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42nd Hangtown Destruction Derby for Charity hits the track Sunday

  •  Popular event returns with expanded program that includes exciting compact car division

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PLACERVILLE, CA – This Sunday, August 16th, Placerville Speedway will host the sounds of smashing sheet metal the roar of smoking engines and cheering spectators as one of El Dorado County’s oldest charitable events celebrates its 42nd consecutive year. It’s time for the classic Placerville Police Officers Association’s Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby. It’s an afternoon of car crushing mayhem that is fun for the entire family and this year it has a brand new twist.

Now over four decades strong the annual Hangtown Destruction Derby is presented by the Placerville Police Officers Association in conjunction with the cooperation of El Dorado County Fire, Placerville Speedway and the business community of El Dorado County. The competition in the event is well populated by men and women representing law enforcement and public safety agencies along with entries of the daring type from the general public in a contest of mechanical survival on a mud filled infield of the fairgrounds main arena.
As the Hangtown Destruction Derby reaches it’s 42nd year, it continues to be one of the oldest and most successful annual events that benefits charity in El Dorado County. Through the years, proceeds from the derby have benefited a number of organizations such as youth sports, children’s charities and the Police Officers annual Christmas party for underprivileged children. The bottom line, the annual Hangtown Destruction Derby is fun for the whole family and in the end, it’s all presented for a good cause.
The 2015 version of the Hangtown Destruction Derby is sure to be bigger and better than ever as the program has been expanded to include a compact car division the first time in the event history. While the open class will feature the heavyweights of the sport in a classic battle of destruction, the new compact class offers the excitement that is becoming quite popular in other derby events nationwide. This class is open to cars that have a wheelbase of 107 inches or less and any make or model is permitted, sedan or coupe, with the exception of trucks, vans and four wheel drive vehicles.
With the two classes, two champions will be crowned at the end of the afternoon with winners of each of the super mains earning a healthy $1000. Second place earns $500 and third place wins $300. Heat races will pay $150 to the winner, $100 to second place and $50 to third. In addition to the cash winnings top finishers are awarded trophies for their success.
Entrants in this annual event routinely acquire the vehicle themselves and then use area sponsorships to construct it into a full blown derby car. In many cases, the winners turn around and donate their winnings to a charity of their choice after the bills are paid for the construction of the car, safety equipment, transportation to the event and possibly a visit to the chiropractor the following Monday.
This year the 42nd Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby will begin on the eve of the event with the annual event BBQ at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and involvement with Placerville Speedway during Mountain Democrat Kids Night event. On this evening, the speedway admits all children under 12 for free to the speedway and holds bicycle races during intermission. The Placerville Police Officers Association will be on hand when the gates open at the races, handing out tickets to those youngsters 12 and under that attend the races. The officers will not be handing out speeding tickets, but complimentary children’s tickets to the Sunday Derby. The team effort between the Police Department and Placerville Speedway is sure to make this coming weekend one to remember for the youngsters.
The grandstands at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds will open at 11 am on Sunday and the first heat race of the derby is set to begin at 1 p.m. following opening ceremonies and the popular parade of entrants. Adult tickets to the derby are just $10 at the gate. Seniors are $5. Children 4-12 are $5, unless they attend the auto races the night before and receive a complimentary ticket that is good for admission with a paid adult. Those under 3 years old are free.
A number of area businesses have donated prizes that will be raffled off at the 42nd Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby and the pre-event BBQ that takes place Saturday evening at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

For further information on the event, the official website of Placerville Police Officers Association can be viewed at www.hangtowncops.org. For information on Kids Night at Placerville Speedway, visit www.placervillespeedway.com.

*Photos Courtesy of Mountain Democrat/Placerville Speedway Sponsor

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Kids are Free This Saturday for Kids Night; Geico Sprint Car Bonus on Tap

  • Kids Bicycle Races, Drawing for Several New Bicycles and Giants Tickets and more.
  • Geico Insurance to increase sprint winnings to $2000. Fast time bonus up to $600 total

