Gregg looks to keep closing in on point leader DeCaires Saturday night

DSC_0351PLACERVILLE, CA (7-25-15) – This Saturday night racing continues in the Red Hawk Casino Championship Season at Placerville Speedway presented by Thompson’s Auto Centers. Four divisions will converge at the quarter-mile bullring on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for the third championship points race of the season.

Saturday’s race card includes the Domco Plumbing Winged Sprint Car division along with Domco Plumbing Late Models and the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stocks. The night offers championship points for all three divisions towards the season title . The visiting Midget Lites will also be earning digits for their traveling championship campaign.
In the Domco Plumbing Sprint Car division, defending champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove will look to continue his roll towards the 2015 Red Hawk Casino Championship title aboard the #4SA sprint car owned by Placerville residents Dale and Tara Miller. DeCaires has been a dominant force this season since the opening green flag with four season victories that have contributed to his lead that is now at 56-points.

Placerville’s Andy Gregg is second in the standings and having a mid season rally pushing him to a hearty advantage for the second position. While Greg sits 56-points behind DeCaires in his Scott Russell owned #14r, his 68-points ahead of Mike Benson of Calistoga. Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks is 40 points back in the fourth position, 55-points ahead of Placerville’s James Sweeney.

In the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication Pure Stock Division, defending champion Scott Grunert of Woodland leads the standings with a 17-point advantage over Elk Grove’s Lonnie Leonard. Tim Mack of Diamond Springs is 34 points from the lead in third position. Russell Murphy of Placerville is fourth, 35 point back. Jason Palmer of West Sacramento is fifth, 55 points from the top spot.

The Domco Plumbing Late Model Division has Folsom’s Dominic Stone leading the point standings. Stone is 12 points ahead of Auburn’s Ray Trimble. Each with a victory this season, Stone and Trimble are trailed by 2014 Rookie of the Year Tyler Lightfoot of Placerville who is 66-points out of the lead. Eddie Gardner of Citrus Heights is fourth with Olivhurst’s Ryan McDaniel rounding out the top five.
Tickets for Saturday at $15 for adults Seniors and Juniors are $13, Children $6 and under six will be admitted for free. The pit gate opens at 2 p.m. Saturday, Grandstands open at 5 with qualifying for the Sprint Cars at 6:30. For further information visit

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Kaeding Leads KWS Sprints Back to Placerville Saturday Night

BK PREVIEW(Courtesy Gary Thomas/KWS Series) – National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Brent Kaeding earned his most recent King of the West victory at Placerville Speedway in 2012 and came oh so close in the summer event last year. The Campbell veteran is just seven-points out of the top-five in the series standings going into this Saturday’s Bullring Nationals.

Last season at this event the 13-time series champion led all the way until the final corner when he got out shape, allowing Sean Becker the chance to sneak by for the win. He’ll look for some redemption this Saturday night at the high-banked red clay bullring. Shane Golobic, Bobby McMahan, DJ Netto & Kaeding are all just 10-points apart going into KWS round 10.

“We always love coming to Placerville Speedway with the King of the West Series,” Kaeding commented. “Alan Handy does a great job with the track. You pretty much always know it’s going to be racy and that’s what you want as a driver. The fans there are always great as well. When you get 410’s on that track it’s always an unpredictable thing. Hopefully we can battle our way to the front with this Al’s Roofing Supply 69. Come out and bring a friend on Saturday. It’s going to fun.”

Adult tickets on Saturday will cost $22, seniors 62 & over will be $15, juniors 12-15 will be $15 and children 6-11 will be $6. All seating is general admission during the night. The pit gate at Placerville Speedway on Saturday opens at 2pm, with the front gate opening at 5pm and racing anticipated to begin around 7pm. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the grandstands always pack in at the Placerville bullring.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more on Placerville Speedway log onto

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Gregg repeats as Silva, Morgan and Trimble post first wins


