Forsberg and Tilford repeat in second Boys and Girls Club Benefit Race


By Bill Sullivan


  • Rick Grunert scores overdue win in Pure Stocks; Mike Grenert takes Dwarf Cars

07_12_2014_146PLACERVILLE, CA – Returning to action following the annual July Fourth Spectacular and it’s often daunting track conditions, it was back to usual for competitors at Placerville Speedway Saturday for the 11th championship point race of the season. A superior racing surface made for a great night of racing as the Jackson Rancheria Casino Championship season roars past it’s halfway mark.

On this particular Saturday night, four different drivers celebrated their wins in victory lane at the end of the night but the evening created much more in the way of winners than the familiar foursome. The race was the second of three benefit races for the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County and the large crowd that was in attendance assisted the local organization with a portion of each ticket sale going to the club Saturday night.

Four time defending track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn returned to his dominate ways at the track he calls home, racing his way to victory in the 25-lap Hoosier Racing Tires Sprint Car Feature event. Forsberg was joined in victory lane by defending champion Tom Tilford who won the Mountain Democrat Newspaper Late Model feature. Woodland’s Rick Grunert took home his first win of the year in the Coors Light Pure Stocks while Mike Grenert of Travis AFB captured the win in the Pepsi guest division, the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars.

In the Sprint Car Division, Forsberg started his evening off with another ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust $100 bonus with the fastest time in qualifying which set the stage for a successful night aboard his F&F Racing owned Pit Stop USA #X1 Sprint Car. Prelminary races and the inversion placed the driver known as Mr.Excitement in the fifth place starting position and he certainly lived up to his nickname driving his way to the front.

When the green flag waved second place starter Mason Moore of Princeton was the first driver to point as he passed pole sitter Cory Eliason into the first set of turns. Moore was trailed by third place starter and point leader Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove who shot into second place while Forsberg wasted no time in powering into the third position with Placerville’s Andy Gregg in his wake.

With only five laps complete, Moore drove his way into lapped traffic where he began to duel with DeCaires in traffic, soon resulting in a lead change when DeCaires took over the front spot and Forsberg followed suit into the bridesmaid position. DeCaires increased his lead over Forsberg over the next several laps until the slower traffic blocked his efforts and Forsberg muscled into striking distance. The master of Placerville’s risky high line used it to his advantage on the 16th lap when he passed for the lead exiting the fourth turn and never looked back.

While Forsberg drove the final nine laps in the lead, DeCaires felt the pressure of Gregg as they dueled for the bridesmaid position with Moore close behind them and Steven Tiner lurking in the fifth position awaiting the slightest error by the fab four in front. At the line Forsberg was followed by Gregg, DeCaires claimed the third position over Moore.

“I’m not one to toot my own horn a lot but when the track conditions are like this I usually am pretty good at this place and tonight that was pretty much the case,” said Forsberg. “But the last time the track was this good DeCaires beat me and I was going –what the heck.” Tonight we had a great race and I can’t thank everyone on this whole crew for their hard work, we had a tough night in Watsonville last night and they worked their butts off to get me back out. I want to thank them and everyone that came out here tonight to watch us and help support the Boys and Girls Club at Placerville. Let’s do it again next week with the King of the West Sprint Cars and maybe I can finally get that 410 win here.”

In the Limited Late Model feature event, Tilford started on the outside front row of the 20-lap feature event and powered his family wrenched #92 into lead as he dueled with pole sitter Dan Brown Jr. of Rocklin into the opening lap. The defending track champion drove to a lead of more than a car length in the early laps while the action heated up behind him with Brown battling for position with four time winner Ray Trimble of Auburn.07_12_2014_152

With 14 laps down, Trimble worked his way around Brown to set his sights on Tilford. Still dueling with Brown, this bridesmaid battle waned into the final laps in lapped traffic. Trimble closed within inches of Tilford momentarily but dreams of a fifth season win were shattered on lap 17 when a failed attempt to pass Live Oak’s Ken Micheli in lapped traffice results in a collision and the loss of several positions.

