Tight battles in all three division resume this Saturday night in final race before fair break


By Placerville Speedway Media


PLACERVILLE, CA (6-13-15) – This Saturday night the action resumes at Placerville Speedway with the 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Championship series presented by Thompson’s Auto Group. Three divisions will form  the evening roster once again as the quarter-mile bullring in what will be the final night of racing prior to the week break to allow for the El Dorado County Fair. Yes race fans, it’s time to get your racing fix to hold you over for the next couple of weeks.

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Andy Gregg. Photo by Donna’s Race Photos

Saturday’s event will feature the Domco Plumbing 360 Winged Sprint Cars and Limited Late Models together with the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks.  Saturday’s event will be the sixth point race of the season for the Sprint Car division and will be the second points race for the Sprint Car division, all of which are competing for a combined total of $6000 in champion bonus awards this season.

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. DeCaires is at the helm of a three-way locally based battle among three locally owned teams, all in the hunt for one of Placerville’s richest championship bonuses in history.

DeCaires holds a 25 point lead as returns this Saturday night. Placerville’s Andy Gregg is in the second position while Jimmy Trulli of Placerville is third, just five points back. Mike Benson of Calistoga is fourth, 50, points out of the lead. Kirt Organ of Napa is fifth.

Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst remains in the point lead in Domco Plumbing Late Model competition. McDaniel has won all but one of Placerville’s point races. The regional dirt track hot shoe is followed by Ray Trimble of Auburn who is 16-points behind the leader. Dominic Stone of Folsom is third, just 19-points out. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is fourth, 48-points from the lead. Placerville’s Tyler Lightfoot rounds out the top five, 60-points from the top.

In Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock action, Elk Grove’s Lonnie Leonard remains in the lead position in the standings. Defending champion Scott Grunert is second, fifteen points out of the lead. Rick Grunert of Woodland is third overall, 25-points behind his son. Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley is fourth, 31-points out of the lead while Tim Mack of Diamond Springs is fifth, 35 points from the top.

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.

Placerville Speedway Fast Facts:

Next Event:

Saturday, June 13 . Red Hawk Casino Championship Point Race #6

360 Sprints, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks

Gates open 5 p.m. Qualifying at 6:30. Racing at 7 p.m.

Our 50th Anniversary Season Community Partners:

  • Placerville Speedway is sponsored by the Red Hawk Casino. Located off Highway 50 just west of Placerville Speedway, Red Hawk Casino is the Sacramento area’s premier gambling destination and has been voted Northern California’s Best Casino four years in a row. For information on upcoming entertainment and promotions visit them at redhawkcasino.com
  • Thompson’s Auto and Truck Centers of El Dorado County is the presenting sponsor of the 2015 racing season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Thompson’s, a name, family and a tradition of excellence to provide all your automotive sales and service needs at Thompson’s Toyota, Thompson’s Buick GMC and the new Thompson’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Placerville.
  • Domco Plumbing and Septic is the proud sponsor of Placerville Speedway’s Sprint Car and Late Model Divisions. Serving El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento County, Domco Plumbing the areas full service plumbing and septic service for all your needs both residential and commercial.
  • Jay’s Mobile Welding of Folsom is the 2015 Pure Stock Division sponsor at Placerville Speedway. Jay’s Mobile Welding provides all types of welding fabrication and repairs throughout the Sacramento Valley and El Dorado County.
  • ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust is Placerville Speedway’s official Fast Time Sponsor for the 2015 Racing Season. ADCO Driveline is celebrating 40 years of service in El Dorado County and is a longtime supporter of local racing in the form of track and driver sponsorship.
  • Riebes Auto Parts is a proud partner of Placerville Speedway. Riebes Auto Parts sponsors the Placerville Posse series throughout 2015 as well as the Kid’s Dash events and additional bonus winnings throughout the season to come including the Tribute to Donnie Tilford and the Tribute Al Hinds events.

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Cox lives childhood dream with Placerville victory


By Placerville Speedway Media


DSC_1277PLACERVILLE (6-6–15) -As a youngster, Justyn Cox spent many Saturday night’s in the grandstands at Placerville Speedway watching his father Terry race and a number of veteran drivers that were his heroes. During those years, Cox desired to follow in their footsteps and one day stand in victory lane at the track that is tough to tame to even the best dirt track veterans in the business.  At the age of 21, Cox lived his childhood dream Saturday night, celebrating in victory lane at Placerville Speedway for the 5th championship points race of the 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Championship Season presented by Domco Plumbing, Thompson Auto Centers and Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication.

Cox was joined in victory lane by Pure Stock winner Dan Jinkerson of Diamond Springs along with Anthony Restad of Santa Rosa who won the Late Model featuring, dethroning the undefeated Ryan McDaniel. Cori Andrews of Murieta was the winner in the Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Lite feature.

