Nor Cal Modified Challenge Headlines Five Division Placerville Program Saturday Night

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chadwick_mcdanielBy Bill Sullivan/HRP Media

PLACERVILLE, CA – This Saturday night Placerville Speedway will pack the pit area of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds with a giant five division racing program for the 15th Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season presented by Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light, The Mountain Democrat and Thompsons Auto Centers.

While four divisions will make return visits, the evening will welcome the excitement of Dirt Modifieds back to the quarter mile with the Nor Cal IMCA Dirt Modified Challenge Series make it’s Placerville Speedway debut. While this division returns for high winnings with an all star cast it will be accompanied by the BCRA Midgets, the weekly Late Models and Pure Stocks as well as the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars.

The Nor Cal Modified Challenge Series is in its second year of operation and consists of seven races at five different Calforinia tracks. In addition to Placerville Speedway, the series assaults the dirt surfaces of Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Petaluma Speedway and Antioch Speedway with California’s top talent racing door to door for high winnings and a coveted series championship.

This Saturday night will mark the second to last leg of the 2014 traveling series that has seen record car counts at nearly all of it’s events so far this season. The highest car count in the tour has been 43 entrants when the campaign competed at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico in the spring and the series has averaged nearly 30 cars at every event which boasts $1000 to the winner and accumulative points towards the series crown.

Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst is the defending Nor Cal Challenge Series Champion and comes into Placerville leading the way in the series point standings. McDaniel has been a regular contender at Placerville this season in the competitive Limited Late Model Division where he has captured five wins this season. Driver’s expected to join McDaniel include Oakley’s Kellen Chadwick, Nick DeCarlo of Martinez, Freddie Plourde of Santa Rosa, Livermore’s Brian Cass, Chico’s Richard Papenhousen and more.

As the BCRA Midgets make their return to Placerville Speedway, Chad Nichols will be looking to maintain his series point lead over Gary Conterno. Veteran Floyd Alvis is third in the ranks over JR Williams. Nick Chivello rounds out the top five in this division that always provides an action packed night of open wheel excitement on the Placerville bullring.

In the Limited Late Models, Live Oak’s Matt Micheli will look to continue his pursuit of the his second Placerville Championship as he enters these final weeks. Micheli is 15 points ahead of Ray Trimble of Auburn. Defending Champion Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights is 57 points out of the lead. Former champion Dan Brown Jr. of Rocklin rounds out the top five, 75 points from the leader.

Scott Grunert of Woodland leads the Pure Stock division, 23-points out in front. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is second followed by Rick Grunert of Woodland. Tim Mack of Diamond Springs is fourth while Placerville’s Danielle Clauson rounds out the top five.

A full field of Nor Cal Dwarf Cars is expected for the second straight week at Placerville. Look for Shawn Jones to aim for a second consecutive win this Saturday night along with the company of all the division favorites in this traveling class.

The grandstands will open at 5 p.m Saturday night on this big bang for buck night with five full divisions. Adults are $15, Seniors $13, Juniors are $12, Children $5 and those 5 and under are free. Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive and is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort who offers $25 in free play to every race fan this Saturday night. Additional sponsors include The Mountain Democrat, Thompson’s Toyota, ADCO Drive Lines, Hoosier Racing Tires and Riebes Auto Parts of El Dorado County.

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Sanders rides the rim to fourth Placerville Victory on Kids Night

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By Bill Sullivan- Placerville Speedway

PLACERVILLE, CA – A jubilant crowd packed the grandstands at Placerville Speedway for Mountain Democrat Kids Night at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and cheered on Prunedale’s Justin Sanders at the end of the night as he celebrated a hard earned fourth victory in the Sprint Car feature event.08_16_2014_258

Sanders was joined in the victory celebrations with Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst who won his fifth Limited Late Model feature. Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights added another Kid’s Night win to his resume in Pure Stocks while Shawn Jones won the Nor Cal Dwarf Car feature event.

Saturday’s race saw hundreds of area youngster pack the grandstands for the annual Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night event. On this special night youngsters race their bicycles at intermission for trophies and ribbons with the help of the drivers. This particular edition of this community classic brought the community together as the event raised funds for the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County and in the end, multiple brand new bicycles were presented in a free raffle courtesy of The Mountain Democrat and Lightfoot Automotive.

“This event is great, it’s awesome that the track continues to carry on this tradition for the kids each year,” said Pure Stock winner Matt Tilford. “It gives kids the thrill of competing and one day many of them may come out here like we do and become the drivers of the future. It’s a lot of fun to be part of.”

