Civil War Sprint Cars and Hunt Wingless Series to Invade Placerville This Saturday

By Placerville Speedway Media

PLACERVILLE, CA – On the heels of two exciting Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster races, the series roars back to life again this Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway for the first of two visits to the high-banked ¼ mile track in 2015.

During last week’s event at the Marysville Raceway, Andy Forsberg became the first driver to lock into August’s 55th Annual Johnny Key Classic that is held at the Ocean Speedway. This weekends race will offer another spot in the feature event, should a driver besides Forsberg pick up the win.

imageAside from Forsberg scoring his first series win of the season during the 16th Annual Mel Hall Memorial, Jonathan Allard comes into this event as the series’ most recent winner, as he won the highly talked about Silver Dollar Fair Race in Chico, CA on Sunday night.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the series saw over 40 cars check into the pit area on each night, and with the strong Placerville contingent expected to be on hand Saturday night, another healthy, and deep car count is expected.

With five races in the books in 2015, Rookie of the Year Contender, Robbie Price, has taken over the series point lead, and has been a model of consistency to date. Last weekend, Price pocketed a pair of sixth place finishes, and makes his debut at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night.

Nipping at Price’s heels is red-hot Justin Sanders. Sanders has been on a terror in 2015, and though he did not have the weekend he was looking for in Marysville, CA and Chico, CA he was able to pick up a pair of Top-10’s, and is just six markers out of the point lead.

Sitting third in Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster points is Bradley Terrell. The early season point leader had a hiccup on Sunday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway, and slipped to third in the standings, just 37 digits out of the top spot.

Fresno, CA driver Koen Shaw sits fourth in Civil War Series points heading into the race this weekend. Though Shaw hasn’t been flashy he has been solid, and as he was in 2014, consistency is key.

2014 series champion, Shane Golobic rounds out the Top-5 after five nights of action. With one win to his credit already in 2015, Golobic will look to become the series’ first repeat winner of the season at the Placerville Speedway, a track that he has had much success at as of late.

New in 2015, drivers will be able to throw out their lowest point night of the season in their quest for the 2015 Civil War Series Championship, an exciting twist that will see the championship come down to the final night of the season.

The Civil War Series will be joined by the Placerville Speedway contingent so driver expected to be on hand include, Andy Forsberg, Dominic Scelzi, Jonathan Allard, Sean Becker, Steven Tiner, Matt Peterson, Cody Lamar, Colby Wiesz, Greg DeCaires, Jimmy Trulli, Andy Gregg, Mike Benson, Kurt Organ, Jake Morgan many more of the regions top drivers.

Saturday night, the front gates will open at 5pm with tickets start at just $6 for kids 6-11, $15 for juniors and seniors, and adult tickets available for $18. The Placerville Speedway also offers an ‘Early Bird’ opportunity, as they will open their box office from 3-330pm to allow fans to by their tickets early.

ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will be back in action on Saturday night as they invade the high-banked Placerville Speedway which will also offer the winner a berth in the 55th Annual Johnny Key Classic.

WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 20th, Marysville Raceway), Bradley Terrell (March 28th, Petaluma Speedway), Sean Becker (April 11th, Calistoga Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 23rd Marysville Raceway), Jonathan Allard (May 24th Silver Dollar Speedway)

Placerville’s Murphy scores first career win in Pure Stocks; DeCaires, McDaniel repeat

By Placerville Speedway Media

DSC_0709PLACERVILLE, CA (5-9-15) – The fifth championship points race of the 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Racing Season brought three repeat winners to victory lane at Placerville Speedway Saturday night and one local competitor to his first career victory.

Placerville’s own Russell Murphy drove to victory in the Pure Stock division Saturday night for the first time in his racing career. Murphy celebrated in victory lane with Elk Grove’s Greg DeCaires, two time winner in the Sprint Car Division; Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst who remains undefeated in the Limited Late Models. Bobby Michowicz of Lomita scored his second win of the year in the visiting Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association.

pure winnerIn the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock division, Murphy started fourth in the field and worked his way into the second position with four laps complete. On the seventh lap, Murphy powered into the lead following a restart that put him aside early leader Rick Grunert of Woodland. Once in front, the Placerville resident that began racing last season held off several challenges by Rick Grunert who was joined by defending Champion Scott Grunert in the hunt along with Folsom’s John Tilford who moved into podium contention after starting 14th.

