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Rico Abreu returns to Placerville to take Red Hawk Casino Championship Round 2

By Brad Kennedy

04_16_2016_257Placerville, CA (4-16-16) After a week off due to rain, “The Fastest ¼ Mile in California” returned to action for the second Red Hawk Casino point series race on the calendar. 85 cars signed into the pit area between all four divisions, with the Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Nor-Cal Dwarf Cars traveling series.

Twenty-four 360 Sprints were counted in the pit area to battle it out on another exciting night at Placerville Speedway. Mason Moore would be the fastest car in time trials with a nice lap of 10.829. Moore would be presented with $100 courtesy of ADCO Drivelines and Exhaust.

Moore has shown speed in his return to the seat of the F&F Racing X1 mount, picking up heat 1 from the 4th starting position. Jonathan Allard, Justyn Cox, and Sean Becker were the remaining heat race winners, while Greg DeCaires came back after a fourth heat skirmish with Bobby Butler to win the 10 lap semi.

The 25-lap feature event saw Rico Abreu and Ryan Robinson on the front row with Abreu getting the jump and setting the pace. Meanwhile, Jonathan Allard got by Robinson through turns one and two to get the second spot. Through the first 11 laps, Allard closed on Abreu in traffic and pulled off a masterful slide job to take the lead on lap 12. However, fourth and fifth place runners Andy Gregg of Placerville and outside front row starter Ryan Robinson both got tangled up with a lapped car, causing Gregg to flip violently down the front chute as Robinson suffered front end damage. Both drivers were uninjured.

The ensuing restart saw Abreu get an excellent restart over Allard who spun his tires off of turn four allowing Princeton, California driver Mason Moore to take the runner up spot. Abreu managed a three car length lead over Moore during the middle portion of the race, but Moore closed the gap as Abreu fought his way through traffic. Moore chased the rear bumper of Abreu to the checkered, but Rico proved too tough to tame, leading all 25 laps and scoring the popular victory over Moore, Allard, defending Placerville Speedway Champion Greg DeCaires and Kirt Organ, who rounded out the top five. Jake Morgan charged from his 19th starting position to finish 6th and picked up the RMI Hard Charger Award, and earning a $100 gift certificate to AL Driveline products.

Abreu was very pleased with his second victory in as many nights after a rough Outlaw swing. “Glad I could put on a show after a disappointing race when the Outlaws were here,” Rico acknowledged. “It’s great to win at Chico last night and then come here to win tonight.”

28 Nor-Cal Dwarf cars signed into the pits for their first visit of 2016 to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Sean Jones of San Jose put on a dominating performance in the feature after taking the race lead early in the 20 lap A-Main. Jones went on to win by a straightaway to secure the victory, and credited his ability to maneuver through traffic to secure the victory in the winner’s circle. “I just had to be very aware while in traffic because you roll up so fast on the tail end of the field.” Jones explained in detail. “I pushed hard on the cushion multiple times in the first handful of laps, and finally just started tossing the car hard in the corners to let the right rear hit the cushion, so I would not push the nose and I would have good forward bite on exit.”

The race long battle for second between Mike Grenert, Ryan Winter, and Kevin Bender thrilled the fans, while the three traded slide jobs for multiple laps. Grenert got the best end of the deal, finishing second. Bender was credited with third, while fourth went to Winter, and Brian Quilty rounded out the top five in the feature cut to 15 laps due to time constraints.

Heat Race wins went to Grenert, Bender, Shawn Jones, and Buddy Olschowka.

The Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks had 21 cars in attendance and put another great battle on in the main event. Nick Baldwin and two-time track champion Scott Grunert fought for most of the race until late in the 20 lapper, when Grunert jumped the cushion and allowed Baldwin to escape to victory for the first time in 2016. Dan Jinkerson, Dan Smith, and Greg Rayl rounded out the top five.

“I knew my car wasn’t good on restarts, and the only way I could get past Scotty (Grunert) is if I tried to diamond the corners because he was too good up top”, Baldwin theorized in victory lane. “I’m glad we got the win tonight because the car was good in the season opener and we just had some bad luck early in the race. Fortunately, we managed to get back to the top 5”.