KidsPLACERVILLE, CA (8-15-15) – Grab the bikes and bring all the tikes. It’s time for “Mountain Democrat Kids’ Night” at Placerville Speedway this Saturday, August 16th. This event is the biggest night of the year for the littlest of race fans as it marks the first of two big days of family fun at Placerville Speedway, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Saturday night will feature the return of Red Hawk Casino Championship point racing at Placerville Speedway. The winged sprint cars return to action this Saturday along with the Limited Late Models and the Pure Stocks.
This week, the racing is sure to be as exciting as it usually is on the quarter-mile clay oval that has been in operation since the summer of 1965. However, Saturday night is about much more than high dollar motors, the perfect tire and the perfect set up. Saturday marks the annual night at Placerville Speedway where families come together to give the true fans of this sport the opportunity to shine with the help of their racing heroes. On Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night, youngsters get their turn to compete on the race track in numerous bicycle races during intermission with the help and support of their local racing heroes cheering them on.
Saturday night, all kids 11 and under are admitted for free to Placerville Speedway. Additionally, the young fans receive complimentary popcorn and soda on this evening as well as a free ticket to the 42nd Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby that takes place on Sunday afternoon. The free ticket comes courtesy of the Placerville Police Officers Association as they team with Placerville Speedway to make a fun filled weekend for families at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The annual Destruction Derby is presented by the PPOA with the cooperation of the management of Handy Racing Promotions.
Youngsters are encouraged to participate in the bicycle races at intermission on Saturday night. Races will be broken up into various age groups with the distance of the competition being adjusted accordingly. The top three finishers of each age group will be awarded trophies presented by the Mountain Democrat and everyone who competes is awarded participation ribbons. Placerville Speedway will provide a secure parking area for the children’s bicycles during the evening. Following the bicycle races, several brand new BMX Bicycles sponsored by the Mountain Democrat and Lightfoot Automotive will be raffled off to a number of lucky youngsters in the grandstands. Additionally, the Mountain Democrat has once again generously sponsored a great deal of pre event advertising for the event to make it a huge success.

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While much of the night will focus on the young fans, the big guys have a lot to be excited about too. Saturday night, Geico Insurance has stepped in to sponsor Placerville Speedway’s Sprint Car division for the night. Local sponsor of sprint car driver Billy Butler, Geico Insurance will be offering a $500 bonus to the feature event win for the division, making the win worth $2000 Saturday night. Additionally, they have added $500 to the fast time award for the evening, making fast time worth $600 total combined with the weekly ADCO Driveline award of $100.
Saturday night the gates of Placerville Speedway will open at 5 p.m. with qualifying starting up at 6:30. Adult tickets will be $15, Seniors will be $13, Juniors are $13 and those 11 and under will be FREE for the evening.

Raffle tickets for the BMX Bicycle will be presented to every youngster coming in the front gate along with a coupon for free popcorn and soda and a complimentary ticket to the destruction derby. In addition to the Mountain Democrat’s BMX Bicycle, additional prizes will be raffled off in several surprise additions to the drawing on race night include tickets to an upcoming San Francisco Giants game.

For additional information visit the track website at www.placervillespeedway.com More information can also be found on the speedway’s website at www.placervillespeedway.com. You can also join over 5000 Placerville Speedway fans and drivers by liking them on Facebook.

On Sunday, the Destruction Derby will open it’s gates at 11 a.m. for all of the crashing and smashing.  Tickets for the derby are $10 for Adults, Children 4-12 are $5 unless they have a free ticket from attending Kids Night at the speedway. Children 3 and under are free for the derby.

*Photos Courtesy of Donna Peter/www.donnasracephotos.com

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Macedo Takes 10k Forni Classic Win; Bonus funds continue next week for sprint division

Placerville 8-8-15 – After a torrid battle up front, Carson Macedo was in the right place at the right time as he capitalized on a Sean Becker mistake to take command of the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic and race his was to the lucrative win as he became the Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster’s eighth different winner in 2015.

It was Cory Eliason and Sean Becker leading the field to green at the high-banked quarter mile facility, and it was all Eliason early as Sean Becker stayed right in his wake.image

As Eliason and Becker duked it out up front, the battle behind them was just as exciting as Carson Macedo, Jonathan Allard, and Kyle Hirst all raced for position within the Top-Five as the lead duo slowly broke away.

Lap 15 would be good to Becker as the Roseville, CA driver was able to use lapped traffic to his advantage as he took the lead from Eliason, though the duo would race wheel-to-wheel for the next three laps until the caution flag waived.

As Macedo moved into the second spot on the redraw, he would chase after Becker, and the battle for the lead would heat up. On lap 20, Becker would get two high in turns one and two and his machine would get up over the thick cushion that had built up and Macedo capitalized as he took the race lead as Allard and Hirst followed suit.

The trio up front would fight hard as they got back into traffic, and Maedo would continue to set the pace as the caution flag flew with just five laps to go and gave the leaders clear track.

Macedo would be flawless in the race’s final five laps as he worked the bottom of the speedway to perfection and picked up the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic and bagged the $10,000 that came with it.

