Championships Heat Up with Four Division Program this Saturday Night


By Placerville Speedway Media


Tyler Lighfoot webPLACERVILLE, 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.

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Decaires, Stone, Murphy fend off on track fireworks to score big July Fourth victories


By Placerville Speedway Media


gregPLACERVILLE CA (7-4-15) - Saturday night saw a sold out grandstand Saturday with one of the largest crowd’s in several years for the annual Fourth of July Spectacular. This annual night of racing lived up to its name this year with one of the best racing surfaces the holiday event has seen and a new face joined the list feature event winners, celebrating with two repeat winners before the ecstatic crowd.
Defending champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove drove to his fifth win of the season in the Sprint Car division while Russell Murphy of Placerville scored his second win of the year in Pure Stocks. Joining the repeat winners was Folsom’s Dominic Stone who drove his first career win in the Limited Late Model division.
In the Domco Plumbing Sprint Car Division, Matt Peterson powered into the lead at the green that was quickly followed by a red flag when Placerville’s Andy Greg lost a large amount of fuel on the backstretch. Jake Morgan and CJ Humphreys drove into the spill, igniting much of the backstretch on fire and engulfing Humphreys car before he swerved up the backstretch wall and rolled over with impaired vision. Nobody was injured in the bizarre incident that ended both Humphreys and Gregg’s night early.Humphreys fire
Once restarted, Peterson out powered second place starter Justin Bradway into the lead. Chase Majdic of Redding overtook Bradway for the second position with one lap complete before DeCaires muscled his way up from the eighth place starting position into second place to pursue Peterson for the lead. With five laps down, Peterson was holding a distant lead when he spun in turns one and two to draw a yellow as DeCaires muscled into the lead he would never relinquish.
Once the race restarted, DeCaires muscled out in front of the field as Chase Majdic and Ryan Bernal of Hollister dueled for the second position. With ten laps complete, DeCaires worked his way into lapped traffic with a quarter-lap lead over the field until a restart gathered the field with with 12 laps complete. Holding the top spot for the remainder of the race, DeCaires went on to win over Majdic who held off the challenges of Bernal to the finish line over Justin Sanders of Prunedale and Fremont’s Shane Golobic.
“This race is about the fans here tonight, it’s something all of us look forward to winning and it never changes. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or your third, this crown here for the Fourth of July is amazing and I want to thank all of them for coming out here to celebrate the Fourth of July,” said DeCaires. “Tonight we came here with a take no prisoners approach, we knew we would have some tough competition so we gave it all we had and here we are. I can’t thank all my sponsors and car owners Dale and Tara Miller enough for all they do for this race team.”
Limited Late Model Win Long Awaited by Stone

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In the Limited Late Model feature, Stone muscled into the lead from the second place starting positions and took charge of the 14 car field. With three laps complete a yellow flag delayed the race for a pair of laps. On the restart, Jeff Olshowka moved in to challenge Stone for the lead with Tyler Lightfoot in tow and Ray Trimble working to get into podium contention.
After a restart at the 8 lap mark, Stone powered ahead while Trimble and Olshowka dueled for second place until the 10th lap when Olshowka parked on the infield berm in turns one and two. Through a series of yellow flags, Stone maintained his healthy lead. On lap 12 former champion Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights moved into second place with Lightfoot in his wake. At the line Stone captured his first Late Model victory over Tilford, Wayne Trimble of Auburn, Lightfoot and Ken Micheli of Live Oak.
This is has been a long time coming, “ said Stone. A sponsor of the track this season and multiple drivers, Stone has been in victory lane many times, but Saturday was the first time as a Late Model winner rather than a supporter. “It’s nice to be here for a win myself for a change rather than one of my driver’s that I have been here taking pictures with. I just have to thank so many people for their help and support in this. We’ve had a couple wins when I raced in the Pure Stocks but the Late Model win is something I’ve been wanting a long time, this is special.”

Fourth of July win a longtime dream for Murphy

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In the Pure Stocks, Russell Murphy took the lead of the event after a pair of yellow flags delayed the opening two laps. Murphy stretched his lead to several car lengths long before the event reached the halfway point. Murphy worked his way into lapped traffic ahead of second place runner Scott Grunert of Woodland and Dan Jinkerson. gavard
On lap 11 the race underwent a red flag when Placerville’s Jeff Gavard climbed the backstretch wall and went upside down. Gavard was uninjured in the incident but retired for the night due to damage. When the race restarted Murphy muscled to the front and worked his way to a distant lead. At the finish line Murphy was followed by Grunert, Jinkerson and Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights.
“When it comes to racing here at Placerville, this is the race you want to win, the Fourth of July,” said Murphy. “This is it, this is the biggest race with the biggest crowd and I am out here driving with the best talent there is. Right now this the highlight of my racing career right here.”

