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Four Divisions On Tap For Saturday at Placerville Speedway

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Saturday’s four division program at Placerville Speedway includes the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, the Jays Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks, as well as the third appearance of the year for the BCRA Midget Lite Series.

3-widecWith four races complete in the Red Hawk Casino Championship season, Princeton, California resident Mason Moore continues to remain out front of the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Car division with an impressive 50 point lead over defending series champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. Moore, in the Friends & Family #X1 mount owned by Alan Bradway & Steve Tuccelli has four top five finishes in four events, with a victory two weeks ago. Veteran Jimmy Trulli sits third in points, 64 markers behind the leader, while Andy Gregg holds down 4th, and 14 year old Michael Kofoid sits 5th.

In the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Model division, Oakhurst, California’s Ryan McDaniel leads Ray Trimble by 7 points after scoring his first victory two weeks ago, on April 30. Eddie Gardner holds down the 3rd position, while the father/son duo of Tyler and Mike Lightfoot round out the top five.LLMc

Nick Baldwin of Oakley, California leads the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stock division taking over for Dan Jinkerson, who failed to finish last weekend’s 20 lap feature. Baldwin sits 7 markers ahead of Jinkerson in the Red Hawk Casino Championship chase on the strength of 3 top five finishes in 4 events, including a victory on April 16. Scott Grunert trails by just 10 points after four events, despite being the only competitor in the top five without a victory. April 30th victor Dan Smith resides in 4th, while last weekend’s winner Jason Palmer holds down 5th, just 19 points behind the leader.

BCRAcFor the second weekend in a row, the BCRA Midget Lites return to the lightning fast El Dorado County Fairgrounds. April 23rd winner Kyle Offill and last weekend’s victor Charlie Caraccilo lead Craig Dillard, Scotty Males, and the rest of the Bay Cities Racing Association competitors who will all be back to tackle the “Fastest 1/4 Mile in California”.

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 7500 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 Prevails Over Mother Nature

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Written by Brad Kennedy *

Placerville, CA – May 7, 2016…Despite a mid-afternoon rain shower that all but doomed the night’s event, new Placerville Speedway promoters Scott Russell and Kami Arnold persevered and completed Saturday’s racing program. 54 cars signed into the pit area for the evening for the first of four Placerville Posse Challenge events.

23 Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars signed into the pit area for the evening. With the KWS 410 Sprint Car Series getting rained out in Petaluma, drivers Andy Forsberg of Auburn, Jonathan Allard, of Chico, Roseville’s Sean Becker and Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi all were surprise entrants for the evening, after making motor changes.

The 25 lap feature event saw Andy Forsberg and Sean Becker on the front row. Becker got the initial jump over Forsberg, but Matt Petersen got sideways in turn 1 and collected Robbie Price, Matt Barber, and Jimmy Trulli, resulting in a complete restart.

On the ensuing restart, it was Forsberg first to turn 1 over Becker, but the red flag flew due to Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks flipping in turns 1 & 2 without injury after contact from Michael Kofoid.

A third attempt at starting the feature saw Forsberg getting the jump over Becker again and setting a torrid pace. It took just 5 laps for Forsberg to catch traffic, where he threw a huge slide job on John Clark in turn 3. However, Forsberg got trapped behind Justin Henry which allowed Sean Becker to slip past all three to claim the lead. Unfortunately, Chase Majdic spun simultaneously in turn 1 to bring out the caution, putting Forsberg back in the lead.

When racing resumed, the red flag waved yet again on lap 6 as John Clark and Cory Elliason tumbled in turns three and four in separate incidents. Both drivers climbed out okay.

A lap 12 restart had Forsberg resume his blistering pace while Dominic Scelzi overtook Becker for second. In lapped traffic, Scelzi had reeled in the leader with 3 laps to go, but got sideways, relinquishing second back to Becker. Forsberg held on for the win over Becker, Scelzi, Mason Moore, and Jonathan Allard. Greg DeCaires had crossed the line in 4th, but failed to go to scales in the pits and was penalized to the tail of the lead lap, finishing 11th. 05_07_2016_217w

“Did ya miss me, Placerville?”, a jubilant Andy Forsberg exclaimed in victory lane, after his first Placerville win of the year. “I can’t thank Scott Russell and Kami Arnold enough for getting this race in tonight with the weather conditions. To pull this off tonight really shows their dedication and love for this sport”.