PLACERVILLE CA – The championship battles resumed at Placerville Speedway Saturday night with four action packed divisions for the 11th Red Hawk Casino Championship points race of the s[huge_it_slider id=”3″]eason presented by Thompson’s Auto Group, Domco Plumbing, Jay’s Mobile Welding and Hoosier Racing Tires. The evening saw one repeat winner in victory lane and three new faces celebrating the fruits of their labor at the 50 year old dirt track located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
After an disappointing night on the Fourth of July, Placerville’s Andy Gregg overcame another night that began with adversity in the Sprint Car division to score his second win of the year. Dave Silva of Shingle Springs captured his first win of the year in Pure Stocks. Ray Trimble of Auburn captured his first victory of the season in the Limited Late Models. The visiting Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association saw a familiar face take the win when Sprint Car racer Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks, racing two divisions, earned his first victory.
Last week, Greg and his Scott Russell owned team had what even they describe as a horrific night at their home. Early in the feature event the 14r sprint car was struck in the rear, rupturing the fuel cell which ignited on the backstretch, engulfing the car of fellow driver CJ Humphreys and much of the backstretch. The incident not only effected Gregg and the team emotionally due to its nature, it ended their night early, costing them valuable points towards the championship this season.
“That was by far the worst race I have ever had, and we are fortunate nobody was hurt,” said Gregg. “CJ Humphreys isn’t here tonight but it’s not due to any injury its due to damage and I just want to thank the good lord for protecting all of us in that situation, it could have been much worse. Aside from that it really hurt us in the points so tonight we came out here and started our focus on wins not points. We had our troubles early but this crew went hard to work and got us here.”
At the beginning of the night, the 14r crew wasn’t happy with the performance of the #14r and went to extreme measures to make the car competitive for the evening. This was more than simple adjustment, Gregg’s crew made a motor change in the pit area. A huge feat, that paid off at the end of the night.
The start of the sprint main saw Greg starting on the outside of the front row where he powered ahead of polesitter and point leader Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. Gregg quickly worked his way to a distant lead within three laps of the race and into lapped traffic by the seventh lap. Just before a yellow flag delayed the race and gathered the field with 8 laps on the Red Hawk Casino scoreboard.
On the restart, Greg kept a tight line into the first set of turns to make headway on working his way to a distant lead over DeCaires as a lapped car sat between the top two runners. Jake Morgan worked the third place position with Justyn Cox the fourth as the race went back to green but quickly back under yellow when Placerville’s James Sweeney went airborne off turn three and four and Calistoga’s Mike Benson stopped on the backstretch at the same time to draw another caution.
When the race went back to green Gregg muscled ahead of Gregg while Morgan, Becker and Cox dueled for the third spot three wide. Becker overtook the third spot 15 to join the podium eligible trio but on this night it was Gregg who owned his home track, leading to the checkered flag. DeCaires finished in second followed by Becker, Cox, Justin Johnson and Morgan.
“I knew Greg (DeCaires) was there and would be fast on the bottom the whole race,” added Gregg. “When it comes to racing the bottom line, he is by far the best driver in the business to you have to always keep that in mind when your racing with him. I have to thank my whole crew and sponsors.
Top Starting Spot Paved the Way for Silva’s First Dirt Victory

In the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock division, Silva earned the advantage of an early restart that put him on the front row of the 20 lap feature event. The veteran asphalt racer is still new to the dirt track community and proved he has adapted well with his first win just minutes from home.
“It’s great to be standing here in victory lane right up the road from my house,” said Silva. “I’ve been racing asphalt for over 15 years and we decided to switch it up and come up here close to home and race on the dirt. What a great crowd this place has and a great car count and a really good group of competitors. We love it here and now we have a short drive home each week too.”
At the green flag pole sitter Tim Mack and Tilford raced side by side into the first set of turns. Tilford muscled ahead of Mack to take the lead on the backstretch. Tilford muscled his way to a healthy lead for the first two laps until he fell out of contention on lap three and came to a stop and then reported to the pit area and returned to the rear of the field.
On the ensuing restart, Mack assumed the pole position with Dave Silva on the outside of the front row When the green flag waved a second time, Silva muscled into the lead over Mack. With 13 laps complete the battle for thel ead heated up with Mack closing in on the lead and traffic jam just inches behind the duo. Just as the white flag was due to wave, a yellow flag flew when Chris VanRoekel went up in smoke in turn three.

This forced a double file restart for a green-white-checkered flag scenario that didn’t phase Sila a bit as he outraced Mack to the finish line for the win. Positions three thru five remained unofficial at press time as track officials were reviewing a possible unreported driver’s change during the evening among the top five finishers which could effect the outcome of the results as well as winnings and championship points.
Morgan’s First Big Win Comes Aboard Smaller Ride in Midget Lites

Saturday night, Morgan was a busy driver, racing in both the Sprint Car and Midget Lite divisions. Morgan powered off the outside of the front row into the lead of the feature event with Cori Andrews and Brian Corso battling for the bridesmaid position for the first six laps when a caution flag to draw a restart. When the race restarted, Corso closed in on Morgan to battle for the lead while Andrews worked the third position.
Morgan led the event into the waning laps with Corso, Andrews and RC Smith just inches behind him in a heated battle for the lead. On lap 13 the race underwent a red flag when Steve Gularte rolled over without injury in turn two.
On the final restart of the night, Morgan led them to the green flag and powered ahead of Corso for the lead. Andrews retired to the pits on lap 17. At the checkered flag Morgan earned his first career victory over Corso, Smith, Craig Dillar and Steve Brown.
“I’ve been trying to get here for quite awhile,” said Morgan. “I really want to do this in the Sprint Car but I’m happy to be here and want to thank the Lopez Motorsports guys for giving me the opportunity to drive their car tonight. Early this year we raced a midget in Nevada and led all the way to the last lap when someone’s bumper took it away. This is great group of talented clean racers and I wanqt to thank them for all their great driving and respect for one another. Hopefully I’ll get one of these wins in the sprint car soon.”

