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Four divisions on tap for Saturday July 9th at Placerville Speedway

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Placerville, CA (July 7th)…Following a successful Independence Day weekend, that saw two races in three days at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville Speedway gets back to regular business this Saturday, July 9th with the 12th round of the Red Hawk Casino Championship Series.

07_04_2016_187cMason Moore continues to lead the way in the Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Car Series, with a commanding 36 point advantage over defending speedway champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. 14 year old rookie sensation Michael “Buddy” Kofoid sits in third over veteran Placerville resident Jimmy Trulli, while Mike Benson, who won the Independence Day extravaganza on Monday, holds down fifth.

07_04_2016_155cDespite not having a victory in 2016, Eddie Gardner continues to stretch his lead in Domco Plumbing Limited Late Model Series points standings with a 32 point advantage over Monday’s winner Wayne Trimble, while Ryan Peter sits another 21 markers back. The family duo of Tyler and Mike Lightfoot are fourth and fifth, respectively, with the elder Lightfoot sitting 79 points behind the leader.

Scott Grunert takes over the points lead from Nick Baldwin in the Jay’s Mobi07_04_2016_180cle Welding and Fabricating Pure Stock division. Grunert has just a two point advantage over Baldwin, on the strength of 3 consecutive top three finishes, including a victory last Saturday night on the tight 1/4 mile clay oval. Monday’s winner Dan Smith sits 3rd in points while Jason Palmer holds down 4th, and Dan Jinkerson 5th. The top five remain just 22 points apart heading into this weekend’s event.

The IMCA Sport Mods will make their second appearance of the season this Saturday, with April 30th winner Brian Cooper leading Howard Law, Dave Gibson, Alan Furuta, and Chuck Golden into Saturday’s showdown at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. 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 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.

Placerville Speedway Announces Bryan Carnett Memorial Race on July 16, 2016

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Limited Late Model and Pure Stock divisions to see increased payout for this race due to a memorial fund in honor of driver, Bryan Carnett.

PLACERVILLE, CA–(June 2, 2016) – Placerville Speedway, under the promotion of Russell Motorsports, Inc., announced that they will host the “Bryan Carnett Memorial Race” on July 16, 2016. This date would have marked Carnett’s tenth year at the Placerville Speedway.

The Limited Late Model and Pure Stock divisions will have an increased payout for this race. Three thousand dollars will be split between these two classes with fifteen hundred dollars going to each of the two divisions, divided among the top three drivers of the night. This payout is in addition to the existing prize money for the feature event.

“I am thrilled that the Placerville Speedway was willing to host the Bryan Carnett Memorial Race in honor of my father. With the significant increase in the payout we are hoping for a great car count and an exciting night of racing, which is the best way to remember my dad. I am very grateful to my family, friends, and the local businesses who donated the prize money to make this night a reality,” said Forryst Carnett, racecar driver and son of the late Bryan Carnett.

Bryan Carnett was fond of the stock car divisions at Placerville Speedway, racing and sponsoring both Pure Stocks and Limited Late Models for the past ten years. Late Model stock cars are the premiere stock car class raced at local and regional tracks in the United States. These purpose-built racecars weigh around 3,100 pounds and utilize both factory-designed crate and custom-built racing engines. The Pure Stock class is viewed as “true” stock car racing, consisting of only street vehicles that can be bought by general public with minor modifications made to the engine and suspension.

In North American auto racing, a short track is a racetrack of less than one mile (1.6 km) in length. Short track racing, often associated with fairgrounds and similar venues, is where stock car racing first got off the back roads and into organized and regulated competition. Many traditional fans and purists still see short track racing as the “real” NASCAR, because the lower speeds make “paint swapping,” where the bodies of the cars actually rub against one another, practical without a very high likelihood of serious accidents.

About Placerville Speedway

Placerville Speedway is a 1/4 mile dirt track located in the foothills of Northern California. Since 1965, Placerville has been a premier West Coast racing venue, hosting several racing divisions and many legendary drivers. The iconic track was cut out of a hillside, giving it higher banking, and covered with a dark red clay racing surface. Placerville Speedway is currently operated by Russell Motorsports, Inc., who took over as the track promoter in 2016. For additional information about the history of Placerville Speedway, visit http://www.placervillespeedway.com/history.

Fireworks provided both on and off the track on Independence Day at Placerville Speedway

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By: Dean Mills

Placerville, CA (July 4)…A total of 51 entrants over three divisions were on hand to celebrate the annual Fourth of July race at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

18 Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars were in the pits, with Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Calistoga’s Mike Benson setting the pace for the night’s 25 lap feature. Benson grabbed the lead on the start over Gregg, while points leader Mason Moore was third over C.J. Humphreys and Tyler Walker.

