1986 – Sammy Swindell on Sept. 3
1985 – Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 4

DRIVER INFO
The following World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers maintain websites:
Jacob Allen – Shark1s1a.com
Craig Dollansky – DollanskyRacing.com
David Gravel – DavidGravel89g.com
Jason Johnson – JasonJohnsonRacing.com
Kraig Kinser – KraigKinser.com
Kerry Madsen – KenericRacing.com
Paul McMahan – PaulMcMahanRacing.com
Daryn Pittman – DarynPittman.com
Joey Saldana – JoeySaldanaRacing.com
Donny Schatz – DonnySchatz.com
Logan Schuchart – Shark1s1a.com
Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com
Shane Stewart – ShaneStewart.com
Brad Sweet – Bradsweetracing.com
For more driver information, visit: WoOsprint.com

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 3 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21); Rico Abreu – 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14);Daryn Pittman – 2 (Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13);Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Shane Stewart – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Brad Sweet – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15)

LISTEN LIVE: Listen live for FREE to the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at Placerville Speedway onhttp://www.DIRTVision.com .

LIVE ONLINE UPDATES: Check out the Official World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series website at WoOsprint.com for live, interactive text updates of each race. It also includes driver biographies with statistics and pictures, race-by-race stats, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases.

Hirst Takes 50th Anniversary KWS Opener in Placerville


By Placerville Speedway Media


PLACERVILLE – (Courtesy KWS Sprints) – Two-time and defending King of the West champion Kyle Hirst fired off a warning shot at the opening round in 2015 that he will certainly be a player once again, after driving to victory at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night.image

It was Hirst’s 12th career series win and tied him with former driver Pylant for eighth on the all-time win list. It came during a rough and tumble 30-lapper on the challenging quarter-mile bullring and was aboard the Main Motorsports No. 35m machine.

“It’s awesome to come out here and get a win right out of the box,” said Hirst on the front stretch. “I can’t thank the whole Main family enough for giving me the opportunity to drive this car and want to give big thanks to Rod Tiner and Brad Sweet for their help tonight. Hopefully we can come back on Wednesday and have a good run with the Outlaws.”

Hirst started on the front row alongside Cory Eliason from Visalia. Early on Hirst would set the pace until Eliason made a hair raising move to get by up high off the fourth corner. Eliason looked poised to scoop up his first career King of the West win as he set a torrid pace out front. A number of slowdowns and stoppages plagued the flow of the 30-lapper, as numerous reds and yellows appeared.

Eliason’s strong run came to an end unfortunately on lap 18 when he spun off the third and fourth corners, which handed the lead back to Hirst. After this Hirst was able to keep everyone at bay and drive off to take the checkered flag for his second career 410 win at Placerville. Shane Golobic of Fremont came home third with Lemoore’s Carson Macedo in third. Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi and Sacramento’s Willie Croft rounded out the top-five.

Craig Stidham won the 12-lap B-main with Hirst taking the dash. The four 10-lap heats were picked off by Tim Kaeding, Tanner Thorson, Cory Eliason and Kyle Hirst. Willie Croft opened the night by setting fast time.

The companion BCRA Midget main event was also an up and down affair with a number of stoppages slowing the flow. Shane Golobic looked to have the race in hand until contact on a late race restart left him parked sideways in turn one. The checkered flag would fly on lap 29 and it saw Bryan Gard pick up the big win over Ronnie Gardner.

Placerville CA King of the West A-main…Kyle Hirst, Shane Golobic, Carson Macedo, Dominic Scelzi, Willy Croft, Chase Johnson, Mitchell Faccinto, Billy Butler, Jonathan Allard, Bobby McMahan, S.Wright, Bud Kaeding, C.Eliason, JJ Helberg, J.Statler, Brent Kaeding, J.Soares, DJ Netto, M.Moore, C.Stidham, T.Kaeding, T.Thorson, P.Harvey.

Racing action returns to Placerville Speedway on Wednesday night with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series invading the high banks.

Green Flag Waves on 50th Anniversary Season This Saturday


By Placerville Speedway Media


KWS photoPLACERVILLE – The much anticipated 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Racing Season presented by Thompson’s Auto Group is set to take the first green flag this Saturday night as this landmark season opens in grand fashion. Saturday’s big night features the firebreathing 410 cubic powered sprint cars of the King of the West Series together with always exciting Midgets of the Bay Cities Racing Association in the Gold Country Shootout.

