PLACERVILLE, CA (8-16-14) - Grab the bikes and bring all the tikes. It’s time for “Mountain Democrat Kids’ Night” at Placerville Speedway this Saturday, August 16th. This event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County this year and is the biggest night for the littlest of race fans as it marks the first of two big days of family fun at Placerville Speedway, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
Saturday night will feature the return of Jackson Rancheria Casino Championship point racing at Placerville Speedway. The winged sprint cars return to action this Saturday along with the Limited Late Models and the Pure Stocks. Joining the three track regulars will be the colorful coupes of the Nor Cal Dwarf Car Association, providing an evening of racing that is fun and exciting for all ages.
This week, the racing is sure to be as exciting as it usually is on the quarter-mile clay oval that has been in operation since the summer of 1965. However, Saturday night is about much more than high dollar motors, the perfect tire and the perfect set up. Saturday marks the annual night at Placerville Speedway where families come together to give the true fans of this sport the opportunity to shine with the help of their racing heroes. On Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night, youngsters get their turn to compete on the race track in numerous bicycle races during intermission with the help and support of their local racing heroes cheering them on.
“This is what it’s all about, families and kids coming together at the track for a special night,” are the words spoken in a classic interview with defending sprint champion Andy Forsberg. Like many, Forsberg remembers being a youngster in the stands at Placerville watching his heroes duel it out. Along with the memories of seeing his father race wheel to wheel with names like Gene Gillihan, Doug Gandy, Brian Crockett and more, Forsberg remembers what it was like on the one night he had the opportunity to be on the other side of the fence.
“If you’re a kid and love the races, there is nothing more meaningful then having the chance to be on the track with your favorite drivers and all the fans cheering you on. I remember back in those days, it was a lot of fun and now its even better be a driver helping these kids on Kid’s Night. This is a great event, every family in the county should come out and check it out.”
Forsberg is just one of many of today’s drivers that raced for the first time in the two wheeled fashion as youngsters at Placerville Speedway. Other notables behind the wheel today that dueled for their first trophies on the red clay include the Tilford brothers along with names like Justin Sanders, Andy Gregg, Jimmy Trulli, Justin Johnson, Cody Spencer, Danielle Clauson and many more. This is a night at Placerville Speedway that many youngsters long remember and cherish as a great traditional evening of family fun which, thanks to the Mountain Democrat’s generous sponsorship, has grown to the biggest night of the year for the young and young at heart.
Saturday night, all kids 11 and under are admitted for free to Placerville Speedway. Additionally, the young fans receive complimentary popcorn and soda on this evening as well as a free ticket to the 41th Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby that takes place on Sunday afternoon. The free ticket comes courtesy of the Placerville Police Officers Association as they team with Placerville Speedway to make a fun filled weekend for families at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The annual Destruction Derby is presented by the PPOA with the cooperation of the management of Handy Racing Promotions.
Youngsters are encouraged to participate in the bicycle races at intermission on Saturday night. Races will be broken up into various age groups with the distance of the competition being adjusted accordingly. The top three finishers of each age group will be awarded trophies presented by the Mountain Democrat and everyone who competes is awarded participation ribbons. Placerville Speedway will provide a secure parking area for the children’s bicycles during the evening. Following the bicycle races, a brand new BMX Bicycle sponsored by the Mountain Democrat will be raffled off to a lucky youngster in the grandstands. Additionally, the Mountain Democrat has once again generously sponsored a great deal of pre event advertising for the event to make it a huge success.
Saturday night the gates of Placerville Speedway will open at 5 p.m. with qualifying starting up at 6:30. Adult tickets will be $15, Seniors will be $13, Juniors $12 and those 11 and under will be FREE for the evening.
Raffle tickets for the BMX Bicycle will be presented to every youngster coming in the front gate along with a coupon for free popcorn and soda and a complimentary ticket to the destruction derby. In addition to the Mountain Democrat’s BMX Bicycle, additional prizes will be raffled off in several surprise additions to the drawing on race night.
For additional information visit the track website at www.placervillespeedway.com More information can also be found on the speedway’s website at www.placervillespeedway.com. You can also join over 5000 Placerville Speedway fans and drivers by liking them on Facebook.