Benson reached lapped traffic on lap 6, but maintained his advantage over Gregg. Gregg then pressured Benson on lap 12 in turns 1 & 2, but couldn’t make the move. The caution flew on lap 13, when Justin Johnson spun to a stop in the infield.

Restarting at the halfway point, Benson got the jump over Gregg, with Tyler Walker moving into 3rd. Mason Moore sat 4th and Greg DeCaires 5th. A second caution flew on lap 14 when Kyler Shaw spun at the exit of turn 2.

When the race restarted, Andy Gregg moved to the inside of Benson to take the lead exiting turn 2, but the red flag appeared when Jimmy Trulli spun backwards in turn 1 in front of  Brayden McMahan who then flipped over the top of Trulli. McMahan emerged unscathed, as did Trulli, but unfortunately the incident took away Gregg’s pass for the lead and put Benson back out front for the single file restart.

Andy Gregg tried to get underneath Benson in turn 3 when the race resumed, but spun sideways after contact with Benson’s left rear. The restart saw Benson ahead of Tyler Walker while Greg DeCaires moved by Mason Moore for third. Shane Golobic dispatched Moore to 5th one lap later, before another caution flew for Jake Morgan who spun in turn 4 on lap 16.

With just 9 circuits left, Benson took command and sretched a 1.5 second lead over Walker, and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way on his way to victory. Walker held on for second over DeCaires, Golobic and Ryan Bernal who took 5th from points leader Mason Moore on the final lap.

“This is unbelievable”, Benson exclaimed in victory lane. “I had a lot of words of encouragement tonight from a number of people that motivated me. Starting next to Andy Gregg tonight, he’s a stout runner who races you clean, and I knew what I was in for. When he got by me on the restart, that showed me something, which we used to win tonight”. 07_04_2016_213c

The three heat winners were DeCaires, C.J. Humphreys, and D.J. Freitas, while Andy Gregg earned the ADCO Driveline and Exhaust Quick Time bonus with his 4th Fast Time of the year. Justin Johnson earned the AL Driveline Hard Charger bonus by advancing from his 16th starting spot to finish 10th.

Only 7 Limited Late Models were in attendance for the 11th point race of the year. Points leader Eddie Gardner was on the pole with Ray Trimble outside. Trimble grabbed the lead on the start, while Gardner tried unsuccessfully to fend off the advances of Tyler Lightfoot, who started 4th. By the completion of lap 1, Trimble led comfortably over Lightfoot and Gardner. Action was halted on lap 3 when Jay Bryant spun to a stop against an implement tire in the infield of turn 2.

On lap 5, Wayne Trimble moved to 3rd when Gardner pushed wide on the exit of turn 4.  Over the course of the next 5 laps, Ray Trimble stretched a solid 2.197 second advantage over Lightfoot, when Del Trembley in the Mike Lightfoot owned #23 spun to a stop in front of the leader. Trimble managed to continue on after contact, but Tyler Lightfoot couldn’t miss the stopped vehicle owned by his father and piled in. After a small fire erupted, Lightfoot exited the car without injury but was clearly upset with Trembley.

07_04_2016_149cOn the ensuing restart, Ray Trimble led over his cousin Wayne, despite a severe tire rub on the right front of his car. On lap 14, Wayne got underneath Ray for the lead, but couldn’t make the pass. Ray led until the white flag where Wayne got underneath Ray to take the lead down the back stretch. Wayne Trimble came across the checkered as a popular winner over Ray Trimble, followed across the line by Ryan Peter, Jay Bryant, and Eddie Gardner, who continued to maintain his points lead with a solid fifth place finish.

“That was definitely one of the hardest races I’ve ever won”, a relieved Wayne Trimble said in victory lane. “My cousin (Ray) really made me work for it, but he gave me the opening on the last lap and I made him pay for it. This is the first race I’ve won in ten years. It feels real good”.

The lone heat race was won by Tyler Lightfoot, while Wayne Trimble’s feature victory from his 5th starting spot was enough to earn him the RMI Hard Charger Bonus.

26 Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks clamored into the pits at the El Dorado Fairgrounds. Dan Smith and Loren Chitwood II earned the front row for the 20 lap feature. Smith got the jump on the field with Jason Palmer moving up from his second row starting spot to take second from Chitwood. Points leader Nick Baldwin moved from his 6th starting spot to 4th on the opening lap, and then passed Chitwood for 3rd on lap 2. Smith continued to lead in heavy traffic with 8 laps complete when Dan Jinkerson came up from his 7th starting spot to move by Chitwood, then Baldwin to take over 3rd. The first yellow of the event flew at the halfway point when Chad Hammer spun into the infield in turn 3.

Smith got the jump on the restart over Palmer and Baldwin, who retook the 3rd position from Jinkerson. On lap 14, Palmer got sideways exiting turn 4 and slapped the right front of Baldwin, sending the points leader into a spin into the infield, which brought out the second caution of the race. Another stoppage occurred a lap later when Rick Campbell came to a stop on the front stretch with the rear end knocked out of his car.

