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The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series finishes off month of July with a visit to the Placerville Speedway this Saturday

By Gary Thomas *

Placerville, CA (July 26, 2016)…With the King of the West 410 Sprint Cars venturing to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday the question of the day will certainly be, is there anyone that can stop two-time series champion & current point leader Kyle Hirst?

KHirstc The 28-year-old Paradise, CA resident has captured the last three King of the West events and goes into the Placerville bullring with a commanding lead in the series standings. The wheel-man of the Roth Motorsports/ Tarlton & Son No. 21x has won five features overall and looks to set a new personal high for wins in a single KWS season this weekend. Last year Hirst also swept both series events at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Overall this Saturday’s event marks round 13 in the battle for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series championship. It finishes off a busy month of July that has seen the tour compete throughout the Central Valley and the South Bay, before finishing up in the Sierra Foothills with the second of three season appearances at the Placerville Speedway. It’s also the last race before an extended three week break for the Knoxville Nationals and the Johnny Key Classic.

Campbell’s Bud Kaeding claimed the first King of the West event at Placerville Speedway and goes into Saturday sitting second in the series standings. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ finished runner up both nights to Hirst last week at the Peter Murphy Classic and hopes to change that on Saturday aboard the Williams Motorsports 0 machine. Kaeding has earned three total victories so far this season.

Hanford’s DJ Netto ranks third in the standings, but is expected to be absent for other obligations on Saturday. First year full-time King of the West competitor Justyn Cox of Clarksburg goes into Saturday ranking fourth in the points and looks to move up. Cox will be gunning for a strong run at a track that he has a number of laps at aboard the Berco Redwood No. 31c Sprinter.

Grass Valley’s Jason Statler rounds out the top-five in the standings at the helm of the DF Rios Motorsports 00. The 2004 King of the West champ looks to rebound after a tough ending to a solid run at the Peter Murphy Classic last week. Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto and Chico’s Jonathan Allard complete the top-10 in the standings going into Placerville.

Fremont’s Shane Golobic has been one of the most consistent drivers over the last couple months and will be a favorite on Saturday. Golobic is always a driver to beat at the high-banked quarter mile clay oval and has been close to a KWS victory there before. Past King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series champion Tyler Walker will be another driver to reckon with this weekend. The Los Angeles pilot typically runs strong at the Placerville Speedway and has won multiple series events at the track in the past.

More drivers expected will include Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan, Roseville’s Sean Becker, Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Auburn’s Richard Brace Jr., Sacramento’s Stephen Ingraham, Murrieta’s Cori Andrews and others.

RMI is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring the pill draw entry fee for all race teams during the final 2 KWS events as well as the Civil War show at Placerville Speedway in 2016. Track promoter Scott Russell hopes that this gesture of good will might sway some competitors to race in the final 3 PMG events on the year.

Scotty-MalescIn addition, the BCRA Midget Lites will be joining KWS on Saturday night for the 3rd annual Wayne Albright Memorial. Albright, a former car owner, was also a past member of the BCRA Board of Directors. His son Dakota will be aboard the #35jr Saturday night. In the previous five events held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds this season, Kyle Offill and Scotty Males lead all competitors with two wins apiece, with Males winning the last two events, while Charlie Caraccilo also has a victory.

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 http://www.placervillespeedway.com

* Additional writing contributions by Dean Mills

“Big Trophy Night” provides big thrills at Placerville Speedway

By: Brad Kennedy*

Placerville, CA (7/23)…A total of 62 cars packed the pits for the 14th round of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship Season, for the annual “Big Trophy Night” at Placerville Speedway.