“I can’t say enough about my team, and this car,” Carson Macedo said. “We have been really good lately and it is nice to finally put this thing in victory lane in front of a huge crowd. The Tarlton family has been so good to me, I am really happy to win this race for all of them.”

Though he would come up short, Jonathan Allard was pleased with his second place finish during Saturday night’s feature.

“We are really pleased to be up on the podium and I am happy for Carson Macedo,” Allard said. “This race would have been a big win for us as it honored Mark Forni who was a great guy. I have to thank Clyde and Marion Lamar and my guys for their support.”

Rounding out the podium was inaugural Mark Forni Classic winner, Kyle Hirst.

“I love racing Placerville Speedway, and always have a good time in front of all of these great fans,” Hirst said. “Week in and week out it seems like we battle with Carson Macedo and Jonathan Allard, and I commend both them and their teams on a great night of racing. My guys did a great job, and I have to thank Dennis and Theresa Roth for letting us come out.”

Eliason would run fourth, Becker fifth, Matt Peterson six, Shane Golobic seventh, Justin Sanders eighth, Andy Gregg 9th, and Andy Forsberg would round out the Top-10.

With 29 cars checking in at the Placerville Speedway for the track’s highest paying event ever, Kyle Hirst led the way in time trials by setting the bar at a 10.819 second lap.

Heat race wins went to Tyler Walker, Carson Macedo, Jonathan Allard, and Sean Becker, while Cory Eliason won the Dash.

The 12-lap B Main was won by Colby Wiesz, as Mason Moore, Shawn Wright, Steven Tiner, Koen Shaw, and James Sweeney also earned transfers into the feature event.

Next Saturday night will be Mountain Democrat Kids Night and Geico Insurance Night at Placerville Speedway. All kids 11 and under get in free and get free soda and popcorn and the opportunity to race their bicycles at intermission on the track. The event takes place in conjunction with Sunday’s Hangtown Destruction Derby and all kids at the races in Saturday receive a free ticket to Sunday’s derby.

Additionally, Geico Insurance has joined the event, adding $1000 to the Sprint Car division, $500 to the fast qualifier and a $500 bonus to the winner of the feature event.  For additional information on this event visit www.placervillespeedway.com

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Epic 10K to win this Saturday for Placerville Speedway’s Forni Classic.

Forni banner copyThis Saturday night at Placerville Speedway the who’s who of winged 360 sprint car racing in California will gather for their shot at the lucrative $10K that is up for grabs to the winner of the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic. This will be the richest race in the history of Placerville Speedway in celebration of this 50th Anniversary season and the legacy of Mark Forni.

A race that pays homage to the late Mark Forni, who was a staple in the Placerville community, has been a must see event at the Speedway over the last nine years. With the community coming together year-after-tear to make this event special, this year’s event is a little bigger as it will offer $10,000 to the winner in honor of it being the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic.

Saturday’s race is the second in a trio of races at Placerville that are paying wealthy bonus winnings. Last week the Placerville Posse Series boasted big bucks. This week is the highest paying race in history with $10,000 to win and next Saturday, Geico Insurance is stepping in for Mountain Democrat Kids night, adding an additional $1000 to the Sprint Car division with $500 extra to the winner and $500 to fast time.

This Saturday night, the Civil War Sprint Car starts will head to the Placerville Speedway to take on the strong Placerville Speedway contingent on Saturday night in what will be a must-see event. With $10,000 on the line some of the best talent in the region is expected to roll on to the red clay bullring.

Along with a strong mix of the region’s top 360ci drivers, a handful off of the top 410 drivers in the state are also planning to make the trip to the high-banked ¼ mile speedway on Saturday night in hopes of capturing Mark Forni Classic Supremacy.

During the race’s nine-year existence, the Placerville Speedway locals have reigned supreme during this event, and on Saturday night the stars and cars of the Civil War Series will look to change that and make off with the loot.

The hottest driver in California right now, Justin Sanders, comes into this event fresh off of picking up his 13th win of the season one week ago, and also enters the event as the series’ most recent winner. Sanders had immense success on the red-clay during the 2014 season and will look to extend his current series point lead.

Chico, CA wheelman, Jonathan Allard has thrown his hat into the ring for this weekend’s event and he comes in as the series’ lone repeat winner in 2015. Allard has been strong in his limited appearances with the Civil War Series in 2015 and is hungry for a marquee win.

Sean Becker comes into Saturday night’s race looking for his third consecutive win at the Placerville Speedway, and also look to score his third Mark Forni Classic crown. Though he has won the last two weekly shows aboard the Monhoff Motorsports machine, Becker will be in action on Saturday night aboard the potent Menne Motorsports No. 75 machine.

