Epic 10K to win this Saturday for Placerville Speedway’s Forni Classic.

By Placerville Speedway Media

Forni banner copyThis Saturday night at Placerville Speedway the who’s who of winged 360 sprint car racing in California will gather for their shot at the lucrative $10K that is up for grabs to the winner of the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic. This will be the richest race in the history of Placerville Speedway in celebration of this 50th Anniversary season and the legacy of Mark Forni.

A race that pays homage to the late Mark Forni, who was a staple in the Placerville community, has been a must see event at the Speedway over the last nine years. With the community coming together year-after-tear to make this event special, this year’s event is a little bigger as it will offer $10,000 to the winner in honor of it being the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic.

Saturday’s race is the second in a trio of races at Placerville that are paying wealthy bonus winnings. Last week the Placerville Posse Series boasted big bucks. This week is the highest paying race in history with $10,000 to win and next Saturday, Geico Insurance is stepping in for Mountain Democrat Kids night, adding an additional $1000 to the Sprint Car division with $500 extra to the winner and $500 to fast time.

This Saturday night, the Civil War Sprint Car starts will head to the Placerville Speedway to take on the strong Placerville Speedway contingent on Saturday night in what will be a must-see event. With $10,000 on the line some of the best talent in the region is expected to roll on to the red clay bullring.

Along with a strong mix of the region’s top 360ci drivers, a handful off of the top 410 drivers in the state are also planning to make the trip to the high-banked ¼ mile speedway on Saturday night in hopes of capturing Mark Forni Classic Supremacy.

During the race’s nine-year existence, the Placerville Speedway locals have reigned supreme during this event, and on Saturday night the stars and cars of the Civil War Series will look to change that and make off with the loot.

The hottest driver in California right now, Justin Sanders, comes into this event fresh off of picking up his 13th win of the season one week ago, and also enters the event as the series’ most recent winner. Sanders had immense success on the red-clay during the 2014 season and will look to extend his current series point lead.

Chico, CA wheelman, Jonathan Allard has thrown his hat into the ring for this weekend’s event and he comes in as the series’ lone repeat winner in 2015. Allard has been strong in his limited appearances with the Civil War Series in 2015 and is hungry for a marquee win.

Sean Becker comes into Saturday night’s race looking for his third consecutive win at the Placerville Speedway, and also look to score his third Mark Forni Classic crown. Though he has won the last two weekly shows aboard the Monhoff Motorsports machine, Becker will be in action on Saturday night aboard the potent Menne Motorsports No. 75 machine.

2014 Mark Forni Classic Champ, Greg DeCaires, will look to keep the race win local. Decaires has been the king of the Placerville Speedway as he has picked up five wins already and won the Civil War event at the Speedway back on May 30th.

Other drivers that are expected to be in action on Saturday night are Andy Forsberg, Shane Golobic, Robbie Price, Bradley Terrell, Andy Gregg, Jimmy Trulli, Kyle Hirst, Tyler Walker, Carson Macedo, Steven Tiner, Cory Eliason, Ryan Robinson, Koen Shaw, and many more of the regions best.

Saturday night, front gates are set to open at 5pm with tickets staring at $6 for Children 6-11, $15 Juniors and Seniors, and $18 dollars for adults.

Sponsors for the $10,000 to win Forni Classic are a collaboration of the local business community, Handy Racing Promotions and the Friends and Family of Mark Forni. Those who have contributed to this great event this year include:

Doug Veerkamp General Engineering, Red Hawk Casino, Domco Plumbing, Pape’ Machinery, Hunt and Sons Petroleum, Steve Stymeist Auto Body, Nor Cal Kenworth, MRO Iindustrial, The Mountain Democrat, ADCO Driveline, Les Schwab Tires, Riebes Auto Parts, Armond’s Giant Tire, Tri-C Recycling, MIke and Jessica Poderick, Steve Gomoluh, Cold Control Refrigeration, Buck Stop Gun Shop, Van’s Paving, Alred Brother’s Tree Trimming, Canyon Metals, Gardner Roofing, Real Property Services, Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication, Arnold’s For Awards, The Paint Spot, Country Girl Kettle Corn and Lemonade.

The box office opens at 5 p.m. with a special pre ticket sale from 3-4pm only. Futher information can be found at www.placervillespeedway.com

Becker, Jinkerson Score Repeat Wins; Golobic and McDaniel earn first season victories

By Placerville Speedway Media



PLACERVILLE, CA – For the second week in a row, Roseville’s Sean Becker captured the checkered flag at Placerville Speedway Saturday night. Becker’s win netted him and his Dan Monhoff owned racing team a $2000 victory as the event was not only the 13th Red Hawk Casino Championship Points Race of the year, it was inclusive of the special Placerville Posse Challenge Series, which awards bonus funds to all three of the weekly divisions on four special nights during the year.