With great weather in the forecast and such a high profile program to open this special season, Placerville Speedway is expecting a record crowd to the El Dorado County Faigrounds Saturday night as well as on Wednesday night, April 8 when the famed National World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to the local speedway for the first time in more than 20 years for the Brad Sweet Short Track Shootout presented by Riebe’s Auto Parts.

These two barnstorming openers at the foothill speedway that opened it’s doors in 1965 will kick off one of the most action packed and lucrative racing seasons here in decades. With added high caliber events as well as increased compensation for drivers in the form of bonus races, championship funds like never before and special events surrounding the chase for the championships it appears that the track once known as “Hangtown Speedway” may very well be the return of the gold rush for area race teams throughout the year.

As Saturday night kicks off the big season, the first green flag brings with it many improvements to the weekly program at Placerville Speedway. Such additions are the work of Handy Racing Promotions and the staff of the El Dorado County Fair working hard together to make the facility welcoming to race fans. The El Dorado County Fairgrounds has made numerous amenity improvements, including the addition of $30,000 in new asphalt to the grandstand midway.

A new sound system has been purchased by Handy Promotions and installed by fair staff that will insure quality audio for race fans not only in the grandstands but in the north pit area seating area that has been without a pa for many years due to cost and logistics of installation. This is all an example of everyone working together to keep El Dorado County’s crown jewel the premier home of great family entertainment.

“We’re excited about this year’s line up at Placerville Speedway,” said track promoter Alan Handy. “ With our marquee events like the KWS Series, the Outlaws, Civil War, our new Posse Challenge, tribute races and our inflated point racing championships we are racing’s ultimate venue in California this year and proud to bring such entertainment and tourism revenue into El Dorado County.”

Handy went on to explain that the long success of racing in the county is due to teamwork by both the speedway and the fairgrounds. “None of this would be possible without our great staff and the support of the El Dorado County Fair. CEO Jody Gray, her office staff, John Marino and his maintenance staff and everyone involved are partly responsible for this track being here for 50 years and being second to none. We can only hope we are part of the local history for another 50 years.”

With such a grand opening comes an expected abundance of traffic. Track title sponsor Red Hawk Casino has partnered with Placerville Speedway to help race fans avoid traffic congestion and parking worries. For these upcoming events, race fans are welcomed to grab a seat on one of the Red Hawk Casino complimentary shuttles to the speedway.

Red Hawk Casino will provide an exclusive shuttle service to and from Placerville Speedway throughout the late afternoon and evening. This pilot service will allow race fans to park at the Casino, just off Highway 50 and take advantage of this complimentary service that will bus fans right to the entry gates of Placerville Speedway to enjoy these big nights of racing.

Those wishing to ride the Red Hawk Casino Placerville Speedway shuttle service will find the pickup location in the main entry and valet area of the Casino with the first shuttle departing to the speedway at 4:30.  Return shuttle pick up later in the evening will take place just outside of the main grandstand entry at Placerville Speedway. On race days, both locations will clearly be marked with Red Hawk Casino – Placerville Speedway signage to make using this free service simple for race fans.

Looking ahead at Saturday’s event, Chico’s Kyle Hirst led the way last season with four victories en route to his second straight King of the West title and officially begins the march for three in a row on Saturday. He also had tremendous consistency, finishing on the podium in half of the races and in the top-five 13-times out of 18 starts. This year he will go after that third straight series title aboard the Main Motorsports No. 35m Sprinter, a car that visited victory lane in the July KWS event at Placerville last season with Sean Becker. Hirst also captured the KWS visit to the red clay bullring in April of 2013.

After finishing runner up last year in the points Campbell’s Bud Kaeding guns for his first King of the West title in 2015. The driver of the Williams Motorsports No. 0 machine earned a win last season at the Howard Kaeding Classic and will be searching for more in 2015. Three-time King of the West champ Jonathan Allard of Chico will be looking to get back atop the ladder this season in the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c mount. Allard has had an amazing string of consistency at Placerville Speedway over the years in 410 competition and will be hoping to continue that on Saturday.

