Heated Battles resume Saturday in Jackson Rancheria Championship Series at Placerville Speedway


By Placerville Speedway Media


PLACERVILLE, CA – After a week off for the El Dorado County Fair, event, 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 wave the green flag on the final half of the season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds quarter-mile dirt track.

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 exciting Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series in their first visit here of the season.

Entering Saturday’s event, the battle for the Championship is truly heating up in the Winged Sprint Car division as Justin Sanders of Prunedale has returned to the helm in the standings. Three time winner Sanders is a mere single point ahead of previous leader and one time winner Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. Sitting just 28-points out of the lead is local favorite Jimmy Trulli of Placerville.

Former Rookie of the Year Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks is fourth in the standings, 42-points out of the lead. Defending Champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn is fifth in the ranks and will be looking for his second straight win of the year at Placerville this week and fourth overall at the track he calls home.

In the Limited Late Model division, 2012 Champion Matt Micheli of Live Oak tops the ranks in the standings. Still looking for his first win of the year, Micheli is 20 points ahead of Jay Norton of Shingle Springs. Two time winner Ray Trimble of Auburn is third in the standings and tied with defending champion and one time winner Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights.

Former track champion Dan Brown. Jr of Rocklin rounds out the top five in this division. Brown is 70 points from the leader in the division that has seen 20 different drivers compete and earn points this year.

In Pure Stock action, Scott Grunert of Woodland continues to lead the standings by a 13 point margin over Eddie Gardner of Sacramento. One time winner Tim Mack of El Dorado is third in the ranks, 15-points from the top spot. Rick Grunert of Woodland is fourth, 21-points out, and Danielle Clauson from Placerville rounds out the top five, 42-points from the lead.

The three regulars will be joined by the competitive Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series. Look for a preview of this division coming shortly from their front office as they make their first Placerville appearance following a rain out earlier in the year.

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 is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort who offers $25 in free play to every race fan this Saturday night. Additional sponsors include The Mountain Democrat, Thompson’s Toyota, ADCO Drive Lines, Hoosier Racing Tires and Riebes Auto Parts of El Dorado County.

Join nearly 5000 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. Visit the official track website at www.placervillespeedway.com.

Forsberg bags third season win in Boys and Girls Club Benefit Race at Placerville


By Placerville Speedway Media


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PLACERVILLE, CA – Saturday night produced five different winners Saturday night as Placerville Speedway hosted its seventh Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season. Four of those victorious came in the form drivers. The biggest winner of the night was the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County, who benefited from ticket sales Saturday night in the first of three special nights this season.

As fans packed into the grandstands of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds to raise funds for the longtime El Dorado County Non Profit Organization, three repeat winners found their way to victory lane with Andy Forsberg of Auburn, winning his third overall win of the year at Placerville in the Sprint Car division, Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst scored his third win in the Limited Late Models along with Bradley Dillard in the Midget Lites and John Durrett of Pollock Pines in the Pure Stock division.

In the Sprint Car feature event, Forsberg started sixth in the feature event and worked his way into the second position as early as the fourth lap behind polesitter and race leader Jimmy Trulli of Placerville. With nine laps complete the veteran duo worked their way into lapped traffic.

Trulli consistently worked the lower line of the track while Forsberg raced the highside, closing in on the leader lap after lap in a dogfight amidst lapped traffic. It wasn’t until the final lap of the race when the driver known as “Mr.Excitement” lived up to his name for the second straight week, powering his way into the lead in win it or wear it style in the final set of turns.

At the finish line it was Forsberg followed by Trulli. Justin Sanders of Prunedale rolled across in the third position followed by James Sweeney of Placerville and Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks who completed a strong night with a top five finish.

In the Pure Stock division, Durrett started on the pole for the 20 lap feature event but his win was far from a cake walk. Late Model champion Dan Brown Jr. of Rocklin drove double duty Saturday night, racing in the Pure Stock division about Bryan Carnett’s #23 car for the evening.06_07_2014_211

As the green flag waved a heated battle ensued between Durrett and Brown as they sliced and diced their way through lapped traffic, trading the lead back and fourth and remaining side by side lap after lap until the 10th lap when Brown suffered a flat tire and fell out of the exciting hunt for the lead.

Tim Mack of El Dorado then began pressuring Durrett in the second half of the race but suffered a spin on the 14th lap that left Durrett battling with veteran Rick Grunert of Woodland to the checkered flag. At the finish Durrett picked the win followed by Grunert. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento finish third follow by Scott Grunert of Woodland and Jason Leonard of Elk Grove.

The Limited Late model feature event say McDaniel charge off the pole position into a lead he would never relinquish. Even though the event saw its share of caution delays, McDaniel had the upper hand for the entire race, holding off the challenges of Ray Trimble into the final laps.

06_07_2014_206At the finish line it was McDaniel followed by Trimble, Matt Micheli of Live Oak finished in third followed by Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights who powered from ninth into fourth followed by Jason Englund of Citrus Heights.

In Midget Lites action, Dillard charged off the pole position to take the lead at the green flag and lead it all the way to the checkered flag. Logan Seavey powered to the second position late in the race and was closing in on the leader when the checkered flag waved. Marcus Smith finished in third followed by Hunter Kinney and Craig Dillard.

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Prior to Saturday’s event, Placerville Speedway flagman Ed Entz was injured during wheel packing and transported to Marshall Hospital where he was treated for a fractured collar bone. The veteran flagger returned to the track later in the evening as a spectator and was in good spirits looking towards a speedy recovery ahead. He appreciated all of the kind word and thoughts from the race fans during the incident.

Racing returns to Placerville Speedway on Saturday night, June 21 after the El Dorado County Fair.

Join nearly 5000 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.

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


By Placerville Speedway Media


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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.

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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.

Join nearly 5000 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 complete information about Saturday’s event at www.placervillespeedway.com

 

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


By Placerville Speedway Media



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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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High Octane Civil War Sprint Car Series Invades Placerville this Saturday


By Placerville Speedway Media


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(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.