Trulli Closes in on DeCaires for sprint point lead as four divisions return this Saturday night


By Placerville Speedway Media


DSC_0456PLACERVILLE, CA (5-16-15) – This Saturday night is a night racing continues in the Red Hawk Casino Championship Season at Placerville Speedway presented by Thompson’s Auto Centers.  Four divisions will converge at the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for the third championship points race of the season.

Saturday’s race card includes the Domco Plumbing Winged Sprint Car division along with Domco Plumbing Late Models and the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks. The night offers championship points for all three divisions towards the season title . The visiting Midget Lites will also be earning digits for their traveling championship campaign.

In the Domco Plumbing Sprint Car division, defending champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove leads the division standings for the third week in a row. The driver known at the catfish is a one time winner so far already this season and has chased all other winners to the line so far with top finishes. Last weekend, he trailed Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli to the finish line. Trulli led every lap of the feature event to post his first victory of the season and move into second place in the point standings where he now sits just 16 points behind DeCaires for the lead.

Sitting in third place behind Trulli is another Placerville favorite, the Hurricane Andy Gregg. Gregg is just 18 points from the lead and single point over the Colfax Comet, Colby Wiesz of Colfax. Mike Benson of Calistoga rounds out the top five in the ranks with Matt Peterson of Wilton just one spot out.

In the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks division, Elk Grove’s Lonnie Leonard continues to lead the ranks with a seven point advantage over defending champion Scott Grunert of Woodland. Rick Grunert of Woodland is third, 22-points from the top. Chris VanRoekel of Grass Valley is fourth in the ranks followed by Tim Mack of Diamond Springs. Mack scored his first win of the season last Saturday and is 25 points from the lead.

The undefeated Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst leads the Domco Limited Late Model standings. McDaniel has a nine point advantage over the Flying Plumber Dominic Stone in the second position. Ray Trimble of Auburn is 17 points back in third spot. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is fourth with Tyler Lightfoot of Placerville rounding out the top five.

In the visiting Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association point leader Cory Andrews of Tracy will lead the field. Brian Corso of Ripon is second in the standings over Oakdale’s Craig Dillard. Scott Kinney of Citrus Heights is fourth over Elk Grove’s Scott Males.

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.

Placerville Speedway invites you to join over 5000 friends 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 at @pvllspeedway. Placerville Speedway welcomes everyone to join in on our social media but reminds them that the best social network is at the track with our great fans and drivers every Saturday night.

 

 

Trulli, Mack score first wins; McDaniel remains undefeated in fourth point race


By Placerville Speedway Media


DSC_0432PLACERVILLE, CA (5-9-15) – The fourth Red Hawk Casino Championship Points Race presented by Thompson’s Auto Group brought two local faces to victory lane for the first time in Placerville Speedway’s 50th Anniversary Season Saturday night at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli drove to his first victory of the season in the Domco Plumbing Sprint Car Division. Trulli celebrated the long overdue return to victory lane with Tim Mack of Diamond Springs who earned his first win of the year in the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock feature event. Ryan Winter of Galt drove to victory in the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars while Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst won his fourth feature in Domco Plumbing Late Models to remain undefeated.

In the Sprint Car feature event, Trulli started on the pole position Napa’s Kirt Organ on the outside. With the waving of the green flag the local track veteran took advantage of his top starting spot and muscled into the lead as defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove powered up from the sixth position into second place in the early laps to challenge Trulli

With seven laps down the race went under a red flag when Sean Becker and Matt Peterson collided in the third turn. The collision sent Peterson up into the turn three hillside and forced an oncoming James Sweeney to veer up the embankment to avoid collision. Sweeney then rolled over to draw the red flag while Becker managed to keep moving and maintain his position.  Both Sweeney and Peterson returned with repairs.DSC_0471

Once restarted the race say DeCaires tighten the gap between and Trulli for the lead. The two track favorites broke away from their contenders and dueled for the lead into lapped traffic. Trulli moved his driving line to the inside line of the track after several attempts by DeCaires to slip beneath the leader.