As Becker his victory with hopes his good fortune will carry into next week when the win will pay $10,000 for the Mark Forni Classic. The veteran driver was joined in victory lane by Randy McDaniel of Olivhurst who drove his way to a $750 win in the Limited Late Models. Dan Jinkerson of Diamond Springs won his fifth victory worth $500 in the Pure Stocks and Shane Golobic of Fremont bested the field to win the Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Main event.
The waving of the green flag was followed by a red when a three car collision broke out on the backstretch involving Zack Lynksey of Bakersfield, Ryan Robinson of Foresthill, Chris Masters of Napa and Steven Ingraham of Fair Oaks. The wreck resulted in Ingraham going upside down with the most damage but without injury as his night ended early.
Once the green flag finally waved, polesitter Mike Benson shot into the lead over second place starter Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks. Before the five lap mark, Sean Becker of Roseville advanced from third place into the lead to began his pursuit of Benson’s distant lead.
With eight laps complete, the leaders began to approach lapped traffic, Becker powered to the outside of Benson in the second turn to take the lead and distance himself from the field until a yellow flag flew on lap 11 when Ryan Robinson of Foresthill came to a stop off turn two and Herman Klein of Sacramento spun to the infield barrier off the front stretch.
On the restart, Becker powered his way to the helm once again aboard his Monhoff Racing #35 Sprint Car while Benson battled with Shane Golobic of Fremont for the second position while Cory Eliason managed his way past Morgan for the fourth position by the 15 lap mark.
Just after a restart on the 15 lap mark, Benson and Golobic both made a bonsai effort to close in on Becker in the third and fourth turns. All three of the drivers nearly were side by side momentarily until Becker pulled ahead to another healthy lead he would maintain all the way to the finish where he scored his second straight win of the season. Golobic finished in second place followed by Benson, Cory Eliason of Kingsburg, Steven Tiner of Elverta and Andy Forsberg of Auburn.
“I can’t thank Dan Monhoff for letting me drive this car for him,” said Becker. “He’s great to work with and we do well together and have a lot of fun doing it. It’s always great to get a win for him because he and this team put so much into it. We’ll be back next week to give the Forni race a shot, $10,000 to win is a lot of money so it’s going to be tougher than before.”

Jinkerson Breaks Out into Pure Stock lead early for fifth victory

In the Pure Stock feature, Jinkerson started 10th in the field while Cameron Park’s Rich Zoller set the pace as he muscled ahead of pole sitter Rick Grunert of Woodland. Zoller led the first three laps by a couple car lengths. Following a caution flag and a restart, Folsom’s Jay Bryant moved into the second position to begin challenging for the lead.
With six laps complete, a caution flag flew for a two car collision in the second turn and the restart for the green flag placed Bryant to the inside of Zoller for the restart of the race, after Zoller chose the outside position for the third green flag of the night. The two leaders raced side by side for two laps until Bryant spun in the fourth turn.
As Bryant went to the rear for the restart, Jinkerson made his move and powered into second place on the 8th lap and began challenging Zoller for the lead. Another caution flag on the ninth lap put Jinkerson into position to take the lead when he started aside Zoller for the restart at the halfway point of the race. When the green flag waved again, Jinkerson used his front row starting spot to his benefit, powering ahead of Zoller to take a lead he would never relinquish.
Despite several additional restarts, Jinkerson maintained his lead all the way to the checkered flag where he scored the $500 win and was followed by Zoller, Dan Smith, Rick Grunert and Scott Grunert.
“We had a lot of work to do and a lot to fix last week after our wreck,” said Jinkerson. “But it paid off tonight and we got to spend a lot of time with family and friends in the shop and that’s what this is all about. I was fortunate to get up towards the front tonight and then a restart that got me out ahead of all the trouble and get the win.”

