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Mason Moore continues hot streak at Placerville Speedway

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By Brad Kennedy *

Placerville, CA (June 4)…Despite two weeks off, Princeton California’s Mason Moore continued his hot streak in the 2016 Placerville Speedway Red Hawk Casino Championship Series in the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Car division. Heading into the night, Moore had yet to finish outside the top five in the previous five events thus far in the season, and on Saturday night he continued to be the cream of the crop aboard his F & F Auto Racing number X1.

Starting on the outside front row alongside pole sitter Shawn Conde, Moore jumped into the lead and stretched an early lead over Conde, Jimmy Trulli, Steven Tiner and Greg DeCaires. The red flag flew after 1 lap was complete for 7th place starter Matt Barber who rode out a wild ride that ended up over the turn 4 fence. Fortunately, Barber emerged unscathed, and walked back to his trailer under his own power.

On the ensuing restart, Moore once again grabbed the lead but racing was halted again quickly when Cody Hodgson flipped without injury in turn 1 after contact with Bobby Butler.

06_04_2016_244c From there, Moore would set sail and lead unchallenged over the next 20 laps while 4th place starter Steven Tiner would take 3rd from Trulli on lap 3, then overtake Conde for second on lap 18. Tiner began to reel in the leader in traffic over the final few laps, but Moore proved too strong and scored his second victory of the season.

“I have to thank the family that drew the number two pill for me on the front stretch tonight”, Moore explained. “The track was hard to pass on tonight and I was having a tough time with traffic when I saw the number 94 (of Steven Tiner) move to second on the scoreboard. I knew he was going to be railing the top, but I knew that once I lapped James Sweeney I was pretty comfortable running the bottom, because he would hold up Tiner. From there we just held on to win.”

With the victory, Moore extended his already commanding point lead to 61 over defending track champion Greg Decaires, who finished 3rd behind Tiner. Trulli finished 4th while Kenny Allen rounded out the top five.

Heat race victories went to DeCaires, Tiner, and Moore while Kenny Allen’s first visit of the year to Placerville netted him the Adco Driveline and Exhaust Quick Time Award with an elapsed time of 10.373 seconds. Kyler Shaw earned the AL Driveline Hard Charger bonus moving up 11 spots after starting scratch on the field and driving to a tenth place feature finish.

10 Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models entered round 8 of the Placerville Speedway championship season. The 20 lap feature had Eddie Gardner in the black #3 lead the field to green over Ryan Peter. On lap 2, Paul Gugleimoni went by Peter for second exiting turn 4.

Mike Lightfoot had started in the 5th position, but was on the move early and passed Peter on lap 5, then overtook Gugleimoni a lap later exiting turn 4. It took Lightfoot 5 more laps to chase down point leader Eddie Gardner to take the lead.

On a lap 12 restart, the leader’s son, Tyler Lightfoot would follow suit and grab second from Gardner.

Father and son pulled away to post a 1-2 finish, and in the process, Mike Lightfoot ended a long seven year winless streak. Unfortunately, the younger Lightfoot was disqualified after failing a post-race inspection. Point leader Eddie Gardner inherited second and retained his championship lead. Third place went to Terry Kuntz, while Ryan Peter, and Paul Gugleimoni finished fourth and fifth, respectively. 06_04_2016_212c

“Tonight is pretty special,” an emotional Mike Lightfoot said in the winner’s circle. “The last time I won was seven years ago, when my daughter was born. To be racing with my son out here, and us having a 1-2 finish is very special,” he said (before the disqualification). Lightfoot also grabbed the RMI Hard Charger bonus after winning from 5th.

The two heat race victories went to Wayne Trimble and Ray Trimble.

20 Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication Pure Stocks entered the ¼ mile clay playground. Jason Palmer and Travis Emery started in the front row and led the field to green flag, with Palmer out front. Emery would spin from his second spot on lap 2 to bring out the caution.

Palmer continued to lead the field while Scott Grunert moved to second from his 8th starting spot by lap 3.

After multiple cautions, a lap 13 restart saw 10th starting Dan Jinkerson move from 4th to 2nd, and take up chase on leader Palmer. A lap 17 restart saw Palmer take the outside, giving Jinkerson the inside lane. Jinkerson would capitalize on Palmer’s decision, take the lead, and go  on to score his second victory of the season.