At the finish line, Murphy had endured numerous caution and restarts. On this night, however, the final moments of the race ended in success for Murphy rather than last lap heartbreak like previous nights he was running up front. He crossed the line ahead of Scott Grunert, Tilford, Rick Grunert and Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove.

“It is so awesome to finally be here right now,” said Murphy, as he received cheers from the hometown crowd. “Those last few laps were stressing me out with all the restarts. I’ve been running up there so many times and been so close and have had something go wrong or made a mistake. Tonight I almost slide out too far and he (Grunert) got underneath me. But we’re here and I just want to thank all my crew and sponsors for all their hard work and support they give me.”

In the Hoosier Tires – Domco Plumbing Sprint Car feature event, DeCaires started on the pole of the 25-lap feature and used that ideal starting spot to his advantage as he muscled his Dale Miller owned #4SA to the front of the field where it remained the entire race. In the early laps, DeCaires was pressured by Justyn Cox of Sacramento while Placerville’s CJ Humphreys and ADCO Driveline Fast Qualifier Andy Gregg of Placerville dueled for the third position with the likes of previous week winner Jimmy Trulli of Placerville who was moving up fast.

DecairesOn lap 20 Cox fell out of competition when he went off turn four behind the bleachers and Humphreys then collided with the front stretch wall with damage. The ensuing restart saw DeCaires keep the lead while Gregg and Trulli dueled for second in a heated battle. At the finish line Trulli shot past Gregg to trail DeCaires. Gregg finished third followed by Kirt Organ of Napa and Logan Seavey of Sutter.

“We definitely had the starting position tonight that gave us an advantage,” said DeCaires. “It was tough to pass out here tonight so having that front spot helped us get where we needed to be early. I just have to thank everyone on this Foothill 7 and Red Hawk team for all their hard word and my car owners Dale and Tara Miller for giving me this opportunity each week. I couldn’t ask for a better team.”

In the Domco Plumbing Limited Late model race, McDaniel took the lead from the pole position and never looked back once again to maintain his undefeated status at Hangtown. McDaniel out muscled second place starter Orville Owens of Auburn to take the lead at the green flag to distance himself from the field.

mcdaniel winWith the win, McDaniel added to his division point lead. Second place point runner Dominic Stone of Folsom suffered heavy damage in a heat race collision that kept him out of competition during the main while his sponsored driver drove on to another win. McDaniel was followed by Owens. Ray Trimble of Auburn finished third after battling for second in much of the race. Paul Gulgiemoni of Vacaville was fourth while Eddie Gardner of Sacramento was fifth.

“There aren’t many nights that we make a lot of changes to a car after a heat race but tonight we did,” said McDaniel. “This thing just didn’t feel that great in heat and we made some changes that made a difference. I hated to see Dominic be unable to race in the feature tonight, that’s nothing anyone wants to happen, especially when he does so much for us and this whole track and he got quite a bit of damage tonight in that crash. We’ll all help get him back out here, that’s what we do.”

bobbyIn the visiting Midget Lites, Logan Seavey of Sutter lead the early laps of the race until he sheared a left rear wheel off and flipped over on the front stretch. Scott Males of Elk Grove became involved as well when he collided with the stray wheel in his Tony Fonseca owned #9 and later retired from the race.  Michowisz went on to score his second straight Placerville win. He was followed across the line by Scott Kinney and Hunter Kinney of Citrus Heights, Brian Corso of Ripon and Jeff Holstead of Oakdale.

Placerville Speedway will go dark over Memorial Day weekend and will return on Saturday, May 30 with the Civil War Sprint Car Series and the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Cars. Watch for the information on this event.




Trulli Closes in on DeCaires for sprint point lead as four divisions return this Saturday night

By Placerville Speedway Media

DSC_0456PLACERVILLE, CA (5-16-15) – This Saturday night is a night racing continues in the Red Hawk Casino Championship Season at Placerville Speedway presented by Thompson’s Auto Centers.  Four divisions will converge at the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for the third championship points race of the season.

Saturday’s race card includes the Domco Plumbing Winged Sprint Car division along with Domco Plumbing Late Models and the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks. The night offers championship points for all three divisions towards the season title . The visiting Midget Lites will also be earning digits for their traveling championship campaign.