Heat race winners included Tim Mack, Dan Jinkerson, and Grunert. The RMI Hard Charger award went to Greg Rayl, who charged from the 19th starting spot to finish fifth.

The Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models saw 12 cars in the pit area for round two of their championship season and they did not disappoint during the 20 lap feature event. From the drop of the green flag, Will McMillan danced around the cushion as Ryan McDaniel worked the bottom of the surface. The two raced side by side for 11 straight laps until the first caution. Once again, on the restart McMillan flirted with the curb in his #29 as McDaniel  “catfished” around the bottom.

A lap 14 restart saw McDaniel try a slide job in turn one, but the car got tight on the right front causing the seasoned veteran to hop the edge of the track allowing McMillan to get away. McDaniel regrouped and continued to chase McMillan, but the number 29 was too fast on the cushion and cruised to his first win in 2016 at the fairgrounds. McDaniel finished second over Ray Trimble, RMI Hard Charger award winner Mike Lightfoot (moving up from 8th to 4th), and Paul Guglielmoni, who rounded out the top five.

In victory lane, a very happy McMillan talked about how he enjoyed the 11 lap door to door race with McDaniel. “I just had to be perfect and not miss my mark. I knew if I messed up, Ryan would drive by and I would never be able to get back by him.”

Heat race wins went to Eddie Gardner and McMillan.

The next race on the schedule will be April 23rd featuring the King of the West sprint cars and BCRA Midget Lites. Pit gates open at 2PM, Ticket Sales and Grandstands open at 3PM, Racing begins at 7PM.

Track Sponsors: Red Hawk Casino, Capitol Ace Hardware, Coors Light, Thompson’s Auto Group, Domco Plumbing, Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabrication, Mountain Democrat, ADCO Drivelines & Exhaust, Arnolds for Awards, Riebes Auto Parts, Les Schwab Tires, Fords Only, AL Driveline, Cal Star, The Paint Spot, Cal.Net

Placerville Speedway Gears Up for Round 2 of the Red Hawk Casino Championship Series

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Following an unscheduled weekend off due to heavy rains, the second round of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship Series will take place this Saturday night, April 16th on the 1/4 mile clay oval at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Promoters Scott Russell and Kami Arnold have made good use of their time following last weekend’s rainout, continuing with their plans to make improvements to the facility. For Saturday’s event, a new amplifier has been added to improve the sound system for a better fan experience.

“I just want to thank the El Dorado County Fair Association, for the support they have given us since we took over the speedway”, Russell stated. “All of the visions that Kami and I have brought to them, they have been behind 100%. They have helped us with every project we’ve undertaken. We have a good working relationship with the Fair Manager Jody Gray and office staff, the EDCF Maintenance team and the EDCFA Board of Directors. It has been a pleasure working with them. We plan on taking Placerville Speedway to a whole new level. We have many more ideas planned for the facility, and it will remain a work in progress. Fans will continue to see new things implemented throughout the entire season, so stay tuned.”

AL_driveline_logoIn addition, two new associate sponsors have come on board. AL Driveline, based in East Berlin, Pennsylvania has signed on with Placerville Speedway to offer $100 gift certificates to all 360 and 410 Sprint Car feature winners throughout the 2016 season.
AL Driveline can be found  on the web at aldriveline.com.

 

CalSTAR logoAlso joining the speedway as an associate sponsor is CalSTAR (California Shock Trauma Air Rescue), who will be offering family memberships to each division feature winners on a weekly basis.  In addition, CalSTAR will be offering the group discount rate to anyone who would like to sign up under Placerville Speedway. Details can be found on the web at calstar.org.

Saturday’s four division program will consist of the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks, as well as the first appearance of the season for the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association. Pit gates will 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 7000 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.

Placerville Speedway Postpones Round 2 of Red Hawk Casino Championship Series

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Due to heavy rain, Placerville Speedway is forced to postpone Saturday night’s “Placerville Posse Challenge” event.

We were hoping to be able to get tonight’s event in”, explained promoter Scott Russell. “Unfortunately, with the amount of rainfall we’ve received and the threat of rain all day, there is no hope of racing this evening. We are discussing options with the Fairgrounds about a possible make up date. We will have details about that when they become official.

