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Point Racing Resumes this Saturday with three divisions on tap

PLACERVILLE, CA (6-6-15) – This Saturday night the action resumes at Placerville Speedway with the 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Championship series presented by Thompson’s Auto Group. Three divisions are expected to pack the evening roster once again as the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds continues one of it’s most lucrative most competitive championship seasons.

DSC_0709Saturday’s event will feature the Domco Plumbing 360 Winged Sprint Cars and Limited Late Models together with the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks.  Saturday’s event will be the sixth 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 third overall win of the season last weekend during the Civil War Series event, DeCaires will look to carry his momentum of success into this Saturday’s race as competitors close in on the annual break for the El Dorado County Fair later in June, a point each season which often sets the stage for the outcome of the final championship run into the summer months.

DeCaires holds a 21 point lead as returns this Saturday night. The top three positions in the standings are all held my locals at this point in the season. Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Jimmy Trulli are both tied for the second place position behind DeCaires. Mike Benson of Calistoga is fourth, 50, points out of the lead. Kirt Organ of Napa is fifth, ahead of Placervill’e James Sweeney.

Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst remains undefeated in Domco Plumbing Late Model competition. McDaniel has won all of Placerville’s point races. The regional dirt track hot shoe is followed by Ray Trimble of Auburn who is 18-points behind the leader. Dominic Stone of Folsom is third, 21-points out. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is fourth, 47-points from the lead. Placerville’s Tyler Lightfoot rounds out the top five, 53-points from the top.

In Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock action, Elk Grove’s Lonnie Leonard remains in the lead position in the standings. Defending champion Scott Grunert is second, five points out of the lead. Rick Grunert of Woodland is third overall, 21-points behind his son. Recent winner Russell Murphy of Placerville is fourth, 25-points from the lead. Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley is in the fifth position, 27 points from the lead.

The grandstands will open at 5 p.m on Saturday with qualifying starting at 6:30 followed by heat races for all three 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.


DeCaires Continues Placerville Dominance With Civil War Series Win


(Courtesy PMG Media) – For the second consecutive year, Greg DeCaires defended his home turf against the Civil War Series, and again earned a spot in the 55th Annual Johnny Key Classic after leading all 30-laps during the Saturday night feature event at the Placerville Speedway and becoming the series’ sixth winner in six events thus far.

Leading the field to green alongside fellow Placerville Speedway ace, Andy Forsberg, DeCaires would get the jump as he quickly went to work on the bottom of the speedway as the field tip-toed around the slicked off racing surface.

While DeCaires was comfortable up front, the battle behind him was intense as Andy Forsberg, Colby Copeland, and Jonathan Cornell would battle in a pack as they chased after the early race leader.

Following a caution on the seventh lap, DeCaires would continue to keep Forsberg at bay as Missouri’s Jonathan Cornell surged into the third spot, as Shane Golobic would crack the top five from his 14th starting position.

The red flag would fly on the 12th lap for Dominic Scelzi, who would escape uninjured, but as he went flipping, Cornell would get spun from behind as he slowed up, changing the look of the Top-5.

When the action came back to life, DeCaires would take off and hide as he continued to dominate out front, though Forsberg would have his hands full with Colby Copeland, Justin Sanders and a hard charging Shane Golobic.

As the race got into an extended green flag run, lapped traffic came into play and the 2014 series champion, Golobic, came alive as he took the third position on the 24th lap before taking the second spot on the 26th lap. Reeling DeCaires in amidst heavy traffic the race’s final caution flag would fly on the 27th lap giving the leader an open track in what was a single file restart.

DeCaires would get a very strong restart as he would pull away and earn the win while Golobic would come across the finish line in the second spot. The final restart saw 12th starting Sean Becker come from nowhere and make a bold move on the high, scary side of turns three and four to secure the final spot on the podium.

“I just can’t say enough about this team, this car, and this Wesmar Racing Engine,” a jubilant DeCaires said in victory lane. “We know what to do when it (the track) gets slick like this, and it is great to be up here getting interviewed, and also great to lock into the Johnny Key Classic.”

After putting an a hard charge, Shane Golobic was happy with how his team performed in the 30-lap feature event. “I messed up qualifying, but the team gave me a great car, and we had a really nice charge forward,” he would say. “They don’t call DeCaires ‘The Catfish” for nothing, and he was awesome on the bottom, we really did not need that last yellow.”

A brilliant restart with three laps to go, saw Sean Becker score his third straight Civil War Series podium finish aboard the FnF Racing No.x1 machine. “This team is so much fun to drive for, and it shows with our success,” he would explain. “That last restart I told myself I had to try something, and when everyone went to the bottom, I went up top, and it stuck, and here we are.”

Chasing Becker across the line was Andy Forsberg in fourth, Bradley Terrell in fifth, Colby Copeland in sixth, Justin Sanders seventh, Kirt Organ eighth, Mike Benson ninth, and Jonathan Allard rounding out the Top-10.

A total of 23 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster 360ci sprint cars checked into the pit area Saturday night, and it was Placerville’s own Andy Gregg getting things started with the fast time award.

Three heat races were ran and wins went to Justin Sanders, Colby Copeland, and Jonathan Cornell. Greg DeCaires would win the six-lap dash and start the feature event from the pole position.


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

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

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

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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