With 18 Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars lined up for the 25 lap main event, Placerville’s own Andy Gregg and Fair Oak’s Jake Morgan led the field to green. Gregg got the initial jump over Morgan into turn 1, but 4-time and defending track champion Greg DeCaires lived up to his nickname the “Catfish,” and used the bottom of the race track to pass both to take command coming off of turn 2. DeCaires stayed ahead until lap 8 when ironically, Gregg used the low line off of turn two to drive back by DeCaires and reclaim the lead.  07_23_2016_178c

Meanwhile, the battle for third heated up as Jake Morgan and Sean Becker duked it out for position. On lap 12, Justin Dill made heavy contact with the turn three implement tire, ending his night with a folded up front end. During the caution, Morgan pitted with a flat left rear tire, but did not return in time for the restart.

When the race resumed, DeCaires threw a slide job on Gregg, but Gregg returned the favor off of turn four to complete lap 13. Shortly thereafter, Mason Moore went from fourth to second driving around Becker and DeCaires, with Becker also getting by DeCaires to take over third.

On lap 18, Gregg jumped the cushion off of turn two allowing Moore to reel in Gregg for the lead. A lap later, Gregg again tripped up on the curb in turn three as Moore would shoot by like a missile into the lead on lap 19. Gregg again jumped the turn two cushion, allowing Becker to get by for second as the leaders again entered lap traffic. In the closing five rounds, Moore stayed glued to the bottom as Becker hammered down the cushion all away around the speedway. Becker made a bid for victory on the final lap, but stumbled off of four against the cushion, allowing Moore to lock down his third win of the year at Placerville, stretching his points lead over DeCaires. Gregg finished third, while DeCaires and Michael Kofoid rounded out the top five.

In victory lane, Moore admitted, “Jake Morgan showed me the bottom earlier in the race before he got that left rear flat. I knew I was good on the bottom as well, so I thought I might as well run it. Late in the race, I saw the 35 (Becker) on the board, and I thought, not again, he is going to pass me on the last lap. Unfortunately for him, he jumped the curb and we got the win.”

Andy Gregg was the fastest car in time trials, earning his 6th ADCO Transmission Quick Time Award of the year with a time of 10.682. The three heat races were won by Becker, Billy Butler, and DeCaires. Moore also claimed the AL Driveline Hard Charger Bonus for starting 7th and winning.

18 BCRA Midgets were on hand, as Michael Kofoid and Randi Pankratz paced the field to the green flag. However, before completion of the first lap, Kofoid got his midget on two wheels and flipped hard in turn three. Meanwhile, Brian Gard also turned over trying to avoid Kofoid’s flipping car. Kofoid was checked out by the speedway EMT and was released to start the 360 race later in the evening, while Gard restarted the race at the rear of the field.

When the race resumed, Pankrantz and Nick Foster led the charge, with Pankrantz taking the lead. Two laps in, the yellow lights flashed around the speedway for Dustin Golobic who came to a stop while running third.

On the restart, 7th place starter Alex Schutte took the lead, but Pankrantz fought back hard and the two jockeyed for position for many laps until the yellow lights came back on for Dustin Golobic who lost power again aboard his Doug Bock racing #25G.

When the field fired back off, Schutte checked out with a big lead, while Cory Elliott got by Pankrantz for second. Simultaneously, Brian Gard had battled his way back up to fourth after his opening lap crash, and race side by side with Pankrantz during a long green flag run in the middle portion of the event. The race was slowed on lap 24 for Maria Cofer as she spun off of turn two, collecting Floyd Alvis.

When green flag racing resumed, Brian Gard hit the tractor tire off of turn two, bringing out another yellow and ending his night. From there, Schutte led without challenge, while Pankratz repassed Elliott for the runner-up position. Taylor Simas and Sean Dodenhoff rounded out the top five when the checkered flag fell.

“Cory (Elliott) did a great job, and showed his nose on that restart”, Schutte admitted in a post-race interview. “Luckily for me the yellow came out, because I think he really had something for me. But, I guess he struggled on the restart and that helped us out, and we went on to win.”

Earlier in the evening, Dodenhoff, Schutte and Golobic won the three heat races.