Racing will resume at Placerville Speedway next Saturday with Championship Point Racing. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with qualifying at 6:30. For further information visit www.placervillespeedway.com.

50th Anniversary July Fourth Spectacular to bring Fireworks to the track and the air at Placerville Speedway; Kids Are Free!


By Placerville Speedway Media


flag fireworksPLACERVILLE, CA (7-1-15) – It’s a night of great tradition and celebration annually and this year it is expected to even more spectacular that before. This Saturday night, it’s the 50th Anniversary July Fourth Spectacular at Placerville Speedway. What better way could one spend their Independence Day other than witnessing the thrill of local championship auto racing and the spectacle of a giant pyrotechnic display?

The grandstands at Placerville Speedway is the place to be this Fourth of July to enjoy El Dorado County’s only July Fourth Fireworks display. Saturday’s fireworks will take place shortly after dark at the completion of the night’s exciting auto races and will consist of both aerial and ground level displays sure to make fans of all ages wide eyed with excitement. Families are encouraged to bring their kids and their friends as all kids 11 and under will be admitted free Saturday night.

While the fireworks in the sky will sure to delight, fireworks of a different kind are expected on the track Saturday night as the 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Championship season presented by Thompson’s Auto Centers, Domco Plumbing and Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication resumes. Already a lucrative season for teams overall, Saturday’s event will be richer for the Pure Stock division with added sponsorship from Jay’s Mobile Welding which guarantees every driver who starts the feature event $100.

In the Domco Plumbing Sprint Cars, defending champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove leads the point standings. DeCaires is a four time winner overall this season and will go head to head with second place point runner Andy Gregg of Placerville. After winning his 20th career feature last Saturday night, Gregg is 24-points behind the leader and will be gunning for back to back wins on one of the speedway’s biggest nights and most electrifying crowds.DeCaires

Mike Benson of Calistoga is third in the standings, 88 points from the top. Former Rookie of the Year Jake Morgan is fourth. Placerville’s own James Sweeney has edged ahead of Sutter’s Logan Seavey to complete the top five.

In the Domco Plumbing Late Models, Dominic Stone of Folsom has moved into the point lead of the division. Stone, responsible for a great amount of sponsorship and support for the track this year with his Folsom based plumbing company, is 3 points ahead of Ray Trimble of Auburn. Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst is third, 47-points out of the lead. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is fourth followed by Tyler Lightfoot of Placerville.DSC_1617

In the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock Division, Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove continues to hold on to the point lead. Leonard has a five point advantage over defending champion Scott Grunert of Woodland. Rick Grunert of Woodland is 20-points out of the lead in third followed by Tim Mack of Diamond Springs and Russell Murphy of Placerville.

DSC_1344The gates to Placerville Speedway are set to open at 5 p.m. Saturday night and an early arrival is suggested as this night routinely sells out quickly. A special pre-sale of tickets will take place from 3-4 pm at the track box office. Adult Tickets are $20. Juniors (12-15) are $15. Seniors (62+) are $15 and all children 11 and under are free for this night.

For further information visit the track website at www.placervillespeedway.com or join the local racing community on Facebook and Twitter and interact with over 5000 fans, drivers and track staff.

Placerville’s Gregg drives to 20th career victory; Local team geared up for July Fourth event this Saturday


By Placerville Speedway Media


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PLACERVILLE, CA (6-27-15) - For the first half of the 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino championship season presented by Thompson’s Auto Group at Placerville Speedway, Andy Gregg of Placerville has had his 20th career win on his racing bucket list, but suffered his share of shortfalls week after week. Saturday night, Gregg overcame his bridesmaid blues and accomplished his short term goal, winning $2000 in the Placerville Posse Challenge event.

Saturday’s win not only awarded Gregg bonus cash. It provided he and his Scott Russell owned #14r team the momentum he needs to carry into next Saturday’s race at the El Dorado Country Fairgrounds where Independence Day and racing come together with championship point racing and fireworks, a special tradition at his hometown track that every driver longs to win.

Sharing in celebration with Gregg Saturday night was Dan Jinkerson of Diamond Springs, who scored his fourth win worth $500 in the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock Division; Jeff Olshowka of Marysville, who won the Domco Plumbing Late Model feature worth $750 and Dan Wagner, who won the Nor Cal Dwarf Car feature race.