Randy McDaniel fills in for son, scores first Placerville win

The Limited Late Model race saw polesitter Anthony Restad power into the lead where he made quick work of second place starter Matt Davis of Auburn. McDaniel powered his way around Davis as well to move into second place where he challenged Restad for the lead for the first six laps before muscling his way to the top spot.
Once in front, McDaniel maintained his lead despite the challenges of Restad. At the line it was McDaniel followed by Restad, Ray Trimble of Auburn, Davis and 23jr of Tyler Lightfoot.
“Ryan had to travel to Missouri this week and we wanted to keep supporting this division up here, because having the support of the drivers and cars each week is the only thing that will make it grow. The track and Domco does so much for us and this whole class and we appreciate all they do for the sport so we decided I would step in and drive. We had a good race out there, Ryan makes it look a lot easier than it is though, I’d never driven this car until tonight and it takes some work out here.”
Double Duty for Golobic pays off with BCRA Midget win

The BCRA Midget feature event started off with Stockton’s Nick Chivello taking the lead off the outside of the front row. Chivello led the first three laps until Golobic, who started third, muscled into second place to challenge for the lead. Golobic made his first attempt on the front stretch of lap three only to have Chivello answer back and power back into the lead. Once lap later, Golobic muscled off the fourth turn to power into the lead in the same spot.
Once in front, Golobic worked his way into a strong lead and began lapping traffic with 13 laps complete. Frank Guerrini of San Rafael powered into second place to distantly challenge the leader with Taylor Simas in his wake.
With 22 laps down a red flag flew when multiple cars collided in the first and second turns and resulted in a red flag when Taylor Simas of Santa Rosa went upside down. Once the event was restarted, Golobic continued his dominance as Cory Elliot of Bakersfield and Chivello muscled back into second place to battle with Guerrini for the final laps. At the line it was Golobic, Cory Elliot of Bakersfied, Chivello and Guerinni.
“I had a great car to drive tonight, they made my job pretty easy,” said Golobic. “We got out in front pretty early and were able to work into the lapped traffic and a good lead. I wanted to win in the sprint cars tonight too but that just didn’t happen tonight. Maybe that saves our luck for next week with the big race, I don’t know. I just want to thank this whole team tonight. Doug Bock provides a great car and crew and I appreciate all they do for me.”
Next Saturday night, Placerville Speedway will host the richest race in it’s 50 Year History.

The event will feature the Civil War Sprint Car Series, which is a spectacular group of drivers on any regular week. However, Handy Racing Promotions and a collaboration with the local business community has worked hard to make this race truly special for the track’s 50th Anniversary Season, it’s the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic and the track and it;’s supporters have added to the regular Civil War winnings to make the victory worth an amazing $10,000 to win next Saturday. Don’t miss this historical night, gates will open at 5 p.m. with qualifying at 6:30. For more information watch www.placervillespeedway .com

Becker makes touching tribute to firefighters with Placerville Sprint win

By Placerville Speedway Media

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PLACERVILLE, CA (7-25-15) – Earlier in the week, Roseville’s Sean Becker was planning on going out and racing go karts this Saturday night as he hadn’t secured a seat in a sprint car for the upcoming weekend. After a call from Woodland car owner Dan Monhoff late in the week, Becker’s last minute plan change paid off in a big way Saturday night. The driver known as “The Shark” ended up in victory lane Saturday night at Placerville Speedway aboard Monhoff’s #35 Sprint Car.
“I was pretty content with just going and racing some go karts this weekend and then I got the call from Dan asking me to driver his car tonight at Placerville so we changed our plans,” said Becker. “It’s always a pleasure to drive for him and to come here tonight and get the win is great, it’s been awhile since I’ve won here.”
Becker was joined in victory lane Saturday night by Folsom’s John Tilford who won the feature event in the Pure Stock division. Ryan McDaniel of Olivhurst who won in the Limited Late Models and RC Smith who captured the Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Lite feature event. All four divisions competed on a night when Placerville Speedway shared the El Dorado County Fairgrounds with a large fire camp that has been set up for the area wild fires. The firefighters were admitted free of charge to the races for the night and Becker made it a point to pay homage to our “true heroes.”
“We come out here and race these cars for these fans each week, we sign these things called hero cards after the races everywhere we go but we aren’t the real heroes here,” said Becker. “These are our true heroes here tonight that put their lives on the line to fight these fires and protect us. They put themselves in danger and I want to really thank them here tonight for the sacrifice they make. I hope they enjoyed watching us do what we do tonight.”
Polesitter Jimmy Trulli of Diamond Springs lead the field into the first turn of the feature event with Mike Benson of Calistoga on the outside. Benson powered into the lead on the opening lap that was followed by a red when Stephen Ingraham of Fair Oaks tumbled upside down in turns one to draw a red flag. When the non injury incident was cleared, Benson lead the field back to the green flag where he powered himself to a lead of several car length over Trulli.Becker victory