Forsberg was the evening’s fast qualifier and earned $100 courtesy of ADCO Driveline & Exhaust with a lap time of 10.952. Heat race winners were defending track champion Greg DeCaires, Allard and Scelzi. Justin Johnson earned the RMI / AL Driveline Hard Charger bonus by improving from 15th to 7th.

14 Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stocks were on hand for the night. In the 20 lap feature, Les Friend grabbed the lead from his outside front row starting spot over pole sitter Jason Palmer and led without challenge until lap 13 when his left front tire flattened. As Friend reached lapped traffic on lap 15, Palmer went around Friend in turns three and four to take the lead. A lap later the yellow flew for Travis Emery who went up in smoke in turn 2. After Friend pitted during the caution and relinquished second to Matt Tilford, Palmer ran off and hid on his way to the win over Tilford, Scott Grunert, Jeff Sly and new point leader Nick Baldwin.

In the winner’s circle, Palmer stated, “It’s always good to get that first win of the year out of the way. Thanks to all my sponsors, Cloud IX, Bud’s Towing, Horizon Glass, because without them this wouldn’t be possible”.

Heat race winners were Greg Rayl and Nick Baldwin, while 6th place feature finisher Ted Ahart won the RMI Hard Charger bonus after starting 14th.

9 Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models were on hand for the night. Last week’s winner Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst had the pole, but left early on the initial start, which was called back. Head official Doug Runkle moved McDaniel back a row, putting Tyler Lightfoot on the pole next to Will McMillan. On the second attempt at a start, McMillan grabbed the lead over Lightfoot, McDaniel, Matt Micheli and Ray Trimble. On lap 5, Micheli got by McDaniel for 3rd, but McDaniel passed both Micheli and Lightfoot on lap 10 to move back into second.

05_07_2016_194wMcMillan led all 20 laps to score his second win of the year ahead of McDaniel, Lightfoot, Trimble and Micheli. McMillan also won the lone heat race for the Late Models, and was the evening’s RMI Hard Charger.

“We pretty much destroyed the car last week, so we got this car out tonight and it worked out great for us”, admitted McMillan in his post-race interview. “We just need to find our rhythm and get rolling the rest of the year”.

14 BCRA Midget Lites entered the Placerville Speedway, for their second visit of the season. When the green flag dropped to start the 20-lap feature, #87 of Charlie Caraccilo jumped to the lead from his outside row 1 starting spot and was never challenged on his way to the victory. The only stoppage of the event came on lap 12 when original pole sitter Roy Moody flipped off of turn 2 without injury. Caraccilo took the checkered flag over Craig Dillard, Kyle Offill, Chris Hansen, and Greg DeCaires V.

“At 3PM this afternoon I was skeptical whether we’d be racing tonight”, Caraccilo said flatly. “I’d like to thank my crew, my Uncle Dave and Tony. They must have scraped 100 pounds of mud off this car tonight, but we got it done”.

Caraccilo also won the first heat while Scotty Males won heat 2. Kyle Offill was the RMI Hard Charger, by improving from his 8th starting spot to 3rd.

Racing action returns again next Saturday, May 14th, to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, featuring the normal three classes as well as the third visit of the year by the BCRA Midget Lite division. 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 7500 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 Posse Challenge Headlines Saturday’s May 7th Red Hawk Casino Championship Series

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The 2016 Placerville Speedway Red Hawk Casino Championship Series continues Saturday night May 7th with the first of four Placerville Posse Challenge races throughout the course of the year. The series boasts expanded purses as well as a separate point fund, and will see the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks all vying for big money on Saturday night. In addition, the BCRA Midget Lites will be joining the program for their second visit to the 1/4 mile high banked clay oval for the season. 04_23_2016_167w

“We are looking forward to getting in our first Posse Challenge event of the season”, track promoter Scott Russell explained. “After the first one rained out last month, we are hoping Mother Nature cooperates and allows us to get the event in. Last weekend was a rough one, so we are looking to rebound and have a great night of racing this weekend”.

