By: Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA (July 30, 2016)…Willie Croft’s misfortune on the final corner was certainly Shane Golobic’s gain in what was a wild & crazy 30-lap King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series main event at the Placerville Speedway Saturday evening.
The night of racing marked the second of three season appearances at the always action packed red clay bullring for the King of the West 410s. Fans ended up being treated to a stellar feature, which saw Golobic lead just the final straightaway, but it was good enough to send him home with a $3,000 payday and his second series win of 2016.
“I don’t even really know what to say because that one was so crazy at the end,” Golobic commented on the front stretch. “It feels pretty good to finally get a King of the West win at Placerville. I’ve been close before and it always seems like something happens late in the race. I hate to see that happen to Willie, but I’ll take them how I can get them. Big thanks to this entire Keith Day Trucking team for all their support and hard work.”
Golobic had looked to be settling for yet another runner up finish in King of the West action at the high-banked quarter-mile, until Croft banged the cushion just hard enough to send him sideways coming down to the checkered. His Holy Smokes BBQ #29 then tipped over and allowed Golobic, who was running in second, the chance to just sneak by underneath and steal the win away in amazing fashion.
It was the second KWS event in a row at Placerville Speedway that Croft had suffered through misfortune late in the race. At the season-opener on April 23 he led the first 26-laps in the feature, until getting caught up in a lapped traffic incident. On Saturday night he battled his brother-in-law Kyle Hirst tooth and nail, before Hirst banged the turn four wall, which left him with damage on his right rear wheel.
After that Croft held command until the final corner issue in turn four, which left the crowd on hand stunned. Roseville’s Sean Becker crossed the stripe in second to cap a solid run in the Menne Motorsports #75, with Grass Valley’s Jason Statler having a great rebound from last week to finish third aboard the DF Rios Motorsports #00. Hirst did a great job to maintain a fourth place finish, with Campbell’s Bud Kaeding claiming fifth after going to the rear midway through the race.
The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Penngrove’s Buddy Kofoid, Atwater’s Sean Watts, Citrus Height’s Kalib Henry and Wilton’s Matt Peterson.
Kyle Hirst captured the six-lap dash, while Shane Golobic, Bobby McMahan, and Kalib Henry claimed the three 10-lap heat races. Sean Becker kicked-off the night by setting fast time in the 20-car field. The 2005 King of the West champ toured the quarter-mile in 10.550 seconds to set the standard.
The companion BCRA Midget Lite program featured 20 cars that ventured to the Placerville Speedway for the 6th time in 2016. Craig Dillard and Scotty Males led the field to the green with Dillard getting the early jump, pulling away from the rest of the field.
On lap two, Kyle Offill drove around Scotty Males to take over second, but then spun in turn 2 to draw the yellow on lap four.
As the race continued, Charlie Caraccilo applied pressure on the leader when the duo reached traffic, but Dillard was too tough to handle and went on to win his first race of the year by leading all 20 laps. Caraccilo settled for second followed by Males in third. Meanwhile, fourth went to Kyle Offill rebounding after his spin on lap four forced him to charge through the field. Doug Nunes rounded out the top five. The two 8-lap heat race winners were Scott Kinney and Bobby Michnowicz.
Placerville Speedway returns next week with the much anticipated “Mark Forni Classic” featuring the California Civil War Series. The Annual event features a $5,000 to win payday for the 360 Sprint Car series. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.
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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.