With six laps complete Benson approached lapped traffic as Becker, who started fifth, overtook Trulli for the second spot and began stalking Benson for the lead. With 14 laps complete the two leaders dueled side by side in lapped traffic until Becker muscled his way into the lead. Meanwhile, Trulli was fighting a battle of his own with the likes of Logan Seavey of Sutter and Placerville’s Andy Gregg.
At lap 15 a caution flag gathered the field for a restart that saw Becker to continue to prevail as he worked both the low and high lines of the track at opposite ends. Benson stuck with running the high side for the final laps of the race to secure a second place while Logan Seavey of Sutter continued to duel with Trulli for the third and fourth positions with Placerville’s Andy Gregg in the mix.
At the finish line, Becker picked up his first Placerville victory of the season followed by Benson, Trulli, Seavey,Gregg and Justin Johnson of Shingle Springs.
“The track was really dry slick here tonight and when that happens you never know what’s going to happen when you take it hard into turns one and two,” he said. “I knew I wasn’t going to get past him by running up where he was so I kept taking the chance down low and was able to make it work when we came up on the lapped traffic.”

Folsom’s Tilford Wins Second Pure Stock Feature of the Year

In then Pure Stock feature event, the green flag saw pole sitter Ted Ahart of Placerville lead them to the green flag with second place starter Rick Grunert of Woodland in tow. After the second lap, Grunert assumed the lead and third place starter Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights moved in to challenge for the lead. Tilford passed Grunert for the lead on the low side of turn two and down the backstretch on the sixth lap to take the lead with four time winner Dan Jinkerson of Diamond Springs in his wake.
With 10 laps complete lapped traffic bottlenecked the leaders and Jinkerson muscled past Tilford in the traffic . It was then that Jon Tilford moved into third place after starting 8th, five places behind his brother to begin his pursuit of the lead. On the 11th lap a yellow flag flew and gathered the field, putting Matt Tilford to the outside of Jinkerson for the restart and the second row consisting of Jon Tilford and Rick Grunert.
When the green flag waved again, Jinkerson muscled into the lead while Jon Tilford powered into second place, overtaking Matt Tilford in the first set of turns. Jinkerson powered his way to a distant lead over the Tilford duo until the 15th lap when a yellow flag flew for a stalled car in turn four. The caution period placed Jon Tilford on the front row to the outside of Jinkerson for a five lap battle to the finish.

At the green flag, the field entered the first turn side by side. Jon Tilford powered to the front on the highside while Jinkerson worked the low groove and a crash ensued involving Jinkerson, Matt Tilford and several other cars that were collected in the melee. Jinkerson ended his night on the tow truck, Matt Tilford went to the rear after a tire change and a restart followed with Jon Tilford on the pole and point leader Scott Grunert of Woodland at his side.
The second to last green flag of the night saw, Tilford muscle into the first turn and powered ahead of Scott Grunert to a distant lead. Despite a restart at the 17 lap mark, Tilford maintained his healthy lead over Scott Grunert to the finish line. Matt Tilford finished third followed by Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley and Dan Smith of Sacramento.
“For years I have wanted to have the opportunity to actually come out and race in the same race with one of my brothers and tonight I got to that,” said Tilford. “It’s great to get another win on the season since I don’t get to drive too often but being able to come out here and battle with my brother was the greatest part of it all. During the yellow flags we were egging one another one and doing what brothers do. When I took the lead I know a whole lot of drama broke out behind me and fortunately I was able to pull ahead before all of that happened.”

McDaniel Passes Point Leader Stone for Late Model Win


In the Domco Plumbing Late Model division, Folsom’s Dominic Stone powered off the pole to lead the field to the green flag. With three laps on the Red Hawk Casino scoreboard, Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst powered ahead of Live Oak’s Matt Micheli for the second position. Once in second, McDaniel set his sights on Stone and the two dueled in lapped traffic.
With 15 laps complete, McDaniel used a lapped car to his advantage to power around Stone entering the backstretch to take the lead. Despite a restart that gathered the field, McDaniel maintained his healthy lead to the finish line. Stone finished second followed by Micheli, Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights and Matt Davis of Auburn.

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“Dominic Stone drove one heck of a great race out here tonight,” said McDaniel. “It took me awhile to get into second place so I could close in on him and I was waiting for him to make a mistake in lapped traffic to get around him and it just didn’t’ happen. He cleared the lappers just fine and was pulling away from me. He got a little out of shape in three and four as we came up on a lapped car and I just decided to give it a try on up high and powered around him. It was a great race tonight after we made some adjustments in the heat race.”