Action at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds resumes next Saturday night, April 16th, with a four division program consisting of the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks, as well as the first appearance of the season for the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.

Join the over 7000 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.

Placerville Posse Challenge Headlines April 9th Red Hawk Casino Championship Series at Placerville Speedway

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After a successful opening weekend that saw a packed house and good car counts, new Placerville Speedway promoters Scott Russell and Kami Arnold are gearing up for the second event on the schedule, this Saturday April 9th. The event will be the first of four Placerville Posse Challenge races throughout the course of the year. The series boasts expanded purses as well as a separate point fund.

“We are really excited about the Posse Challenge events”, Russell explained. “As a racer, I always wanted to race for better purses. These four Posse races give us the opportunity to give a little back to the racers”.

The Thompson’s Automotive Group 360 Sprint Car Series, as well as the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks will all benefit from the four event series.  In addition to this weekend’s race, Posse Challenge events are also scheduled on May 7th, June 25th, and August 13th.

“We feel this is an opportunity for racers who frequent other tracks to come and race with us at Placerville”, Russell continued. “With Petaluma and Marysville dark this Saturday, we are giving them a chance to come and race for good money. There is a separate point fund for the top three point earners in each division following the 4 race series, so maybe we can entice them to come race here a few times throughout the season”.

The Posse Challenge events are an ambitious undertaking for the first year promoters, and it wouldn’t be possible if not for the division sponsors stepping up to help bolster the purses. “We are really fortunate to have such great series sponsors here at Placerville”, admits Russell. “If it weren’t for Thompson’s Automotive Group helping out our 360 Sprint Car Series, Domco Plumbing with our Limited Late Models, and Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating supporting our Pure Stock division, this probably wouldn’t work. I can’t express how grateful we are to the Thompson family, Dominic Stone, Jay Bryant, and their respective companies for backing our endeavors”.

The purse structure for the 3 divisions can be seen below. In addition to the usual three division program this Saturday, the 1/4 mile clay oval will host the BCRA Midget Lites for the first time in 2016.

Pit gates will 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 7000 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.

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360 Sprint Cars Posse Race Payout                              360 Sprint Cars Posse Points Payout

1st – 2000.00                                                                     1st – 1000.00
2nd – 1500.00                                                                    2nd – 600.00
3rd – 1000.00                                                                     3rd – 400.00

Limited Late Models Posse Race Payout                      Limited Late Models Posse Points Payout

1st – 850.00                                                                        1st – 750.00
2nd – 575.00                                                                       2nd – 500.00
3rd – 400.00                                                                        3rd – 250.00

Pure Stocks Posse Race Payout                                     Pure Stocks Posse Points Payout

1st – 600.00                                                                        1st – 500.00
2nd – 400,00                                                                       2nd – 450.00
3rd – 250.00                                                                        3rd – 200.00

Top 3 in points after all 4 Posse Challenge races are finished are awarded Posse points money.
Note: All 4 races contribute to regular weekly points as well.

 

2016 starts off with a bang at the “Fastest Quarter-Mile in California”

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By: Brad Kennedy

Placerville, CA (4-2-16) 2016 at the Placerville Speedway has brought a lot of new faces, seeing a new promoter, new officials, and even a new track announcer. Despite these changes, some very familiar faces ended up in victory lane on the opening night of the Red Hawk Casino Championship season.

Twenty-One Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars signed in to the pits for the kick-off of the 51st racing season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Veteran Greg DeCaires from Elk Grove showed the young kids how to get around the tight 1/4 mile red bull ring. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid set the early pace in the 25-lap feature after getting the jump over Justyn Cox to lead the first handful of laps. Kofoid defended a two lap challenge by DeCaires, but the veteran pulled a masterful slide job in turn three to conquer the lead on lap 9.

After a handful of restarts, DeCaires set the pace as Watsonville’s Justin Sanders and pole sitter Justyn Cox battled with Kofoid for second. The trio traded slide jobs for much of the rest of the race until Kofoid misjudged the tricky first turn and spun to a stop while running second on lap 22.