15 Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication Pure Stocks started the night’s 20 lap feature, with points leader Nick Baldwin and Loren Chitwood leading the 15 car field to green. Baldwin jumped to the early lead, but had to fend off Scott Grunert and Dan Jinkerson. The three simultaneously fought for the lead over the opening eight laps until the caution flew for the 44 of Toby Mcintyre.

On the restart, Baldwin ran the middle of the track as Scott Grunert and Dan Jinkerson threaded the needle to split Baldwin off of turn two with Grunert taking command. Grunert and Jinkerson battled side by side for two laps until the 43 of Sam Bernstein came to a stop after looping his car in turn two.

During the yellow, Jason Palmer and Dan Smith made heavy contact causing Smith to retire. Smith showed his displeasure with Palmer as the two continued their rivalry from previous weeks.

07_23_2016_145c When the green flag dropped again, Dan Jinkerson slid by Grunert on the bottom of the speedway, but the yellow flag waved as Jeff Gavard came to a stop, nullifying Jinkerson’s pass for the lead. However, upon the race resuming, Jinkerson once again took the lead. Third running Nick Baldwin got sideways which allowed Rick Grunert to sneak by into 3rd.

Coming to the checkered flag, Grunert tried one more time to get a shot at Jinkerson but the #29 of Jinkerson proved too tough to tame and went on to win his 4th feature in 2016 at Placerville. Baldwin finished third over Rick Grunert and Orville Owens.

“The race was pretty exciting up front between myself, Scott (Grunert) and Nick (Baldwin)”, a happy Jinkerson stated in the winner’s circle. “I just was in search mode and knew if I could get in the moisture off the exits of the corner then it would be hard to get around me tonight. I just want thank everyone for coming out and to thank (Promoter) Scott Russell for making tonight a racers type of track.”

Dan Smith and Orville Owens won the two heat races, while Jeff Nuss grabbed the RMI Hard Charger Bonus with his 7th place finish, after starting 13th.

11 Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models began their 20 lap feature with point leader Eddie Gardner and Ken Michelli setting the pace into turn 1 with Gardner taking command. The yellow flag was quickly drawn when Joey Olschowka spun and collected Mike Lightfoot.

Gardner led the field back to green over Will McMillan who then dispatched Gardner to second off of turn two. Matt Michelli followed suit into second and quickly challenged McMillan for the lead. The two battled hard for the lead for multiple laps until contact was made off of turn two on lap 12. Michelli’s right rear greeted McMillan’s right front, sending Micheli upside down. Fortunately, he was uninjured.

However, officials penalized McMillan for rough driving, sending him to the back of the field for the restart, and handing the lead to Tyler Lightfoot, who had moved to third prior to the crash, up from his 9th starting spot.

When the race resumed, Lightfoot checked out on the field, as Gardner and Ken Michelli battled back and forth for second over the remaiing 8 circuits. Tyler Lightfoot cruised on to get his first career win over Gardner, and Ken Micheli, while Mike Lightfoot rebounded from his opening lap incident to finish 4th, and Jay Bryant came home 5th. .

“It’s such a great experience to get my first win here at my home track”, said a very proud Tyler Lightfoot in victory lane. I have to give big thanks to my dad, and to all my sponsors for their support.” 07_23_2016_191c

McMillan and Matt Michelli won the two heat races, while Tyler Lightfoot’s win from 9th earned him the RMI Hard Charger Bonus.

Placerville Speedway returns to action with the King of the West Sprint Car Series along with the BCRA Midget Lites next Saturday, July 30th. Pit gates 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 7800 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.

* Additional writing contributions by Dean Mills

Placerville Speedway hosts “Big Trophy Night” this Saturday

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Placerville, CA (July 21)…Placerville Speedway is proud to present it’s annual “Big Trophy Night”, an event that has been a tradition at the 1/4 mile clay oval for decades.

“We are proud to continue the long standing tradition of ‘Big Trophy Night’ at Placerville Speedway”, first year co-promoter Kami Arnold said proudly. “Scott (Russell, co-promoter) and I have been attending races here for most of our lives, and we are very happy to continue the traditions we have come to expect here at the racetrack”.