In victory lane, Jinkerson was very blunt in his assessment of the race. “It was a wild night tonight. I’m not sure what to think about it”, he said. “There was a lot of rough driving that I hope the speed06_04_2016_193cway officials take care of. The key was to be patient and wait for guys to wreck themselves, time my restarts better, and it ultimately it got me the win tonight”.
Jinkerson took the checkered over Palmer, Russ Murphy, Scott Grunert, and point leader Nick Baldwin. Heat wins went to Murphy, Orville Owens, and Jinkerson, who also grabbed the RMI Hard Charger bonus after moving form 10th to victory in the feature.

13 BCRA Midget Lites signed into the pits for their 4th appearance of the 2016 season. Australian native Scotty Males would pick up his first win of the year. Males started in the third position, and followed pole sitter Kyle Offill and outside row 1 starter Tim Kinser into turn 1.

On lap 4, Kinser got over the bank in turn 1 surrendering second to Males. Offill look poised to win his third feature in four starts until the leaders approached the lapped car of Ryan Souza on lap 16. Males went topside and used Souza as a pick to take the lead. Males took the checkered flag over Offill, Charlie Carracilo, RC Smith, and Craig Dillard.

“We have been podium strong all year,” Males said as he addressed the crowd. “We just finally had all pieces of the puzzle fit tonight. I have to thank Red Hawk Casino along with Adco Driveline and Exhaust. They do a great job helping us stay on the track every week.”

In addition, Males won the first heat, while Caraccilo won the other heat race.

Next Saturday marks the first appearance of 2016 for the California Civil War Series 360 Sprint Cars, as well as the NorCal Dwarf Cars. Pit gates open at 2PM, while the grandstand opens 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 7600 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.

*Writing contributions by Dean Mills

Placerville Speedway’s Red Hawk Casino Championship Series resumes Saturday with “Riebes Auto Parts Night”

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Placerville, CA (June 1)…Following a scheduled Saturday off for Memorial Day weekend, which came on the heels of a rainout on May 21st, Placerville Speedway roars back into action this Saturday night, June 4th with “Riebes Auto Parts” night. The 8th scheduled point race of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship Season, the evening will feature a four division program that includes the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks, as well as the BCRA Midget Lite Series.

“We are looking forward to getting back into action this weekend”, stated promoter Scott Russell. “With all the rain we’ve seen, it’s been hard to establish any kind of rhythm with the race track. We are hoping to get some races in and pick up some momentum as we head into the busiest time of the year on the schedule”.

05_14_2016_300cWith five races completed in the Red Hawk Casino Championship season, Princeton, California’s Mason Moore remains ahead in the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Car division with a commanding 52 point lead over defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. Veteran Jimmy Trulli sits third in points, 74 markers behind the leader, while Justin Johnson sits fourth, and 14 year old Michael Kofoid holds down 5th.

In the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Model division, Sacramento’s Eddie Gardner leads Tyler Lightfoot by a scant 2 points, despite having just one top five finish in 5 starts. Will McMillan holds down the 3rd position over Mike Lightfoot, while Ryan McDaniel sits fifth despite missing the last event on May 14. McDaniel sits just 38 points behind point leader Gardner.04_16_2016_256w

Nick Baldwin of Oakley, California leads the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stock division over Scott Grunert, who sits 12 points behind the leader. Behind Grunert, Dan Smith, Dan Jinkerson, and Jason Palmer round out the top five, with the second through fifth place competitors separated by just 5 points.

The BCRA Midget Lites return for the fourth time in 2016. Kyle Offill leads the series back to the tight little 1/4 mile at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, having won 2 of the 3 events thus far. May 7th winner Charlie Caraccilo is also expected to be on hand, along with Craig Dillard, Scotty Males, and the rest of the BCRA regulars. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.

In addition, RMI is pleased to announce that it has secured a rain date for its Placerville Posse event originally rained out on April 9th. The Saturday July 2nd event will now be the third event in the four races series, which takes place just a week after the Posse event on June 25th.  The rescheduled “Fan Appreciation Day” Car Show, is also set to coincide with the June 25th event, and will take place from noon to 3pm at the Thompson’s Buick/GMC location on Placerville Drive.