San Jose’s Tim Kaeding is always a threat at Placerville Speedway and will be looking for another win at the high-banks this weekend. The two-time King of the West champ has multiple victories in Placerville and is set to compete aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr Sprint Car. Thirteen-time King of the West champion Brent Kaeding routinely runs well at Placerville and will be another favorite on Saturday. The Campbell veteran earned his most recent series victory at the track and came within reach of a win last July, only to lose it on the final corner.

More drivers looking to put their name towards the front of the field at the Gold Country Shootout will include Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Lemoore’s Carson Macedo, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Hanford’s DJ Netto & Mitchell Faccinto, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Santa Rosa’s Jo Jo Helberg, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton and others.

Adult tickets for the Gold Country Shootout on Saturday April 4 will cost $22, seniors 62 & over will be $15, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and children 6-11 will be $6. All seating is general admission during the night. The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 5pm and racing anticipated to begin around 7pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the grandstands always pack in at the Placerville bullring.

As an addition to the season opener, race fans will have the opportunity to enjoy live music in the grandstand midway area from 5 p.m. until race time by local band Dante’s Inferno will play the classic hits of the 70’s 80’s and more to bring a festive atmosphere to start of a huge season at Placerville Speedway.

To learn more about Placerville Speedway and the season to come please visit the track’s website at www.placervillespeedway.com. The 2015 Red Hawk Casino racing season is sponsored by Thompson’s Auto Group, Domco Plumbing and Septic, Jay’s Mobile Welding, Riebe’s Auto Parts, Hoosier Tire, ADCO Driveline, Mountain Democrat and Coors Light.  Please join Placerville Speedway on Facebook and twitter to keep up to date on upcoming events.

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series geared up to begin the regular season at Placerville Speedway’s Gold Country Shootout this Saturday April 4


By Placerville Speedway


Placerville, CA – March 31, 2015…Famous for its steep banks, distinctive red clay, loyal fan base and extremely close action the El Dorado County Fairgrounds based Placerville Speedway will play host to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series this Saturday night at the Gold Country Shootout.

The Placerville Speedway is located just 40 minutes from Sacramento and Saturday marks the first official full point event for KWS, after opening the season with a co-sanctioned event last month in Tulare with the World of Outlaws. The Gold Country Shootout also sets the stage for next week’s anticipated return of the Greatest Show on Dirt during a special Wednesday show on April 8.

With such a grand opening comes an expected abundance of traffic. Track sponsor Red Hawk Casino has partnered with Placerville Speedway to help race fans avoid traffic congestion and parking worries. For these upcoming events, race fans are welcomed to grab a seat on one of the Red Hawk Casino complimentary shuttles to the speedway.

10299144_1486450401566616_7022692206538162543_nRed Hawk Casino will provide an exclusive shuttle service to and from Placerville Speedway throughout the late afternoon and evening. This pilot service will allow race fans to park at the Casino, just off Highway 50 and take advantage of this complimentary service that will bus fans right to the entry gates of Placerville Speedway to enjoy these big nights of racing.

Those wishing to ride the Red Hawk Casino Placerville Speedway shuttle service will find the pickup location in the main entry and valet area of the Casino. Return shuttle pick up later in the evening will take place just outside of the main grandstand entry at Placerville Speedway. On race days, both locations will clearly be marked with Red Hawk Casino – Placerville Speedway signage to make using this free service simple for race fans.

Chico’s Kyle Hirst led the way last season with four victories en route to his second straight King of the West title and officially begins the march for three in a row on Saturday. He also had tremendous consistency, finishing on the podium in half of the races and in the top-five 13-times out of 18 starts. This year he will go after that third straight series title aboard the Main Motorsports No. 35m Sprinter, a car that visited victory lane in the July KWS event at Placerville last season with Sean Becker. Hirst also captured the KWS visit to the red clay bullring in April of 2013.

After finishing runner up last year in the points Campbell’s Bud Kaeding guns for his first King of the West title in 2015. The driver of the Williams Motorsports No. 0 machine earned a win last season at the Howard Kaeding Classic and will be searching for more in 2015. Three-time King of the West champ Jonathan Allard of Chico will be looking to get back atop the ladder this season in the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3c mount. Allard has had an amazing string of consistency at Placerville Speedway over the years in 410 competition and will be hoping to continue that on Saturday.
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San Jose’s Tim Kaeding is always a threat at Placerville Speedway and will be looking for another win at the high-banks this weekend. The two-time King of the West champ has multiple victories in Placerville and is set to compete aboard the Roth Motorsports No. 83jr Sprint Car. Thirteen-time King of the West champion Brent Kaeding routinely runs well at Placerville and will be another favorite on Saturday. The Campbell veteran earned his most recent series victory at the track and came within reach of a win last July, only to lose it on the final corner.