As Tilford drove to his second win to make it a clean sweep of the night, also winning the heat race, Brown finished a strong second followed by Wayne Trimble of Auburn. Point leader Matt Micheli finished in third. Micheli made a night very special for a little girl earlier in the night when he won the kids dash and selected her to join him in victory lane and gave her the trophy. Dominic Stone of Folsom finished fourth followed by Matt Davis of Auburn.kids dash

“The first win this year, that one was for uncle Donnie for sure and it was pretty emotional,” said Tilford, all smiles in victory lane with family and crew. “This one is for all these guys that work so hard to help me do this and for everyone in my family who puts up with my passion for racing and all the time and work it takes. Tonight the car was fast all night from warm ups, in the heat and the main. I can’t thank my team and all my sponsors enough for everything.”

The Pure Stock feature had it’s share of caution flags beneath the full moon Saturday night. The most serious one fell on the 12th lap when a multi car collision completely blocked the track in turns one and two. Danielle Clauson of Placerville, Kevin Wirth of Garden Valley and James Sweeney of Placerville who was aboard a Pure Stock tonight, were all involved. Clauson was spun completely around when she was struck head on in the collision and required medical attention by the track paramedics during a length red flag.

Clauson returned home late Saturday night, reporting she was ok but was sore and suffered whiplash from the crash that ended her night while racing for a potential top three finish. She’s expected to return to the driver’s seat in two weeks.

The early laps of the race were led by Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley who ended up losing a motor while dominating the lead and going up in smoke to end his night. Veteran driver Rick Grunert of Woodland found his way from his fourth place starting position in to the lead after all of the chaos. Grunert drove to his first win of the year over Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove, Scott Grunert of Woodland, Tim Mack of Diamond Springs and Eddie Gardner of Sacramento.07_12_2014_157

“It’s great to be back on the front stretch, it’s been awhile, “said Grunert. “I spend so much time helping and watching my two boys out here now often times I end up messing up and missing a chance for a win, I’m proud of them though and we love doing this together every Saturday. Tonight is a tough night for us as my Mother Inlaw passed away this morning so were all thinking about her tonight, she was special to all of us.”

The Nor Cal Dwarf Cars returned to Placerville Saturday night for a spectacular night of racing, which they routinely bring to the quarter mile. Kevin Bender of Rocklin took the early lead of the race from the fourth place starting position and was soon challenged by Grenert, who started sixth.

With four laps down, a restart saw the pressure heat up on Bender as Grenert, Scott Dahlgren and Ryan Winter all closed in. Bender suffered traction loss and nearly spun a couple of times during the run as Grenert muscled his way into the lead with Winter and Dahlgren in tow to the checkered flag. Buddy Olshowka and Sam Bender rounded out the top five of the finish.

“It’s been quite awhile since we’ve won here at Placerville,” said Grenert. “It’s my crew guy here I really have to thank, he’s the one doing all the work and making this thing fast. We love coming to this place, it’s one of our favorites and we’re already looking forward to coming back.”07_12_2014_150

Next Saturday night is a big night at Placerville Speedway as the King of the West Sprint Cars return to Placerville Speedway. The 410 sprints will be joined by the Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association.

Placerville Speedway is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort who welcome’s the local auto racing community to their 257,000 square foot facility in the heart of the Amador Wine Country. Throughout the season every race fan who attends Placerville Speedway earns a $25 gift for free play and other great prizes. Learn more at www.jacksoncasino.com.

Additional sponsors for the 2014 racing season include The Mountain Democrat and Life Newspapers Group, ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust, Hoosier Tires, Thompson’s Toyota, Riebes Auto Parts, Arnolds for Awards and the Paint Spot.

 

 

  • Article by Bill Sullivan for Placerville Speedway
  • Photos by Donna Peter/racephotosbydonna.com

 

 

Saturday’s Racing to Benefit Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County


By Bill Sullivan


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Nor Cal Dwarf Cars return this Saturday night as Placerville Speedway’s 11th Jackson Rancheria Casino Points Race Benefits the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County. Photo by Donna Peter

PLACERVILLE, CA (7-8-14) – Racing resumes at Placerville Speedway this Saturday night with the 11th points race of the season presented by the New Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. Winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks will all return to compete for the season crown with the addition of the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars.

While Saturday’s event brings a great deal of racing action and family entertainment for all ages, the event will have an even bigger impact as it benefits one of the area’s most popular non-profit organizations, the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County. This will mark the second race of the year that will benefit the charity that has been neighboring Placerville Speedway for many years. The first event back in May drew a great deal of attendance and in turn produced a healthy monetary donation to the club. This Saturday the outreach is expected to be even more successful with four divisions in competition and heated title battles at stake.