04_02_2016_283DeCaires held on for the last three circuits to take the season opening win over Sanders and third place finisher Gregg, while Cox and Mason Moore rounded out the top five. In victory lane, DeCaires recognized his hard working team and dedicated the win to long-time crew member Paul Countryman.

“It is awesome to win on opening night”, explained DeCaires. “I was worried that it would take a few races to get back to where we were last year after switching chassis manufactures from A.R.T. to Eagle Performance.” Earlier in the night DeCaires explained that he struggled in qualifying, but was fortunate to get to start on the pole and win his heat race to make the top 8 redraw.

DeCaires also talked about how he was excited to see “new life” that promoters Scott Russell and Kami Arnold, along with their new staff have brought to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Andy Gregg was the only driver to break the ten second bracket, setting quick time in time trials. Gregg earned the Fast Time Award courtesy of Adco Driveline & Custom Exhaust. Heat races went to Koen Shaw, Kofoid, and DeCaires, while the RMI Hard Charger Bonus went to 7th place finisher D.J. Freitas, who improved 11 positions from his 18th starting spot.

Fourteen Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models were on hand for the night and provided action packed racing during the 20 lap main event. On the opening lap, pole sitter Jay Norton spun collecting Tyler Lightfoot and Terry Kuntz in turn one.

The ensuing complete restart saw Mike Lightfoot and Eddie Gardner on the front row. A drag race into turn 1 saw Gardner slide over the bank and fall deep in the field while Norton at the same time got crossed up in the middle of the track to allow the number 37 of Ray Trimble and the 32 of Ryan McDaniel to drive by. Both drivers would come from the third row to gain first and second on the start.

As the race went on, Trimble and McDaniel raced fiercely nose to tail as the duo weaved through traffic. Trimble stayed committed to the bottom for all 20 laps as McDaniel tried to run the top shelf of the race track attempting to pass Trimble. McDaniel’s pursuit of Trimble in the late stages was unsuccessful as the multi-time champion of the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico would jump the cushion on two separate occasions in turns three and four. 04_02_2016_243

Ray Trimble went on to pick up his first win of the year and left the speedway with the points lead over Ryan McDaniel and third place runner Wayne Trimble. The night’s RMI Hard Charger recipient Paul Guglielmoni was 4th, up from his 9th starting position, while Mike Lightfoot rounded out the top five. Ray Trimble and Ryan McDaniel were the heat races victors.

Nineteen Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks were also on hand, and the 20 lap extravaganza showcased great racing action.

On the initial start, pole sitter Travis Emery, aboard the “General Lee” number 01 in homage to the hit television show “The Dukes of Hazzard”, spun going into turn one after attempting to slide outside pole sitter (and two-time track champion) Scott Grunert.

The restart had the number 17 of Nick Baldwin as the new pole sitter alongside Grunert. The two raced hard over the first few opening laps until Russ Murphy took command from the front row.

On lap 11, number 29 of Dan Jinkerson took the lead on a restart after Baldwin and Grunert made contact. The incident ended Grunert’s night and saw Baldwin penalized for rough driving. Jinkerson led the rest of the way to win the season opener over Murphy and Baldwin. In addition, Jinkerson grabbed the evening’s RMI Hard Charger Bonus with his victory coming from the 6th starting spot.Jason Palmer and Orville Owens rounded out the top five. Greg Rayl won the opening heat race with Jinkerson winning the second. 04_02_2016_226

Round 2 of the Red Hawk Championship Point series on April 9 will also feature the opening round of the 4-race Placerville Posse Challenge. The regular slate of 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, and Pure Stocks will be joined by the BCRA Midget Lite traveling series. Pit gates will open at 2:00PM with the front gates opening at 3:00PM. Racing begins at 7:00PM.

For complete details of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship Racing Season, visit Placerville Speedway’s official website at www.placervillespeedway.com.

Track Sponsors: Red Hawk Casino, The Paint Spot, Les Schwab Tires, Riebes Auto Parts, Fords Only, Capitol Ace, Arnolds for Awards, Thompsons Auto Group, Cal.Net, Jay’s Mobile Welding, Adco Driveline, Coors Lights, Domco Plumbing, Mountain Democrat.