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Forsberg, Trimble, and Grunert crowned Posse Champions at Placerville Speedway

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By: Brad Kennedy *

Placerville, CA (August 13)…The final event of the 4 race “Placerville Posse Challenge” was held Saturday night at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, with 47 cars on hand in the three divisions.

Jake Morgan and Chase Majdic led the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Car field to green flag for the night’s 25 lap feature, but the yellow lights flickered immediately around the speedway as Majdic was called back for jumping the start and penalized a row for the infraction. For the second attempt, Mason Moore was moved to the front row, and took advantage over Morgan entering turn 1.

Meanwhile, sixth place starter Andy Forsberg utilized the top of the speedway to quickly move to second in a single circuit. Forsberg challenged Moore for the lead on lap 5 going into turn three, but Moore shut the door on Forsberg exiting turn four.

On lap 6, Forsberg got around Moore for the lead with a move that saw the leaders just inches apart. As Forsberg pulled away, Sean Becker rose to challenge the leaders after starting tenth. Becker used the top side of turns one and two to drive around Moore and began to track down Forsberg.

Forsberg endured a lap 20 caution, and held off the charge by Becker to win the race and claim the Placerville Posse title.

In victory lane, the always loquacious Forsberg admitted that he was concerned with Becker’s advances. “After I got by Mason (Moore), I kept watching the scoreboard and saw the 35 (Becker) go from fifth, to fourth then second in three laps”, he said.08_13_2016_149c

“I figured Sean would be running up top and I thought I heard someone behind me. When I moved upstairs, then I never heard anything again.”

Sean Becker crossed the line second while third went to Mason Moore, fourth to Jake Morgan and fifth to Greg DeCaires.

QuickTime qualifier Andy Forsberg earned the $100 courtesy bonus from ADCO Driveline and Exhaust, while Chase Madjic and Logan Seavey won the two heat races, with the AL Driveline Hard Charger bonus being awarded to Becker who ran 2nd and improved 8 positions from his 10th starting spot.

The Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabrication Pure Stocks had 14 competitors in attendance, with weekly Red Hawk Casino championship point leader Nick Baldwin and Rick Grunert leading the field to green. Grunert got the jump over Baldwin and stretched a significant lead until Jay Bryant spun in turn one to draw the caution. On the restart, Grunert pulled away as Baldwin’s car did not take off immediately, allowing Dan Jinkerson to get by.

On lap 4, Baldwin made a power move around Jinkerson to reclaim second, then drag raced Grunert across the line on lap 6. The two battled hard as traffic came into play. On lap 8, Baldwin jumped the cushion in turn one allowing Jinkerson to pull alongside for second again. The two ran side by side all away through turn four when a lap car of Anthony Vigna got sideways pushing Jinkerson to the infield and allowing Posse points leader Scott Grunert to claim second. As Grunert passed Jinkerson for third, Oroville Owens made contact with Jinkerson in turn one sending Owens off the embankment, drawing the caution on lap 9.

On the restart, Baldwin’s car once again did not take off, allowing Jinkerson again to get around in turn two to claim second as Scott Grunert challenged Baldwin for third. On lap 12, Baldwin once again overtook Jinkerson and applied pressure to Rick Grunert for the lead. The trio raced hard until traffic became a factor again in the late stages of the 20 lap feature. Nick Baldwin raced side by side with Rick Grunert as the leaders raced under the white flag.

Rick Grunert ran the middle of the speedway going into turn one, opening the top up for Baldwin to pull alongside. That left the bottom open for Rick’s son Scott to go three wide all the way down the backstretch, through turns three and four and to the checkered. The top three were separated by inches at the line. Scott Grunert grabbed the victory on the last lap over Nick Baldwin and Rick Grunert.

08_13_2016_099c  “I really wanted to see my dad (Rick Grunert) win”, admitted Scott Grunert in victory lane. “He was fast all night and it was kinda sketch doing a complete lap three wide at the end. But I’m happy that we won.”

Jay Bryant and Tim Mack won the two heats earlier in the evening, Scott Grunert was the winner of the RMI Hard Charger bonus by winning from his 7th starting spot.