“The Boys and Girls Club is thrilled to be able to partner with Placerville Speedway again for the second of three benefit races that occur this summer. Special thanks to Alan and Diane and the entire team at the track for their help with the first race, the support we received went 100 percent into our summer program fund,” said Sean McCartney, Executive Director for the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County. “We are serving over 170 kids each day at our Placerville Club this summer and could not do it without the support of our amazing community.”

Following Saturday’s event, the third and final Boys and Girls Club benefit race will come in August on one of the speedway’s biggest nights of the year, Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night, an evening that takes place annually and draws hundreds of children to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds all in conjunction with the Placerville Police Department’s Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby, which also benefits local charity. McCartney, looks forward to the finale in which he will personally be involved in the night’s festivities.

“We are creating positive memories for hundreds of kids daily and truly appreciate the support we receive in making this possible. Proceeds from this upcoming race will also benefit our summer programming and we are hoping for a big turnout at the track. Great futures start here at the club…see you at the races!

How can race fans help make Saturday’s race a success for the Boys and Girls Club? It’s pretty simple, just come to the races as every ticket purchased will result in a monetary donation to the Boys and Girls Club. Race fans, teams and speedway community partners who wish to find additional ways to get involved with the Boys and Girls Club can learn more about the great organization at www.bgce.org.

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Jake Morgan (45) is a top five runner in the Sprint Car season point standings entering Saturday night. Photo by Donna Peter

In racing action Saturday night, look for the action to be hotter than ever as the battle for the 2014 Jackson Rancheria Championship is already past its halfway point. In the winged sprint car division, Shane Golobic of Fremont held off point leader Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove last week for a big victory in the July Fourth Spectacular. The two open wheel greats swapped the lead several times during the 25-lap feature with the likes of defending champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn and Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli.

In the division point standings, DeCaires leads the field with a strong 55-point lead over fellow three time winner Justin Sanders of Prunedale. Forsberg is a mere three points behind Sanders and rapidly working his way up the point ladder as he is well known for. Trulli is fourth in the hunt while Fair Oaks’ Jake Morgan is having an outstanding season, sitting in the fifth position.

In Limited Late Model Action, 2012 Champion Matt Micheli of Live Oak continues to lead the ranks. Although victory lane has eluded him thus far this season, Micheli is still ahead of two of the year’s previous winners. Auburn’s Ray Trimble is second in the ranks after four wins this year. Last Saturday night, Trimble raced his way to victory before a capacity crowd on the holiday race. Early season feature winner and defending champion Tom Tilford is third in the standings. While mechanical woes prevented him from taking the green flag on one night this season, Tilford has had used consistency and the skills that run deep in the family remain in the hunt with top finishes each night. Jay Norton of Shingle Springs has worked his way up to fourth in the standings and is another driver with a history of successful racing in his family, piloting a car fielded by former multi-time super stock champion Dennis Ahart.

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Former champions Dan Brown Jr. (5x) and Tom Tilford (92) will look to close in on the Late Model point lead Saturday. Photo by Donna Peter

Sitting in fifth is another driver that has long been a top runner at Placerville, Dan Brown Jr of Rocklin. Following in the footsteps of his father, Brown was a 2008 Pro Stock Champion, the same year he earned the track record for the most wins in a season with 13 trophies. In 2010 he backed up his first career title with a championship in the Late Model Division.

The Pure Stock division this season has seen some of the greatest finishes in recent history at Placerville Speedway. Last Saturday was no exception as former champion Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights charged his way from deep in the field and overcame a heated battle with Sacramento’s Eddie Gardner to take the checkered flag. The July Fourth effort became a heartbreaker for Tilford as Mother Nature struck the #92 during the final lap when his exhaust system was torn lose on the traditional fast but dry July Fourth weathered track surface. Gardner ended up with his first win of the season.

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Scott Grunert (14) of Woodland leads the Pure Stock standings entering Saturday night. Photo by Donna Peter.

In the division standings, two time winner Scott Grunert of Woodland leads the numbers with a 19 point advantage over Gardner. Rick Grunert is two positions behind his son, 38-points out. Tim Mack of Diamond Springs is fourth followed by Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley who rounds out the top five.