Trimble Becomes Auburn’s First winner of the season in Late Models

Last year, Trimble drive to multiple victories at Placerville Speedway but was suffering from the bridesmaid blues so far this season. Saturday night, the veteran driver changed all of that as he held off the challenges of the series point leader all the way to the checkered flag in the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Model feature event.
Trimble powered ahead of Lightfoot at the green flag that was immediately followed by a yellow flag for Eddie Gardner who spun in turn three on the start. The caution period drew a complete restart and put Lightfoot back on the pole. When the green flag flew a second time Trimble muscled ahead of Lightfoot. With three laps down, Dominic Stone overtook Lightfoot for the second position and began his pursuit of Trimble. With five laps down a second yellow flag flew for Gardner who came to a stop in turn four requiring a tow.
The restart put Stone nose to tail with Trimble for the next green flag where Trimble powered ahead with Stone, Jeff Olshowka of Chico and Matt Micheli of Live Oak in his wake. With 15 laps complete the two leaders approached lapped traffic in a heated battle as Lightfoot spun on lap 18 to draw a final yellow. At the line Trimble picked up his first win of the year over Stone, Matt Micheli finished in third followed by Ken Michel and Jeff Olshowka, Matt Micheli and Ryan McDaniel in fifth.
“Nice to finally be back here,its been too long,” said Trimble. “This division is by far the one with the strongest group of talented drivers racing for the win here. On any night any of these guys can contend for a win and its pretty amazing and it’s honor to race with them. Tyler Lightfoot is a good example, last year he was a rookie and look at him now. I honestly thought he may win this thing tonight with as fast as he has become recently but they had some problems with car I know.”
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Championships Heat Up with Four Division Program this Saturday Night

Tyler Lighfoot webPLACERVILLE, CA (7-11-15) – This Saturday night the action resumes at Placerville Speedway with the 50th Anniversary Red Hawk Casino Championship series presented by Thompson’s Auto Group. Four divisions will form the evening roster once again as the quarter-mile bullring at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds welcomes The Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Lites back to competition to share the spotlight with Placerville’s competitive winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stock divisions.

As the season has entered it’s second half, the battle for the championships in all three divisions is taking shape. This year, drivers are competing for far more winnings that any other season at Placerville Speedway celebrates its 50th anniversary year with inflated championship bonus funds courtesy of Domco Plumbing and Jay’s Mobile Welding adding monies to a season already lucrative with title sponsorship of Red Hawk Casino and Thompsons Auto Centers.

Entering Saturday’s event, defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove continues to lead the roster in the Sprint Car division aboard the #4SA Red Hawk Casino machine owned by Placerville’s Dale and Tara Miller. After winning his fourth point race of the year last week and his fifth overall, DeCaires looks to continue his domination of the track this Saturday night, entering the event with a 57-point lead.

Andy Gregg of Placerville is second in the point standings. Gregg will look to overcome a setback last week when his fuel tank failed in the early laps of the race and a fiery crash involving CJ Humphreys of Placerville ensued. Nobody was injured in the incident but both drivers were unable to continue, costing Gregg a great number of points in his quest to close in on DeCaires’ lead. Mike Benson of Calistoga is third in the ranks, 103 points out of the top spot. Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks and James Sweeney of Placerville round out the top five.

In the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, Dominic Stone of Folsom leads the point standings. After his first career Late Model win last week, Stone is now 12 points in the lead over Auburn’s Ray Trimble. Tyler Lightfoot of Placerville has moved into the top three, 56 points from the lead now. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is fourth followed by Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst.

In the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock division, defending Champion Scott Grunert of Woodland has moved in the point lead after overtaking season long point leader Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove. Grunert leads the division by 10-points. Rick Grunert of Woodland is third followed by Placerville’s Russell Murphy and Tim Mack of Diamond Springs. Just 36-points separate the top five in this competitive division.
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 or join the local racing community on Facebook and Twitter and interact with over 5000 fans, drivers and track staff.