12 Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models entered for the final Posse challenge race of 2016. Tyler Lightfoot and Ken Michelli set the field for the 20 lap race. On the initial green, Michelli jumped the start which penalized him back a row. On the second attempt, pole sitter Tyler Lightfoot jumped the start putting him back a row. A third attempt saw original row 2 starters Scott Woessner and Ryan Peter set the pace for the green. Going into turn one, Woessner washed up the track opening the bottom for Ray Trimble to grab the lead off of turn two and allowing Randy McDaniel to claim second down the back stretch.

The race went green to checkered without stopping as Trimble and McDaniel raced side by side for the majority of the race. The two competitors never touched for all 20 circuits as Matt Michelli banged his right rear off the cushion for entire distance.

Trimble crossed the line to win his third main event in 2016 at the speedway and take home the Posse championship by one point over McDaniel who finished second. Third went to Matt Michelli while Woessner and Lightfoot finished in fourth and fifth, respectively.  08_13_2016_118c

“Any of these guys that show up on can win on any given night here”, acknowledged Trimble in the winner’s circle. “I tried not to watch the scoreboard but I knew McDaniel and Michelli were right there. I’m just glad we held them off for the win.”

McDaniel and Matt Michelli won the two heat races, while McDaniel grabbed the RMI Hard Charger bonus with his run from 9th to 2nd in the feature.

Placerville Speedway returns with the 2nd Annual “Donnie Tilford Tribute” event. A five division program consists of the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks, BCRA Midgets, IMCA Sport Mods, and NorCal Dwarf Cars. 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 7900 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 hosts Placerville Posse Challenge Finale this Saturday

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Placerville, CA (August 11)…The fourth and final date of the 2016 “Placerville Posse” Challenge takes place this Saturday night in conjunction with the fifteenth point race of the Red Hawk Casino Championship Series. The three division program consists of the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks.

Saturday’s event will also feature the annual Mountain Democrat “Kids Bicycle Night”, in which children up to 11 years of age will be allowed to bring their bikes and helmets to compete on the racing surface. Children 11 and under will be admitted free and will receive a free popcorn and soda. In addition, seven bikes will be raffled off to lucky winners. The bicycles have been graciously donated by the Mountain Democrat, Lightfoot Automotive, RMI, and long time Placerville Speedway supporter Mr. Don Meekma. 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 7900 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.

Bryan Clauson

June 15, 1989 – August 7, 2016

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From all of us at Placerville Speedway, our thoughts and prayers are with the Clauson family at this time. Bryan was living the dream of many racers. He was an amazing and talented example that fueled the desire of many young aspiring drivers. This tragedy is a grim reminder of how precious life is. Our racing family has lost a champion, and an ambassador to the sport we love. May he rest in peace…

“The Shark” Sean Becker Scores his Third Career Mark Forni Classic Win at Placerville

By: P.J. Petersen

Placerville, CA (August 6)…In 2015, Sean Becker looked to be well on his way to claiming his third career Mark Forni Classic triumph until a late race brake issue dashed those hopes. Saturday night, Becker returned to the Placerville Speedway with the Civil War Series looking for redemption, and found it as he claimed the 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic.

A very technical Placerville Speedway surface greeted the field for the 30-lap contest, and in the early goings it was pole sitter, Kyle Hirst, leading the way aboard the Josh Ford Motorsports No. 73 entry.

Hirst, the most recent Civil War Series winner, set a very nice pace early as he fended off Sean Becker who had moved into the second spot after starting the race in the fourth spot.

As the leaders got into traffic, Becker closed in on the race lead and made his move on the ninth lap before the caution flag waived on the tenth circuit. 08_06_2016_164c

The ensuing restart saw Hirst take the top spot back, but the caution waived for Justyn Cox and the move was negated, as Becker remained the race leader.

Becker got the jump when the race came back to life, while the battle for third and fourth was just as entertaining as the battle for the lead, with the two lead championship contenders, Mason Moore and Andy Forsberg, battling lap after lap.

A 10-lap green flag run saw Becker open up a sizeable lead over Hirst, only to see his advantage shrink in traffic. With laps clicking off, Hirst pulled up on Becker’s rear bumper and brought the crowd to their feet only to see his progress halted on the 23rd lap when the red flag flew for Matt Peterson. Peterson made contact with the turn four wall, and got his machine over on its side. Fortunately, he was uninjured.