The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. Saturday night with qualifying at 6:30 p.m. 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.

Join over 5000 friends of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can interact with other fans, drivers and staff in a positive, family friendly fashion. You can also follow Placerville Speedway on twitter to keep up to date on events to come. Visit the official track website at www.placervillespeedway.com.

Fremont’s Golobic takes July Fourth victory before sold out crowd


By Bill Sullivan


Gardner wins Pure Stock feature event; Trimble repeats in Limited Late Models

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PLACERVILLE, CA – Sprint Car driver Shane Golobic never gave up the fight Friday night and such perseverance paid off when the checkered flag waved to the Fremont driver at Placerville Speedway following the tenth Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship point race of the season.

For Golobic, Friday’s win was far more than point race victory. It came on a night when Placerville Speedway was sold out to an electrifying crowd for the annual July Fourth Spectacular. The open wheel ace shared in celebration before the impressive crowd with repeat winner Ray Trimble of Auburn in the Limited Late Models and Eddie Gardner of Sacramento who visited victory lane for the first time in Pure Stocks.

Golobic started on the pole of the 25-lap feature event Friday night with Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks on the outside of the front row. When the green flag waved, Golobic powered into the lead with Morgan in his wake along with defending champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn and Adam Walters of Reno.

With four laps on the scoreboard, sixth place starter Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove found his way into the second position to set his sights on Golobic. DeCaires has won the last two consecutive events at Placerville and leads the division point standings now that the season nears the halfway point.

imageWith eight laps complete, DeCaires closed in on Golobic and the two dueled for the position in the midst of the back markers for much of the race. With 22 laps complete DeCaires managed his way around Golobic to steal the lead, only to have a red flag for rollover victim Max Adams.

With the lead back in his possession, Golobic held off DeCaires charges for the lead for the final three laps to score the win. DeCaires finished second followed by Morgan, Forsberg and Cory Eliason, who was the ADCO Driveline Fast Qualifier of the evening.

In the Pure Stock division, 23 cars formed the field and the event saw its share of caution flags early in the running. Nathan Tilford of Orangevale took the lead off the pole position, leading until the sixth lap when he suffered a spin in the second turn after holding off Gardner and his cousin, Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights, who had closed in on the early leader.

At the restart, Gardner took the lead while Matt Tilford applied the pressure lap after lap along with Placerville’s Ted Ahart. With eight laps complete, Tilford drove to the low side of turns three and four below Gardner to steal the lead. Once in front, Tilford continued to be challenged by Gardner as they they worked their way through lapped traffic, trading the lead a number of times in a great battle that Tilford took control of in the closing laps.image

At the finish line, Tilford was the first driver to cross the line but it was discovered that in the closing lap his #92 lost a muffler, which is an automatic disqualification according to track rules and sound regulations and a tough break for the former champion. Gardner was awarded with the win followed by Scott Grunert of Woodland, Ahart, Rick Grunert and Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove.

In the Limited Late Model feature, Trimble started on the outside of the front row of the 20 lap feature event and took the lead at the waving of the green flag from pole sitter Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights. Trimble maintained the top spot for the entire race while Tilford searched for a line on the heat stricken track to gain an advantage.

At the finish line Trimble was followed by Tilford. Dan Brown Jr. of Rocklin finished third after overcoming a long battle with point leader Matt Micheli of Live Oak. Matt Davis of Auburn finished in the fifth position.image

Racing returns to Placerville Speedway next Saturday night with the 11th championship event of the season featuring Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks and Dwarf Cars in a special night of racing that will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County.

For complete results of Saturday’s event and further information, visit the official track website at www.placervillespeedway.com.

 

Racing and Patriotism come together this Friday with July 4th Spectacular Race


By Bill Sullivan


All kids 11 and under free for three division holiday event that concludes with fireworks

independence_day_flag.18500037_stdPLACERVILLE, CA – Patriotism and auto racing come together in grand fashion at Placerville Speedway this coming week in the annual July Fourth Spectacular on Friday night at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. This annual event is expected to bring thousands to the Placerville Drive facility as it will be the only Fireworks display in El Dorado County to take place on the Independence Holiday west of South Lake Tahoe.