Over the final 5 laps of the race, Smith held off numerous challenges from the runner up, until Palmer tried to split the leader and the lapped car of Danielle Clauson exiting turn four on lap 18. Smith pushed wide and kicked Clauson into Palmer, tying the two up together against the front stretch wall, bringing out another caution. 07_04_2016_180c

Smith held on over the final 2 laps to win his 2nd feature of the year over Scott Grunert, who passed Dan Jinkerson with 2 laps to go to take second. Dave Silva finished third from his 9th starting spot, while Mike McClure rounded out the top five. Grunert took over the points lead with his runner-up finish, and earned the RMI Hard Charger bonus after moving up from his 13th starting position.

“I just want to thank Scott Russell for taking over the track and giving us a place to race still. Thank you Scott for all you are doing”, a grateful Dan Smith said in the winner’s circle.

Smith also won the first heat, while Loren Chitwood II, Mike McClure, and Jason Palmer all won heat races, and Chris Van Roekel took the 12 lap semi.

Placerville Speedway returns to action next Saturday night, July 9th, with the 12th 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, and IMCA Sport Mods. 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.

Golobic Rounds up the Placerville Posse for First Win of the Season

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By: Brad Kennedy *

Placerville, CA (July 2)…The first of two nights of racing in three days kicked off Saturday at Placerville Speedway, with 25 Thompson’s Auto Center 360 Sprint Cars signed into the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. For the third round of the Placerville Posse Challenge, promoter Scott Russell and crew prepared a wide and racy surface for the evening.

In the 25 lap feature, #77 – Mike Benson of Calistoga and #22 – Shane Golobic of Fremont had the front row and led the field into turn one. Third starting Matt Peterson climbed pole sitter Mike Benson’s right rear tire in turn 1, with Peterson spinning to a stop in front of the field. Posse point leader Andy Forsberg was also involved as he made contact with Peterson, knocking the PT SHocks, Pit Stop USA 7c out for the remainder of the race.

For the restart, Shane Golobic got the jump over Benson and quickly took command of the event. Meanwhile, the race was heated for third as Andy Gregg, defending track champion Greg DeCaires, and points leader Mason Moore raced for position. On lap 5, Bobby Butler made contact with Jake Morgan while running outside the top ten, causing  him to flip violently in turn three. Butler complained of an aching knee, but was reported to be otherwise unhurt.

With 8 laps complete, action was halted again as the evening’s 3rd quick qualifier Cody Hodgson made heavy contact with the turn 4 wall abutment. Hodgson was ok, but was forced from the event with rear end damage to the car.

As the race went on, Golobic withstood some heavy pressure from Andy Gregg, but was never passed, as he would win his first race of the year at his favorite track over Gregg, Michael Kofoid who was third, while Greg Decaires and Mason Moore rounded out the top five. 07_02_2016_368c

“All the restarts gave Andy Gregg a lot of chances at me, and he’s real good here”, admitted Golobic in victory lane, “But, fortunately we were able to hold him off and get the win. I love coming here, as it’s my favorite place to race. I was glad to be able to run double duty tonight. I wish I had gotten the win in both, but I will take this and be happy”.

Heat race wins went to Andy Gregg, Jake Morgan, Matt Peterson, and Mike Benson, while Sean Becker set quick time and earned $100 courtesy from ADCO Driveline and Exhaust, with a lap of 11.126.

17 BCRA Midgets entered the night for their second trip of 2016 to the Placerville Speedway. The field took the green into turn one for 30 laps of action, with outside row 1 starter Britton Bock hitting the inside berm in turn one causing the car to bicycle and stall the motor.

A complete restart saw Taylor Simas lead the field over Cory Elliott. However, the caution would soon fly again as Maria Cofer spun in turn 1 and collected #77K Mark Maliepaard and #87 Bobby Wilson.

Once the race got going, Simas took a commanding lead over the field. In just 9 laps,  Shane Golobic moved from his 15th starting spot up to fifth, and battled Sean Becker for 4th for multiple laps. Just past the ten lap mark, a torrid battle for 3rd between Brian Gard, Greg Bragg, Sean Becker, and Golobic preceded a stoppage as Golobic cut down a right rear tire on lap 15 and would be forced to pit before returning to action.

Taylor Simas continued to stay flawless when the race resumed, while Golobic charged from the rear of the field back to 3rd in the final 15 laps of the race. Simas cruised to his first Placerville Speedway win over second running Cory Elliott, while Golobic took home 3rd. Fourth was Greg Bragg while fifth went to Sean Becker.

“The track really started slicking off toward the end”, Simas explained in the winner’s circle. “The car was stuck really well on the bottom on entry, I just had to make sure I stayed glued to the bottom coming off. Luckily, we held held them off”.