08_06_2016_185cThe final five laps saw Becker open up a nice lead as he raced on to score his third career Mark Forni Classic win, while Hirst settled for second with Mason Moore rounding out the podium. Forsberg finished in the fourth spot, Jake Morgan fifth, Greg DeCaires sixth, Steven Tiner seventh, Kalib Henry eighth, Michael Kofoid ninth, and Andy Gregg rounded out the Top-10.

With 27 cars on hand Saturday night, the action would get kicked off with Kyle Hirst setting quick time during qualifications while the three heat races went to Justin Johnson, Becker, and Moore. The 12-lap B Main was won by Steven Tiner, who rebounded to make the feature after flipping in heat race action.

In the companion BCRA Midget Lite program, Kyle Offill and Scott Kinney led the field to the green in the 20 lap feature. On the start, third place starter Tim Kinser made contact with Kinney’s left rear sending Kinser up the race track, collecting Hunter Kinney and Charlie Caraccilo.
On the restart, the 25 of Scott Kinney lost power while running second, ending his night. As the race went on, Offill built up a straightaway lead until the yellow lights flashed for Scotty Males.

Offill was never seriously challenged and led every lap on his way to victory, his third of the year at Placerville. Second went to Craig Dillard followed by Hunter Kinney,
who rebounded after his early race incident. Fourth went to Danika Jo Parker, wh08_06_2016_198cile Logan Seavy made his return to a Midget Lite to score a top 5 finish. The two heat race wins went to Charlie Caraccilo and Hunter Kinney.

Placerville Speedway returns next Saturday with the final “Placerville Posse” series event for the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication Pure Stocks. In addition, the annual “Kid’s Night” bicycle races will be held 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 7800 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.

Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster Set For 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic at Placerville Speedway

(PETERSEN MEDIA – Aptos, CA) – The second half of the 2016 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster season get underway in a big way Saturday night as the series invades the Placerville Speedway for the $5,000-to-win, Mark Forni Classic.

In the Summer of 2005 Mark Forni succumbed to Multiple Myloma at the age of 45 years old. For generations The Forni family has a great history in El Dorado County and deep ties to the El Dorado County Fairground and much of the land on which it sits.

Much like his forefathers, Mark Forni had a great passion for the county fair and its attributes, especially the race track. From his childhood up until his passing, racing played a special role in Forni’s life, So, it was a natural fit for his family and the local community to band together to establish this race in his honor back in 2006. In its 11th year of existence, the event will attract some of the very best 360ci Sprint Car drivers that this region has to offer.

Heading into Saturday night’s event, two-time Mark Forni Classic Champion, Andy Forsberg leads the 2010 event champ and current Placerville Speedway point leader Mason Moore by a slim 17 digits in the California Civil War Series.

07_02_2016_094cMoore currently has three wins at the speedway, and will look to pick up his first series win of the season and his second career Forni Classic triumph as he attempts to cut into Forsberg’s point lead.

Forsberg, who has been a staple at the Placerville Speedway until recent years, will come into Saturday’s event hungry for his third career Mark Forni Classic win, and looking to extend his lead as he chases an unprecedented ninth career Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Championship.

With big money on the line Saturday night, a who’s who of drivers is expected to be on hand including previous Forni Classic Champions Kyle Hirst (2006), Greg DeCaires (2007, 2014), Sean Becker (2008, 2009), Andy Gregg (2013), as well as the aforementioned Moore (2010) and Forsberg (2011, 20012). Other drivers expected to be on hand are Civil War winner at Placerville on June 11th Steven Tiner, Bradley Terrell, Michael Ing, Geoff Ensign, Chase Majdic, Seth Nunes, Koen and Kyler Shaw, Michael Kofoid, Matt Peterson, Justyn Cox, Tyler Walker, and many more top drivers from around the area. 06_11_2016_281c

On Saturday night, Russell Motorsports, Inc. will cover the driver pill draw fee, and will also offer a Happy Hour in the main grandstands from 4pm-6pm.

In addition, the BCRA Midget Lites will be on hand for their seventh visit of the season. Last weekend’s winner at Placerville Craig Dillard, along with two-time winners Scotty Males and Kyle Offill, as well as Charlie Caraccilo are all expected to be back in competition on Saturday night.

The front gates are scheduled to open at 3pm with qualifying expected to go green at 6pm. Tickets for the 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic will be available at the front gate starting at 6$ for children 6-11, $15 for juniors and seniors, and $18 for adults, while children five and under will be admitted at no charge.

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 7800 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.