This special Friday night event will open the gates one hour earlier at Placerville Speedway and will feature three divisions of racing, including Winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks competing in the 10th Jackson Rancheria Casino Championship Points Race of the season. The grandstands will open at 4 p.m. with qualifying starting at 5:30. At the conclusion of the racing action a giant fireworks display will illuminate both the sky and the arena to celebrate the holiday.

For the last three years, Placerville Speedway has hosted a popular traveling series on this special event. This Friday, the format returns to its traditional format with the track’s three weekly divisions on hand, much to the liking of both fans and competitors who look forward to this highly attended race year after year.

“Coming to Placerville Speedway and racing on the Fourth of July is really special, it’s a great night for families,” said Sprint Car driver Greg DeCaires. The Elk Grove wheelman is the defending July Fourth event winner this year and looks to extend his recent win streak at Placerville Speedway to an overall four wins before the electric crowd that will be on hand. “I really recommend that people tell their friends, their neighbors and everyone they can to come out and join us for a great night.

While DeCaires had the luxury of winning last year’s July Fourth Civil War race at Placerville, for other drivers, Friday night marks the return of an event they have longed for over the last three years. Defending Late Model Champion Tom Tilford is one such driver, who has spent nearly every July Fourth at Placerville since he was old enough to walk. Tilford won on the fourth of July for the last time in 2010 aboard a Pure Stock and looks forward to the return of the traditional three division format and fireworks.

“I remember growing up and watching my cousin, Ray Rust being the driver to beat on the Fourth of July year after year and spending time after the races with so many friends and family around the car enjoying a BBQ and waiting for the fireworks to start. It was always a really magical time.”

During his drive to victory in 2010, Tilford recalls the energy from the huge crowd that packs the speedway for the July Fourth Spectacular.

“I had to drive all the way up from the back of the race and I remember wanting to win on that night so bad. When I took the lead coming out of turn four with only a few laps with was the only time I ever actually could hear the crowd while driving, it gave me goosebumps. This is the first year my kids will be at the track on the Fourth of July and I can’t wait to watch fireworks with my family at the track I grew up at. I think most of the drivers are really happy to see all three divisions back.”

Entering Friday’s July Fourth Spectacular, DeCaires leads the Sprint Car point standings by 38 points unofficially, after Saturday’s win. Justin Sanders of Prunedale is second with Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli in third, 51-points out of the lead. Andy Forsberg is fourth followed by Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks.

In the Late Model division, Matt Micheli leads the division with a 12-point lead over Ray Trimble of Auburn. Jay Norton of Shingle Springs is third, 44-points out of the lead. Tom Tilford is fourth, 52-points back. Dan Brown Jr. of Rocklin rounds out the top five.

The Pure Stock division is lead by Scott Grunert of Woodland who will be in both a Pure Stock and a Late Model Friday night. Grunert leads the Pure Stock class by a 19-point advantage over Eddie Gardner of Sacramento. Rick Grunert of Woodland is third, 33-points out of the lead. Chris Van Roekel is fourth followed by Tim Mack of Diamond Springs, 59-points out of the lead.

The grandstands will open at 4 p.m. Friday with qualifying at 5:30 p.m. Adults are $20, Seniors $14, Juniors are $12 and all kids 11 and under are FREE for this event. For further information visit www.placervillespeedway.com. For information on the additional activities on the fairgrounds for the July Fourth event visit www.eldoradocountyfair.org.

 

 

DeCaires charges to third win of the season


By Bill Sullivan


Grunert wins second Pure Stock feature; Winter Wins Dwarfs; Davis Late Model Winner

06_28_2014_223PLACERVILLE, CA – It was exactly one year ago that Elk Grove driver Greg DeCaires experienced a win streak at Placerville Speedway shortly after teaming with Placerville car owner Dale Miller. After Saturday night, there is one term that best describes DeCaires’ present season – Déjà vu. The veteran driver drove to his second straight and third overall victory just one week before the highly anticipated July Fourth Spectacular race, which DeCaires captured last year in dramatic fashion.

“If we could come back here on the Fourth of July and win that deal again that would be pretty special,” said DeCaires. “Just coming to Placerville Speedway and racing on the Fourth of July is really special, it’s a great night for families and I really recommend that people tell their friends, their neighbors and everyone they can to come out and join us for a great night.”

For DeCaires, Saturday night was definitely his night to shine at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds’ quarter mile dirt track that celebrated its 49th anniversary this week. After winning his heat race he won the Riebes Auto Parts Kid’s Dash and started the feature event in the third position.

