PLACERVILLE, CA (5-9-15) – The fourth Red Hawk Casino Championship Points Race presented by Thompson’s Auto Group brought two local faces to victory lane for the first time in Placerville Speedway’s 50th Anniversary Season Saturday night at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli drove to his first victory of the season in the Domco Plumbing Sprint Car Division. Trulli celebrated the long overdue return to victory lane with Tim Mack of Diamond Springs who earned his first win of the year in the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock feature event. Ryan Winter of Galt drove to victory in the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars while Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst won his fourth feature in Domco Plumbing Late Models to remain undefeated.
In the Sprint Car feature event, Trulli started on the pole position Napa’s Kirt Organ on the outside. With the waving of the green flag the local track veteran took advantage of his top starting spot and muscled into the lead as defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove powered up from the sixth position into second place in the early laps to challenge Trulli
With seven laps down the race went under a red flag when Sean Becker and Matt Peterson collided in the third turn. The collision sent Peterson up into the turn three hillside and forced an oncoming James Sweeney to veer up the embankment to avoid collision. Sweeney then rolled over to draw the red flag while Becker managed to keep moving and maintain his position. Both Sweeney and Peterson returned with repairs.
Once restarted the race say DeCaires tighten the gap between and Trulli for the lead. The two track favorites broke away from their contenders and dueled for the lead into lapped traffic. Trulli moved his driving line to the inside line of the track after several attempts by DeCaires to slip beneath the leader.
“They’re a reason they call Greg DeCaires the Catfish out here,” said Trulli. “When I saw his nose wing pull underneath me I knew what I had to do. When you’re running the high side and you have that guy on your tail it’s time to adjust your line and get down there. We heated up the brakes doing it but got it done. It feels good to be back here, it’s been a couple seasons for us out here racing against all these fast kids these days. DeCaires is still older than me though and I like to make sure he knows that.”
Trulli was followed across the line by DeCaires, Organ, Colby Wiesz of Colfax and Mike Benson of Calistoga. Placerville’s Andy Gregg and Sacramento’s Billy Butler finished just out of the top five with stellar runs throughout the night.
In the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock division, Mack started as far back as the 11th place position in the 20 car field. Using a great deal of patience and smart moves, the Diamond Springs’ driver soon found himself working his way to the front and managed his way through a massive melee that involved more than a dozen cars down the backstretch with just a lap complete.
The incident occurred as early race leader Danielle Clauson exited the second turn and was being challenged by Jason Palmer of Sacramento, Ted Ahart of Placerville and Dan Jinkerson of Diamond Springs. When real estate became scarce exiting the turn several cars began to swerve to dodge a collision and the end result was a ensuing pile of cars that momentarily filled the backstretch and left Ahart and Jay Bryant of Folsom with the most damage.
On the restart, Clauson continued to battle with Palmer for the lead. Palmer muscled into the front spot with Mack in his wake, who had worked his way forward by avoiding the crashes and taking advantage of the double file restarts. On the 14th lap a lengthy caution delayed the race when Placerville’s Dale Teach launched over the pit road safety barrier in a move that mimicked that of the infamous Dukes of Hazzard.
Once the incident was cleared the remainder of the race saw Palmer drift off the second turn and suffered steering damage. Mack moved into the lead at this point and never looked back to score his first win of the year. Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley challenged Mack to the line with the likes of Lonnie Loenard of Elk Grove. Jinkerson finished in the fourth spot followed by Jason Castro of Sacramento.
“After tonight, I am really liking these new double file restarts. That was a big deal for us tonight here,” said Mack, celebrating his third career win. “What great race we had up there running with Van Roekel and Leonard at the end. I can’t thank everyone enough for all their help, especially my partner Rob Ely who puts a lot time and investment into this car behind the scenes and in the pits each week.”
In the Limted Late Model division, McDaniel started on the pole of the 20 lap feature and took a lead he would never relinquish over Folsom’s Dominic Stone. The two top point runners broke away from the pack and dominated the race. McDaniel scored his fourth straight win over Stone. Ray Trimble of Auburn finished in third followed by Wayne Trimble of Auburn and Scott Messner.
“The car was great again tonight,” said McDaniel. “This car has won all but one race since we have brought it out late last year and that one was a DNF. I have to thank Dominic Stone in a big way tonight. Our transmission was out on the floor Friday night and that’s never good before race race day. If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t be here tonight, or most nights. We couldn’t do it without him and Matt Farnham and all these guys.”
In the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars, Winter overcame a race long battle with Shawn Jones of Tracy to win the feature event. This event had a lengthy red flag delay when Ray Smith of Placerville took a violent flip on the front stretch after colliding with Chuck Conover and Bryan Bender at full speed. The collision sent Smith end over end. After observation from the on site paramedics, Smith went uninjured.
Winter went on to win the race over Jones, Scott Dahlgren, Kevin Bender and Doug Martin.
“Great to be back here,” said Winter, a multi time winner in 2014. “This is my first win since late last year when I crashed and destroyed my car. We love racing at this track and tonight was another great run.”
Racing returns next Saturday night with four divisions including the Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association. Watch www.placervillespeedway.com for additional information.
Placerville Speedway Fast Facts:
Saturday, May 16. Red Hawk Casino Championship Point Race #5
360 Sprints, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks, Midget Lites
Gates open 5 p.m. Qualifying at 6:30. Racing at 7 p.m.
Our 50th Anniversary Season Corporate Partners:
- Placerville Speedway is sponsored by the Red Hawk Casino. Located off Highway 50 just west of Placerville Speedway, Red Hawk Casino is the Sacramento area’s premier gambling destination and has been voted Northern California’s Best Casino four years in a row. For information on upcoming entertainment and promotions visit them at www.redhawkcasino.com
- Thompson’s Auto and Truck Centers of El Dorado County is the presenting sponsor of the 2015 racing season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Thompson’s, a name, family and a tradition of excellence to provide all your automotive sales and service needs at Thompson’s Toyota, Thompson’s Buick GMC and the new Thompson’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Placerville.
- Domco Plumbing and Septic is the proud sponsor of Placerville Speedway’s Sprint Car and Late Model Divisions. Serving El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento County, Domco Plumbing the areas full service plumbing and septic service for all your needs both residential and commercial.
- Jay’s Mobile Welding of Folsom is the 2015 Pure Stock Division sponsor at Placerville Speedway. Jay’s Mobile Welding provides all types of welding fabrication and repairs throughout the Sacramento Valley and El Dorado County.
- ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust is Placerville Speedway’s official Fast Time Sponsor for the 2015 Racing Season. ADCO Driveline is celebrating 40 years of service in El Dorado County and is a longtime supporter of local racing in the form of track and driver sponsorship.
- Riebes Auto Parts is a proud partner of Placerville Speedway. Riebes Auto Parts sponsors the Placerville Posse series throughout 2015 as well as the Kid’s Dash events and additional bonus winnings throughout the season to come including the Tribute to Donnie Tilford and the Tribute Al Hinds events.
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