In the Domco Plumbing Sprint Car division, defending champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove leads the division standings for the third week in a row. The driver known at the catfish is a one time winner so far already this season and has chased all other winners to the line so far with top finishes. Last weekend, he trailed Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli to the finish line. Trulli led every lap of the feature event to post his first victory of the season and move into second place in the point standings where he now sits just 16 points behind DeCaires for the lead.

Sitting in third place behind Trulli is another Placerville favorite, the Hurricane Andy Gregg. Gregg is just 18 points from the lead and single point over the Colfax Comet, Colby Wiesz of Colfax. Mike Benson of Calistoga rounds out the top five in the ranks with Matt Peterson of Wilton just one spot out.

In the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks division, Elk Grove’s Lonnie Leonard continues to lead the ranks with a seven point advantage over defending champion Scott Grunert of Woodland. Rick Grunert of Woodland is third, 22-points from the top. Chris VanRoekel of Grass Valley is fourth in the ranks followed by Tim Mack of Diamond Springs. Mack scored his first win of the season last Saturday and is 25 points from the lead.

The undefeated Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst leads the Domco Limited Late Model standings. McDaniel has a nine point advantage over the Flying Plumber Dominic Stone in the second position. Ray Trimble of Auburn is 17 points back in third spot. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is fourth with Tyler Lightfoot of Placerville rounding out the top five.

In the visiting Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association point leader Cory Andrews of Tracy will lead the field. Brian Corso of Ripon is second in the standings over Oakdale’s Craig Dillard. Scott Kinney of Citrus Heights is fourth over Elk Grove’s Scott Males.

Tickets for Saturday at $15 for adults Seniors and Juniors are $13, Children $6 and under six will be admitted for free. The pit gate opens at 2 p.m. Saturday, Grandstands open at 5 with qualifying for the Sprint Cars at 6:30. For further information visit

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Trulli, Mack score first wins; McDaniel remains undefeated in fourth point race

By Placerville Speedway Media

DSC_0432PLACERVILLE, CA (5-9-15) – The fourth Red Hawk Casino Championship Points Race presented by Thompson’s Auto Group brought two local faces to victory lane for the first time in Placerville Speedway’s 50th Anniversary Season Saturday night at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli drove to his first victory of the season in the Domco Plumbing Sprint Car Division. Trulli celebrated the long overdue return to victory lane with Tim Mack of Diamond Springs who earned his first win of the year in the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock feature event. Ryan Winter of Galt drove to victory in the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars while Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst won his fourth feature in Domco Plumbing Late Models to remain undefeated.

In the Sprint Car feature event, Trulli started on the pole position Napa’s Kirt Organ on the outside. With the waving of the green flag the local track veteran took advantage of his top starting spot and muscled into the lead as defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove powered up from the sixth position into second place in the early laps to challenge Trulli

With seven laps down the race went under a red flag when Sean Becker and Matt Peterson collided in the third turn. The collision sent Peterson up into the turn three hillside and forced an oncoming James Sweeney to veer up the embankment to avoid collision. Sweeney then rolled over to draw the red flag while Becker managed to keep moving and maintain his position.  Both Sweeney and Peterson returned with repairs.DSC_0471

Once restarted the race say DeCaires tighten the gap between and Trulli for the lead. The two track favorites broke away from their contenders and dueled for the lead into lapped traffic. Trulli moved his driving line to the inside line of the track after several attempts by DeCaires to slip beneath the leader.

“They’re a reason they call Greg DeCaires the Catfish out here,” said Trulli. “When I saw his nose wing pull underneath me I knew what I had to do. When you’re running the high side and you have that guy on your tail it’s time to adjust your line and get down there. We heated up the brakes doing it but got it done. It feels good to be back here, it’s been a couple seasons for us out here racing against all these fast kids these days. DeCaires is still older than me though and I like to make sure he knows that.”

Trulli was followed across the line by DeCaires, Organ, Colby Wiesz of Colfax and Mike Benson of Calistoga. Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Sacramento’s Billy Butler finished just out of the top five with stellar runs throughout the night.

In the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock division, Mack started as far back as the 11th place position in the 20 car field. Using a great deal of patience and smart moves, the Diamond Springs’ driver soon found himself working his way to the front and managed his way through a massive melee that involved more than a dozen cars down the backstretch with just a lap complete.