In the Sprint Car feature event, Cox led the field to the green flag in, powering his Berco Redwood-Berry Lumber Company #31c ahead of second place starter Mike Benson of Calistoga. With just one lap complete a yellow flag flew for Placerville’s Matt Barber who spun to the edge of the infield exiting the second turn.

With the restart, Cox lead the 18 car field back to green with Benson in his wake and top point runners Jimmy Trulli of Placerville, Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove and Andy Gregg of Placerville. Gregg overtook DeCaires and Trulli with three laps down before another yellow flag flew for Gus Carcione of El Dorado Hills and Barber followed by another caution flag for Jake Morgan, James Sweeney and Steven Ingraham all at the same time.

After the string of cautions were out of the way, Cox muscled ahead of the field while Benson, Gregg, Trulli and DeCaires all dueled in the top four. Following a restart at the 10 lap mark, Gregg began stalking Cox for the lead. The two battled unto lapped traffic with Gregg pulling aside Cox several times. After a final restart at the 21 lap mark the battle continued between the two, Cox maintained the lead all the way to the checkered flag while DeCaires overtook Gregg for second on the final lap. Benson finished in fourth over Trulli.

“For most of my 21 years I have been alive, I have been in the stands at this race track watching my dad race and others so this win means a lot,” said Cox. “We’ve been trying for this one for the last three years and finally got here. I can’t thank all my sponsors and crew enough for all their help. I wish my Dad was here tonight, he couldn’t make it but I know he’s pretty excited too.”

In the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Model feature, a rain shower delayed the start of the A feature for several minutes as track officials worked to prep the racing surface. Once the 12 car field reported, Tyler Lightfoot of Placerville took the lead at the green flag, muscling his way ahead of pole sitter Terry Kuntz of Vacaville.

DSC_1283On the seventh lap the race went under yellow when Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst suffered a flat tire on the backstretch. Once restarted, the race saw Lightfoot power ahead of Kuntz and the two battled hard at the halfway point side by side with Restad moving into the mix for a three way battle. At the 11 lap may, Kuntz and Restad took the top two spots over with Davis in tow and Lightfoot fading to fourth.

With 15 laps down a collision in turn two between Bill Harbaugh of Sacramento and Ray Trimble of Auburn brought the race under the yellow flag and a single file restart. Restad led them to the green flag to continue his battle with Kuntz for the lead over Matt Davis but the race went under the red flag quickly when Placerville’s Tyler Lightfoot and Eddie Gardner of Sacramento collided hard in turn one.

In the final five laps, Restad battled with Davis and McDaniel for the lead. Restad picked up the win followed by Davis, McDaniel, Dominic Stone of Folsom and Ray Trimble of Auburn.

In Pure Stock action, Dave Silva led the division to the green flag and work his way to begin lapping the field in the first four laps until a caution flag flew for Placerville’s Roy Fulmer who spun in turn two. The double file restart put Sacramento’s Jason Palmer on the outside of Silva for the green flag. On the sixth lap, Jinkerson overtook Palmer for second place and began pursuing Silva for the lead.

DSC_1280Following a restart on the 9th lap, Jinkerson took the lead with an outside pass on Silva in the fourth turn to take a lead he would maintain through several more restarts. At the line Jinkerson was followed by Silva, Palmer, Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove and Rick Grunert of Woodland.

“The double file restarts were good for me on that first one but I wasn’t sure what to expect on the later one, I decided to stay on the outside for it because I didn’t want to try to fix something that wasn’t broken and it worked for us the first time,” said Jinkerson. “The competition in this division is really good, I think the higher pay than the other tracks and the championship money from Red Hawk, Domco and Jay’s Welding is really bringing a lot of cars to this track and it’s great to see.”

Cori Andrews took the green flag and powered into the lead in the Midget Lite feature event. Within three laps of the race, Andrews led the field by several car lengths as third place starter Scott Males of Elk Grove worked the second place position, distantly stalking the leader as they quickly worked their way into lapped traffic without a pause in the race until the 13th lap when the race went under yellow after Cody Spencer of Cameron Park went up in smoke in the fourth turn.

The ensuing restart put a lapped car between Andrews and Males for the restart. Andrews muscled into a distant lead that went without serious challenge for the remainder of the race. Andrews was followed across the line by Males who was challenged to the line by Logan Seavey of Sutter, Craig Dillard of Oakdale and Brian Corso of Ripon.

DSC_1271“The last two times I have been here I have lost a motor, ” said Andrews. “So it’s nice to come back and get a win here. I just really have to thank my Dad and family for all their support with this and my sponsors. I couldn’t do it without them.”