Heat race wins were captured by Simas and Bock.

21 Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabrication Pure Stocks were on tap for their third round of the Posse Challenge series, and all 21 took the green flag for the start of their scheduled 25 lap feature. Jason Palmer and Chris Van Roekel led the field to green, with Palmer jumping out front early, and Dan Smith moving into second . Smith would use the bottom of turns 3 & 4, and take the lead at the line on lap 4.

Two laps later, #13x of Loren Chitwood would stop. After multiple cautions in the race, the distance was shortened to 15 laps after being scheduled for 20.

The last three laps would have a fierce battle between Dan Smith and Scott Grunert for the lead. Grunert took over the lead on the last lap, and went on to win his first feature of the season, over Smith, Russ Murphy, Jason Palmer and Chris Van Roekel. 07_02_2016_357c

“Patience paid off tonight”, Grunert acknowledged on the front stretch after. “I knew as long as I got to (Smith’s) door on the final lap, I had him. Just glad to get the victory here. It was a rough start to the season, but we are slowly picking up points here and there and gaining on them.”

The three heat winners were Orville Owens, Rick Grunert, and Nick Baldwin.

17 Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models were signed into the Placerville Speedway, after the division had put on a stellar performance the weekend before. Front row starters Ray Trimble and Mike Lightfoot took the green and battled it out early, as the two swapped the lead back and forth for the opening three circuits. On lap three, Ryan McDaniel spun to a stop in turn three after heavy contact with Lightfoot to bring out the first caution of the main event.

On the ensuing restart, cousins Ray and Wayne Trimble had the front row and battled it out for family bragging rights, until Posse points leader McDaniel came to stop again with front end damage, ending his chances for two in a row.

As the race went on, Ray Trimble fended off multiple advances from his cousin Wayne and went on to win his second race of the year. Mike Lightfoot overtook Wayne Trimble in the closing laps for second, relegating Trimble to 3rd while Tom Tilford and Tyler Lightfoot competed the top five run down.

07_02_2016_320cTrimble was a happy guy in victory lane, noting that, “You have a lot of great racers here who are very fast. McDaniel, Lightfoot, they are all tough here. Anyone can win. I am super stoked to win again tonight”.

Heat Race winners were Mike Lightfoot and Ray Trimble.

Placerville Speedway comes back with the 11th points race of the season, on Monday night the 4th of July. The evening will feature a three division program for 360 Sprints, Limited Late Models, and Pure Stocks. Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating once again steps up to bolster the purse for the Pure Stocks, offering $100 to start for all feature competitors.

After the night’s racing program concludes, the lights around the facility will be turned off and the fans will be treated to a thrilling Fireworks show. 105.1 KNCI Radio has called the fireworks show at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds one of the “12 Best Local Places to Celebrate the 4th of July”.

Pit gates open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM. Placerville track management encourages spectators to arrive early to secure a seat, as grandstand space for this event is always limited. Unfortunately, with the notable exception of reserved seating for season ticket holders, no saving of seats will be allowed.

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.

* Additional writing contributions by Dean Mills

 

Placerville Speedway readies for Fourth of July weekend celebration

Placerville, CA (June 30)…Placerville Speedway’s most ambitious weekend of the 2016 season thus far features two nights of racing in three days. This Saturday night, July 2nd, will be the 10th point race of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship season. Then, just 2 days later, the speedway hosts it’s annual “Independence Day Fireworks Celebration” night of racing, on Monday, July 4th.

B&GClubcComing on the heels of a successful evening last Saturday that featured the Thompson’s Buick/GMC “Fan Appreciation Day” car show, along with the “Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado County Western Slope Night” that saw race fans and track management donate $2,000 to the local chapter, Saturday’s race also features the makeup date for a previously postponed Placerville Posse race. This event is the third of four events on the Posse schedule, and boasts increased purses for the Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stock division. In addition, the BCRA Midgets make their first of two appearances on the season, and the Vintage Hard Tops will be on hand for an exhibition event.

Two days later, “The Fastest 1/4 mile Dirt Oval in California” comes back with the 11th point race of the season, on the 4th of July. The evening will feature a three division program for 360 Sprints, Limited Late Models, and Pure Stocks. Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating once again steps up to bolster the purse for the Pure Stocks, offering $100 to start for all feature competitors.

FireworkscAfter the night’s racing program concludes, the lights around the facility will be turned off and the fans will be treated to a thrilling Fireworks show. 105.1 KNCI Radio has called the fireworks show at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds one of the “12 Best Local Places to Celebrate the 4th of July”.

Pit gates for both nights of racing open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM. Placerville track management encourages spectators to arrive early to secure a seat, as grandstand space for this event is always limited. Unfortunately, with the notable exception of reserved seating for season ticket holders, no saving of seats will be allowed.

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.