More drivers looking to put their name towards the front of the field at the Gold Country Shootout will include Sacramento’s Willie Croft, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Lemoore’s Carson Macedo, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Hanford’s DJ Netto & Mitchell Faccinto, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Hollister’s Ryan Bernal, Santa Rosa’s Jo Jo Helberg, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Fair Oak’s Chad Compton and others.

Adult tickets for the Gold Country Shootout on Saturday April 4 will cost $22, seniors 62 & over will be $15, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and children 6-11 will be $6. All seating is general admission during the night. The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 5pm and racing anticipated to begin around 7pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the grandstands always pack in at the Placerville bullring.

Since originally starting out as the Golden State 410 Series in 1986, this season marks the 30th anniversary for what is now known as the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series. The tour will once again will be held under the leadership of John Prentice & Brent Kaeding, who begin their second full season managing the series.

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 www.placervillespeedway.com

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at www.racepmg.com

Be sure to like the KWS Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/kingofthewestsprints and become a member of our Twitter community at https://twitter.com/KwsSprintRacing for all the latest breaking news regarding the series

Sweet Shifts Gears, Takes on Promoter Title at Placerville


By Placerville Speedway


2015 BRAD SWEET PLACERVILLE RIEBES

Brad Sweet’s Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by Riebes Auto Parts returns the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series to Placerville Speedway for the first time since 1992

CONCORD, N.C. – March 31, 2015 – The past year has been full of learning experiences for Kasey Kahne Racing driver Brad Sweet. The 29-year-old, Grass Valley, Calif.-native took on his first full World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season in 2014. In the process of figuring out how to be successful on the grueling Outlaws tour, he took home five wins and the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award.

Now, Sweet is diving into a new role – that of promoter.

“I didn’t ever sit around and think, I want to be a sprint car promoter because I’m always on the other side,” Sweet said. “I’m a driver. That’s where my focus is at.”

The opportunity to return the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series to his home track, Placerville (Calif.) Speedway, after more than 20 years was just too good to pass up.

“I just thought to myself that I would love to go see the Outlaws at Placerville,” Sweet said. “It hasn’t been done in 23 years. If I would want to do it so bad, I’d imagine the fans want to see it too.”

When the Outlaws return to the quarter-mile bull ring in the foothills of Northern California for Brad Sweet’s Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown on Wednesday, April 8, it will be the first time since 1992. In the four appearances the series made at the track between 1985 and 1992, Jac Haudenschild and Sammy Swindell each scored two wins.

The support from fans and the community has been strong. Ticket sales have been brisk and Sweet has added regional NAPA Auto Parts distributer Riebes Auto Parts as a partner for the event.

“We’re really excited to add Riebes Auto Parts as the presenting sponsor of the event,” Sweet said. “They’re a local company – they have a couple of stores right there in Placerville. Bart Riebe, the owner of Riebes, is an avid sprint car fan and attends sprint car races, so it was easy to build a relationship.”

The Placerville Riebes Auto Parts store (2885 Ray Lawyer Drive) will host a luncheon open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day of the race, featuring an autograph session and giveaways with Sweet and other series drivers.

Ruhs Bros Motorsport has also signed on as an event sponsor.

Great seats for Brad Sweet’s Placerville Outlaw Short Track Showdown presented by Riebes Auto Parts on April 8 are still available. Reserved and general admission tickets are available for $45. Every ticket receives a fan pit pass. There are no age restrictions for pit access during the event. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling 1-877-395-8606. General admission tickets will be available on the day of the event.

While Sweet said his main focus remains winning with his Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb team and not on expanding his promoter role, he is hopeful the event will be a success this year and can continue in seasons to come.

“If this Placerville event is something that we can build up and keep going for a couple of years then that would be pretty fun. We’re looking forward to a great event and great show for the fans.”

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), 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.