2014 Mark Forni Classic Champ, Greg DeCaires, will look to keep the race win local. Decaires has been the king of the Placerville Speedway as he has picked up five wins already and won the Civil War event at the Speedway back on May 30th.

Other drivers that are expected to be in action on Saturday night are Andy Forsberg, Shane Golobic, Robbie Price, Bradley Terrell, Andy Gregg, Jimmy Trulli, Kyle Hirst, Tyler Walker, Carson Macedo, Steven Tiner, Cory Eliason, Ryan Robinson, Koen Shaw, and many more of the regions best.

Saturday night, front gates are set to open at 5pm with tickets staring at $6 for Children 6-11, $15 Juniors and Seniors, and $18 dollars for adults.

Sponsors for the $10,000 to win Forni Classic are a collaboration of the local business community, Handy Racing Promotions and the Friends and Family of Mark Forni. Those who have contributed to this great event this year include:

Doug Veerkamp General Engineering, Red Hawk Casino, Domco Plumbing, Pape’ Machinery, Hunt and Sons Petroleum, Steve Stymeist Auto Body, Nor Cal Kenworth, MRO Iindustrial, The Mountain Democrat, ADCO Driveline, Les Schwab Tires, Riebes Auto Parts, Armond’s Giant Tire, Tri-C Recycling, MIke and Jessica Poderick, Steve Gomoluh, Cold Control Refrigeration, Buck Stop Gun Shop, Van’s Paving, Alred Brother’s Tree Trimming, Canyon Metals, Gardner Roofing, Real Property Services, Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication, Arnold’s For Awards, The Paint Spot, Country Girl Kettle Corn and Lemonade.

The box office opens at 5 p.m. with a special pre ticket sale from 3-4pm only. Futher information can be found at www.placervillespeedway.com

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Becker, Jinkerson Score Repeat Wins; Golobic and McDaniel earn first season victories

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PLACERVILLE, CA – For the second week in a row, Roseville’s Sean Becker captured the checkered flag at Placerville Speedway Saturday night. Becker’s win netted him and his Dan Monhoff owned racing team a $2000 victory as the event was not only the 13th Red Hawk Casino Championship Points Race of the year, it was inclusive of the special Placerville Posse Challenge Series, which awards bonus funds to all three of the weekly divisions on four special nights during the year.

As Becker his victory with hopes his good fortune will carry into next week when the win will pay $10,000 for the Mark Forni Classic. The veteran driver was joined in victory lane by Randy McDaniel of Olivhurst who drove his way to a $750 win in the Limited Late Models. Dan Jinkerson of Diamond Springs won his fifth victory worth $500 in the Pure Stocks and Shane Golobic of Fremont bested the field to win the Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Main event.
The waving of the green flag was followed by a red when a three car collision broke out on the backstretch involving Zack Lynksey of Bakersfield, Ryan Robinson of Foresthill, Chris Masters of Napa and Steven Ingraham of Fair Oaks. The wreck resulted in Ingraham going upside down with the most damage but without injury as his night ended early.
Once the green flag finally waved, polesitter Mike Benson shot into the lead over second place starter Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks. Before the five lap mark, Sean Becker of Roseville advanced from third place into the lead to began his pursuit of Benson’s distant lead.
With eight laps complete, the leaders began to approach lapped traffic, Becker powered to the outside of Benson in the second turn to take the lead and distance himself from the field until a yellow flag flew on lap 11 when Ryan Robinson of Foresthill came to a stop off turn two and Herman Klein of Sacramento spun to the infield barrier off the front stretch.
On the restart, Becker powered his way to the helm once again aboard his Monhoff Racing #35 Sprint Car while Benson battled with Shane Golobic of Fremont for the second position while Cory Eliason managed his way past Morgan for the fourth position by the 15 lap mark.
Just after a restart on the 15 lap mark, Benson and Golobic both made a bonsai effort to close in on Becker in the third and fourth turns. All three of the drivers nearly were side by side momentarily until Becker pulled ahead to another healthy lead he would maintain all the way to the finish where he scored his second straight win of the season. Golobic finished in second place followed by Benson, Cory Eliason of Kingsburg, Steven Tiner of Elverta and Andy Forsberg of Auburn.
“I can’t thank Dan Monhoff for letting me drive this car for him,” said Becker. “He’s great to work with and we do well together and have a lot of fun doing it. It’s always great to get a win for him because he and this team put so much into it. We’ll be back next week to give the Forni race a shot, $10,000 to win is a lot of money so it’s going to be tougher than before.”