“They’re a reason they call Greg DeCaires the Catfish out here,” said Trulli. “When I saw his nose wing pull underneath me I knew what I had to do. When you’re running the high side and you have that guy on your tail it’s time to adjust your line and get down there. We heated up the brakes doing it but got it done. It feels good to be back here, it’s been a couple seasons for us out here racing against all these fast kids these days. DeCaires is still older than me though and I like to make sure he knows that.”

Trulli was followed across the line by DeCaires, Organ, Colby Wiesz of Colfax and Mike Benson of Calistoga. Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Sacramento’s Billy Butler finished just out of the top five with stellar runs throughout the night.

In the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock division, Mack started as far back as the 11th place position in the 20 car field. Using a great deal of patience and smart moves, the Diamond Springs’ driver soon found himself working his way to the front and managed his way through a massive melee that involved more than a dozen cars down the backstretch with just a lap complete.

The incident occurred as early race leader Danielle Clauson exited the second turn and was being challenged by Jason Palmer of Sacramento, Ted Ahart of Placerville and Dan Jinkerson of Diamond Springs. When real estate became scarce exiting the turn several cars began to swerve to dodge a collision and the end result was a ensuing pile of cars that momentarily filled the backstretch and left Ahart and Jay Bryant of Folsom with the most damage.DSC_0477

On the restart, Clauson continued to battle with Palmer for the lead. Palmer muscled into the front spot with Mack in his wake, who had worked his way forward by avoiding the crashes and taking advantage of the double file restarts. On the 14th lap a lengthy caution delayed the race when Placerville’s Dale Teach launched over the pit road safety barrier in a move that mimicked that of the infamous Dukes of Hazzard.

Once the incident was cleared the remainder of the race saw Palmer drift off the second turn and suffered steering damage. Mack moved into the lead at this point and never looked back to score his first win of the year. Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley challenged Mack to the line with the likes of Lonnie Loenard of Elk Grove. Jinkerson finished in the fourth spot followed by Jason Castro of Sacramento.

“After tonight, I am really liking these new double file restarts. That was a big deal for us tonight here,” said Mack, celebrating his third career win. “What great race we had up there running with Van Roekel and Leonard at the end. I can’t thank everyone enough for all their help, especially my partner Rob Ely who puts a lot time and investment into this car behind the scenes and in the pits each week.”

DSC_0466In the Limted Late Model division, McDaniel started on the pole of the 20 lap feature and took a lead he would never relinquish over Folsom’s Dominic Stone. The two top point runners broke away from the pack and dominated the race. McDaniel scored his fourth straight win over Stone. Ray Trimble of Auburn finished in third followed by Wayne Trimble of Auburn and Scott Messner.

“The car was great again tonight,” said McDaniel. “This car has won all but one race since we have brought it out late last year and that one was a DNF. I have to thank Dominic Stone in a big way tonight. Our transmission was out on the floor Friday night and that’s never good before race race day. If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t be here tonight, or most nights. We couldn’t do it without him and Matt Farnham and all these guys.”

DSC_0475In the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars, Winter overcame a race long battle with Shawn Jones of Tracy to win the feature event. This event had a lengthy red flag delay when Ray Smith of Placerville took a violent flip on the front stretch after colliding with Chuck Conover and Bryan Bender at full speed. The collision sent Smith end over end. After observation from the on site paramedics, Smith went uninjured.

Winter went on to win the race over Jones, Scott Dahlgren, Kevin Bender and Doug Martin.

“Great to be back here,” said Winter, a multi time winner in 2014. “This is my first win since late last year when I crashed and destroyed my car. We love racing at this track and tonight was another great run.”

Racing returns next  Saturday night with four divisions including the Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association.  Watch www.placervillespeedway.com for additional information.

Placerville Speedway Fast Facts:

 Next Event:

Saturday, May 16. Red Hawk Casino Championship Point Race #5

360 Sprints, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks, Midget Lites

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

Our 50th Anniversary Season Corporate 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 www.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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DeCaires Captures Point Lead Entering Saturday’s Event That’s “Mom’s and Ladies’ Night” at Placerville


By Placerville Speedway Media


PLACERVILLE, CA (5-9-15) – 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 are expected to pack the evening roster once again as the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds continues what is already becoming one of the most exciting racing seasons.