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 7600 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 forced to cancel Saturday May 21 event

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Placerville, CA (May 20)…Due to heavy rainfall and an unfavorable weekend forecast, Placerville Speedway has been forced to cancel Saturday night’s Red Hawk Casino Championship Series race.

“Unfortunately, with the amount of rain we’ve received, the amount of rain we are expecting, and the cold temperatures in the forecast, we feel it is best to call the event now and allow people to make other plans for the evening “, track promoter Scott Russell said. “The last thing we want to do is cancel events. But, obviously we can’t control mother nature.”

In addition to the race being canceled, the “Fan Appreciation Day” Car Show scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the Thompson Buick/GMC location on Placerville Drive has been rescheduled to coincide with the June 25th Placerville Posse race date.

Action at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds resumes June 4, after a hiatus next weekend in observance of Memorial weekend. Round 8 will feature a four division program consisting of the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks, as well as the fourth appearance of the year for the BCRA Midget Lites. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.

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 Fan Appreciation Day this Saturday May 21st

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Placerville Speedway and Thompson’s Auto Group proudly present the annual “Fan Appreciation” Race Car Show, this Saturday night, May 21st. The highly anticipated event precedes the seventh round of the 2016 Placerville Speedway Red Hawk Casino Championship Series at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. In their first season promoting Placerville Speedway, Scott Russell and Kami Arnold have been looking forward to this event all season.

“Both Scott and I feel fortunate to be associated with Thompson’s”, stated Arnold. “Their commitment to our community is inspiring. The Thompson Family leads the way when it comes to giving back to this community and we are humbled to be included in their efforts. Ron & Jeff have been long time supporters of Placerville Speedway, and we feel this is another great event where fans can interact with their favorite drivers, kids can get autographs, and even sit in their favorite car.”

Thompson’s Buick GMC of Placerville invites you to their location on Placerville drive where race cars competing later that night at Placerville Speedway will be on display from 12pm-3pm.

Thompsons Fan AppreciationAll four divisions of race cars in competition that evening will be represented, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Model Cars, Pure Stock Cars and the Visiting Series Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association Cars.

In addition, kids up to age of 14 will receive a free t-shirt. There will be free Hot Dogs donated by Steve Stymeist Auto Body and free sodas donated by Thompson’s Buick GMC of Placerville. Thompson’s will be accepting donations for Hot Dogs and sodas and all proceeds will benefit the El Dorado County Western Slope chapter of the Boys & Girls Club of America. For more info on the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club, visit www.bgce.org.

After 3pm, the action will shift across the street to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, where the Placerville Speedway will host its seventh event of season. The Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, the Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stocks, as well as the visiting NorCal Dwarf Car division will all be taking to the lightning fast 1/4  mile oval.

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.

“The Shark” Sean Becker strikes in last lap thriller at Placerville Speedway

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Written by Brad Kennedy *

Placerville, CA…(May 14) A packed house was treated to an impressive driving display to conclude the sixth scheduled event of the Red Hawk Casino Championship point season.

20 Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars were on hand for the evening. Justin Johnson of Shingle Springs sat on the pole of the 25 lap feature event, but it was current Placerville Speedway points leader Mason Moore of Princeton who got the jump into turn 1. Johnson fell in line in second, while Sean Becker moved from his fifth starting spot to 3rd, with Logan Seavey 4th. Action was slowed on lap 5 for Roseville’s Scott Hall who jumped the cushion in turn 1 and came to a stop.

When the race resumed, Moore maintained his lead while Johnson and Becker battled it out for the runner up position for much of the next 15 laps. Johnson stayed glued to the bottom of the ¼ mile oval and held on until Becker found momentum on top on lap 16 to take over second place. Johnson would retake second briefly in the waning laps of the race, before Becker would return the favor with a few circuits left.

Meanwhile, Mason Moore stretched out his lead to over a second before he encountered heavy lapped traffic, which allowed Becker to reel in Moore and challenge for the lead. On lap 24, Becker applied heavy pressure with Moore choosing the bottom while Becker remained upstairs. With the white flag flying, Becker passed Moore down the backstretch and shut the door entering turn three to pick up his first win of 2016 after five consecutive podium finishes. Justin Johnson came across the line in third, with Greg DeCaires 4th, and Logan Seavey 5th. Jimmy Trulli’s 6th place finish up from the 13th starting spot was good enough for the AL Driveline Hard Charger bonus.