01aSaturday night’s event includes the three regular divisions, the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication Pure Stocks. All competitors will be racing for the annual “Big Trophy”, a nearly 5 foot tall perpetual trophy that the winner of each of the three divisions will be able to take home for one calendar year before returning. Each winner’s name will be added to the perpetual trophies, with the tradition continuing on year after year.

In addition to the three regular divisions, the Mighty Midgets of the Bay Cities Racing Association will make their second of four appearances of the year at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

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The fans will benefit from the evening as well, as they will have a chance to win Jamba Juice gift cards, courtesy of Russell Motorsports, Inc. An admission ticket into the main grandstands automatically enters fans to win. Also, the popular “Happy Hour” will continue, with discount beer prices in the grandstands from 4pm – 6pm.

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 7800 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.

Four Familiar Faces return to victory lane at Placerville Speedway

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Written by: Brad Kennedy *

Placerville, CA (July 16)…71 cars over four divisions signed into the pits for the 13th round of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship Series, on “Marine Night” at Placerville Speedway. 07_16_2016_119c

18 Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars took to the 1/4 mile clay oval for the 25 lap feature event, with last weekend’s winner Michael Kofoid starting on the pole alongside Sean Becker for the start. When the green flag waved, 14-year old Kofoid jumped to the lead in turn 1, and by the fourth circuit had a straightaway lead on Becker. Jake Morgan slowed the pace by bringing out the yellow with a spin in turns 3 & 4, relinquishing his 4th place position, which forced him to the rear of the field.

On the ensuing restart, Kofoid lifted his front wheels off the ground allowing Becker the momentum to drive around Kofoid off of turn two to take the lead, but another caution would fly, giving Kofoid back the point.

When the race resumed, Kofoid led the field comfortably until Andy Gregg got upside down on lap 9 without injury. Under red flag conditions, officials reported that leader Kofoid was missing his left rear inboard caliper, causing him to have no brakes.

Kofoid checked out again upon seeing the green flag, until the leaders got to traffic. Becker threw a masterful slide job to claim the lead on lap 15.

While Becker gained a comfortable lead as the race went on, KoFoid also distanced himself from third place Jimmy Trulli and fourth place runner C.J. Humphreys. The two Placerville natives dueled it out for multiple laps, with Trulli maintaining the spot. Meanwhile Jake Morgan fought his way through the field after his earlier spin, and overtook Humphreys for fourth in waning laps.

Becker went on to win the race, becoming the second driver in 2016 to win two feature events in the Sprint Car division. Michael Kofoid finished second, while Jimmy Trulli’s 3rd place finish from his 16th starting spot earned him the AL Driveline Hard Charger bonus. Morgan finished fourth while Humphreys rounded out the top five.

“It is so awesome to win tonight. Thank you, Dan Monhoff for being dedicated to me over the years and allowing me to drive this car every weekend. Thanks to Geico for the extra money tonight, as we were the (ADCO Transmission) quick time award winner, and we won the main. Thank you to the fans for the support.”

Heat winners included Jake Morgan, Greg DeCaires, and Mason Moore.

17 Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks took the green flag in the “Bryan Carnett Memorial” event with Travis Emery and Scott Grunert on the front row. Grunert grabbed the race lead while Orville Owens fell into second.

Owens hounded Grunert for the lead over the first 11 laps, but got sideways in turn 1 allowing Dan Smith and Nick Baldwin by into second and third.

07_16_2016_169cGrunert continued to lead as Dan Smith applied heavy pressure all the way to the final corner where the two made contact off of turn four, spinning Grunert into the wall backwards, while Smith took the checkered for his third win of the season. Point leader Nick Baldwin finished second over third place Russ Murphy, with Dan Jinkerson and Orville Owens rounding out the top five.