Jon Meyer of the Mountain Democrat attended Saturday’s event to assist with the festivities. Meyer received a standing ovation after addressing the crowd over the infield microphone and explaining how strongly the Mountain Democrat supports the racing community in El Dorado County.

Sean McCartney, Executive Director of the Western Slope Boys and Girls Club participated in the event to give it an entertaining touch. McCartney called the race action for the bike races and thanked the fans and speedway promoters for all their ongoing efforts to benefit the organization through this race season.

“I can’t thank Placerville Speedway enough for what they have been doing for the Boys and Girls Club this season,” said McCartney. “It’s great to be a part of this event here tonight along with my staff and 100 percent of our proceeds collected from here is helping us construct a new facility to better serve El Dorado County. We appreciate everyone that has been involved with this.”

In the Sprint Car feature event, Sanders started on the outside of the second row and moved into the third position at the opening green flag Saturday night to challenge front row starters Andy Forsberg of Auburn and point leader Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. After racing in the veteran’s wake for the first 7 laps, Sanders made what can only be described as a hale mary pass on the 8th lap when he moved his Rudy Warrington owned #18 to the extreme high line and passed both DeCaires and Forsberg for the lead as they exited the fourth turn.

Forsberg fought back with Sanders in the immediate laps after the pass but the Prunedale fast man could not be caught as he drove to his fourth victory here. Forsberg finished in second at the checkered flag. Placerville’s Andy Gregg, who recently returned to the state after becoming the 2014 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year, muscled his way to the third place position at the line over DeCaires and Colby Wiesz.

In the Pure Stock division, Tilford took the lead from pole sitter Danielle Clauson in the opening lap and maintained his lead all the way to the finish line. Tim Mack of Diamond Springs finished in second place over point leader Scott Grunert of Woodland Eddie Gardner of Sacramento.08_16_2014_260

In the Limited Late Models, Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst lead from the green flag to the checkered. McDaniel started on the pole and never relinquished the lead for the entire 20 laps. McDaniel was trailed by Marysville’s Jeff Olshowka, point leader Matt Micheli of Live Oak, Ray Trimble of Auburn and Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights.

The three track regulars werejoined by the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars. Mike Grenert of Travis AFB took the initial lead in this 20-lap feature before Jones powered into the lead with high side pass in turns three and four to take a position he would never relinquish. At the line Jones was followed by Ryan Winter, Grenert, Kevin Bender and Chuck Conover.

Following Saturday’s racing, 08_16_2014_268Placerville Speedway and El Dorado County Fairgrounds staff was working through the night to prepare for Sunday’s 41st Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby presented by the Placerville Police Officers Association. Gates open at Sunday at 11 a.m with the first green flag at 1 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and seniors. For more information visit

Placerville Speedway’s 2014 championship season is sponsored by the new Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort who invites the racing community to their newly remodeled 257,000 square foot entertainment facility just south of El Dorado County. Additional sponsorship provided by Hoosier Tires, Coors Light, The Mountain 08_16_2014_270Democrat, Riebes Auto Parts, ADCO Driveline, the Paint Spot and more.

Catch the highlights and hear what the drivers have to say about Saturday night’s race on local El Dorado County Television. Tune into Foothill 7 TV on Comcast or on the web at to catch the weekly episode of “Foothill Thunder” presented by Thompsons’s Toyota.

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41st Hangtown Police Destruction Derby returns in grand fashion this Sunday

By Placerville Speedway Media

derby picPopular event returns with expanded program of both stock and thrilling open classes all for charity

By Bill Sullivan for the Placerville PPOA

PLACERVILLE, CA - This Sunday, August 17th, Placerville Speedway will host the sounds of smashing sheet metal the roar of smoking engines and cheering spectators as one of El Dorado County’s oldest charitable events celebrates its 41st consecutive year. It’s time for the classic Placerville Police Officers Association’s Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby, an afternoon of car crushing mayhem that is fun for the entire family.

Now over four decades strong the annual Hangtown Destruction Derby is presented by the Placerville Police Officers Association in conjunction with the cooperation of El Dorado County Fire, Placerville Speedway and the business community of El Dorado County. The competition in the event is well populated by men and women representing law enforcement and public safety agencies along with entries of the daring type from the general public in a contest of mechanical survival on a mud filled infield of the fairgrounds main arena.

