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


By Placerville Speedway Media


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 Placerville Speedway Media


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 Placerville Speedway Media


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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Tight point battles roll into ninth point race this Saturday night


By Placerville Speedway Media


05_17_2014_164PLACERVILLE, CA – This Saturday night the Jackson Rancheria Championship Season continues at Placerville Speedway. Four divisions will be on the menu once again this week as the championship point battles tighten up in all three of the weekly divisions competing for the season crown at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds quarter-mile dirt track.

Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks will return to action on the quarter mile in the battle for the 2014 track championship presented by the New Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Hoosier Tires, The Mountain Democrat and Thompson’s Auto and Truck Centers. The three anchor divisions will be joined by the always exciting Nor Cal Dwarf Cars.

Entering Saturday’s event, the battle for the Championship is hotter than ever in all three divisions. The tightest battle is currently in the Limited Late Model division where former champion Matt Micheli of Live Oak holds the lead but only by a narrow two point margin over three time winner Ray Trimble of Auburn.

Trailing the two top runners by 33 points is Jay Norton of Shingle Springs. Defending track champion Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights is fourth in the numbers, 48-points out of the lead. Former champ Dan Brown Jr. of Rocklin is fifth after a stellar push into the top three last Saturday night.

In the 360 Sprint Car division, the battle is a tight one as well with a veteran champion battling with a young driver seeking his first ever title here. Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove has moved back into the point lead after his second win of the year last week. DeCaires is just 7 points ahead of Justin Sanders of Prunedale, a three time winner this season. Jimmy Trulli of Placerville is lurking in the third position, 48-points out of the lead. Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks is fourth, 51 points from the top. Mike Benson of Calistoga rounds out the top five.

In the Pure Stock division, Woodland’s Scotty Grunert is the top point man where he sits 13-points ahead of Sacramento’s Eddie Gardner. Rick Grunert of Woodland is third, 22-points from the lead. Danielle Clauson of Placerville has worked up to the fourth position, 49-points from the lead. Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley 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 nearly 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.

Elk Grove’s DeCaires drives to second season win with Hall, Tilford and Trimble


By Placerville Speedway Media


decairesBy Bill Sullivan for Placerville Speedway

Photos by Donna Peter

PLACERVILLE, CA – Even though our region was hosting a multitude of high profile racing events this weekend including NASCAR in nearby Sonoma, Placerville Speedway still filled their grandstands and pit area for a great night of racing in the eighth Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship Season Saturday night.

 

Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove brought local car owner Dale Miller to victory lane Saturday night in the winged Sprint Car division. In the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Shootout, Scott Hall of Rio Linda won in dramatic fashion as did Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights in the Pure Stock division. Ray Trimble of Auburn drove to his third victory of the year in the Limited Late Model Division.

 

In the winged Sprint Car feature, DeCaires started on the outside of the front row next to pole sitter Mike Benson of Calistoga. At the waving of the green flag the driver known as the “Catfish” drove his Foothill 7 TV – Tribute to Stephen Allard #4SA machine into uncharted waters by driving the high side of the track as opposed to his trademark of routinely hugging the bottom of the track. DeCaires was anything but a fish out of water with his technique, however, as drove to a lead he would never relinquish.

 

With DeCaires running strong at the helm, Benson had his hands full with the likes of three time winner and series point leader Justin Sanders of Prunedale with defending champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn stalking him for the bridesmaid position. Right in the midst of the top four battle was Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks. Earlier in the night Morgan earned the ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust $100 Fast Qualifier Bonus and carried his successful night into the feature with one of his most impressive performances of his young career on an extremely dry – slick racing surface that suffered greatly from the recent county fair activity combined with the high temperatures and winds.

 

At the finish line, DeCaires celebrated his second win of the season. Benson rolled across the line in second place followed by Sanders and Forsberg. Morgan finished the night rounding out the top five.

 

In the visiting Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Shootout, 16 fire breathing wingless cars took to the track in a race was one in which Hall has been trying to win for some time. One of the area’s most competitive wingless sprint car drivers currently, Hall has been victorious at multiple area tracks, however, the Placerville bullring has eluded the popular driver that appeared to bring much of the North Sacramento area to the grandstands Saturday night.

Hall started on the pole of the 25-lap feature event and drove his way into the lead at the green flag where he was soon challenged in heated battle with Joe Stornetta. The two drivers duked it out for the lead for much of the race in a classic “Maverick vs. Iceman” style dogfight that came to an unusual conclusion on lap 21.hall win

As the two leaders battled in lapped traffic they both became slowed on lap 21 and Hall was forced to brake hard as well as Stornetta to avoid a collision in the second turn. It appeared both drivers were on their way to a spin out when Hall managed to save his Konnected Clothing #56K and redeem his position while Stornetta brought out the yellow flag. On the restart, Hall drove to victory over Tommy Laliberte, Gary Nelson, Chase Johnson and Colton Slack.

The Pure Stock feature began with Kevin Wirth of Garden Valley leading the first half of the race before exiting to the pit area and returning to the rear of the field on the 11th lap. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento took over the top spot after his battle with Wirth ended early. Gardner was soon blessed with the company of Tilford who powered his way all the way up from the eighth position.tilford win

After a side by side battle with Gardner for the lead for the next four laps, Tilford successfully managed the stock car slide job of the century exiting the fourth turn on lap 14 that put his #92 Jon Tilford wrenched Camaro into the lead for good. Tilford drove to his third victory of the year followed by Gardner, Scott Grunert of Woodland and Rick Grunert of Woodland.

In Limited Late Model action, Trimble started on the pole for the 20 lap feature event and quickly muscled into the lead. Randy Shafer attempted to become trouble for Trimble in the early laps before the leader was able to pull away from the field.. While Trimble maintained the lead for the remainder of the race, the battle behind him heated up for Shafer who was being put to work by former track champion Dan Brown Jr. of Rocklin who started 8th and muscled his way into the top three.trimble win

At the finish line, Trimble scored his third victory of the year. Shafer finished in second while Brown rounded out the top three. Matt Micheli, who entered the night as the point leader finished in fourth followed by defending champion Tom Tilford who rounded out the top five.

Placerville Speedway’s 2014 championship season is sponsored by the new Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort who generously awarded race fans Saturday night with various gifts including custom deluxe stadium seats, hats, $25 gift cards for game play and tickets to upcoming concert venues at their facility in the Amador Wine Country. In their first year of title sponsorship, the family owned and operated facility has been one of the most generous partner the speedway has hosted, not only sponsoring the championship season but reaching out the racing community generously.

Additional sponsorship provided by Hoosier Tires, Coors Light, The Mountain Democrat, Riebes Auto Parts, ADCO Driveline, the Paint Spot and more.

Racing resumes at Placerville Speedway next Saturday night with the ninth Championship Point Race of the season. Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks will form the race card with the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

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