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Placerville Posse Challenge Headlines Saturday’s May 7th Red Hawk Casino Championship Series

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The 2016 Placerville Speedway Red Hawk Casino Championship Series continues Saturday night May 7th with 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, and will see the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks all vying for big money on Saturday night. In addition, the BCRA Midget Lites will be joining the program for their second visit to the 1/4 mile high banked clay oval for the season. 04_23_2016_167w

“We are looking forward to getting in our first Posse Challenge event of the season”, track promoter Scott Russell explained. “After the first one rained out last month, we are hoping Mother Nature cooperates and allows us to get the event in. Last weekend was a rough one, so we are looking to rebound and have a great night of racing this weekend”.

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 June 25th, August 13th, with the fourth date still being decided after the first round was rained out on April 9th.

04_30_2016_169wThe Posse Challenge events are an ambitious undertaking for RMI, 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 Posse divisions can be seen below. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM. 04_16_2016_256w

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 7500 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.


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.

 

Four New Winners Break into Victory Lane at Placerville Speedway

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By: Brad Kennedy

Placerville, CA – April 30, 2016…The third contested round of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship season saw a total of 68 cars sign into the pits amongst the 4 divisions on hand, and saw 4 new faces land in victory lane.

Twenty-Four Thompson’s Auto Group Sprint Cars were in attendance and were greeted with an old-school slick surface to a thick cushion for the night’s 25 lap feature. Outside pole sitter Mason Moore of Princeton, aboard his Geico Local Offices #x1, got the jump on the start and was never seriously challenged on the way to his first victory of the season. Logan Seavey finished second over Tyler Seavey, Matt Peterson, and Jimmy Trulli.

“Everything is falling into place and working well for us this season”, remarked Moore in victory lane. “(Car Owner) Alan Bradway wasn’t all that pleased with my efforts in qualifying, but we put it all together in the heat race to put us in the re-draw, which put us on the front row for the feature. It feels great to win. I’m very fortunate to have Geico Local Offices and Econo Lube N’ Tube on board with the F&F Racing Team.” 04_30_2016_251w

Andy Gregg was the evening’s Fast Qualifier and picked up the Adco Driveline & Custom Exhaust bonus. Heat Races were won by Kyler Shaw, Logan Seavey, and Greg DeCaires, while the AL Driveline Hard Charger was Adam Walters, who improved 12 positions from his 22nd starting spot, finishing 10th.

Only nine Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models were on hand for the night, but the 20 lap feature was a thrilling one that saw pole sitter Will McMillan spin in turn 1 and then collected third place starter Ryan McDaniel, as well as Jay Bryant and Ryan Peter. However, McDaniel tagged the tail of the field and by lap 4 had moved back to third, then took advantage of a spin on the ensuing restart by leader Wayne Trimble. McDaniel slid new race leader Eddie Gardner for the lead in turn 1 on lap 9, then ran away from the field over the course of the final few laps to win his first of the year at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds over Tyler Lightfoot, Jay Norton, Trimble, who rebounded for 4th, and Gardner.

“We got lucky after getting tangled up on the start”, Ryan said following the race. After driving through the field back to the front in just five laps, McDaniel admitted that the incident on the opening lap lit a fire under him. “I was pretty upset after that first lap. But, it feels good to win last night at Chico, and then again tonight. I’ll take it.”

Will McMillan won the lone heat race, while Tyler Lightfoot earned the RMI Hard Charger Bonus with his 2nd place finish after starting 7th.

A stout field of 22 Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks took the green for the 20 lap feature, but it was outside front row starter Dan Smith of Vacaville who led all 15 laps of the curfew shortened feature. Smith fended off multiple advances of both Scott Grunert and Russ Murphy until late race contact ended Grunert and Murphy’s bid for victory. Despite multiple cautions that shortened the event, it was Smith who ended up in victory lane over Greg Rayl, Dave Silva, Travis Emery, and Dan Jinkerson to round out the top five.

04_30_2016_193awIn the winner’s circle, Smith was happy with his first victory. “It feels good to finally put all the laps together in the main to win. I have to thank all my sponsors, BRC Race cars, Vick’s Harbor Machine, and Oates’ Country Store for all their support.”
Orville Owens, Smith, and Scott Grunert were heat race victors while Greg Rayl earned the RMI Hard Charger Bonus by starting 18th and finishing second.

For their first visit to Placerville in the 2016 season, 13 IMCA Sport Mods took to the 1/4 mile, with 6th starting Brian Cooper of Yuba City aboard his Friesen Chevrolet #17c winning the shortened event. Cooper inherited the lead and the victory on lap 12 after his brother Todd Cooper made contact with the infield berm trying to avoid the spun lapped car of Lonnie Leonard. Despite having led the majority of the race, Todd Cooper’s night was over with rear suspension damage. For Brian Cooper, the win came over Howard Law, Dave Gibson, Alan Furuta, and Chuck Golden, who were the top five finishers.