05_14_2016_300c “This is so awesome to finally win this year”, explained Becker in victory lane, after climbing the front stretch catch fence in celebration. “I know Mason was good on the bottom and I was searching the track and kept having to inch my wing back to get more traction. I just kept hammering the top of the track,’’ he continued. “I thought I was going to junk it when I jumped the curb in turn three in traffic, but I settled it down and kept digging. Then I saw the opening in turn one on the final lap, and I just threaded the needle, shut the door on Mason in turn 3 and went on to win.”

Heat race victories went to Moore, Becker, and Adam Walters while the Adco Driveline & Exhaust Fast Time award went to Greg Decaires with an elapsed time of 10.720 seconds.

14 Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models signed in to the Placerville pits for the night. Noticeably absent were series point leader Ryan McDaniel and second place in points Ray Trimble.

Wayne Trimble and Jay Norton had the front row of the 20 lap main event, with Norton getting the jump to lead the first lap. Throughout the race Norton held off many challenges for the lead by the trio of Will McMillan, Wayne Trimble and Matt Micheli, but was never seriously challenged on his way to a wire-to-wire win. 05_14_2016_285c

“The track was hooked up and fast tonight, and there are some good cars and drivers here”, Norton stated after the race.“ We just pointed the car to the bottom of the track and were solid all 20 laps. In the heat race we battled fuel problems and just had a tough time”, he continued. “But, the team got it figured out, and now I’m smiling on the front stretch after a victory”.

Norton’s first victory of the year came over Matt Micheli, Will McMillan, who rebounded to 3rd after a flat tire early in the event, while Mike Lightfoot, and Paul Gugleimoni rounded out the top five. Heat race wins went to Tyler Lightfoot and Micheli, while Micheli also earned the RMI Hard Charger bonus by improving 6 positions in the feature.

17 Jay’s mobile Welding & Fabrication Pure Stocks took the green flag for their 20 lap feature event with Dan Jinkerson taking command over Travis Emery on the opening lap. Dan Smith moved into 3rd immediately from his row 2 outside position and began pressing Emery for second. Emery remained second until he spun off of turn 2 on lap 5, bringing out the caution.

When the race resumed, last weekend’s winner Jason Palmer pushed past Smith for second, then trailed closely behind the leader until lap 12 when the lapped car of Mike Stoeckle spun in front of Jinkerson, giving Palmer the lead.

05_14_2016_244c Palmer fended off challenges in the waning laps from Smith and eventual second place finisher Orville Owens to win his second consecutive Pure Stock feature at Placerville. Smith came home 3rd with Nick Baldwin and Russ Murphy rounding out the top five.

“The car has been fast the last two weeks”, the jubilant Palmer explained in the winner’s circle. “It is tough to beat guys like Dan Jinkerson, Dan Smith, Scott Grunert and the others, so to win 2 in a row is huge for my guys and myself. Hopefully we can come back next weekend and make it three in a row,” he said confidently.

The two heat winners were Scott Grunert and point leader Nick Baldwin. Orville Owens was the evening’s RMI Hard Charger on the basis of a 2nd place finish up from his 9th starting spot.

The third visit of the year for the BCRA Midget Lite Series to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds saw 17 drivers entered for the evening. Tim Kinser and Terry Bergstrom occupied the front row and led the field to green as Bergstrom grabbed the lead. Meanwhile, Scotty Males would move to second on the start from his 4th starting position, while Kyle Offill took over 3rd on the opening lap, with Kinser falling to 4th. A lap later, Kinser brought out the caution after spinning off of turn 2.

On the ensuing restart, Bergstrom led Males and Offill but got sideways in turns 3&4 a lap later which allowed both Males and Offill to get by with Offill taking over the point.

From there, Offill was never seriously challenged on his way to his second feature win in three starts at Placerville, over last weekend’s winner Charlie Caraccilo, Scotty Males, Craig Dillard and Chris Hansen.

“I’m still trying to get a handle on this track. It’s fast and it’s fun to race on. The car seemed to be real good and had a lot of forward bite, which was an advantage,” Offill said in victory lane.

Placerville Speedway returns next week with the annual Thompson’s Auto Group “Fan Appreciation Day” . Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM. 4 divisions will be in competition with the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks, as well as the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Series.

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