Saturday’s Points Race to Benefit The Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County

By Bill Sullivan

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Jackson Ranchera Casino Series Point Leader Greg Decaires. Photo by Fast Four Media

Four division racing program includes Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks and Midget Lites

PLACERVILLE, CA – After a week off for a special event, the excitement of Weekly Points Racing resumes this Saturday night in the Jackson Rancheria Championship Season at Placerville Speedway. Four divisions will be on the menu this week in an action packed event that will benefit one of the area’s well known charitable organizations, the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County.

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 Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association.

At the start of the racing season, track promoters Alan Handy hand selected the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County as his charity of choice for the new season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds’ facility that has seen one of it’s strongest seasons so far this year in the way of spectator attendance and competitor participation. This Saturday night will mark the first of three big nights of racing in the months to come in which the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County will benefit from ticket sales of Saturday’s event.

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” The Boys & Girls Club is thrilled to be able to partner with Placerville Speedway in 2014! The support provided at these races will help us help the children of El Dorado County to Be Great in all they do,” said Sean McCartney, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County.”

Earlier this year, the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County announced plans to build a brand new facility, much larger and more efficient than their currently location that is located at the Placerville Armory, adjacent to Placerville Speedway. The project is huge under taking for the area non profit and Placerville Speedway looks forward to joining in their fundraising efforts with three events and other fundraising campaigns during year, all of which were specially selected as they are key races which are expected to yield high attendance. So far this season, the grandstands at Placerville Speedway have hosted near capacity crowds each and every night.. The boost in interest is attributed in part to an improved economy over last season combined with sponsorship and marketing partnerships with Jackson Rancheria Casino, the Mountain Democrat Life Newspaper Group and Foothill 7 Television coverage sponsored by Thompson’s Auto Centers and the Toyota Corporation. Such collaboration is bringing the Placerville Speedway brand to the mailboxes, doorsteps and into the living rooms of nearly every El Dorado County home as well as into the nearby Amador Wine County and throughout the Sacramento Valley.


Pure Stock Leader Scott Grunert. Photo by Donna Peter

Saturday will be the first benefit race of the year for the Boys and Girls Club with additional events to follow on July 12 and August 16th. The final benefit race will place on a big weekend at Placerville Speedway that includes the annual Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night on Saturday night followed by the Placerville Police Officers Destruction Derby on Sunday and is one of the most anticipated weekends of the year by area youngster and families.”

“The Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County serves over 300 kids each and every day at our three locations in Placerville, Pollock Pines and Georgetown,” said McCartney. “The Club provides our kids with a safe and fun place to learn and grow,” he added. “A place where they can do their homework, eat a healthy snack and participate in a variety of activities led by a caring and dedicated staff. Great Futures Start Here at the Club! See you at the races!”

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 encourages all of our fans to bring their friends and neighbors this Saturday as every spectator makes a difference in the fundraising efforts for the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County.

Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove leads the point standings in Placerville Speedway’s Sprint Car Division entering Saturday night. Matt Micheli of Live Oak leads the popular Limited Late Model division in the standings while Scott Grunert of Woodland leads the ranks in the Pure Stocks division. Saturday’s race will include the return of the Riebes Auto Parts Kids Dash in addition to heat races and main events for all divisions.

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Forsberg Excites Crowd with $3000 Thompson’s Toyota boosted win at Placerville Civil War

By Bill Sullivan


PLACERVILLE, CA – Auburn, CA driver, Andy Forsberg, took advantage of late a restart, and excited the capacity crowd at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Placerville Speedway on Saturday night as he picked up his first Civil War Series Presented By Flowmaster win of the season, marking the series’ fourth different winner in as many events.

Placerville, CA driver, Andy Gregg, led the field to green aboard his Scott Russell owned, Mike’s Hard Lemonade No. 14R entry, and Steven Tiner move into the second spot, as he stalked the early leader.

With Gregg getting up over the cushion, Tiner stormed into the lead off of the second turn, and led the next three circuits, until Gregg grabbed it back on the 11th lap, with the first caution of the race coming on the 12th circuit.

With the leaders duking it out up front, the battle for the third spot was just as exciting as Forsberg, Gregg Decaires, and Mike Benson raced wheel to wheel.