Greg DeCaires

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. The three track regulars will be joined by the colorful coupes of the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars. Saturday’s event will be the third 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 first win of the season last weekend, DeCaires has moved into the division point lead in his quest to defend his championship title. DeCaires and Miller have found their formula for success after teaming up midway through the 2013 racing season. This year, the duo has committed to run all of Placerville’s events, focusing on their hometown venue that offers the best Saturday night program in Northern California with winnings comparable to many of the region’s top traveling venues.

DeCaires enters Saturday night by local favorite Andy Gregg of Placerville. Driving the #14 Gen Landscape mount owned by Placerville’s Scott Russell, Greg has moved into the bridesmaid position and is 10 points behind DeCaires entering Saturday’s event. Colby Wiesz of Colfax is third in the regular championship standings and leads the additional Placerville Posse Challenge Series. Jimmy Trulli of Placerville is just 15 points from the top spot in the fourth position while Matt Peterson of Wilton rounds out the top five.

Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst remains undefeated in Domco Plumbing Late Model competition. McDaniel has won all three of Placerville’s point races. The regional dirt track hot shoe is being stalked by his sponsor, Dominic Stone of Folsom who sits just five points behind the leader after finishing second to him last weekend.  Thus far this season, McDaniel and Stone have been the most dominant drivers in the division at Placerville.

Ray Trimble of Auburn is third in the standings, just 14 points out of the lead. Eddie Gardner is fourth overall, 31-point out of the top spot. Tyler Lightfoot, the 2014 Rookie of the Year is up to the fifth position, 36 points out of the lead.

In Pure Stock action, Elk Grove’s Lonnie Leonard is up to the lead position in the standings. Defending champion Scott Grunert is second, five points out of the lead. Cameron Park resident Rich Zoller is third with Rick Grunert of Woodland fourth followed by Russell Murphy of Placerville.

The three track regulars will be joined by the always exciting Nor Cal Dwarf Cars. In this division look for previous winner Shawn Jones to return with the likes of Kevin Bender, Mike Grenert, Ray Smith, Bryan Bender, Ted Stinson, Ryan Winter and many more.

With Saturday night being the night before Mother’s Day, Placerville Speedway welcomes everyone to bring the Mom in their family to the races with a special ladies night theme at the speedway. When the gates open at 5 p.m. ladies will have the luxury of indulging into an array of great products in the track midway being promoted by Lash Boss Lady presents Younique and Andrea Pratt presents Scentsy Candles. For more information on these products visit http://andreapreatt.scentsy.us and www.lashbosslady.com. Both of these women’s product presenters are sure to make the night extra special for the ladies in attendance.

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, May 9. Red Hawk Casino Championship Point Race #4

Mom’s and Ladies Night at the Speedway!

360 Sprints, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks, Dwarf Cars

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

 

 

DeCaires Scores First Season Win; Tilford Drives 20th to 1st


By Placerville Speedway Media


DeCaires winsPLACERVILLE, CA (5-2-15) – After a week off for Mother Nature, racing returned to Placerville Speedway Saturday Night for the Red Hawk Casino 50th Anniversary Championship Season presented by Thompson’s Auto Group, Domco Plumbing and Jay’s Mobile Welding. The evening welcomed two three time winners of the season to victory lane and one driver who remains undefeated at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds quarter mile bullring.

In the winged Sprint Car division, defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove drove his #4SA Tribute to Stephen Allard mount locally owned by Dale Miller to it’s first win of the season. DeCaires was joined in celebration by Folsom’s Jon Tilford who drove from 20th to first in the Pure Stock feature event. Oliverhurst’s Ryan McDaniel scored his third win of the year to go undefeated in the Limited Late Models while Bobby Michnowicz of Lomita drove to victory in the BCRA Midget Lite’s 25 lap Wayne Albright Memorial feature race.