The incident occurred as early race leader Danielle Clauson exited the second turn and was being challenged by Jason Palmer of Sacramento, Ted Ahart of Placerville and Dan Jinkerson of Diamond Springs. When real estate became scarce exiting the turn several cars began to swerve to dodge a collision and the end result was a ensuing pile of cars that momentarily filled the backstretch and left Ahart and Jay Bryant of Folsom with the most damage.DSC_0477

On the restart, Clauson continued to battle with Palmer for the lead. Palmer muscled into the front spot with Mack in his wake, who had worked his way forward by avoiding the crashes and taking advantage of the double file restarts. On the 14th lap a lengthy caution delayed the race when Placerville’s Dale Teach launched over the pit road safety barrier in a move that mimicked that of the infamous Dukes of Hazzard.

Once the incident was cleared the remainder of the race saw Palmer drift off the second turn and suffered steering damage. Mack moved into the lead at this point and never looked back to score his first win of the year. Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley challenged Mack to the line with the likes of Lonnie Loenard of Elk Grove. Jinkerson finished in the fourth spot followed by Jason Castro of Sacramento.

“After tonight, I am really liking these new double file restarts. That was a big deal for us tonight here,” said Mack, celebrating his third career win. “What great race we had up there running with Van Roekel and Leonard at the end. I can’t thank everyone enough for all their help, especially my partner Rob Ely who puts a lot time and investment into this car behind the scenes and in the pits each week.”

DSC_0466In the Limted Late Model division, McDaniel started on the pole of the 20 lap feature and took a lead he would never relinquish over Folsom’s Dominic Stone. The two top point runners broke away from the pack and dominated the race. McDaniel scored his fourth straight win over Stone. Ray Trimble of Auburn finished in third followed by Wayne Trimble of Auburn and Scott Messner.

“The car was great again tonight,” said McDaniel. “This car has won all but one race since we have brought it out late last year and that one was a DNF. I have to thank Dominic Stone in a big way tonight. Our transmission was out on the floor Friday night and that’s never good before race race day. If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t be here tonight, or most nights. We couldn’t do it without him and Matt Farnham and all these guys.”

DSC_0475In the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars, Winter overcame a race long battle with Shawn Jones of Tracy to win the feature event. This event had a lengthy red flag delay when Ray Smith of Placerville took a violent flip on the front stretch after colliding with Chuck Conover and Bryan Bender at full speed. The collision sent Smith end over end. After observation from the on site paramedics, Smith went uninjured.

Winter went on to win the race over Jones, Scott Dahlgren, Kevin Bender and Doug Martin.

“Great to be back here,” said Winter, a multi time winner in 2014. “This is my first win since late last year when I crashed and destroyed my car. We love racing at this track and tonight was another great run.”

Racing returns next  Saturday night with four divisions including the Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association.  Watch for additional information.

Placerville Speedway Fast Facts:

 Next Event:

Saturday, May 16. Red Hawk Casino Championship Point Race #5

360 Sprints, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks, Midget Lites

Gates open 5 p.m. Qualifying at 6:30. Racing at 7 p.m.

Our 50th Anniversary Season Corporate Partners:

  • Placerville Speedway is sponsored by the Red Hawk Casino. Located off Highway 50 just west of Placerville Speedway, Red Hawk Casino is the Sacramento area’s premier gambling destination and has been voted Northern California’s Best Casino four years in a row. For information on upcoming entertainment and promotions visit them at
  • Thompson’s Auto and Truck Centers of El Dorado County is the presenting sponsor of the 2015 racing season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Thompson’s, a name, family and a tradition of excellence to provide all your automotive sales and service needs at Thompson’s Toyota, Thompson’s Buick GMC and the new Thompson’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Placerville.
  • Domco Plumbing and Septic is the proud sponsor of Placerville Speedway’s Sprint Car and Late Model Divisions. Serving El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento County, Domco Plumbing the areas full service plumbing and septic service for all your needs both residential and commercial.
  • Jay’s Mobile Welding of Folsom is the 2015 Pure Stock Division sponsor at Placerville Speedway. Jay’s Mobile Welding provides all types of welding fabrication and repairs throughout the Sacramento Valley and El Dorado County.
  • ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust is Placerville Speedway’s official Fast Time Sponsor for the 2015 Racing Season. ADCO Driveline is celebrating 40 years of service in El Dorado County and is a longtime supporter of local racing in the form of track and driver sponsorship.
  • Riebes Auto Parts is a proud partner of Placerville Speedway. Riebes Auto Parts sponsors the Placerville Posse series throughout 2015 as well as the Kid’s Dash events and additional bonus winnings throughout the season to come including the Tribute to Donnie Tilford and the Tribute Al Hinds events.