The Thompson’s Automotive Group 360 Sprint Car Series, as well as the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks will all benefit from the four event series.  In addition to this weekend’s race, Posse Challenge events are also scheduled on June 25th, August 13th, with the fourth date still being decided after the first round was rained out on April 9th.

04_30_2016_169wThe Posse Challenge events are an ambitious undertaking for RMI, and it wouldn’t be possible if not for the division sponsors stepping up to help bolster the purses. “We are really fortunate to have such great series sponsors here at Placerville”, admits Russell. “If it weren’t for Thompson’s Automotive Group helping out our 360 Sprint Car Series, Domco Plumbing with our Limited Late Models, and Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating supporting our Pure Stock division, this probably wouldn’t work. I can’t express how grateful we are to the Thompson family, Dominic Stone, Jay Bryant, and their respective companies for backing our endeavors”.

The purse structure for the 3 Posse divisions can be seen below. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM. 04_16_2016_256w

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 7500 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.


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

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

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

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

Pure Stocks Posse Race Payout                                     Pure Stocks Posse Points Payout

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

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

 

Four New Winners Break into Victory Lane at Placerville Speedway

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By: Brad Kennedy

Placerville, CA – April 30, 2016…The third contested round of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship season saw a total of 68 cars sign into the pits amongst the 4 divisions on hand, and saw 4 new faces land in victory lane.

Twenty-Four Thompson’s Auto Group Sprint Cars were in attendance and were greeted with an old-school slick surface to a thick cushion for the night’s 25 lap feature. Outside pole sitter Mason Moore of Princeton, aboard his Geico Local Offices #x1, got the jump on the start and was never seriously challenged on the way to his first victory of the season. Logan Seavey finished second over Tyler Seavey, Matt Peterson, and Jimmy Trulli.

“Everything is falling into place and working well for us this season”, remarked Moore in victory lane. “(Car Owner) Alan Bradway wasn’t all that pleased with my efforts in qualifying, but we put it all together in the heat race to put us in the re-draw, which put us on the front row for the feature. It feels great to win. I’m very fortunate to have Geico Local Offices and Econo Lube N’ Tube on board with the F&F Racing Team.” 04_30_2016_251w

Andy Gregg was the evening’s Fast Qualifier and picked up the Adco Driveline & Custom Exhaust bonus. Heat Races were won by Kyler Shaw, Logan Seavey, and Greg DeCaires, while the AL Driveline Hard Charger was Adam Walters, who improved 12 positions from his 22nd starting spot, finishing 10th.

Only nine Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models were on hand for the night, but the 20 lap feature was a thrilling one that saw pole sitter Will McMillan spin in turn 1 and then collected third place starter Ryan McDaniel, as well as Jay Bryant and Ryan Peter. However, McDaniel tagged the tail of the field and by lap 4 had moved back to third, then took advantage of a spin on the ensuing restart by leader Wayne Trimble. McDaniel slid new race leader Eddie Gardner for the lead in turn 1 on lap 9, then ran away from the field over the course of the final few laps to win his first of the year at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds over Tyler Lightfoot, Jay Norton, Trimble, who rebounded for 4th, and Gardner.

“We got lucky after getting tangled up on the start”, Ryan said following the race. After driving through the field back to the front in just five laps, McDaniel admitted that the incident on the opening lap lit a fire under him. “I was pretty upset after that first lap. But, it feels good to win last night at Chico, and then again tonight. I’ll take it.”

Will McMillan won the lone heat race, while Tyler Lightfoot earned the RMI Hard Charger Bonus with his 2nd place finish after starting 7th.

A stout field of 22 Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks took the green for the 20 lap feature, but it was outside front row starter Dan Smith of Vacaville who led all 15 laps of the curfew shortened feature. Smith fended off multiple advances of both Scott Grunert and Russ Murphy until late race contact ended Grunert and Murphy’s bid for victory. Despite multiple cautions that shortened the event, it was Smith who ended up in victory lane over Greg Rayl, Dave Silva, Travis Emery, and Dan Jinkerson to round out the top five.