In the Sprint Car Division, DeCaires started the 25-lap feature event on the outside of the front row beside pole sitter and one time winner this season, Colby Wiesz of Colfax. At the waving of the green flag, Wiesz took ownership of the lead with DeCaires in his wake and the presence of Prunedale’s Justin Sanders and Matt Peterson not far behind.

DSC_0232For the first nine laps of the race, Wiesz and DeCaires duked it out for the lead in true form of two decorated champions. DeCaires tested both high and low routes in which he could pass Wiesz for the lead and both drivers swapped their driving lines on the several occasions, entering lapped traffic as early as the fifth lap.

“These kids that guys like Colby and I are racing with nowadays are getting braver. It just puts grey hair on me faster trying to stay ahead of them each week and going up there to the high side where it’s risky is what it took tonight. I stuck my nose up there a couple of times and I know Colby saw it and he moved up there too and led for those first nine laps. I did some scratching around and found my way around him just before the red flag and from there we stayed out of trouble in lapped traffic and, well, here we are.”

After taking the lead with nine laps in the event, a pair of red flags flew for accidents involving Steven Ingraham and Jake Morgan following by a second delay when DJ Freitas struck the turn three safety barriers. No drivers we injured in the incidents but we unable to continue racing for the night.

Once the race went green again, DeCaires and Wiesz continued their quest for the top spot with DeCaires holding the upper hand for the remainder of the race. Wiesz felt the pressure of Sanders in the closing laps along with ADCO Driveline fast qualifier Mike Benson and Placerville drivers Jimmy Trulli and Andy Gregg. At the line DeCaires was followed across the line by Wiesz, Sanders, Benson and Trulli.

“We seem to be on to something here with a great car and great sponsors,” said DeCaires. “With Red Hawk and Foothill 7 TV on board this year it gives me good reason to get on the treadmill and keep the years off me so I can give them more wins. I just have to thank Dale and Tara Miller and this whole team for how hard they work to get us out here and do so well and put our sponsors in victory lane like this. I couldn’t ask for a better team.”

In the Pure Stock feature event, Tilford accomplished only what one driver has done before in recent history and that driver was his brother, driving the same car several years ago. Strapping into the driver’s seat for the first time in more than a year, Tilford suffered a collision in heat racing that severely damaged the front suspension of the popular family owned #92. Despite the extensive damage that would have forced most drivers to call it a night, Tilford’s crew and fellow drivers collaborated and feverishly rebuilt the car for the feature event.

Starting 20th in a talent packed line up, Tilford used a perfect combination of patience and the skills learned from his late uncle Donnie Tilford to work his way to the front of the field. With 15 of the 20 laps complete, Tilford was into the third position. One lap later he moved into second place just before a caution flag realigned the field, putting him on the inside of leader Russell Murphy to complete the front row. It was during that final caution period that the veteran driver recalled words from his late uncle that motivated him to not settle for second place.

“I was feeling pretty good about second place after not racing for so long and the heat race damage,” said Tilford. “During that last yellow flag I got a little motivation from the man upstairs when I remember how my Uncle Donnie always told me that nobody remember what the guy in second place did the next day. At that point I decided we’re going for it tonight.”

On the final green flag, Tilford muscled the #92 into the first turn harder than any previous lap and took the lead from Murphy, bringing a rise from the crowd as the final lap approached. At the checkered flag he was followed by Murphy, Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove, Chris VanRoekel of Grass Valley and Scott Grunert of Woodland.

“Yesterday would have been Donnie’s Birthday so there’s no doubt this win is for him tonight,” said Tilford. “I’m just thankful this is the family I have around me. I’m a Tilford and when times get tough we all come together and that’s how this win happened tonight. I made a bad move in a heat race and we had a lot of damage. It was everyone in this family that rallied with fellow drivers and crews tonight and got me back out here. I wanted to drive again and show my brothers I still was competitive, I didn’t expect to go from 20th to first in doing it but I’m confident I have some help from above tonight.”