Racing returns to Placerville Speedway next Saturday night with the sixth Red Hawk Casino Championship point race of the season. Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks will form the evening race card in the final night of racing prior to the break for the El Dorado County Fair.

This Tuesday, Placerville Speedway will be recognized at the El Dorado Country Board of Supervisors meeting. Supervisor Brian Veerkamp and his fellow supervisors will present a proclamation to Placerville Speedway and the El Dorado Country Fairgrounds for its 50 years of service and quality family entertainment to the communities of El Dorado County.

For further information on these upcoming events and complete results and point standings visit www.placervillespeedway.com.  Follow Placerville Speedway on various forms of social media including Facebook and Twitter to interact with fellow race fans and teams.

Point Racing Resumes this Saturday with three divisions on tap


By Placerville Speedway Media


PLACERVILLE, CA (6-6-15) – This Saturday night the action resumes at Placerville Speedway with the 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Championship series presented by Thompson’s Auto Group. Three divisions are expected to pack the evening roster once again as the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds continues one of it’s most lucrative most competitive championship seasons.

DSC_0709Saturday’s event will feature the Domco Plumbing 360 Winged Sprint Cars and Limited Late Models together with the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks.  Saturday’s event will be the sixth point race of the season for the Sprint Car division and will be the second points race for the Sprint Car division, all of which are competing for a combined total of $6000 in champion bonus awards this season.

Entering Saturday’s event, defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove tops the roster in the Sprint Car division aboard the #4SA Red Hawk Casino machine owned by Placerville’s Dale and Tara Miller. After scoring his third overall win of the season last weekend during the Civil War Series event, DeCaires will look to carry his momentum of success into this Saturday’s race as competitors close in on the annual break for the El Dorado County Fair later in June, a point each season which often sets the stage for the outcome of the final championship run into the summer months.

DeCaires holds a 21 point lead as returns this Saturday night. The top three positions in the standings are all held my locals at this point in the season. Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Jimmy Trulli are both tied for the second place position behind DeCaires. Mike Benson of Calistoga is fourth, 50, points out of the lead. Kirt Organ of Napa is fifth, ahead of Placervill’e James Sweeney.

Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst remains undefeated in Domco Plumbing Late Model competition. McDaniel has won all of Placerville’s point races. The regional dirt track hot shoe is followed by Ray Trimble of Auburn who is 18-points behind the leader. Dominic Stone of Folsom is third, 21-points out. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is fourth, 47-points from the lead. Placerville’s Tyler Lightfoot rounds out the top five, 53-points from the top.

In Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock action, Elk Grove’s Lonnie Leonard remains in the lead position in the standings. Defending champion Scott Grunert is second, five points out of the lead. Rick Grunert of Woodland is third overall, 21-points behind his son. Recent winner Russell Murphy of Placerville is fourth, 25-points from the lead. Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley is in the fifth position, 27 points from the lead.

The grandstands will open at 5 p.m on Saturday with qualifying starting at 6:30 followed by heat races for all three 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.

DeCaires Continues Placerville Dominance With Civil War Series Win


By Placerville Speedway Media


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(Courtesy PMG Media) – For the second consecutive year, Greg DeCaires defended his home turf against the Civil War Series, and again earned a spot in the 55th Annual Johnny Key Classic after leading all 30-laps during the Saturday night feature event at the Placerville Speedway and becoming the series’ sixth winner in six events thus far.

Leading the field to green alongside fellow Placerville Speedway ace, Andy Forsberg, DeCaires would get the jump as he quickly went to work on the bottom of the speedway as the field tip-toed around the slicked off racing surface.

While DeCaires was comfortable up front, the battle behind him was intense as Andy Forsberg, Colby Copeland, and Jonathan Cornell would battle in a pack as they chased after the early race leader.

Following a caution on the seventh lap, DeCaires would continue to keep Forsberg at bay as Missouri’s Jonathan Cornell surged into the third spot, as Shane Golobic would crack the top five from his 14th starting position.

The red flag would fly on the 12th lap for Dominic Scelzi, who would escape uninjured, but as he went flipping, Cornell would get spun from behind as he slowed up, changing the look of the Top-5.

When the action came back to life, DeCaires would take off and hide as he continued to dominate out front, though Forsberg would have his hands full with Colby Copeland, Justin Sanders and a hard charging Shane Golobic.

As the race got into an extended green flag run, lapped traffic came into play and the 2014 series champion, Golobic, came alive as he took the third position on the 24th lap before taking the second spot on the 26th lap. Reeling DeCaires in amidst heavy traffic the race’s final caution flag would fly on the 27th lap giving the leader an open track in what was a single file restart.