At the waving of the green on the 25-lap affair, Placerville’s C.J. Humphreys charged off the pole position to take the lead while DeCaires and Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli dueled for second in his wake with DeCaires taking the upper hand. With just 8 laps complete, Humphreys encountered lapped traffic as DeCaires closed in on the leader with the company of defending champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn and then Placerville’s Andy Gregg.

After racing nose to tail in traffic for the next three laps, DeCaires made his move on the 11th lap when he drove to the lower line in the fourth turn and put a picture perfect slide job on Humphreys to pass for the lead as they approached the front stretch. Humphreys answered back in the following lap to challenge DeCaires one final time before Forsberg overtook the bridesmaid position entering the final laps of the race.06_28_2014_152

With 17 laps complete, Forsberg began working the high line outside of DeCaires, pulling aside him several times but unable to complete the mission before the checkered flag waved with DeCaires as the winner followed by Forsberg. Humphreys completed the podium in third followed by Trulli and Gregg.

“When it gets down to the final four or five laps and you have Andy Forsberg pulling beside you on the high side at this place it gets pretty serious out there defending your lead,” said DeCaires. “That’s the age old saying that being the guy in second is often better than the leader until the end. Luckily I was able to use lapped traffic to my advantage and we got the win. I can’t thank everyone on this team enough, they make my job pretty easy out here.”

In the Pure Stock division, Scott Grunert of Woodland drove to his second feature win of the season to add to his season long point lead towards what could become his first career championship. Grunert started on the outside of the front row for the 20-lap feature event but had a run for his money early in the race.06_28_2014_229

Ted Ahart of Placerville battled with Grunert for the first four laps until Grunert secured the lead on lap four in the first turn. Shortly thereafter Carnett fell out of contention when he had to retire to the pit area. John Durrett of Pollock Pines moved in to challenge Grunert for the lead in the late laps of the race and finished second followed by Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove, Chris VanRoekel of Grass Valley and Sacramento’s Eddie Gardner.

“We had a pretty good battle going for the lead there for quite awhile, said Grunert. “Luckily I was able to finally get out in front of him and then Durrett was right there at the end too. The competition in this class is really good this year. We’re chipping away at trying to win this championship, it means a lot to me to do this running my Dad’s number this year. Hopefully we can do it again on the Fourth of July.”

In Late Model action, Matt Davis of Auburn led the 20-lap feature event from green flag to checkered. As early as the fourth lap Davis worked his #54 into lapped traffic while Danny Malfatti and point leader Matt Micheli dueled for the second position.06_28_2014_231

With 8 laps down Malfatti and Micheli tangled in the fourth turn, allowing fourth place runner Dan Brown Jr. of Rocklin to power into the second position where he remained for the rest of the event. At the finish line it was Davis followed by Brown, Jason Englund, Micheli and Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights who started 10th.

The visiting Nor Cal Dwarf Cars put on an exciting 20-lap feature event Saturday night. As Ryan Winter held off the challenges of Shawn Jones to take home the win. Winter started in the seventh position and took the lead as early as the 3rd lap from early leader Kevin Bender.

In the closing laps Winter and Jones dueled for the lead with Winter maintaining the lead to the finish line over Jones. Mike Grenert drove from eighth to third place followed by Jeff Fitch and Scott Dahlgren.

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Racing resumes at Placerville Speedway this coming Friday night with the annual July Fourth Spectacular featuring Sprints, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks. The racing action will conclude with a giant fireworks display at the speedway in conjunction with the El Dorado County Fairgrounds’ Family Blast. The gates to Placerville Speedway will open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5:30. An early arrival to the speedway is suggested as all seats are general admission. For additional information visit www.placervillespeedway.com.

Placerville Speedway is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort who welcome’s the local auto racing community to their 257,000 square foot facility in the heart of the Amador Wine Country. Throughout the season every race fan who attends Placerville Speedway earns a $25 gift for free play and other great prizes. Learn more at www.jacksoncasino.com.

Additional sponsors for the 2014 racing season include The Mountain Democrat and Life Newspapers Group, ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust, Hoosier Tires, Thompson’s Toyota, Riebes Auto Parts, Arnolds for Awards and the Paint Spot.

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