Heat winners were Rick Grunert and Russ Murphy, while Jeff Sly earned the RMI Hard Charger Bonus for finishing 6th from his 14th starting spot.

07_16_2016_065c13 Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models started the 20 lap Carnett Memorial feature with Wayne Trimble and Eddie Gardner taking the field to the green. Points leader Gardner got the jump and pulled away by 4 car lengths before action was stopped on lap 2 when Paul Guglielmoni came to a stop with Ken Michelli in turns three and four.

Gardner led the field back to green until Ryan McDaniel made an aggressive move around Gardner on lap 3 to capture the lead.

One lap later, Gardner hit the berm in turn one collecting the duo of Richard Brace Jr. and Ray Trimble. Trimble continued on but Brace retired from the event.

McDaniel was never seriously challenged over the final 16 laps of the race on his way to victory over Matt Michelli, Mike Lightfoot, Tom Tilford and Wayne Trimble.

“Truthfully, I wasn’t even planning to come tonight,” claimed McDaniel in the winner’s circle. “We rebuilt the motor and put it in last night because there was extra money on the line and we were racing for Bryan Carnett tonight. It’s good to win this race in his honor.”

Heat winners were Matt Michelli and Mike Lightfoot, while Matt Micheli earned the RMI bonus by finishing 5 positions forward from his 7th feature starting position.

The NorCal Dwarf cars had 23 cars on hand with Buddy Olschowka and Chuck Connover leading the field to green. The two battled side by side for the first 9 laps. Shawn Jones had started 13th in the main but by lap 7, was in the top five. On lap 9, Jones moved into fourth just as the caution waved.

On the restart, Jones used a slide job to pass both Olschowska and Connover to take the lead on lap 8. Meanwhile, the race remained for second, with Jeff Fitch and Johnny Reeves joining the battle against Olschowka, Scott Dahlgren and Connover. The four duked it out for the remainder of the race, but with two to go Dahlgren and Olschowka made contact dropping Olschowka back to fourth. Shawn Jones earned his second victory in a row at Placerville in a Dwarf car over runner-up Kevin Bender, third place Scott Dahlgren, fourth Buddy Olschowka and fifth Johnny Reeves.

Heat winners were Danny Wagner and Dahlgren.

Placerville Speedway returns to action next Saturday night, July 23rd, with “Big Trophy Night” on the 14th point race of the Red Hawk Casino Championship Series. A four division program features the Thompson Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks, as well as the BCRA Midget Series. Pit gates 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 7700 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.

*Additional writing contributions by Dean Mills

 

Bryan Carnett Memorial to be held on “Marine Night” at Placerville Speedway Presented by Geico Insurance of Sacramento

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Placerville, CA (July 14)…Placerville Speedway is pleased to announce that the Bryan Carnett Memorial event will be held this weekend in conjunction with the 13th round of the Red Hawk Casino Championship season. This event will feature increased purses for the top 3 drivers in each of the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Model and Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stock Classes. Each division will be racing for an additional $750 to win, $500 for second, and $250 for 3rd place, all added on top of Placerville’s usual purses.

In addition, the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars will be competing for some bonus money as well. GEICO Insurance of Sacramento (Arden Way office) will be awarding an additional $500 to the fastest qualifier, $500 to the main event hard charger, and $1000 to the main event winner. Saturday’s 25-lap feature will pay $2500 to win.

The fans will benefit from the evening as well, as they will have a chance to win Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards that were donated generously by Jason Palmer, driver of the #22K Pure Stock.

Saturday Night will also be “Marines Night”. Representatives from the El Dorado County Marine “Toys for Tots Foundation” will be on hand providing information on what their organization does, not only for the El Dorado County community, but also the country. There will also be a special ceremony during the evening’s program.

The NorCal Dwarf Cars will also be making their fourth appearance of the year. Due to a scheduled Horse Show at the Fairgrounds, pit gates will not open before 2PM. The front gates will be open at 3PM, while 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 7700 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.