Destruction-Derby-3As the Hangtown Destruction Derby begins it’s fifth decade, it continues to one of the oldest and most successful annual events that benefits charity in El Dorado County. Through the years, proceeds from the derby have benefited a number of organizations such as youth sports, children’s charities and the Police Officers annual Christmas party for underprivileged children. The bottom line, the annual Hangtown Destruction Derby is fun for the whole family and in the end, it’s all presented for a good cause.

The 2014 version of the Hangtown Destruction Derby is sure to be bigger and better than ever as the program has been expanded to include two different divisions for the first time in the event histoy. For many years, common derby rules have required that a car be 1970 or newer to compete in the derby. This ruling eliminated the heavy cars of yesteryear, such at Chrysler Imperials and others, that are known for their stealth construction and invincibility. This year, fans are in for treat as the Placerville Police Officers Association will present a “stock” class as well as an “open” class.

With the two classes, two champions will be crowned at the end of the afternoon with winners of each of the super mains earning a healthy $1000. Second place earns $500 and third place wins $300. Heat races will pay $150 to the winner, $100 to second place and $50 to third. In addition to the cash winnings top finishers are awarded trophies for their success. As of press time, Ron Cannon or the Placerville Police Officers Association was expecting in the neighborhood of 30 cars in the combined classes.

Entrants in this annual event routinely acquire the vehicle themselves and then use area sponsorships to construct it into a full blown derby car. In many cases, the winners turn around and donate their winnings to a charity of their choice after the bills are paid for the construction of the car, safety equipment, transportation to the event and possibly a visit to the chiropractor the following Monday.

Last year, the Hangtown Destruction Derby reached it’s landmark 40th anniversary, fending off promotional and financial challenges through the years.

Several years ago, this event was feared to be endangered when low attendance and participation made it difficult to continue promoting. Over the last several years, officer Ron Cannon has been instrumental in the growth of the annual derby. As a long time competitor with a great love for his community and family entertainment, Cannon’s enthusiasm, a collaborative promotion effort with Placerville Speedway and many businesses in the community that sponsor the affair, this once struggling event has reached a point in existence that many charitable evnts only hope to be able to reach. It is the highest ranked law enforcement charity event in the western states, sitting second to the annual “Pig Bowl” that takes place in Sacramento each year.080911-02_0

This year the 41st Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby will begin on the eve of the event with the annual event BBQ at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and involvement with Placerville Speedway during Mountain Democrat Kids Night event. On this evening, the speedway admits all children under 12 for free to the speedway and holds bicycle races during intermission. The Placerville Police Officers Association will be on hand when the gates open at the races, handing out tickets to those youngsters 12 and under that attend the races. The officers will not be handing out speeding tickets, but complimentary children’s tickets the Sunday Derby. The team effort between the Police Department and Placerville Speedway is sure to make this coming weekend one to remember for the youngsters.

The grandstands at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds will open at 11 a.m. on Sunday and the first heat race of the derby is set to begin at 1 p.m. following opening ceremonies and the popular parade of entrants. Adult tickets to the derby are just $10 at the gate. Seniors are $5. Children 12 and under are $5, unless they attend the auto races the night before and receive a complimentary ticket that is good for admission with a paid adult.

A number of area businesses have donated prizes that will be raffled off at the 41st Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby and the pre-event BBQ that takes place Saturday evening at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

For further information on the event, the official website of Placerville Police Officers Association can be viewed at For information on Kids Night at Placerville Speedway, visit

Kids are free this Saturday night at Placerville Speedway As Mountain Democrat Kids Night kicks of big weekend

By Placerville Speedway Media

kids racing vertPLACERVILLE, CA (8-16-14) - Grab the bikes and bring all the tikes. It’s time for “Mountain Democrat Kids’ Night” at Placerville Speedway this Saturday, August 16th. This event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County this year and is the biggest night for the littlest of race fans as it marks the first of two big days of family fun at Placerville Speedway, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Saturday night will feature the return of Jackson Rancheria Casino Championship point racing at Placerville Speedway. The winged sprint cars return to action this Saturday along with the Limited Late Models and the Pure Stocks. Joining the three track regulars will be the colorful coupes of the Nor Cal Dwarf Car Association, providing an evening of racing that is fun and exciting for all ages.