“My brother Todd had the race won”, Brian Cooper said wistfully, on the front stretch after. “Unfortunately, his night came to an abrupt end trying to avoid contact with the lapper, which gave me the win. Obviously, it didn’t end the way he wanted it to, but it gave us good notes on the race track and what the cars liked and didn’t like. Now we have a good baseline set up that can be used for next time.”

04_30_2016_213Heat races were taken by Raymond Benkowski and Cooper, while the RMI Hard Charger was awarded to 5th place feature finisher Chuck Golden who improved 7 positions during the race.

Racing action returns again next Saturday, May 7th, to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds with the second scheduled Placerville Posse event, featuring the normal three classes as well as the second visit of the year by the BCRA Midget Lite division. 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’s Red Hawk Casino Championship Series resumes this Saturday

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Placerville, CA (April 27)…Following a special event last Saturday featuring KWS Sprint Cars and BCRA Midget Lites, the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship series returns to Placerville Speedway this coming weekend with the third points event of the season. Saturday’s four division program includes the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, the Jays Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks, as well as the first appearance for the season for the IMCA Sport Mod division.

With two races complete in the Red Hawk Casino Championship season, Princeton, California’s  Mason Moore leads the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Car division by a scant point over defending series champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. Moore, aboard the F&F x1 mount owned by Alan Bradway & Steve Tuccelli has two top five finishes in the opening two rounds, scoring 5th on opening night, April 2nd and a runner-up finish two weeks ago.

“Alan is a great car owner, and crew chief, and provides one heck of a car for me to drive every week”, said Moore. “Luckily, I have driven for him before and he knows what works for me. It definitely is a confidence booster for myself to be able to jump in the car and run well. I really enjoy racing at Placerville weekly and hope to be able to pick up a championship for the F&F Racing team.”

In the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Model division, Olivehurst’s Ryan McDaniel leads Ray Trimble by 1 marker after the first two events, scoring two runner-up finishes in the process.

“Both races we have been real quick”, McDaniel stated. “Things just haven’t quite gone our way. Last year by this time we had 3 or 4 wins, but the competition is tougher now and guys have really stepped up their programs. So, this Saturday we will be trying some different setup things to help get us a little quicker.”

Dan Jinkerson leads the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stock division by two points after two events over Nick Baldwin, winner the last race out. Jinkerson won opening night and cited preparation as the key to his early season success. “Lots of hours in the shop. That’s how you win races”, he stated over the Placerville Speedway public address system.

Saturday’s race marks the initial visit of the IMCA Sport Mods to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, which will see the series contest the 1/4 mile on four occasions 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.

Kaeding scores first career Placerville KWS victory

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By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – April 23, 2016…Willie Croft’s misfortune was Bud Kaeding’s gain on Saturday night when the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series officially kicked-off the 2016 season at the always action packed Placerville Speedway.

After winning the six-lap Dash to earn the pole position in the feature, Croft was able to hold command out front, all the while racing through heavy traffic on the tight quarter-mile. Kaeding would keep him honest in traffic however, stalking the rear bumper of the familiar Holy Smokes BBQ No. 29 mount.

The pair raced closely together for the majority of the race, weaving in & out of the slower traffic, until the complexion of the main event changed on lap 25. As the leaders charged into turn one, lapped cars ahead of them came together, leaving Croft no place to go and resulting in him making contact and coming to a stop.

After inheriting the lead it was clear sailing out front for Kaeding, who took the Ed Entz checkered flag by 1.135 seconds over Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan. For Kaeding it marked his first series win at the track and the 13th of his KWS career, which gives him sole possession of ninth all-time. It was a solid way for the Campbell, CA driver to start out the season after missing out on the title by just 12-markers last year.  04_23_2016_201

“It feels great to start out the season in victory lane and for it to be in Placerville is pretty cool,” Kaeding commented. “This hasn’t always been my best track, but to win championships you have to be good everywhere. That was a tough break for Willie Croft because he was good all night. I can’t thank Morrie & Katie Williams enough for the opportunity to drive this car. We’ll now go and try to win the Bradway again next week in Chico.”

The runner up effort for McMahan was his best King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finish since the 2014 season. The veteran began his Sprint Car career at the Placerville bullring way back in 1982. Chico’s Jonathan Allard charged from 14th to third in the feature. The three-time King of the West champ looked strong in the 30-lapper.