Decaires, Stone, Murphy fend off on track fireworks to score big July Fourth victories

gregPLACERVILLE CA (7-4-15) – Saturday night saw a sold out grandstand Saturday with one of the largest crowd’s in several years for the annual Fourth of July Spectacular. This annual night of racing lived up to its name this year with one of the best racing surfaces the holiday event has seen and a new face joined the list feature event winners, celebrating with two repeat winners before the ecstatic crowd.
Defending champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove drove to his fifth win of the season in the Sprint Car division while Russell Murphy of Placerville scored his second win of the year in Pure Stocks. Joining the repeat winners was Folsom’s Dominic Stone who drove his first career win in the Limited Late Model division.
In the Domco Plumbing Sprint Car Division, Matt Peterson powered into the lead at the green that was quickly followed by a red flag when Placerville’s Andy Greg lost a large amount of fuel on the backstretch. Jake Morgan and CJ Humphreys drove into the spill, igniting much of the backstretch on fire and engulfing Humphreys car before he swerved up the backstretch wall and rolled over with impaired vision. Nobody was injured in the bizarre incident that ended both Humphreys and Gregg’s night early.Humphreys fire
Once restarted, Peterson out powered second place starter Justin Bradway into the lead. Chase Majdic of Redding overtook Bradway for the second position with one lap complete before DeCaires muscled his way up from the eighth place starting position into second place to pursue Peterson for the lead. With five laps down, Peterson was holding a distant lead when he spun in turns one and two to draw a yellow as DeCaires muscled into the lead he would never relinquish.
Once the race restarted, DeCaires muscled out in front of the field as Chase Majdic and Ryan Bernal of Hollister dueled for the second position. With ten laps complete, DeCaires worked his way into lapped traffic with a quarter-lap lead over the field until a restart gathered the field with with 12 laps complete. Holding the top spot for the remainder of the race, DeCaires went on to win over Majdic who held off the challenges of Bernal to the finish line over Justin Sanders of Prunedale and Fremont’s Shane Golobic.
“This race is about the fans here tonight, it’s something all of us look forward to winning and it never changes. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or your third, this crown here for the Fourth of July is amazing and I want to thank all of them for coming out here to celebrate the Fourth of July,” said DeCaires. “Tonight we came here with a take no prisoners approach, we knew we would have some tough competition so we gave it all we had and here we are. I can’t thank all my sponsors and car owners Dale and Tara Miller enough for all they do for this race team.”
Limited Late Model Win Long Awaited by Stone

In the Limited Late Model feature, Stone muscled into the lead from the second place starting positions and took charge of the 14 car field. With three laps complete a yellow flag delayed the race for a pair of laps. On the restart, Jeff Olshowka moved in to challenge Stone for the lead with Tyler Lightfoot in tow and Ray Trimble working to get into podium contention.
After a restart at the 8 lap mark, Stone powered ahead while Trimble and Olshowka dueled for second place until the 10th lap when Olshowka parked on the infield berm in turns one and two. Through a series of yellow flags, Stone maintained his healthy lead. On lap 12 former champion Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights moved into second place with Lightfoot in his wake. At the line Stone captured his first Late Model victory over Tilford, Wayne Trimble of Auburn, Lightfoot and Ken Micheli of Live Oak.
This is has been a long time coming, “ said Stone. A sponsor of the track this season and multiple drivers, Stone has been in victory lane many times, but Saturday was the first time as a Late Model winner rather than a supporter. “It’s nice to be here for a win myself for a change rather than one of my driver’s that I have been here taking pictures with. I just have to thank so many people for their help and support in this. We’ve had a couple wins when I raced in the Pure Stocks but the Late Model win is something I’ve been wanting a long time, this is special.”

Fourth of July win a longtime dream for Murphy

In the Pure Stocks, Russell Murphy took the lead of the event after a pair of yellow flags delayed the opening two laps. Murphy stretched his lead to several car lengths long before the event reached the halfway point. Murphy worked his way into lapped traffic ahead of second place runner Scott Grunert of Woodland and Dan Jinkerson. gavard
On lap 11 the race underwent a red flag when Placerville’s Jeff Gavard climbed the backstretch wall and went upside down. Gavard was uninjured in the incident but retired for the night due to damage. When the race restarted Murphy muscled to the front and worked his way to a distant lead. At the finish line Murphy was followed by Grunert, Jinkerson and Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights.
“When it comes to racing here at Placerville, this is the race you want to win, the Fourth of July,” said Murphy. “This is it, this is the biggest race with the biggest crowd and I am out here driving with the best talent there is. Right now this the highlight of my racing career right here.”

Racing will resume at Placerville Speedway next Saturday with Championship Point Racing. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with qualifying at 6:30. For further information visit