This week, the racing is sure to be as exciting as it usually is on the quarter-mile clay oval that has been in operation since the summer of 1965. However, Saturday night is about much more than high dollar motors, the perfect tire and the perfect set up. Saturday marks the annual night at Placerville Speedway where families come together to give the true fans of this sport the opportunity to shine with the help of their racing heroes. On Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night, youngsters get their turn to compete on the race track in numerous bicycle races during intermission with the help and support of their local racing heroes cheering them on.

“This is what it’s all about, families and kids coming together at the track for a special night,” are the words spoken in a classic interview with defending sprint champion Andy Forsberg. Like many, Forsberg remembers being a youngster in the stands at Placerville watching his heroes duel it out. Along with the memories of seeing his father race wheel to wheel with names like Gene Gillihan, Doug Gandy, Brian Crockett and more, Forsberg remembers what it was like on the one night he had the opportunity to be on the other side of the fence.

“If you’re a kid and love the races, there is nothing more meaningful then having the chance to be on the track with your favorite drivers and all the fans cheering you on. I remember back in those days, it was a lot of fun and now its even better be a driver helping these kids on Kid’s Night. This is a great event, every family in the county should come out and check it out.”

Forsberg is just one of many of today’s drivers that raced for the first time in the two wheeled fashion as youngsters at Placerville Speedway. Other notables behind the wheel today that dueled for their first trophies on the red clay include the Tilford brothers along with names like Justin Sanders, Andy Gregg, Jimmy Trulli, Justin Johnson, Cody Spencer, Danielle Clauson and many more. This is a night at Placerville Speedway that many youngsters long remember and cherish as a great traditional evening of family fun which, thanks to the Mountain Democrat’s generous sponsorship, has grown to the biggest night of the year for the young and young at heart.

Saturday night, all kids 11 and under are admitted for free to Placerville Speedway. Additionally, the young fans receive complimentary popcorn and soda on this evening as well as a free ticket to the 41th Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby that takes place on Sunday afternoon. The free ticket comes courtesy of the Placerville Police Officers Association as they team with Placerville Speedway to make a fun filled weekend for families at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The annual Destruction Derby is presented by the PPOA with the cooperation of the management of Handy Racing Promotions.

Youngsters are encouraged to participate in the bicycle races at intermission on Saturday night. Races will be broken up into various age groups with the distance of the competition being adjusted accordingly. The top three finishers of each age group will be awarded trophies presented by the Mountain Democrat and everyone who competes is awarded participation ribbons. Placerville Speedway will provide a secure parking area for the children’s bicycles during the evening. Following the bicycle races, a brand new BMX Bicycle sponsored by the Mountain Democrat will be raffled off to a lucky youngster in the grandstands. Additionally, the Mountain Democrat has once again generously sponsored a great deal of pre event advertising for the event to make it a huge success.

Saturday night the gates of Placerville Speedway will open at 5 p.m. with qualifying starting up at 6:30. Adult tickets will be $15, Seniors will be $13, Juniors $12 and those 11 and under will be FREE for the evening.

Raffle tickets for the BMX Bicycle will be presented to every youngster coming in the front gate along with a coupon for free popcorn and soda and a complimentary ticket to the destruction derby. In addition to the Mountain Democrat’s BMX Bicycle, additional prizes will be raffled off in several surprise additions to the drawing on race night.

For additional information visit the track website at More information can also be found on the speedway’s website at You can also join over 5000 Placerville Speedway fans and drivers by liking them on Facebook.


Greg DeCaires Takes Home Lucrative Pay Day As He Wins Second Career Mark Forni Classic

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(PETERSEN MEDIA-Placerville, CA)- The 2014 Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster has been highly competitive, and on Saturday night Greg DeCaires became the seventh winner in seven events this season as he picked up his second career Mark Forni classic, and cashed in the $5000 that came along with it.

With Andy Forsberg and DeCaires leading the field to green, it was Auburn, CA’s Forsberg jumping out to the early lead, while the Elk Grove, CA native,Decaires, sat in the catbird’s seat.

On a track that held moisture through the 30-lap feature event, Forsberg held a strong command of the race as he paced the field despite a pair of early stoppages.

With DeCaires, Colby Wiesz, and Shane Golobic chasing after him, the race’s complexion took a major change as the leaders found traffic on the 13th lap.

A spinning car on lap 13 forced Forsberg to take evasive action, and in doing so, he made contact with the stalled car, ending his night with rear-end damage, and handing the lead over to DeCaires who proved to be strong on this night.