In the Late Model feature event, Duane Cleveland of Chico jumped into the initial lead with Bill Harbaugh of Citrus Heights in his wake. Harbaugh drew an early caution flag when he climbed the front stretch wall which put McDaniel on the rear bumper of Cleveland for the restart.DSC_0227

On the third lap, Cleveland drove hard into the first and second turns and slid sideways, allowing McDaniel to capitalize and power around the outside to take a lead he would never relinquish. Dominic Stone of Folsom trailed McDaniel in the move and the two driver’s lead the field for the remainder of the race without a close challenge. At the finish line McDaniel went in to undefeated status at Placerville this season. Stone finished in second place. Cleveland finished third followed by Ray Trimble of Auburn and Ryan Peter of Rio Linda.

“It’s good to see everyone that came out tonight to see some good racing, it was good in every division,” said McDaniel.  “I have to thank Dominic from Domco Plumbing for all the support he gives us and keeps it so we can keep coming back here and my Dad for working on this stuff all week when I am gone and Matt Farnham and this entire pit crew. It’s tough when we run back to back races. The car was good, it wasn’t great but we’ll get it there.”

The BCRA Midget Lites remembered their late car owner and supporter Saturday night with the 2nd annual Tribute to Wayne Albright. In this event, bonus funds were awarded ton the top finishers and Michnowicz lead every lap to capture the checkered flag. Logan Seavey of Sutter finished in second place with Craig Dillard of Oakdale third followed by Dakota Albright of Turlock and Terry Bergstrom of Sacramento.

Racing returns this Saturday night with four divisions including the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars. This upcoming night of racing offers a special evening for Mom at the speedway with great treats for the ladies including Younique products presented by Lash Boss Lady and Scentsy Candle products presented Andrea Pratt as race fans arrive at the speedway.  Watch www.placervillespeedway.com for additional information on this special night for Mom in the days ahead.

 

Second Point Race on Tap this Saturday with Four Exciting Divisions


By Placerville Speedway Media


PLACERVILLE, CA (5-3-15) – This Saturday night marks the return of the Red Hawk Casino Championship Season at Placerville Speedway presented by Thompson’s Auto Centers.  Four divisions will converge at the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for the third championship points race of the season. The event marks the return of racing after a week off due to weather last Saturday night.

preview picSaturday’s race card includes the Domco Plumbing Winged Sprint Car division along with Domco Plumbing Late Models and the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks. The night offers championship points for all three divisions towards the season title . The visiting Midget Lites will also be earning digits for their traveling championship campaign.

With one event complete in the Sprint Car Division towards the championship title, Andy Greg of Placerville and Steven Tiner of Elverta are tied for the early season point lead. Defending champion Greg DeCaires is seven points back in the third position, one point ahead of Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks. Matt Peterson of Wilton rounds out the top five.

Look for many of Placerville’s top locals to be gunning to gold Saturday night like Justin Johnson of Shingle Springs, Placerville’s James Sweeney, Jimmy Trulli of Placerville, Andy Gregg of Placerville and many more.

Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst remains undefeated at Placerville Speedway so far this season in the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models.  Dominic Stone of Folsom is second in the standings. Stone is not only one of Placerville’s top drivers, be fields several cars this season and is sponsoring the imnpressive $2000 champions bonus at the end of the season.  Ray Trimble of Auburn is third, followed by Will McMillen of Chico and Eddie Gardner of Sacramento.

The Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock Division has Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove in the point lead with a four point advantage over defending champion Scott Grunert of Woodland. Dan Jinkerson of Diamond Springs is third over Rich Zoller of Cameron Park and Rick Grunert of Woodland.

In the BCRA Midget Lites, look for Elk Grove’s Scott Males to lead the traveling division to the track they like to call home as returns aboard the Red Hawk Casino #9 machine owned locally by Tony Fonseca of Shingle Springs. Males will look to repeat the efforts of his opening night win three weeks ago.

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.

Placerville Speedway invites you to join over 5000 friends 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 at @pvllspeedway. Placerville Speedway welcomes everyone to join in on our social media but reminds them that the best social network is at the track with our great fans and drivers every Saturday night.