Penngrove’s Chase Johnson earned his career best KWS finish by running fourth. It was an impressive effort put together by the 20-year-old second year series competitor. The top-five was rounded out by 16th starter Dominic Scelzi of Fresno. The 18-year-old made a nice rebound in the feature to earn the solid finish.

The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by 20th starter Shane Golobic of Fremont, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Fresno’s Cory Eliason and Hanford’s DJ Netto. It was also a nice recovery by Netto, who had gotten into a spin following a chain reaction in front of him while running third early on.

Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto captured the LCQ, with Croft claiming the Dash as noted. The three 10-lap heats were picked off by DJ Netto, Bobby McMahan and Willie Croft. Cory Eliason opened the night by setting fast time with a lap of 10.726 around the quarter-mile. Full results will be available at www.placervillespeedway.com.

In the companion BCRA Midget Lite Feature, Kyle Offill took advantage of a lap 9 restart to take the lead away from pole sitter Scott Kinney in turns 1 & 2. Kinney returned the favor in turn 3, but Offill came across the stripe on lap 10 as the new leader. Despite a challenge from veteran Craig Dillard of Oakdale over the course of the final few laps, Offill held on for the win. Dillard finished second with Scotty Males, Dakota Albright and Greg DeCaires V rounding out the top five.  04_23_2016_215

In victory lane, Offill was almost speechless when describing his first victory at Placerville. “The car was fast all night. It really was digging”, he said.  “It feels good to get a win.”

Racing action returns to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds next Saturday, April 30th, 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 Sport Mods. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.

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.

 

King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series Set for Placerville Showdown Saturday night

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By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – April 19, 2016…Well known for its steep banks, distinctive red clay, loyal fan base and extremely close action, the El Dorado County Fairgrounds based Placerville Speedway is set to play host to the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series season-opener this Saturday night April 23.

The Placerville Speedway is located just 40 minutes from the capital city of Sacramento and marks the first full point race for KWS after opening the season with a co-sanctioned event in Tulare with the World of Outlaws on March 12.

Including this Saturday the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series regular season starts off with five consecutive weeks of racing, prior to a break during Memorial Day weekend. In addition to Saturday’s opener the King of the West Series will also return to the Placerville Speedway for events on Saturday July 30 & Saturday September 24.

With last year’s King of the West champion Carson Macedo competing for Keith Kunz Motorsports in the Midwest it opens the door for a different titlist in 2016. Last season the 19-year-old joined the illustrious list of past champions that includes Kyle Hirst, Jonathan Allard, Brent Kaeding, Tim Kaeding, Kyle Larson, Tyler Walker, Sean Becker, Jason Statler, Ronnie Day, Randy Hannagan, Tim Green and the “Original King” Steve Kent.

Last year two-time KWS champion Kyle Hirst led the way with five wins on the season and looks to be a favorite for the title in 2016. The 28-year-old Paradise resident is set to drive for Tarlton Racing with support from Roth Motorsports and will be gunning to duplicate his championship performances from 2013 & ’14. Hirst also swept both King of the West events in Placerville last season and has started off this year in solid fashion, including a podium finish with the World of Outlaws in Stockton.

After missing out on his first KWS title by just 12-points it could be the year for Campbell’s Bud Kaeding, who captured the prestigious Trophy Cup last October at Thunderbowl Raceway. The driver of the Williams Motorsports ZERO also claimed his first career Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial last season with KWS. Elk Grove veteran Bobby McMahan finished third in the points last year, ending the campaign with no dnf’s. McMahan returns to the track this Saturday where he began his Sprint Car career in 1982.

Hanford’s DJ Netto claimed two KWS wins last season and will be looking for more in 2016. The Central Valley youngster ended the season fourth in points and will be a threat to move up the ladder in 2016. A few weeks back Netto impressed everyone with the World of Outlaws in Chico, until fuel issues ended his bid at victory. Three-time King of the West titlist Jonathan Allard of Chico will also be searching to add a fourth crown to his resume this year. The veteran drove to victory at the season-ending Tribute to Gary Patterson last November.

A couple new faces joining the King of the West trail this year and looking to make their mark are Watsonville’s Justin Sanders & Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox. Sander’s is coming off a fantastic season that saw him claim 20 main event victories and earn track titles at Ocean Speedway & Marysville Raceway. Cox last November brought home a runner up at the Tribute to Gary Patterson in Stockton with the Civil War Series and places his 2016 focus on chasing points with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.

More drivers expected for this Saturday’s opener will include Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Cory Eliason, Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Roseville’s Willie Croft & Colby Copeland, Los Angeles, CA’s Tyler Walker, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Campbell’s Brent Kaeding, Princeton’s Mason Moore, Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Coarsegold’s Scott Parker, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

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 www.placervillespeedway.com.