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Thompson's Fan Appreciation Day This Saturday at Placerville Speedway

Thompson’s Auto Group Fan Appreciation Day highlights sixth Red Hawk Casino point race this Saturday at Placerville Speedway - Pit party from noon-4pm and discount tickets offered


Placerville, CA – After opening the month of June last week Placerville Speedway returns to action this Saturday for the annual Thompson’s Auto Group Fan Appreciation Day, which also doubles as Red Hawk Casino championship point race number six.

Prior to the races this Saturday June 10 a special pit party will be held at the track from noon to 4pm, where there will be music, cars on display and drivers available for autographs. It’s always a perfect opportunity to bring out the kids to meet their favorite drivers and get an up close look at the cars that will be competing later in the night.

Divisions set to tackle the speedway at the sixth Red Hawk Casino point race will include the Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Ltd. Late Models, Pure Stocks, Mini Trucks and the NCDCA Dwarf Cars.

All grandstand admission tickets this Saturday will also be just $10 each for Adults, Seniors, Military & Juniors. Kids (6-11) will be $6 each and 5 & Under are FREE! The front gate will open at 3pm. Drivers meeting will be held at 4:30pm, with cars on track for wheel packing at 5, qualifying scheduled to begin around 5:30 and heat races to follow.

A happy hour will be offered from 4pm-6pm in the grandstands featuring discounted Coors Light and Coors Original at the beer stand. If there was ever a week to bring a friend and introduce them to the races this would surely be the one.

“The whole team at Thompson’s Auto Group are great partners with us here at Placerville Speedway and have been for a long time,” said Russell Motorsports Inc. President Scott Russell. “Fan appreciation day is always a fun time for all the spectators and the racers as well. We invite everyone to come and enjoy a great day at the pit party, before attending the races that night. This is also your last chance to catch racing here until Fourth of July weekend, so we hope everyone can make it out.”

Elk Grove’s Greg Decaires continues to lead the way in the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Car standings, but last week it was reigning champion Mason Moore who picked up his first victory of the season. The driver of the Friends & Family Racing X1 started from the pole and led all 25-laps en route to the win. Decaires finished the race in third and will look to get back in victory lane this Saturday aboard the Dale Miller Plumbing No. 4sa. The four-time titlist already has two triumphs to his credit in 2017.

More drivers expected on Saturday will include current runner up in the standings Jimmy Trulli, five-time Placerville Speedway track champ Andy Forsberg, last week’s runner up Matt Petersen, round one winner Justyn Cox, along with Sean Becker, Steven Tiner, Jake Morgan, DJ and Dustin Freitas, Mike Benson, Cody Fendley, Justin Johnson, Chris Masters, Mike Cook, Kirt Organ and others.

Live Oak’s Matt Micheli ran second last week to continue his consistent start to the season and remains atop the Ltd. Late Model points going into the weekend. Ryan McDaniel has been the dominant force in the division so far this season and is fresh off his third win in five races last Saturday. Additional drivers looking to punch their ticket to victory this week will include Ray Trimble, Mike and Tyler Lightfoot, Tom Tilford, Ken Micheli and others.

Jason Palmer is coming off his first Pure Stock triumph of the season last week and will look to go back-to-back on Saturday. Dan Jinkersen has captured three of the five races and got within striking distance last week at one point, until a late spin relegated him to sixth. Nick Baldwin, Rick and Scott Grunert, Orville Owens, Chris Van Roekel, Travis Emery and Ryan Peter are some of the names that will look for their initial victory of 2017 this weekend.

Saturday marks the third appearance of the season for the always exciting Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association. The first two events have been picked off by Ryan Winter and Shawn Jones. The new Mini Truck division also returns this weekend for the second time. Ted Ahart was victorious during the inaugural event on May 6.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto

Since opening in 1965 the Placerville Speedway has been a favorite among fans throughout Northern California. Well known for its steep banks, distinctive red clay, loyal fan base and extremely close action, the track is located just 40-minutes up the hill from the capital city of Sacramento.

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The Placerville Speedway is operated by Russell Motorsports Incorporated, which can be reached at the track business office at 530-344-7592. Contact Kami Arnold or Scott Russell directly for 2017 sponsorship opportunities at the office.

Upcoming events at Placerville Speedway: Saturday June 10: Thompson’s Auto Group Fan Appreciation Day: Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | Mini Trucks | NCDCA Dwarf Cars (pit party noon-4pm with music, cars on display and drivers available for autographs)

Saturday July 1: Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | BCRA Midgets

Tuesday July 4: Freedom Fireworks: Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | Mini Trucks

Photos courtesy of Cleveland Digital Imaging

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