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.
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.
At 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.
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.
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