Jinkerson Breaks Out into Pure Stock lead early for fifth victory

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In the Pure Stock feature, Jinkerson started 10th in the field while Cameron Park’s Rich Zoller set the pace as he muscled ahead of pole sitter Rick Grunert of Woodland. Zoller led the first three laps by a couple car lengths. Following a caution flag and a restart, Folsom’s Jay Bryant moved into the second position to begin challenging for the lead.
With six laps complete, a caution flag flew for a two car collision in the second turn and the restart for the green flag placed Bryant to the inside of Zoller for the restart of the race, after Zoller chose the outside position for the third green flag of the night. The two leaders raced side by side for two laps until Bryant spun in the fourth turn.
As Bryant went to the rear for the restart, Jinkerson made his move and powered into second place on the 8th lap and began challenging Zoller for the lead. Another caution flag on the ninth lap put Jinkerson into position to take the lead when he started aside Zoller for the restart at the halfway point of the race. When the green flag waved again, Jinkerson used his front row starting spot to his benefit, powering ahead of Zoller to take a lead he would never relinquish.
Despite several additional restarts, Jinkerson maintained his lead all the way to the checkered flag where he scored the $500 win and was followed by Zoller, Dan Smith, Rick Grunert and Scott Grunert.
“We had a lot of work to do and a lot to fix last week after our wreck,” said Jinkerson. “But it paid off tonight and we got to spend a lot of time with family and friends in the shop and that’s what this is all about. I was fortunate to get up towards the front tonight and then a restart that got me out ahead of all the trouble and get the win.”

Randy McDaniel fills in for son, scores first Placerville win

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The Limited Late Model race saw polesitter Anthony Restad power into the lead where he made quick work of second place starter Matt Davis of Auburn. McDaniel powered his way around Davis as well to move into second place where he challenged Restad for the lead for the first six laps before muscling his way to the top spot.
Once in front, McDaniel maintained his lead despite the challenges of Restad. At the line it was McDaniel followed by Restad, Ray Trimble of Auburn, Davis and 23jr of Tyler Lightfoot.
“Ryan had to travel to Missouri this week and we wanted to keep supporting this division up here, because having the support of the drivers and cars each week is the only thing that will make it grow. The track and Domco does so much for us and this whole class and we appreciate all they do for the sport so we decided I would step in and drive. We had a good race out there, Ryan makes it look a lot easier than it is though, I’d never driven this car until tonight and it takes some work out here.”
Double Duty for Golobic pays off with BCRA Midget win

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The BCRA Midget feature event started off with Stockton’s Nick Chivello taking the lead off the outside of the front row. Chivello led the first three laps until Golobic, who started third, muscled into second place to challenge for the lead. Golobic made his first attempt on the front stretch of lap three only to have Chivello answer back and power back into the lead. Once lap later, Golobic muscled off the fourth turn to power into the lead in the same spot.
Once in front, Golobic worked his way into a strong lead and began lapping traffic with 13 laps complete. Frank Guerrini of San Rafael powered into second place to distantly challenge the leader with Taylor Simas in his wake.
With 22 laps down a red flag flew when multiple cars collided in the first and second turns and resulted in a red flag when Taylor Simas of Santa Rosa went upside down. Once the event was restarted, Golobic continued his dominance as Cory Elliot of Bakersfield and Chivello muscled back into second place to battle with Guerrini for the final laps. At the line it was Golobic, Cory Elliot of Bakersfied, Chivello and Guerinni.
“I had a great car to drive tonight, they made my job pretty easy,” said Golobic. “We got out in front pretty early and were able to work into the lapped traffic and a good lead. I wanted to win in the sprint cars tonight too but that just didn’t happen tonight. Maybe that saves our luck for next week with the big race, I don’t know. I just want to thank this whole team tonight. Doug Bock provides a great car and crew and I appreciate all they do for me.”
Next Saturday night, Placerville Speedway will host the richest race in it’s 50 Year History.

The event will feature the Civil War Sprint Car Series, which is a spectacular group of drivers on any regular week. However, Handy Racing Promotions and a collaboration with the local business community has worked hard to make this race truly special for the track’s 50th Anniversary Season, it’s the 10th Annual Mark Forni Classic and the track and it;’s supporters have added to the regular Civil War winnings to make the victory worth an amazing $10,000 to win next Saturday. Don’t miss this historical night, gates will open at 5 p.m. with qualifying at 6:30. For more information watch www.placervillespeedway .com