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Placerville’s Andy Gregg drives to third sprint win of the year on Kid’s Night

PLACERVILLE, CA (8-15-15) – Winning on Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night is always special for any driver at Placerville Speedway due to the large crowd and excited youngsters that turn out to the event to race their bicycles on the speedway with the help of their favorite drivers. Placerville’s Andy Gregg has won on this special night earlier in his career, but Saturday night his win was even more special that previously, as it was his first Kid’s Night victory as a new Father himself.

“Winning on this night is always special, but tonight this is really special for me as I’m a Dad myself now and to experience all of this with my family is awesome,” said Greg. “I love kids, I love the young fans, that’s what it’s all about. I love being a Dad and to do this now that I have a kid of my own is just really special tonight.”

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Gregg led every one of the 25 laps of the feature event in Saturday’s Red Hawk Casino Championship point race. The popular local driver shared in his celebration with Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst who won his eighth feature event in the Domco Plumbing Late Models and Nick Baldwin of Oakley, who scored his first win in the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication Pure Stock division.

For Gregg, Saturday’s win marked the third time this year he had been to victory lane at his hometown track driving for local car owner Scott Russell in the #14R Sprint Car that is second in the championship point standings. Not only was the event memorable with all the youngsters on hand, it earned his team added winnings as Geico Insurance added $500 to the victory, making it worth a total of $2000 for the night. Earlier in the night, the local Geico group paid a $500 bonus to Fast Qualifier Jake Morgan as well.

When the green flag waved, Gregg powered his way off the second place starting position into the lead he would never relinquish over pole sitter Cory Eliason and the two front runners quickly found their way to lapped traffic. On the 14th lap, seventh place starter Sean Becker found his way into second place to begin pursuit of the distant Gregg while fending off the challenges of point leader Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove simultaneously with Wilton’s Matt Peterson close behind.

At the checkered flag, Gregg crossed the line within lapped traffic. Becker finished in second, followed by DeCaires, Peterson and Eliason.
Win Comes Earlier than Expected for Baldwin in Pure Stocks

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Twenty two cars took the green flag in the Pure Stock division. Jason Palmer took the lead off the pole position and was challenged in the opening laps by Rick Campbell and Rick Grunert. With two laps complete the race underwent a caution delay with Tim Mack and Danielle Clauson collided in a multi car collision in turn three.

Once restarted the race saw Palmer drift high in the second turn which allowed Grunert to muscle into the lead as they traveled down the backstretch. Once in front Grunert remained in the lead into the with Palmer chasing him down for much of the event, both avoiding a series of multi car collisions along the way.

On lap 14 Nick Baldwin of Sacramento overtook Palmer for second place with Scott Grunert following suit into third into the final laps. On the 18th lap a final restart put Baldwin close Grunert for the green flag and a sprint to the finish line where Baldwin muscled ahead of Grunert for the lead. Baldwin drove to victory followed by Les Friend of Galt, Scott Grunert of Woodland , Rick Grunert and Rich Zoller of Cameron Park.

“We started racing here mid season as we came from a different track so its taken us a lot of work,” said Baldwin. “I didn’t expect to get this win this early but here we are and it feels good to be here at a track that’s this competitive. Tonight things were getting pretty crowded coming out of turn two, I saw an opportunity and took it and it paid off.”

Win doesn’t come easy for McDaniel in Late Models

IMG_4880Duane Cleveland of Chico powered off the second place starting position into the lead at the opening green flag. As early as the second lap a caution flag flew when Ryan Peter of Rio Linda came to a stop in turn two after a collision. Once the race restarted, Cleveland muscled ahead of second place starter Jay Norton of Shingle Springs who was feeling the challenges of seven time winner Ryan McDaniel.

As the race reached the halfway point, McDaniel overtook second place and raced an exciting battle with Cleveland for the lead until taking the top spot with a switchback move on the front stretch of lap 13. In the final laps, McDaniel and Cleveland kept the fans on the edge of their seats with a heated battle for the lead. At the finish line McDaniel took the win followed by Cleveland, Norton, Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights and Ray Trimble of Auburn.

“This car was far from easy to drive tonight,” said McDaniel, as he celebrated his eighth win of the year. “I tightened it up too much after the heat race and it was a struggle to get up there and run for the lead. I finally got to the point where I knew I wasn’t going to do it by following him down low so we found a line on the outside and got it done.”
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Next Saturday night, racing continued at Placerville Speedway as the season winds down to its final weeks. This coming Saturday will feature inflated winnings for the Placerville Posse Series, Sprint Cars will win $2000, Limited Late Models $750 and Pure Stocks $500 the three track regulars will be joined by the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars.

The grandstands will open at 5 p.m on Saturday with qualifying starting at 6:30 followed by heat races for all four divisions. Adult tickets are $15, Juniors and Seniors are $13, Children are $6 and those under six are free. For additional information on this event check out www.placervillespeedway.com or join the local racing community on Facebook and Twitter and interact with over 5000 fans, drivers and track staff.

* Article: Bill Sullivan Photos by: Ron Tilford

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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