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DeCaires Captures Point Lead Entering Saturday’s Event That’s “Mom’s and Ladies’ Night” at Placerville

By Placerville Speedway Media

PLACERVILLE, CA (5-9-15) – This Saturday night the action resumes at Placerville Speedway with the 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Championship series presented by Thompson’s Auto Group. Four divisions are expected to pack the evening roster once again as the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds continues what is already becoming one of the most exciting racing seasons.

Greg DeCaires

Saturday’s event will feature the Domco Plumbing 360 Winged Sprint Cars and Limited Late Models together with the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks. The three track regulars will be joined by the colorful coupes of the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars. Saturday’s event will be the third point race of the season for the Sprint Car division and will be the second points race for the Sprint Car division, all of which are competing for a combined total of $6000 in champion bonus awards this season.

Entering Saturday’s event, defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove tops the roster in the Sprint Car division aboard the #4SA Red Hawk Casino machine owned by Placerville’s Dale and Tara Miller. After scoring his first win of the season last weekend, DeCaires has moved into the division point lead in his quest to defend his championship title. DeCaires and Miller have found their formula for success after teaming up midway through the 2013 racing season. This year, the duo has committed to run all of Placerville’s events, focusing on their hometown venue that offers the best Saturday night program in Northern California with winnings comparable to many of the region’s top traveling venues.

DeCaires enters Saturday night by local favorite Andy Gregg of Placerville. Driving the #14 Gen Landscape mount owned by Placerville’s Scott Russell, Greg has moved into the bridesmaid position and is 10 points behind DeCaires entering Saturday’s event. Colby Wiesz of Colfax is third in the regular championship standings and leads the additional Placerville Posse Challenge Series. Jimmy Trulli of Placerville is just 15 points from the top spot in the fourth position while Matt Peterson of Wilton rounds out the top five.

Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst remains undefeated in Domco Plumbing Late Model competition. McDaniel has won all three of Placerville’s point races. The regional dirt track hot shoe is being stalked by his sponsor, Dominic Stone of Folsom who sits just five points behind the leader after finishing second to him last weekend.  Thus far this season, McDaniel and Stone have been the most dominant drivers in the division at Placerville.

Ray Trimble of Auburn is third in the standings, just 14 points out of the lead. Eddie Gardner is fourth overall, 31-point out of the top spot. Tyler Lightfoot, the 2014 Rookie of the Year is up to the fifth position, 36 points out of the lead.

In Pure Stock action, Elk Grove’s Lonnie Leonard is up to the lead position in the standings. Defending champion Scott Grunert is second, five points out of the lead. Cameron Park resident Rich Zoller is third with Rick Grunert of Woodland fourth followed by Russell Murphy of Placerville.

The three track regulars will be joined by the always exciting Nor Cal Dwarf Cars. In this division look for previous winner Shawn Jones to return with the likes of Kevin Bender, Mike Grenert, Ray Smith, Bryan Bender, Ted Stinson, Ryan Winter and many more.

With Saturday night being the night before Mother’s Day, Placerville Speedway welcomes everyone to bring the Mom in their family to the races with a special ladies night theme at the speedway. When the gates open at 5 p.m. ladies will have the luxury of indulging into an array of great products in the track midway being promoted by Lash Boss Lady presents Younique and Andrea Pratt presents Scentsy Candles. For more information on these products visit and Both of these women’s product presenters are sure to make the night extra special for the ladies in attendance.

The grandstands will open at 5 p.m on Saturday with qualifying starting at 6:30 followed by heat races for all four divisions. Adult tickets are $15, Juniors and Seniors are $13, Children are $6 and those under six are free.  For additional information on this event check out or join the local racing community on Facebook and Twitter and interact with over 5000 fans, drivers and track staff.


Placerville Speedway Fast Facts:

 Next Event: Saturday, May 9. Red Hawk Casino Championship Point Race #4

Mom’s and Ladies Night at the Speedway!

360 Sprints, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks, Dwarf Cars

Gates open 5 p.m. Qualifying at 6:30. Racing at 7 p.m.