PLACERVILLE, CA – The long awaited winter break as come to a close and the 2014 racing season is set to begin in El Dorado County this Saturday night, April 5. It’s the opening of the new Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort – Hoosier Racing Tires Championship season presented by The Mountain Democrat and Coors Light at the quarter-mile clay oval that has been in operation since 1965.
The front gates to Placerville Speedway will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday night with qualifying starting at 6:30 followed by racing. Tickets will be available at the gate, adult tickets will be $15, Juniors $12, Seniors $13 and Children will be $6.00. Saturday’s opener will include winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks and the visiting Nor Cal Dwarf Cars.
The Sprint Cars, Late Models and Pure Stocks will form Placerville’s three regular divisions for the year to come. The three headlining divisions will be joined throughout the year by a variety of visiting divisions throughout the season, bringing a four division program to the quarter-mile clay oval nearly every Saturday for solid car counts and racing action for all types of fans.
The Bay Cities Racing Association will trek to Placerville Speedway with ten different appearances throughout the year. The mighty midgets will race on the red high banks three different times while the Midget Lites will be a common visitor throughout the year with more than a half a dozen appearances.
The Nor Cal Dwarf Cars are slated for five different appearances in the season to come. The Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Shootout will join in the action for a pair of nights on April 26 and June 21. A new addition to season will include the Nor Cal Dirt Modified Tour which will bring a full field of open wheel dirt modifieds back to the speedway for the first time in several years on August 23rd with this high paying traveling campaign. Other noteworthy events during the season will be the annual Fourth of July Spectacular that brings racing and patriotism together on July Fourth. For the first time in several years, this special night will once again be a regular point race with the sprint car and stock car divisions.
The Mountain Democrat presents Kids Night at Placerville Speedway on Saturday, August 16th. The following day will be host to the 41st Annual Placerville Police Officers Hangtown Destruction Derby. Kids Night at Placerville Speedway will be one of three races this year benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County.
The exciting season to come will not be shy in the way of high dollar special events in then coming months. The King of the West Sprint Cars will bring the fire breathing 410 sprint cars to Hangtown on two occasions, April 19 and July 17th. The Civil War Sprint Car Series will roll into Placerville two times this season, May 31 and August 9th. The August 9th Civil War event will be Placerville Speedway’s richest race of the year, the annual Mark Forni Classic which pays $5000 to the winner.
The 2014 racing season will conclude with the Annual Thompson’s Auto and Truck Center Tribute to Al Hinds on Saturday, September 13th. For the first time since its inception, the annual Tribute to Al Hinds will be a multi-division program that includes a race day barbecue and giant car show at the local auto dealer that continues to sponsor this race year after year.
Saturday’s action will begin with warm ups at 5:30 followed by ADCO Driveline qualifying at 6:30. All four divisions will compete in heat races and the necessary semi-feature events before four full feature events. The Riebes Auto Parts Kids Dash returns this year and will take place prior to intermission during the program.
Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville and can be found on the web at www.placervillespeedway.com.
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