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Placerville Speedway appoints Gary Thomas as announcer for 2019

Placerville, CA – Russell Motorsports Inc. would like to welcome the voice of the Sprint Car Challenge Tour, Gary Thomas, as the new full-time announcer at Placerville Speedway this coming season.

Thomas joined the speedway in 2017 as Public Relations Director and will now transition into also becoming the voice of the quarter-mile for the 54th season of competition in 2019.

RMI President Scott Russell spoke about Thomas saying, “Gary's proven work ethic and professionalism while with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour have been key to the success of the series and we look forward to having GT behind the mic at Placerville Speedway for our weekly program.”

Prior to working with SCCT and Placerville Speedway, Thomas spent 11 years as the PR Director for the King of the West Series and five seasons as the full-time KWS announcer. He currently handles PR and announcing duties at the Stockton Dirt Track, along with being the PR Director at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare since 2007. In the past he’s also spent time as an announcer at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville and Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. Thomas has worked with various teams over the years and continues to work in driver/ team PR when the opportunity presents itself.

Russell also wanted to thank previous announcer Brad Kennedy for his three-years of work as Placerville Speedway announcer. “We appreciate Bradley Kennedy for the three-years he put into his role as the voice of Placerville Speedway and we understand his decisions for moving on to explore other opportunities. During Brad’s tenure, he worked diligently behind the scenes with Adam Ulrey compiling the Placerville Speedway all-time win list. We wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors.”

Thomas discussed his new role at the speedway for the 2019 season commenting, “I look forward to becoming the announcer on a full-time basis at Placerville Speedway this coming season, along with continuing my work with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the track these last two years and I’m excited for the season to come. The divisions that compete here are entertaining to watch each week and the staff is made up of some great people.”

Placerville Speedway season passes are on sale now by downloading the form at

Program advertising will also be available this season. A quarter page ad costs $150, a half page ad is $300 and a full-page ad is $600. Commitment and payment must be received by February 15. For more info please email

Drivers under 18 years of age must complete the minor approval form two weeks before their first race (including play day). Forms are available on the website. The minimum age to compete in any division is 14.

The Placerville Speedway would like to thank all of its partners for their support this season including Red Hawk Casino, Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light, Thompson’s Auto Group, Absolute Auto Glass, ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust, Bear Republic Brewing, Beef’N’Brew, Capital Ace Hardware, Carol Russell Bookkeeping Service, Campora Propane, Davies Family Inn, High Sierra Industries, Poor Reds BBQ, Les Schwab Tires, the Paint Spot, Riebies Auto Parts, Shadow Ridge Ranch, The Critter Getter, Foothill Tree Service, Mountain Democrat, Union Bank, Windfall Media, Arnolds for Awards, and Sierra Arbor Worx.

Join over 11,000 followers of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can keep abreast of updates for the 2019 season. You can also find Placerville Speedway on Twitter by following us - In addition, Placerville Speedway is also on Instagram. Please follow us @PvilleSpeedway.

The quarter-mile clay oval 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 2019 sponsorship opportunities at the office.


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