PLACERVILLE, CA – The pit area of Placerville Speedway was packed full Saturday night as five different divisions formed the race card for the 15th Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season presented by Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light, The Mountain Democrat and Thompsons Auto Centers.
When the final checkered waved on the field of more that 80 cars, five different faces celebrated their success in victory lane. Bobby Hogue of Watsonville came home the winner in the visiting Dirt Modifieds of the Nor Cal Challenge Series. Frank Guerrini III of San Rafael was the victor in the Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets while Kevin Bender of Rocklin took home the win in the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars. Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst scored his sixth Limited Late Model win of the year while Tim Mack of Diamond Springs took the win in the Pure Stock Division.
In the visiting Dirt Modified, a dozen of Calforinia’s top talent returned the clay oval quarter-mile track for the first time in several years for a one time appearance in this series that races at multiple tracks throughout Northern California for a simple, yet competitive traveling tour. Hogge started fifth on the grid while Troy Foulger of Martinez started on the pole position to take the lead at the green flag.
Once in second place, Hogge put the pressure on Foulger for the lead as he road the rim of the quarter-mile to muscle his way into the lead. Eight laps into the race Olivehursts Randy and Ryan McDaniel worked into the top runners and began battling for the third position with Kellen Chadwick. At the finish line, Hogge was chased to the win by Foulger, Ryan McDaniel, Ryan McDaniel and Chadwick.
The Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets brought 21 entries into Saturday’s event. In the tour’s final Placerville race of the year, Guerrini started on the outside of the front row and took the lead where he was challenged by Orland’s Tyler Simas. Simas took the lead from Guerrini with five laps complete and the two began dueling for the lead while Matt Streeter of Galt moved in to make it a three way battle before dropping out of contention on the 14th lap.
Throughout multiple caution flags for spins and collisions, Guerrini and SImas kept the fans on the edge of their seats as they swapped the top position back and fourth into the final laps. At the finish, Guerrini celebrated his first Placerville winover Simas, Kevin Morris joined the podium in the third position ahead of Brian Guard and Streeter who recovered to the fifth position at the checkered flag.
The Limited Late Model division saw Ryan McDaniel work his way into the top two positions at the waving of the green flag where he challenged second place started Duane Cleveland for the lead position all the way up to the final lap. After chasing his longtime rival, McDaniel pulled off an impressive high side pass as the two traveled through the final set of turns to steal the win. At the line McDaniel was followed by Cleveland, point leader Matt Micheli, Paul Gugliemoni and former champion Dan Brown Jr.
Pure Stock action had Mack powered into then lead from the outside of the front row Saturday night. With 8 laps down Mack felt the challenges from the season’s winningest driver, Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights. Both Mack and Tilford raced bumper to bumper and side by side throughout the 20-lap event. Despite the many attempts made by Tilford both low and high to steal the lead, Mack was the first one to cross the line. Tilford finished in second followed by Russell Murphy, John Durrett and point leader Scott Grunert.
After giving a win with a last lap error a couple of months ago, Bender was on a mission to make up for it in the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car’s final appearance of the year Saturday night. After starting 8th the former champ worked his way to the front and took the lead on the 13th lap after early race leader Neil Stinson took wild tumble down the backstretch and into the third turn. Once in front Bender maintained his pursuit to his elusive win here and was followed across the finish line by Bobby Brown Jr and Darin Brent in an event that saw competitors from as far as San Diego in competition Saturday night.
Racing resumes next Saturday night with the first of just two remaining championship point races in the season. Saturday’s event will mark the inaugural Tribute to Donnie Tilford and is big trophy night at the speedway. The evening will include Winged Sprints, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks.
The grandstands will open at 5 p.m Saturday night. 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.
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