After the open red following the incident, DeCaires worked the bottom of the speedway to perfection as he broke away from the field, but behind him the action was intense, as Jonathan Allard worked his way into the third spot, as a torrid battle broke out between Allard, Golobic, DeCaires, and Steven Tiner.

With the yellow waiving on the 22nd lap, the field was re-stacked in double file formation, and with DeCaires getting away, the race within the top-five kept the fans on the edge of their seats as cars used every piece of Placerville Speedway real estate looking to reel in the leader.

Golobic ran strong in the second spot as he fended off advances from Allard, but Colby Wiesz kept the duo in striking distance as Tiner, and Justin Sanders applied the pressure on him, until the red flew on the 27th circuit for Alissa Geving, who walked way from a hard crash. image

With three laps to go, DeCaires continued to use the bottom of the speedway as the race for the final podium spot picked up as Wiesz finally got some breathing room as he cleared Allard who had his hands full with the charging duo of Justin Sanders and Steven Tiner.

As the white flag flew the crowd got on their feet as Shane Golobic closed in on the race leader, and though Golobic gave it his all during the final circuit, it was DeCaires crossing the stripe first, claiming his second career Mark Forni Classic, and earning a feature event spot in the upcoming Johnny Key Classic at the Ocean Speedway.

“I got a gift from Andy Forsberg early in the race, but we will take it,” a jubilant DeCaires said. “I am worn out after that one, and have to thank everyone on this team for working so hard, and getting us in a great spot all night. This is a huge race to win, and hopefully next year we can come back and cash in with the $10K that is up for grabs.”

Though he finished in the second spot, Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster point leader, Shane Golobic also locks into the Key as the series point leader, and was pleased with his run.

“Congrats to Greg DeCaires and his team on this win,” he said. “I gave it everything I had, and I wish we would have had less cautions and raced with traffic, because I wanted to see what we had. This car has been great all year, and I can’t thank this entire team for continuing to give me a competitive machine.”

After a torrid battle during the 30-lap feature event, Colfax, CA driver, Colby Wiesz took the final spot on the podium.

“These double file restarts were intense, especially racing someone like Jonathan Allard,” he said. “Allard raced us had and clean, and we are pleased to finish third in a hard fought race. This completion with the Civil War Series is so good, so anytime you can land on the podium, you are happy.”

Following the top three across the stripe was 13th starting Jonathan Allard, Justin Sanders, Steven Tiner, Cory Eliason, 16th starting Kyle Hirst, 18th starting Carson Macedo, and 14th starting Herman Klein rounding out the Top-10.

In B-Main action, pole sitter, Jimmy Trulli, took command from the front row and went on to win the 15-lap showdown as he held off Alissa Geving, Sean Becker, Adam Walters, Jake Morgan, and Justyn Cox who all transferred to the feature event.

In the night’s Dash, Andy Forsberg won from the pole, while heat race wins went to Steven Tiner, Forsberg, Wiesz, and Golobic.

With 34 cars on hand for the 9th Annual Mark Forni Classic, Brad Furr stopped the clocks with the quickest lap while Andy Forsberg, Cory Eliason, Jimmy Trulli, and Justin Sanders rounded out the top five.

imageEl Dorado’s Jason Armstrong won the Vintage Hardtop feature event. Armstrong started 10th and drove to his second win on the year at his hometown track.

The Civil War Sprint Car Series would like to thank Flowmaster, BR Motorsports, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, CRV Carbon Solutions, Design 500, Dirt Solution, Taco Bravo, Hansen Machine, Frankland Racing Supply, Fuel Safe, Hoosier, Joe Hunt Magnetos, Kaeding Performance, King Racing Products, KSE Power Steering Products, Pit Stop USA, MPD, All Pro, RCM Design, Rod End Supply, Racing Optics, SRP, VSR, and Weld Racing for their support.

ON TAP: The Civil War Sprint Car Series Presented By Flowmaster will now take next week off before returning to action on August 23rd for the 54th Johnny Key Classic at the Ocean Speedway as they take on Ocean Sprints Presented By Taco Bravo.

WINNERS: Winners in the 2014 California Sprint Car Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster… Andy Gregg- 1 (Marysville Raceway Park on March 15th), DJ Netto-1 (Marysville Raceway Park on May 24th), Shane Golobic-1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on May 25th), Andy Forsberg- 1 (Placerville Speedway on May 31st), Mason Moore (Petaluma Speedway on July 5th), Brad Furr (Ocean Speedway on July 11th), Greg DeCaires (Placerville Speedway on August 9th)