In the 25-lap sprint car feature, the waving of the green flag saw a yellow immediately as second place starter Shawn Wright of Fresno spun in the first set of turns and collected Auburn’s Andy Forsberg to delay the green. Once restarted, Gregg and point leader Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove led the field into the first set of turns and initiated an early dogfight for the lead that Gregg quickly prevailed from and pulled ahead of the field, distanAndy Greggcing himself from DeCaires until the 7th lap when a second yellow flag delayed the event and gathered the field.

On the restart, Gregg powered ahead once again while DeCaires and Justyn Cox of Sacramento dueled for the second position. With 13 laps complete Gregg worked his way into lapped traffic while the battle for second continued a distance behind him. With 17 laps down the dry slick track conditions and heavy lapped traffic became daunting for the leaders as they cautiously worked their way through the field with a car length between them. At the finish line, Gregg was followed by DeCaires. Cox finished in third followed by Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks who rounded out the top five.

“It was slick out here tonight and I had to be careful to not make a mistake,” said Gregg. “I knew there was no way DeCaires was going to pass me out there on this track as long as I didn’t mess up. I have to thank all our fans, sponsors and crew for all their hard work on this team. This is my 20th win racing and it’s been hard to get, I finally got that monkey off my back.”

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Jinkerson took the lead at the waving of the green flag and muscled his #29 ahead of the 20 car field by several car lengths as early as the second lap. Jinkerson’s early lead was shortened with five laps down when a double file restart put second place runner Rick Grunert of Woodland on the outside of him, not once but three times as a series of daunting yellows delayed the race.

Despite the restarts, Jinkerson ruled the lead throughout the race. Grunert had his battles in the second position from Tim Mack of Diamond Springs and Jason Palmer of Sacramento. On lap 13, Palmer overtook third place from Mack in the fourth turn while Jinkerson worked his into lapped traffic just as a final yellow flag flew when point leader Lonnie Leonard stopped on the backstretch after a collision in traffic on the 17th lap.

The final restart put lapped traffic between Jinkerson and Grunert for the restart. Jinkerson went on to take the $500 win over Grunert, Scott Grunert worked into third on the 18th lap to finish third over Palmer and Dan Smith of Sacramento.

“We had another good starting spot tonight and managed to stay out in front even on the many restarts,” said Jinkerson. “It’s nice to get our fourth win and some extra money tonight and now we’re looking forward to the Fourth of July race.”

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Dominic Stone took the lead at the green flag for the Limited Late Model feature event. After leading the first lap, Stone was passed on the low side of turn two by Olschowka, who was racing aboard and Micheli racing crate motor powered machine for the night. Once in front, Olschowka distanced himself from the field while Stone worked the second position a fair distance ahead of Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights in third place.

At the halfway mark of the race Olschowka worked his way into lapped traffic while Stone and Tilford were joined in the top four by Auburn’s Ray Trimble who pressured Tilford into the final laps. At the finish line it was Olschowka grabbing the $750 win followed by Stone, Tilford, Trimble and Placerville’s Tyler Lightfoot.

“We were down on the number of cars here tonight but the cars that race in this division here are by far some of the best in the business, just about any of these guys could win out here each week and it’s a tough field,” said Olschowka. “I appreciate the Micheli’s putting me in a competitive car up here and all they do for me.”

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In the Nor Cal Dwarf Car feature event, the green flag waved to pole sitter Travis Dutra and was immediately delayed by a yellow flag when Dennis Shively spun in the first turn. On the second attempt at a start, Dutra powered ahead of second place starter Tommy Brown Jr. to take the early command of the lead.

Dutra was challenged within three laps by Carl Droivold who started third in the event and begin bidding for the lead form the low line of the track. Using the low side entering the third turn put Droivold into the lead on the seventh lap. Once in front, Droivold was challenged by Dutra, Wagner and Ryan Winter, who rallied into the running despite a damaging heat race roll over earlier in the night.

Red Hawk CasinoDroivold drove a steady low line to maintain his lead into the final laps but the action behind him heated up with Dutra, Wagner and Winter. With 16 laps complete, Winter went to the rear after a collision and a spin with another car. The restart saw Droivold lead the field to the green where Dutra passed him on the backstretch to take the lead. In the fourth turn the battle went sideways with Droivold and Dutra collided and Wagner assumed the lead with the two front runners crashing out of contention. At the finish line Wagner was followed by Buddy Olshowka, Josh Miller, Ryan Winter and Miranda Chappa.