04_30_2016_193awIn the winner’s circle, Smith was happy with his first victory. “It feels good to finally put all the laps together in the main to win. I have to thank all my sponsors, BRC Race cars, Vick’s Harbor Machine, and Oates’ Country Store for all their support.”
Orville Owens, Smith, and Scott Grunert were heat race victors while Greg Rayl earned the RMI Hard Charger Bonus by starting 18th and finishing second.

For their first visit to Placerville in the 2016 season, 13 IMCA Sport Mods took to the 1/4 mile, with 6th starting Brian Cooper of Yuba City aboard his Friesen Chevrolet #17c winning the shortened event. Cooper inherited the lead and the victory on lap 12 after his brother Todd Cooper made contact with the infield berm trying to avoid the spun lapped car of Lonnie Leonard. Despite having led the majority of the race, Todd Cooper’s night was over with rear suspension damage. For Brian Cooper, the win came over Howard Law, Dave Gibson, Alan Furuta, and Chuck Golden, who were the top five finishers.

“My brother Todd had the race won”, Brian Cooper said wistfully, on the front stretch after. “Unfortunately, his night came to an abrupt end trying to avoid contact with the lapper, which gave me the win. Obviously, it didn’t end the way he wanted it to, but it gave us good notes on the race track and what the cars liked and didn’t like. Now we have a good baseline set up that can be used for next time.”

04_30_2016_213Heat races were taken by Raymond Benkowski and Cooper, while the RMI Hard Charger was awarded to 5th place feature finisher Chuck Golden who improved 7 positions during the race.

Racing action returns again next Saturday, May 7th, to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds with the second scheduled Placerville Posse event, featuring the normal three classes as well as the second visit of the year by the BCRA Midget Lite division. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.

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

Join the over 7000 followers of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can interact with fellow fans, drivers, and staff. You can also find Placerville Speedway on Twitter for schedule updates and more by following us @pvillespeedway. In addition, Placerville Speedway is now on Instagram. Please follow us @PvilleSpeedway.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The racing facility is operated by Russell Motorsports Incorporated, which can be reached at the track business office at 530-344-7592.

Placerville Speedway’s Red Hawk Casino Championship Series resumes this Saturday

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Placerville, CA (April 27)…Following a special event last Saturday featuring KWS Sprint Cars and BCRA Midget Lites, the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship series returns to Placerville Speedway this coming weekend with the third points event of the season. Saturday’s four division program includes the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, the Jays Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks, as well as the first appearance for the season for the IMCA Sport Mod division.

With two races complete in the Red Hawk Casino Championship season, Princeton, California’s  Mason Moore leads the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Car division by a scant point over defending series champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. Moore, aboard the F&F x1 mount owned by Alan Bradway & Steve Tuccelli has two top five finishes in the opening two rounds, scoring 5th on opening night, April 2nd and a runner-up finish two weeks ago.

“Alan is a great car owner, and crew chief, and provides one heck of a car for me to drive every week”, said Moore. “Luckily, I have driven for him before and he knows what works for me. It definitely is a confidence booster for myself to be able to jump in the car and run well. I really enjoy racing at Placerville weekly and hope to be able to pick up a championship for the F&F Racing team.”

In the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Model division, Olivehurst’s Ryan McDaniel leads Ray Trimble by 1 marker after the first two events, scoring two runner-up finishes in the process.

“Both races we have been real quick”, McDaniel stated. “Things just haven’t quite gone our way. Last year by this time we had 3 or 4 wins, but the competition is tougher now and guys have really stepped up their programs. So, this Saturday we will be trying some different setup things to help get us a little quicker.”

Dan Jinkerson leads the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stock division by two points after two events over Nick Baldwin, winner the last race out. Jinkerson won opening night and cited preparation as the key to his early season success. “Lots of hours in the shop. That’s how you win races”, he stated over the Placerville Speedway public address system.

Saturday’s race marks the initial visit of the IMCA Sport Mods to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, which will see the series contest the 1/4 mile on four occasions in 2016. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.

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

Join the over 7000 followers of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can interact with fellow fans, drivers, and staff. You can also find Placerville Speedway on Twitter for schedule updates and more by following us @pvillespeedway. In addition, Placerville Speedway is now on Instagram. Please follow us @PvilleSpeedway.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The racing facility is operated by Russell Motorsports Incorporated, which can be reached at the track business office at 530-344-7592.