The ensuing saw restart saw Colby Wiesz get on his side, as a few other cars came to a stop, and when racing action resumed, Gregg got a great jump as he quickly stretched his lead, as Forsberg blasted the cushion, and moved into the second spot, as the drivers used every inch of real estate jockeying for position.

There was racing all over the speedway in the six-lap green flag run, as 12th starting, Shane Golobic, and 17th starting Jonathan Allard worked their way into the fray, as they chased after the top-five until the yellow flew for Allard on the 20th circuit as he got into the seventh spot.

imageWhen the action resumed it was Forsberg getting the best of Gregg as he got the lead, and simply took off, leaving the best race on the track behind him, as Gregg, Cory Eliason, Gregg Decaires and Shane Golobic all battled for the second spot, on the slicked off and racy surface.

The battle allowed Forsberg to stretch his lead out favorably, but the crowd sat on the edge of their seats as they watched three-wide action at times.

On the 28th lap, Cory Eliason lost the handle on his machine, setting up a shootout to the finish, and with Forsberg getting the jump, series point leader, Shane Golobic was able to get into the second spot over Gregg, as Decaires got in fourth, with Justin Sanders in fifth, and 16th starting Jimmy Trulli using the double file restart to work into the sixth spot.

Forsberg would not be denied on this night as he cruised to the victory aboard his F&F Racing/Lucas Oil/Pit Stop USA No. x1 entry much to the crowds approval.

“It feels absolutely amazing to get back in victory lane,” a very jubilant Forsberg said in victory lane. “This is the first time I have ever won a Civil War race at Placerville in the X1 car, and we are thrilled. I cannot thank all you fans for coming, and the good people at Thompson’s Toyota for putting up some extra money for this race.

Forsberg’s win was worth $3,000 in part of a last minute sponsorship by Ron Thompson of Thompson’s Toyota.

Chasing Forsberg across the stripe after a hard fought drive from his 12th starting spot was Fremont, CA driver, Shane Golobic aboard the Keith Day Trucking/Gabilan Ag Services No. 22 machine.

“We have been really fast lately, and we are happy with second, but we sure would have liked to be one spot better,” he admitted on the front stretch. “I cannot thank all of my guys enough for all of their hard work. We have been really good as of late, and it has me excited to keep racing with this team.”

Taking the show position was local stand out Andy Gregg at his home track as well as the home track of car owner Scott Russell.

image“The guys gave me a great car, and a car that was good enough to win this race,” Gregg explained. “I made a mistake on a late restart, and Andy Forsberg was able to get the lead, and I tried everything I could to get back by him. It was my mistake, but I am pumped up and excited to be on the podium. It is great to see a great crowd here, and I hope they all liked that show.”

Following the top three across the line was Justin Sanders, Greg DeCaires, Jimmy Trulli, Mike Benson, Steven Tiner, and Jonathan Allard rounding out the Top-10.

Andy Forsberg got his night started out on the right foot as he was the fast qualifier, and also took the $500 bonus that Thompson’s Toyota put up for doing so.

In heat race action, Gregg DeCaires picked up the win aboard the Dale Miller No. 4SA, while Mike Benson took the second heat aboard his No. 77 machine. Steven Tiner won heat three aboard his Larry Davis Farms/Wright Process No. 94 machine, and Gregg picked up heat four and the Dash win in his Mike’s Hard Lemonade No. 14R machine.

In B main action, Charlie Cagle started on the pole, and went on to the win the race, followed by Matt Peterson, Kurt Nelson, Clayton Snow, Geoff Ensign, and Alissa Geving, all earning transfers to the feature event.

imageThe popular all girl vocal group performed the National Anthem Saturday in the Thompson’s Toyota sponsored Tundra driven by Kent Brown, host of the Ultimate Bass Radio show on KFBK radio. A special thanks to Kent Brown for organizing the appearance of the group who is making headlines in the music industry.

Racing resumes next Saturday night in the first on three big nights of racing designed to raise funds got the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County as they work to build a new much needed facility. Four divisions will be on hand, encourage all your friends and neighbors as the local charity will receive a portion if the ticket sales Saturday night.










High Octane Civil War Sprint Car Series Invades Placerville this Saturday

By Bill Sullivan


(PLACERVILLE,CA) – Saturday night, the regions top 360ci drivers will hit the famous red clay at one of the most exciting tracks on the Civil War Sprint Car Series Presented By Flowmaster circuit, Placerville Speedway in Placerville, CA.

The high-banked ¼ mile speedway sponsored by Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Hoosier Racing Tires and the Mountain Democrat Newspaper Group has produced some memorable racing over the years, and with the highly competitive series that has put up three exciting races thus far in 2014 taking center stage, Saturday night should be one to get to.

In 2013 Civil War Series action at the Placerville Speedway, Placerville, CA driver Andy Gregg picked up two of the four wins, with Elk Grove, CA shoe Greg DeCaires picking up a win, and San Jose, CA driver Tim Kaeding winning the season finale, Al Hinds Memorial.

In 2014 weekly competition at the Placerville Speedway, Justin Sanders has been very hot as he has already picked up three feature event wins, but Greg DeCaires leads the track championship standings by six points by way of his May 17th feature event win.

Leading the series into action on Saturday night is the most recent feature winner, Shane Golobic. Driving the Keith Day Trucking No. 22 machine, Golobic is fresh off of finishes of first and second place, and is looking to extend his lead, and continue his strong runs at the Placerville Speedway.

Breathing down Golobic’s neck, and sitting just four markers out of the lead is 2013 series champion, Sean Becker. “The Shark” has picked up two third place finishes aboard his new H.A.M. Construction No. 35M team, and his hungry to pick up their first win together.

Sitting in the third spot is Sebastapol, CA wheel-man, Geoff Ensign. Ensign has been dominant at the Petaluma Speedway to date, and in Civil War action, he has shown that he can be a factory from any starting position. After charging from 12th-2nd during the series opener, Ensign started in the C main on Saturday night aboard Bret Lay’s No. 24B machine, and ended his night with a 5th place finish. Ensign sits 19 markers out of the lead.

Currently 4th in the standings by way of his three Top-10 finishes is ‘The Colfax Comet’ Colby Wiesz. Piloting his family owned No. 21W machine, Wiesz has had a very consistent start to the 2014 campaign, and has shown he can come from deep in the field as he did at the season opener, as well as Sunday’s race at the Chico, CA. 30 markers out of the top spot, Wiesz will look to cut into that this weekend.

Rounding out the Top-5, and looking to shake some bad luck to start his 2014 season with F & F Racing is Mr. Excitement, Andy Forsberg. Sitting 50 digits out of the lead, the seven-time series champion has had multiple mechanical gremlins knock him out of contention of wins early in the year, and the team will be gunning to return to victory lane at their home track.

In the most recent series action, Hanford, CA driver, DJ Netto survived a wild main event, and a last lap challenge from Shane Golobic, on Saturday night at the Marysville Raceway Park to secure his first career series win, while on Sunday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway, Jonathan Allard and Shane Golobic thrilled the crowd with a battle for the lead, with Golobic taking the lead for good with four laps to go to secure the win.

Other drivers expected to be at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night include Andy Gregg, Justin Sanders, Steven Tiner, Matt Peterson, Justyn Cox, Jonathan Allard, Kurt Nelson, Alissa Geving, Herman Kleing, Greg DeCaires, Jimmy Trulli, Jake Morgan, James Sweeney, and many other top drivers.

The gates will open at 5 p.m on Saturday night.



DeCaires, Tilford and Trimble all win nail biters in 6th Championship Point Race

By Bill Sullivan


PLACERVILLE, CA – Saturday night close wheel to wheel racing that kept the fans on the edge of their seats for nearly every race seemed to be the theme at Placerville Speedway for the sixth Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship season presented by Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light, The Mountain Democrat and Riebes Auto Parts. Although car counts were slightly lower than usual due to multiple events in the region, the racing was some of the best of the year with a w pair of new faces in victory lane and two repeat winners of the season.

In the Sprint Car division, Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove drove his way to his first win of the year aboard his Dale Miller owned Foothill 7 Television #4sa Sprint Car. Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights scored his second straight win in Pure Stocks while Ray Trimble of Auburn earned his second win of the year in the Late Model division. Logan Seavey drove his way to his first win in the Midget Lites.

In the 25-lap Sprint Car feature, DeCaires started on the inside of row three and quickly worked his way into contention for the lead, working his way past Matt Barber, Billy Butler and Mike Benson to trail race leader James Sweeney of Placerville. Sweeney held the upper hand for nearly the entire race, however, when a red flag flew with 22 laps left for a vicious crash on the backstretch involving defending champion Andy Forsberg and Steven Ingraham the race came down to a three lap dogfight that had nearly every fan on their feet once the accident was cleaned up and both uninjured drivers returned to the pit area.

The final green flag saw Sweeney rocket into the lead by a little more than a car length until DeCaires took the middle line of the track and then dove back down to the low groove to pull beside Sweeney and slide his way into the lead. In the next set of turns, Sweeney answered back with the same aggressive move to redeem the lead. This dogfight had the majority of the fans on their feet cheering as the two top runners took their battle into the final lap where DeCaires pulled the checkmate on Sweeney with the final slide job that secured the win. Sweeney earned second followed by Benson. Matt Peterson of Wilton had another strong night with fourth place while Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks muscled his way into a top five.

“Wow it feels really good to put this Foothill 7 car in victory lane for the first time this season and I can’t be more grateful to have them on the car this year. Through all these years Ron Thompson has supported my racing in form or another and what he’s doing this year for me and the track with local TV deal is just awesome,” said DeCaires. “When we had that green white checkered on the restart it gave me the chance to get underneath James and if you look at the mud on the car it shows how Alan Handy had this track perfect tonight to make those kind of moves.”05_17_2014_169

Last year, DeCaires teamed with local car owner Dale Miller mid season and the duo became a perfect match, fielding a car in tribute Stephen Allard, the competitive driver whom the racing community lost over the Christmas holiday in 2012. Regardless of the quantity of wins that DeCaires has scored since the inception of the team, every victory is emotional for the veteran driver who lost both his friend and his Mother in the same year, both of which were huge supporters of his racing career.

“I think every race we are in there’s a little bit of Stephen in the cockpit of that car with me because I find myself doing things the way he did,” said DeCaires. “Not a day or a race goes by that I don’t think of our good friend and my Mom who did so much for me. This one’s for them, all of them are for them and I thank everyone that makes this all possible.”


In the Limited Late Model feature, Trimble started on the outside of the front row next to one of the region’s most competitive drivers in stock cars and dirt modifieds, Randy McDaniel of Olivehurst. At the waving of the green flag it was McDaniel who shot into the lead while Dominic Stone of Folsom lived up to his name of the flying plumber and pressured his way into second place to join his teammate, McDaniel, for the evening.


For nearly the entire race, McDaniel and Stone drive a car length ahead of Trimble in their identical cars to dominate the event. On lap 14 Trimble found his way back into the second position where he patiently closed in on McDaniel to challenge for the lead. It came down to the final turn of the final lap as the two drivers drove side by side out of the fourth turn towards the finish line where Trimble edged McDaniel by mere inches for the win. McDaniel finished in second place followed by Stone, Jay Norton of Shingle Springs and Matt Davis of Auburn.05_17_2014_173


“When your racing against Randy you don’t have many chances get into the lead when he is out front,” said Trimble. “I knew I had that one chance there at the end and I put my nose in there and it got us here for our second win and I couldn’t be happier. Most importantly I think we gave these fans a great show tonight out there tonight. This was fun race.”


The clean and close racing didn’t stop there, in the Pure Stock division, Tilford’s route to his second victory was far from a cake walk, but rather a door to door battle for the lead for nearly all 20 laps with veteran driver Kevin Wirth of Garden Valley. A longtime local favorite who somewhat retired from the sport a couple years ago, Wirth has recently returned to his local track in a car which he shares the driving duties with his brother in law John Durrett and Saturday night proved, he is still the clean competitive driver he was known for through the years.


05_17_2014_177Wirth took the lead at the green flag while Tilford started in the third position and worked his way into second place where the duo raced bumper to bumper and side by side lap after lap in the evening’s third straight nail biter of the night. It wasn’t until the final tow laps that the battle got even closer as the two rubbed doors contesting for the lead and Tilford eventually took the upper hand to score his second straight win of the year. Wirth finished in second place followed by Eddie Gardner of Sacramento, Rick Grunert of Woodland and Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove.

“That was probably the most fun I have ever had in all our races here,” said Tilford in victory lane. “When we pulled off the track and we both got out of our cars we shook hands and shared some laughs how much fun we had out there. Kevin has been doing this a lot longer that I have and he’s won a lot of races at this place and is a great driver, I’m glad he’s back, we rubbed doors a bit out there and all in fun. I have to thank all my sponsors and family for helping me to another win tonight, I couldn’t do it without them. We’re looking to be back here on the Fourth of July our next time out and see if we can get a win on that big one.”

The feature event wasn’t the only photo finish in the Pure Stock division Saturday night. Earlier in the evening the Riebe’s Auto Parts Kids’ Dash placed point leader Scott Grunert of Woodland up his Father Rick Grunert in a three lap duel at intermission. The two generations drove a close race that came down to the line in a finish so close that neither driver knew who won until they pulled to the front stretch where a photo review of the finish was confirmed by the computerized transponders that it was Dad’s night to win and Rick Grunert picked a young lady from the stands to join him in victory lane where she took home the trophy and a complimentary shirt from Placerville Speedway.05_17_2014_111


“We’ve been coming here for nearly 20 years, and we enjoy this place and all the great fans,” said Grunert. “This is a fun race they put on here for the kids and we really enjoyed being part of it tonight. I had a few tricks saved up I hadn’t taught the kid yet to get the win over him.”

In the visiting Midget Lites, Seavey drove to his first career win after leading every lap of the 20-lap feature event. Driving for veteran car owner John Taylor of Orangevale, Seavey started on the outside of the front row Saturday night and muscled his way into the lead over pole sitter Marcus Smith of Manteca, a lead he never relinquished all the way to the finish.

05_17_2014_107At the finish line Seavey was followed by Dakota Albright, Smith, Danika Parker and Steve Brown.

05_17_2014_181“I’m pretty thankful for John Taylor letting me drive his car here,” said Seavey. “We had a good starting spot tonight to get out in front and stay out of trouble. I’m pretty happy to get the win for his team here tonight, it feels great.”

Racing resumes next Saturday night, May 31 at Placerville Speedway when the Civil War Sprint Car Series rolls into town following the Memorial Day holiday. There will be no racing on Saturday, May 24.

Join over 4000 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. Find all the information on Placerville Speedway at the official track website

Press Release written by Bill Sullivan for Placerville Speedway.

Photos by Donna Peter




Sanders goes for a fab four streak in sixth Placerville points race Saturday

By Bill Sullivan


Four division racing program includes Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks and BCRA Midget Lites

PLACERVILLE, CA – This Saturday night, Justin Sanders will be looking to continue his win streak at Placerville Speedway in the winged sprint car division. The Prunedale driver, who earned his first career win here three weeks ago, will be looking to make it a fabulous foursome should he notch another victory in his belt during this Saturday’s Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship Point Race.

Four divisions of racing will form the race card Saturday night at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. As Sanders will lead the winged 360 sprint car division the quarter-mile clay over will be host to Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks competing in the 2014 championship bout. The three track regulars are being joined by the visiting Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association.

In the Sprint Car division, Sanders enters Saturday’s race with a 17 point advantage over former champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. Matt Peterson of Wilton is third in the ranks, 40-points behind the leader. Defending track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn slipped from second to fourth last week where he is tied in the point standings by Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli. Jake Morgan of Elk Grove is just 10-points behind the tied duo.

In the Limited Late Model class, 2012 champion Matt Micheli of Live Oak has moved into the point lead. Micheli has a five point lead over defending champion Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights, last Saturday’s feature event winner. Ray Trimble of Auburn is third, 12-points back, followed by Jay Norton of Shingle Springs and Ken Micheli of Live Oak.05_10_2014_160a

Pure Stock racing has Scott Grunert of Woodland at the top of the ranks with an 8-point lead over Tim Mack of El Dorado. Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley is third followed by Eddie Gardner of Sacramento and Rick Grunert of Woodland who rounds out the top five, 30-points behind the leader.

The three track regulars will be joined by the Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association. In this division Scott Kinney leads the standings over Brian Corso. Marcus Smith is third followed by Terry Bergstrom and Cory Green who rounds out the top five.

Placerville Speedway’s 2014 championship season is sponsored by the new Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort who welcomes the racing community to their lavish 257,000 square foot entertainment facility in the heart of the Amador wine country. Additional sponsorship provided by Hoosier Tires, Coors Light, The Mountain Democrat, Riebes Auto Parts, ADCO Driveline, the Paint Spot and more. Complete point standings can be found at :

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.

Join over 4000 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.