Next Saturday, Placerville Speedway will host the annual July Fourth Spectacular with three divisions of racing followed by fireworks, both low level and aerial. The best place to enjoy fireworks in El Dorado County will be in the grandstands of the 50 year old Placerville Speedway. The evening will include a public presentation by El Dorado County Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, who recently awarded the speedway with a proclamation for it’s decades of service. Veerkamp will address the fans on this special night.

Gates will open at the regular time on Saturday, 5 p.m. with qualifying at 6:30. A special ticket pre-sale will take place from 3-4 pm to allow fans to purchase their tickets early and beat the crowds. For complete information visit www.placervillespeedway.com.

All photos by Donna Peter; For purchase visit www.donnasracephotos.com 

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Hot Battle for Big Money this Saturday Night as Placerville Speedway hosts the lucrative Posse Challenge Series


By Placerville Speedway Media


money hotPLACERVILLE, CA (6-27-15) – With the break for the El Dorado County Fair now in the history books, Placerville Speedway roars back into action this Saturday night with a big night of racing. Not only does the 2015 Red Hawk Casino Championship Series return to action  this Saturday night in the battle for the season titles, it’s a duel night of competition as the event is also the second leg of the high dollar Placerville Posse Challenge that offers inflated winnings for all three weekly divisions.

Saturday’s race card includes the visiting Nor Cal Dwarf Cars along with the  Domco Plumbing Winged Sprint Car division along with Domco Plumbing Late Models and the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks. The three weekly divisions will be competing for inflated winnings as part of the new Placerville Posse series within the regular season. The Sprint Car winner will earn $2000 this Saturday night while the Late Model victor takes home $750 and the Pure Stock win is worth $500.

The night offers championship points for all three divisions towards the season title while the Sprint Car division winner has the opportunity to make it even richer should they win all four Posse races during the season to pick up a hefty bonus, part of an  additional $2000 bonus fund when the fourth segment is complete in August/ Altogether, this four race campaign is nworth as much as $10,000 in bonus winnings to the sprint winner alone.

One such driver that will be gunning for the extra cash is  defending Sprint Car Champion and current point leader Greg DeCaires. Altogether, DeCaires has been to victory lane in Placerville four times this season with three championship wins and a Civil War Series victory. Saturday night he will look for his first Placerville Posse series win to gain the added cash. DeCaires will be up against the likes of Colfax driver Colby Wiesz who holds the special posse challenge series point standings after winning the first leg of the campaign on opening night. DeCaires leads the Red Hawk Championship standings and is second in the special Posse Series standings.

In 2015, Placerville Speedway celebrates it’s most lucarative championship season in recent history with increased payouts, lower entry fees that the region’s traveling campaigns and bonus winnings not only for events but nearly 10,000 in championship bonus funds have been added to the season ending championship funds this year, giving each year-end champion a $2000 bonus on top of their regular winnings.

In the Posse campaign, DeCaires is trailed by Steven Tiner, Jake Morgan, Matt Peterson, Bill Wallace and Jimmy Trulli. In the weekly championship standings, he is followed by Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Trulli. Mike Benson of Calistoga, Kirt Organ of Napa, James Sweeney of Placerville and Morgan. The battle for the 2015 track championship is by far one to watch in the coming weeks as four of the top six point runners are El Dorado County owned race teams.

In the Limited Late model division, track officials hope a solid car count will be on hand to warrant the added payout Saturday night where the winner earns $750.  Ryan McDaniel of Olivhurst leads the the point standings by 19-points but is not expected to be in competition due to and out of the area commitment.

Ray Trimble of Auburn is second in the standings and will look for the opportunity to advance in the ranks as will Dominic Stone of Folsom who is just another three points back. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is fourth followed by Placerville’s Tyler Lightfoot.

In Pure Stock competition, the winner receives $500 this Saturday night.  Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove leads the point standings in this division and is seeking that elusive feature event win. Scott Grunert of Woodland is second followed by Tim Mack of Diamond Springs, a two time winner this year. Chris VanRoekel is fourth followed by Russell Murphy of Placerville.

The three track regulars will be joined by the exciting Nor Cal Dwarf Cars as Shawn Jones leads the field in defense of his recent win here. Look for a full roster in this division for a full night of great racing at the track that was recently awarded a proclamation by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors for 50 years of service to the community.

Tickets for Saturday at $15 for adults. Seniors and Juniors are $13, Children $6 and under six will be admitted for free. The pit gate opens at 2 p.m. Saturday, Grandstands open at 5 with qualifying for the Sprint Cars at 6:30. For further information visit www.placervillespeedway.com.

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