Smith Leads majority of laps to win BCRA Midget Lite Feature

In the Midget Lite feature, Jeremy Queener of Torrrance took the lead from the pole position where he was challenged in the early laps by Smith. Followiing a restart on the sixth lap Smith overtook Queener for the lead. Smith then powered his way to a distant lead by the halfway point of the race with Queener challenging him several car lengths back with the likes of Craig Dillard.

At the finish line it was Smith followed by Queener, Dillard, Brian Corso and Chris Hansen. The win marked Smith’s first Placerville victory aboard a Midget Lite. Smith is a veteran of winged and non winged sprint cars with limited seat time in the smaller cars.
“This is definitely a new experience for me, it’s only my fifth week in one of these cars and we’re having a blast,” said Smith. “I was able to get up front early and keep out of trouble because it at this place it doesn’t matter what the size of the car is, lapped traffic is going to be part of the race. We had a great car and this is a great night.”
Next week championship racing continues at Placerville Speedway as racers gear up for Saturday August 8 when the track will pay out the highest winnings in it’s 50 Years of operation with the $10,000 to win Mark Forni Classic race. For complete results of Saturday’s race and information on the upcoming weeks visit www.placervillespeedway.com.
Placerville Speedway’t title sponsor is Red Hawk Casino. Thompson’s Auto Center is the presenting sponsor of the season with championship associate sponsors Domco Plumbing, Jay’s Mobile Welding, Riebes Auto Parts, the Mountain Democrat, Hoosier Racing Tires and Coors Light.

Gregg looks to keep closing in on point leader DeCaires Saturday night

By Placerville Speedway Media

DSC_0351PLACERVILLE, CA (7-25-15) – This Saturday 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 will look to continue his roll towards the 2015 Red Hawk Casino Championship title aboard the #4SA sprint car owned by Placerville residents Dale and Tara Miller. DeCaires has been a dominant force this season since the opening green flag with four season victories that have contributed to his lead that is now at 56-points.

Placerville’s Andy Gregg is second in the standings and having a mid season rally pushing him to a hearty advantage for the second position. While Greg sits 56-points behind DeCaires in his Scott Russell owned #14r, his 68-points ahead of Mike Benson of Calistoga. Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks is 40 points back in the fourth position, 55-points ahead of Placerville’s James Sweeney.

In the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication Pure Stock Division, defending champion Scott Grunert of Woodland leads the standings with a 17-point advantage over Elk Grove’s Lonnie Leonard. Tim Mack of Diamond Springs is 34 points from the lead in third position. Russell Murphy of Placerville is fourth, 35 point back. Jason Palmer of West Sacramento is fifth, 55 points from the top spot.

The Domco Plumbing Late Model Division has Folsom’s Dominic Stone leading the point standings. Stone is 12 points ahead of Auburn’s Ray Trimble. Each with a victory this season, Stone and Trimble are trailed by 2014 Rookie of the Year Tyler Lightfoot of Placerville who is 66-points out of the lead. Eddie Gardner of Citrus Heights is fourth with Olivhurst’s Ryan McDaniel rounding out the top five.
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.

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(Photos Courtesy of Donna Peter)

Kaeding Leads KWS Sprints Back to Placerville Saturday Night

By Placerville Speedway Media

BK PREVIEW(Courtesy Gary Thomas/KWS Series) – National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding earned his most recent King of the West victory at Placerville Speedway in 2012 and came oh so close in the summer event last year. The Campbell veteran is just seven-points out of the top-five in the series standings going into this Saturday’s Bullring Nationals.

Last season at this event the 13-time series champion led all the way until the final corner when he got out shape, allowing Sean Becker the chance to sneak by for the win. He’ll look for some redemption this Saturday night at the high-banked red clay bullring. Shane Golobic, Bobby McMahan, DJ Netto & Kaeding are all just 10-points apart going into KWS round 10.

“We always love coming to Placerville Speedway with the King of the West Series,” Kaeding commented. “Alan Handy does a great job with the track. You pretty much always know it’s going to be racy and that’s what you want as a driver. The fans there are always great as well. When you get 410’s on that track it’s always an unpredictable thing. Hopefully we can battle our way to the front with this Al’s Roofing Supply 69. Come out and bring a friend on Saturday. It’s going to fun.”

Adult tickets on Saturday will cost $22, seniors 62 & over will be $15, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and children 6-11 will be $6. All seating is general admission during the night. The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 5pm and racing anticipated to begin around 7pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the grandstands always pack in at the Placerville bullring.

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/

Info on the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series can be found at http://www.racepmg.com