New point leader Sanders looks to continue win streak this Saturday


By Bill Sullivan


Four division racing program includes Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks and Dwarf Cars

PLACERVILLE, CA (5-10-14) – Justin Sanders charged from the seventh place starting position last Saturday night to win his second consecutive feature event in as many nights at Placerville Speedway. This Saturday night the young wheelman from Prunedale returns as the point leader of the 2014 Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Hoosier Championship season presented by Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light and the Mountain Democrat.

“It’s been a great season so far,” said Sanders, 18 car 1who pilots the #18 sprint car owned by Rudy and Beverly Warrington and confidently said he would give Placerville’s four time champion Andy Forsberg and others a run for their money during last year’s awards banquet. “We came into this season with a change to our set up a bit with advice from Darin Smith and that’s helped us a lot. We’re on a mission to keep winning.”

This Saturday night, many fans are expected to turn out again at Placerville Speedway to see if Sanders can garner his third consecutive victory on the quarter mile clay oval at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The event marks the fifth point race of the young racing season and is the fourth championship event of the year featuring the winged sprint car division. So far the only two drivers that have found their way to victory lane have been Sanders, who won the last two and defending track champion Andy Forsberg who has been hungry to return to victory lane since opening night here to score what will be his 50th career win on the track the 37-year old driver has always considered home.

Like any driver that has had their share of success, Forsberg has become an icon at Placerville and a driver fans love to cheer and jeer, the choice of which is often determined by who he beats on a particular night. Whether they cheer him or jeer him, Forsberg is a driver that is a true ambassador of the sport and takes the time to thank the fans each and every time he celebrates in victory lane regardless if they swing for, or against the driver known as Mr. Excitement.

“I’ve been down this road a few times now. I’m not concerned about the points. There’s a lot of races left,” said Forsberg. “If you win a bunch of those races the points will take care of themselves by September.”

This Saturday, let the championship battle begin as Sanders looks to continue his win streak and Forsberg looks to redeem the early season point lead and his elusive record breaking win he has been in pursuit of over the past weeks. The two drivers enter the event with just two championship points between them.

While they are on the top of the standings, Sanders and Forsberg are not alone in their title bout in the early running at Placerville, which will host a full race card this Saturday night with Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks and Dwarf Cars joining the winged sprints. Sitting third in the standings is veteran champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove, just nine points out of the lead and Placerville’s own Jimmy Trulli who is in fourth, 17-points out. Matt Peterson of Wilton rounds out the top five in the ranks, 27-points behind the lead position.

In the Limited Late Model division, Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst leads the championship standings by a mere point over former champions Matt Micheli of Live Oak and Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights. This Saturday, McDaniel will be absent from the roster so regardless of what takes place a new point leader will be born when the checkered flag waves on the evening.

Micheli, who won the division championship in 2012 is six points ahead of Tilford, the defending 2013 division champion. Ray Trimble of Auburn is third in the point standings, 9-points out of the lead. Trimble has one win to his name this year while McDaniel has the other two in the W column. Jay Norton of Shingle Springs rounds out the top five positions, 14-points out of the lead position.

In the Pure Stock division, second generation racer Scotty Grunert of Woodland continues to lead the standings. Grunert, a one time winner already this season, is 7-points ahead of Tim Mack of Diamond Springs who scored his first career victory here last Saturday night. Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley is third in the numbers, 13-points out of the lead. Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is fourth followed by Rick Grunert of Woodland in the fifth position.

The three track regulars will be joined by the Nor-Cal Dwarf Cars Saturday night. This will mark the second time this season that this exciting division takes to the high banked bullring. Several of these mighty machines will be on display for a driver meet and greet when the gates open at Placerville Speedway for those who arrive early. This is a great opportunity for youngster to sit in the cars, get autograph cards and meet some of the most friendly and entertaining drivers in the sport.

Placerville Speedway’s 2014 championship season is sponsored by the new Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort who welcomes the racing community to their lavish 257,000 square foot entertainment facility in the heart of the Amador wine country. Additional sponsorship provided by Hoosier Tires, Coors Light, The Mountain Democrat, Riebes Auto Parts, ADCO Driveline, the Paint Spot and more. Complete point standings can be found at : www.placervillespeedway.com.

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.

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Press Release by Bill Sullivan for Placerville Speedway

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