DeCaires would get a very strong restart as he would pull away and earn the win while Golobic would come across the finish line in the second spot. The final restart saw 12th starting Sean Becker come from nowhere and make a bold move on the high, scary side of turns three and four to secure the final spot on the podium.

“I just can’t say enough about this team, this car, and this Wesmar Racing Engine,” a jubilant DeCaires said in victory lane. “We know what to do when it (the track) gets slick like this, and it is great to be up here getting interviewed, and also great to lock into the Johnny Key Classic.”

After putting an a hard charge, Shane Golobic was happy with how his team performed in the 30-lap feature event. “I messed up qualifying, but the team gave me a great car, and we had a really nice charge forward,” he would say. “They don’t call DeCaires ‘The Catfish” for nothing, and he was awesome on the bottom, we really did not need that last yellow.”

A brilliant restart with three laps to go, saw Sean Becker score his third straight Civil War Series podium finish aboard the FnF Racing No.x1 machine. “This team is so much fun to drive for, and it shows with our success,” he would explain. “That last restart I told myself I had to try something, and when everyone went to the bottom, I went up top, and it stuck, and here we are.”

Chasing Becker across the line was Andy Forsberg in fourth, Bradley Terrell in fifth, Colby Copeland in sixth, Justin Sanders seventh, Kirt Organ eighth, Mike Benson ninth, and Jonathan Allard rounding out the Top-10.

A total of 23 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster 360ci sprint cars checked into the pit area Saturday night, and it was Placerville’s own Andy Gregg getting things started with the fast time award.

Three heat races were ran and wins went to Justin Sanders, Colby Copeland, and Jonathan Cornell. Greg DeCaires would win the six-lap dash and start the feature event from the pole position.

Civil War Sprint Cars and Hunt Wingless Series to Invade Placerville This Saturday


By Placerville Speedway Media


PLACERVILLE, CA – On the heels of two exciting Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster races, the series roars back to life again this Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway for the first of two visits to the high-banked ¼ mile track in 2015.

During last week’s event at the Marysville Raceway, Andy Forsberg became the first driver to lock into August’s 55th Annual Johnny Key Classic that is held at the Ocean Speedway. This weekends race will offer another spot in the feature event, should a driver besides Forsberg pick up the win.

imageAside from Forsberg scoring his first series win of the season during the 16th Annual Mel Hall Memorial, Jonathan Allard comes into this event as the series’ most recent winner, as he won the highly talked about Silver Dollar Fair Race in Chico, CA on Sunday night.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the series saw over 40 cars check into the pit area on each night, and with the strong Placerville contingent expected to be on hand Saturday night, another healthy, and deep car count is expected.

With five races in the books in 2015, Rookie of the Year Contender, Robbie Price, has taken over the series point lead, and has been a model of consistency to date. Last weekend, Price pocketed a pair of sixth place finishes, and makes his debut at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night.

Nipping at Price’s heels is red-hot Justin Sanders. Sanders has been on a terror in 2015, and though he did not have the weekend he was looking for in Marysville, CA and Chico, CA he was able to pick up a pair of Top-10’s, and is just six markers out of the point lead.

Sitting third in Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster points is Bradley Terrell. The early season point leader had a hiccup on Sunday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway, and slipped to third in the standings, just 37 digits out of the top spot.

Fresno, CA driver Koen Shaw sits fourth in Civil War Series points heading into the race this weekend. Though Shaw hasn’t been flashy he has been solid, and as he was in 2014, consistency is key.

2014 series champion, Shane Golobic rounds out the Top-5 after five nights of action. With one win to his credit already in 2015, Golobic will look to become the series’ first repeat winner of the season at the Placerville Speedway, a track that he has had much success at as of late.

New in 2015, drivers will be able to throw out their lowest point night of the season in their quest for the 2015 Civil War Series Championship, an exciting twist that will see the championship come down to the final night of the season.

The Civil War Series will be joined by the Placerville Speedway contingent so driver expected to be on hand include, Andy Forsberg, Dominic Scelzi, Jonathan Allard, Sean Becker, Steven Tiner, Matt Peterson, Cody Lamar, Colby Wiesz, Greg DeCaires, Jimmy Trulli, Andy Gregg, Mike Benson, Kurt Organ, Jake Morgan many more of the regions top drivers.

Saturday night, the front gates will open at 5pm with tickets start at just $6 for kids 6-11, $15 for juniors and seniors, and adult tickets available for $18. The Placerville Speedway also offers an ‘Early Bird’ opportunity, as they will open their box office from 3-330pm to allow fans to by their tickets early.

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will be back in action on Saturday night as they invade the high-banked Placerville Speedway which will also offer the winner a berth in the 55th Annual Johnny Key Classic.

WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway)