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Golobic Rounds up the Placerville Posse for First Win of the Season

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By: Brad Kennedy *

Placerville, CA (July 2)…The first of two nights of racing in three days kicked off Saturday at Placerville Speedway, with 25 Thompson’s Auto Center 360 Sprint Cars signed into the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. For the third round of the Placerville Posse Challenge, promoter Scott Russell and crew prepared a wide and racy surface for the evening.

In the 25 lap feature, #77 – Mike Benson of Calistoga and #22 – Shane Golobic of Fremont had the front row and led the field into turn one. Third starting Matt Peterson climbed pole sitter Mike Benson’s right rear tire in turn 1, with Peterson spinning to a stop in front of the field. Posse point leader Andy Forsberg was also involved as he made contact with Peterson, knocking the PT SHocks, Pit Stop USA 7c out for the remainder of the race.

For the restart, Shane Golobic got the jump over Benson and quickly took command of the event. Meanwhile, the race was heated for third as Andy Gregg, defending track champion Greg DeCaires, and points leader Mason Moore raced for position. On lap 5, Bobby Butler made contact with Jake Morgan while running outside the top ten, causing  him to flip violently in turn three. Butler complained of an aching knee, but was reported to be otherwise unhurt.

With 8 laps complete, action was halted again as the evening’s 3rd quick qualifier Cody Hodgson made heavy contact with the turn 4 wall abutment. Hodgson was ok, but was forced from the event with rear end damage to the car.

As the race went on, Golobic withstood some heavy pressure from Andy Gregg, but was never passed, as he would win his first race of the year at his favorite track over Gregg, Michael Kofoid who was third, while Greg Decaires and Mason Moore rounded out the top five. 07_02_2016_368c

“All the restarts gave Andy Gregg a lot of chances at me, and he’s real good here”, admitted Golobic in victory lane, “But, fortunately we were able to hold him off and get the win. I love coming here, as it’s my favorite place to race. I was glad to be able to run double duty tonight. I wish I had gotten the win in both, but I will take this and be happy”.

Heat race wins went to Andy Gregg, Jake Morgan, Matt Peterson, and Mike Benson, while Sean Becker set quick time and earned $100 courtesy from ADCO Driveline and Exhaust, with a lap of 11.126.

17 BCRA Midgets entered the night for their second trip of 2016 to the Placerville Speedway. The field took the green into turn one for 30 laps of action, with outside row 1 starter Britton Bock hitting the inside berm in turn one causing the car to bicycle and stall the motor.

A complete restart saw Taylor Simas lead the field over Cory Elliott. However, the caution would soon fly again as Maria Cofer spun in turn 1 and collected #77K Mark Maliepaard and #87 Bobby Wilson.

Once the race got going, Simas took a commanding lead over the field. In just 9 laps,  Shane Golobic moved from his 15th starting spot up to fifth, and battled Sean Becker for 4th for multiple laps. Just past the ten lap mark, a torrid battle for 3rd between Brian Gard, Greg Bragg, Sean Becker, and Golobic preceded a stoppage as Golobic cut down a right rear tire on lap 15 and would be forced to pit before returning to action.

Taylor Simas continued to stay flawless when the race resumed, while Golobic charged from the rear of the field back to 3rd in the final 15 laps of the race. Simas cruised to his first Placerville Speedway win over second running Cory Elliott, while Golobic took home 3rd. Fourth was Greg Bragg while fifth went to Sean Becker.

“The track really started slicking off toward the end”, Simas explained in the winner’s circle. “The car was stuck really well on the bottom on entry, I just had to make sure I stayed glued to the bottom coming off. Luckily, we held held them off”.

Heat race wins were captured by Simas and Bock.

21 Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabrication Pure Stocks were on tap for their third round of the Posse Challenge series, and all 21 took the green flag for the start of their scheduled 25 lap feature. Jason Palmer and Chris Van Roekel led the field to green, with Palmer jumping out front early, and Dan Smith moving into second . Smith would use the bottom of turns 3 & 4, and take the lead at the line on lap 4.

Two laps later, #13x of Loren Chitwood would stop. After multiple cautions in the race, the distance was shortened to 15 laps after being scheduled for 20.

The last three laps would have a fierce battle between Dan Smith and Scott Grunert for the lead. Grunert took over the lead on the last lap, and went on to win his first feature of the season, over Smith, Russ Murphy, Jason Palmer and Chris Van Roekel. 07_02_2016_357c

“Patience paid off tonight”, Grunert acknowledged on the front stretch after. “I knew as long as I got to (Smith’s) door on the final lap, I had him. Just glad to get the victory here. It was a rough start to the season, but we are slowly picking up points here and there and gaining on them.”

The three heat winners were Orville Owens, Rick Grunert, and Nick Baldwin.

17 Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models were signed into the Placerville Speedway, after the division had put on a stellar performance the weekend before. Front row starters Ray Trimble and Mike Lightfoot took the green and battled it out early, as the two swapped the lead back and forth for the opening three circuits. On lap three, Ryan McDaniel spun to a stop in turn three after heavy contact with Lightfoot to bring out the first caution of the main event.

On the ensuing restart, cousins Ray and Wayne Trimble had the front row and battled it out for family bragging rights, until Posse points leader McDaniel came to stop again with front end damage, ending his chances for two in a row.

As the race went on, Ray Trimble fended off multiple advances from his cousin Wayne and went on to win his second race of the year. Mike Lightfoot overtook Wayne Trimble in the closing laps for second, relegating Trimble to 3rd while Tom Tilford and Tyler Lightfoot competed the top five run down.

07_02_2016_320cTrimble was a happy guy in victory lane, noting that, “You have a lot of great racers here who are very fast. McDaniel, Lightfoot, they are all tough here. Anyone can win. I am super stoked to win again tonight”.

Heat Race winners were Mike Lightfoot and Ray Trimble.

Placerville Speedway comes back with the 11th points race of the season, on Monday night the 4th of July. The evening will feature a three division program for 360 Sprints, Limited Late Models, and Pure Stocks. Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating once again steps up to bolster the purse for the Pure Stocks, offering $100 to start for all feature competitors.

After the night’s racing program concludes, the lights around the facility will be turned off and the fans will be treated to a thrilling Fireworks show. 105.1 KNCI Radio has called the fireworks show at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds one of the “12 Best Local Places to Celebrate the 4th of July”.

Pit gates open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM. Placerville track management encourages spectators to arrive early to secure a seat, as grandstand space for this event is always limited. Unfortunately, with the notable exception of reserved seating for season ticket holders, no saving of seats will be allowed.

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 7700 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

 

Placerville Speedway readies for Fourth of July weekend celebration

Placerville, CA (June 30)…Placerville Speedway’s most ambitious weekend of the 2016 season thus far features two nights of racing in three days. This Saturday night, July 2nd, will be the 10th point race of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship season. Then, just 2 days later, the speedway hosts it’s annual “Independence Day Fireworks Celebration” night of racing, on Monday, July 4th.

B&GClubcComing on the heels of a successful evening last Saturday that featured the Thompson’s Buick/GMC “Fan Appreciation Day” car show, along with the “Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado County Western Slope Night” that saw race fans and track management donate $2,000 to the local chapter, Saturday’s race also features the makeup date for a previously postponed Placerville Posse race. This event is the third of four events on the Posse schedule, and boasts increased purses for the Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stock division. In addition, the BCRA Midgets make their first of two appearances on the season, and the Vintage Hard Tops will be on hand for an exhibition event.

Two days later, “The Fastest 1/4 mile Dirt Oval in California” comes back with the 11th point race of the season, on the 4th of July. The evening will feature a three division program for 360 Sprints, Limited Late Models, and Pure Stocks. Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating once again steps up to bolster the purse for the Pure Stocks, offering $100 to start for all feature competitors.

FireworkscAfter the night’s racing program concludes, the lights around the facility will be turned off and the fans will be treated to a thrilling Fireworks show. 105.1 KNCI Radio has called the fireworks show at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds one of the “12 Best Local Places to Celebrate the 4th of July”.

Pit gates for both nights of racing open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM. Placerville track management encourages spectators to arrive early to secure a seat, as grandstand space for this event is always limited. Unfortunately, with the notable exception of reserved seating for season ticket holders, no saving of seats will be allowed.

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 7700 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.

Shawn Jones scores emotional victory at Placerville Speedway

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By: Brad Kennedy *

Placerville, CA (June 25)…60 race cars jammed the pits at Placerville Speedway for the 9th point race of the 2016 Red Hawk Casino Championship Series, which also represented the second of four “Placerville Posse Challenge” events on the year.

20 Thompson’s Auto Group winged 360 sprint cars lined up for the evening’s 25 lap main event, with points leader Mason Moore leading the field to the green flag. Moore set a torrid pace over the first 15 laps, looking for his third feature win of the year.

A lap 16 restart saw Moore once again jump out front as Andy Forsberg in the PitStopUSA.com #7c utilized the top to go from fourth to second going into the first corner. However, Forsberg made contact with Moore sending the F&F Auto Racing #x1 into a spin collecting multiple drivers. Kirt Organ inherited the lead, up from his 4th starting spot. Over the course of the final 10 circuits, Organ held off a hard charging Greg DeCaires for the win. Michael Kofoid got by DeCaires in the waning laps to finish second, while Sean Becker and Andy Forsberg rounded out the top five.  

06_25_2016_215c“We have a hit and miss schedule this year at Placerville”, explained Organ in victory lane. “I love this track and can’t thank my team enough for getting me on the front stretch tonight. We have been struggling lately so we called my friend Larry Shelton to come help tonight and it paid off”.

Earlier in the evening, Andy Forsberg circled the 1/4 mile in 10.808 seconds and earned the $100 Fast Time award courtesy of ADCO Driveline and Exhaust. Heat race wins went to Kyler Shaw, Mason Moore, and Steven Tiner, while Sean Becker grabbed the AL Driveline Hard Charger bonus in the feature, improving 11 positions in the feature to finish 4th.

12 Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models were on hand for the evening, with father and son Mike and Tyler Lightfoot of Placerville owning the front row for the 20 lap event. As soon as the green flag dropped, second row starter Ryan McDaniel attacked like a shark in turns one and two and took the lead. Troy Foulger followed suit shortly thereafter, and moved into second. 06_25_2016_181c

McDaniel stretched a four second advantage in the non-stop event at one point, but found negotiating traffic difficult in the latter stages of the race, allowing Foulger to close. As the white flag flew, Foulger pulled the trigger to pass McDaniel, but misjudged the nose of the race car and made contact with McDaniel causing Foulger to spin on the last lap. McDaniel went on to win, marking his second victory at Placerville in 2016. Matt Micheli was second, with Foulger third, followed by Tyler and Mike Lightfoot to complete the top five.

“I knew I had to make quick work on the start due to the slick conditions. I just didn’t want to be stuck behind anybody, so I was aggressive on the start and that move ultimately won us the race,” a calm Ryan McDaniel explained in victory lane.

Heat race winners were Tom Tilford and Troy Foulger. 

17 Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stocks signed into the pits for the second Posse event of the year, with Orville Owens and Rick Grunert leading the field to green in the 20 lap feature. Grunert took command from Owens early, while Owens would execute a spin and keep going in turns one and two on lap 3.

The caution would wave eventually on lap 9 for Jason Palmer who spun in turn one, collecting the 22H of Michael Hilton and the 11L of Chris Van Roekle.

Rick Grunert would remain on point with Dan Smith in tow for the restart. However, the red flag came out as Rick Campbell hit the turn four wall and eventually rolled his car in turn one. Campbell was uninjured in the accident.

During the red flag stoppage, current Pure Stock point leader Nick Baldwin went to the pits with mechanical woes, and surrendered his fifth place position in the process.

As the race continued with Grunert in command, Chris Van Roekel and Sam Bernstein collided forcing officials to cut the race to 15 laps instead of the scheduled 20. Rick Grunert went on to win his first race of 2016 in the 14SR. Dan Smith, Scott Grunert, Orville Owens and Jason Palmer rounded out the top five.

Heat race wins were taken by Russ Murphy and Dan Jinkerson.

For the third time in 2016, the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car series took to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds clay oval. 21 cars and stars of the series were in attendance to try to tame the “Fastest ¼ mile dirt track in California”.

Mike Grenert and Toby Brown led the field to green, but the yellow followed immediately as Terre Rothweiler, Jenna Frazier, Thomas Leiby, Ken Radabaugh and Jeff Fitch all came together to stop the action.

When the race resumed, it would turn into a battle royale, as Chad Matthias, Shawn Jones, Scotty Dahlgren and Dan Geil threw slide job after slide job, swapping positions all around the speedway.

Yellow lights stopped the action with only four circuits to go as Scott Dahlgren and Chad Matthias would make contact, spinning Mattias in turn one.

On the restart, leader Scott Grenert got a slow start allowing Shawn Jones to move from third to the lead. Jones went on to win, dedicating the victory to his mother in law who had passed a few days earlier.

“This win will stick with us for a while”, said an emotional Jones. “I have to thank my brother in law for letting me drive this car for him tonight. I couldn’t be more humbled to win tonight for the family.” Jones explained.

The final finishing order had Grenert 2nd over Buddy Olchowka, Scott Dahlgren and Kevin Bender rounding out the top five. Jones also won the first heat while Danny Wagner and Chad Matthias won heats 2 & 3, respectively.

Placerville Speedway returns to action next Saturday night, July 2nd, with the 10th point race of the Red Hawk Casino Championship Series, while it will also mark the 3rd event of the four race Placerville Posse series. Pit gates 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 7700 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

Placerville Speedway gears back up this Saturday after week hiatus

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Following a weekend off to observe Father’s Day, Placerville Speedway roars back into action this coming Saturday night at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

x1cThe four division program marks the 9th Red Hawk Casino Championship point race of the season, and will also mark the second of four “Placerville Posse” events for the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Car Series, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, as well as the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabricating Pure Stock division. In addition, the NorCal Dwarf Cars will be on hand for the third time in the 2016 season.

The rescheduled “Fan Appreciation Day” Car Show is also set to coincide with this weekend’s event, and will take place from noon to 3pm at the Thompson’s Buick/GMC location on Placerville Drive.

All four divisions of race cars in competition that evening will be represented at Thompson’s, featuring 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Model Cars, Pure Stock Cars and the visiting Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association series.

In addition, kids up to age of 14 will receive a free t-shirt. Thompson’s will be accepting donations for Hot Dogs and sodas with all proceeds benefitting the Boys & Girls Club El Dorado County Western Slope. For more info on the Boys and Girls Club, visit www.bgce.org.

The action will then shift across the street to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, where  Placerville Speedway will have pit gates open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado County Western Slope to Placerville Speedway this Saturday night”, said track co-promoter Kami Arnold. “They will have many club participants and staff members in attendance for the evening and we are thrilled that they will be on hand for the evening as part of our continued commitment to reaching out to our community”. In addition, Club Director Sean McCartney has been invited to the announcer’s booth to share updates of the new construction and expansionx2c project that is currently underway.

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.

Steven Tiner Dominates Civil War Series Event at Placerville Speedway

By PJ Petersen

Placerville, CA (June 11)…Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway, Steven Tiner had a little bit of luck on his side to put him in position to dominate the 30-lap Civil War Series feature event, and qualify for the Johnny Key Classic that is set for August 20th at the Ocean Speedway. DSC_0338c

Lining up on the front of the feature event, Tiner would lead the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster field to green as he jumped to the early lead over Chase Majdic and Greg DeCaires, before the first yellow flag of the night flew on the second lap.

On the extremely slick Placerville Speedway, Tiner would continue to lead the way as DeCaires moved into the second spot. With the lead duo breaking away from the pack, Colby Copeland, Andy Forsberg, and Mason Moore jockeyed for position in the top-five, while Jonathan Allard began working his way through the pack.

As the leaders got into traffic, the yellow would again fly on the 11th circuit and give Tiner a clear track, but would restack the field for another double file restart.

With a yellow on the ensuing restart, a single file restart would see Tiner leave the field in his wake as DeCaires continued to chase after. With Forsberg taking over the third spot, Kyle Hirst and Jonathan Allard would move into the Top-Five as the race settled into an extended green flag run.

Tiner looked to be well on his way to his first Civil War Series win of the season, but a yellow on the 27th lap would turn the race into a three-lap shootout with defending track champion, Greg DeCaires right on his tail.

The immediate restart saw Hirst hop the cushion and bring the yellow back out, but the race’s final restart would see Tiner fend off DeCaires’ challenge as he picked up the win and earned a berth into the Johnny Key Classic.

“I had someone looking over me tonight,” a jubilated Steven Tiner said. “We missed the inversion in time trials, but had some luck on our side and ended up on the front row of our heat and were able to win. Then a little girl pulled us the two pill for the Dash and we ended up on the front row of the feature and the rest his history. I have to thank my Uncle Tom for his help because we ran Hanford Friday night and got home at 4:30am. It’s great to get a win at Placerville Speedway.”

DeCaires would finish in the second spot, and Mason Moore would earn the last spot on the Podium. Forsberg would finish fourth, Allard fifth from 16th, Copeland sixth, Mike Benson seventh, Logan Seavey eighth, Justyn Cox ninth, and Chase Majdic would round out the Top-10.

Saturday night saw a total of 32 cars check into the pit area with Oregon driver, Jarred Ridge earning quick time honors.

A four-heat race program was in place and wins went to Moore, DeCaires, Copeland, and Tiner. Chase Majdic would win the Dash, and Kyle Hirst would come back from a heat race flip to win the B and transfer to the feature event along with Allard, Ridge, Terrell, Seavey, and Geoff Ensign.

The companion division Nor-Cal Dwarf series saw 26 cars on hand for their second visit of 2016.

For the feature event 20 cars would take on the slick Placerville Speedway surface as Thomas Leiby and Toby Brown would set the pace for the 20 lap main. As the green flew, the red would be quickly drawn as the 24n of Mike Grenert would catch the fence off of turn four, flipping violently down the front stretch. Colby Weisz would make significant contact with Grenert, as well, but fortunately both drivers were ok.

As the feature resumed, the race for the top five would be an epic battle between Kevin Bender, Johnny Reeves, Scott Dahlgren and Buddy Olschowka, as slide jobs were thrown by all for the top spot.

As the track dried out more, the lead would expand for Kevin Bender in the late stages of the main event and he would go on to take the win in front of a packed house. Second would be awarded to Johnny Reeves. Third went to Scott Dahlgren, while fourth was Buddy Olschowka and Ray Smith rounded out the top five.

Heat wins went to Mike Grenert, Shawn Jones, Buddy Olschowka, while the B main winner was Doug Martin.

Next Saturday night, Placerville Speedway sits dormant, but will return with the 9th Red Hawk Casino Championship event on June 25th.

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.