Red Hawk Casino Championship Point Season Opens Saturday at Placerville Speedway


Placerville, CA – The Red Hawk Casino Championship Point Season kicks into gear this Saturday April 8 with an action-packed five division show on tap at the Placerville Speedway.

Headlining the night of racing will be the Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, along with the Ltd. Late Models, Pure Stocks, BCRA Midget Lites and the brand new Mini Truck class. This Saturday marks the first of 16 Red Hawk Casino Championship events at the quarter-mile clay oval located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

“We’re definitely excited to open the Red Hawk Casino point season on Saturday at Placerville Speedway,” said second-year promoter Scott Russell. “After learning a lot in our first year as promoters, Kami and I are really looking forward to putting that knowledge to use in 2017. We’ve been in discussions with a lot of teams that plan to run up here this year so we anticipate a solid car count on Saturday. We can’t wait to see all the fans and racers this weekend.”

Princeton’s Mason Moore captured a trio of wins en route to his first career title with the Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars last season. The 26-year-old will look to start off the season on a good note this Saturday aboard the Friends & Family Racing X1 machine. Four-time track champion Greg Decaires ran second in the championship chase last season and looks to get back atop the hill in 2017. The Elk Grove veteran is always one of the drivers to beat at the helm of the Dale Miller Plumbing No. 4sa mount.

Additional drivers looking to start off the season in victory lane will include Watsonville’s Justin Sanders, Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli, Andy Gregg and CJ Humphreys, Shingle Springs’ Justin Johnson, Calistoga’s Mike Benson, Fair Oaks’ Jake Morgan, Sacramento’s DJ Freitas, Sutter’s Tyler Seavey, Oakdale’s Shawn Conde and many more.

Last year’s Ltd. Late Model title was brought home by Eddie Gardner over Mike and Tyler Lightfoot, Ryan Peter and Ray Trimble. The Pure Stock championship went to Nick Baldwin by a narrow margin over Dan Jinkerson. At season’s end Baldwin earned the gold by just four-points. Scott Grunert, Travis Emery and Orville Owens rounded out the top-five in the standings. The Ltd. Late Models and Pure Stocks are a great compliment to the Winged Sprints during the Red Hawk Casino Championship Season.

The BCRA Midget Lites will be a common site at the Placerville Speedway and always provide exciting competition. The midget lites are scheduled to be on hand eight times this season. The introduction of Mini Trucks also provides an economic class to get involved in dirt track racing. The Mini Trucks will be in action at seven races this season.

Special events that dot the schedule this year include Big Trophy Night on May 20, Thompson’s Auto Group Fan Appreciation Day on June 10, the annual 4th of July Freedom Fireworks spectacular on Tuesday July 4, Mountain Democrat Kids Bike Night on July 8, the 14th annual Tribute to Al Hinds on August 5, the 12th annual $5,000-to-win Mark Forni Classic on August 19 and the season-ending Tilford Tribut