Shane Hopkins, Dan Jinkerson, Matt Davis and Mike Miller bring home Placerville Speedway wins on Mtn
Shane Hopkins, Dan Jinkerson, Matt Davis and Mike Miller bring home Placerville Speedway wins on Mtn. Democrat Kids Night
Placerville, CA – June 22, 2019…Last season’s Placerville Speedway Rookie of the Year Shane Hopkins put together 25 picture perfect laps on Saturday to claim his first career Winged 360 Sprint Car victory in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd on Mtn. Democrat Kids Bike Night.
Also sharing victory lane on Saturday were Dan Jinkerson with the Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stocks, Matt Davis with the Ltd. Late Models and Mike Miller with the Mini Trucks. All four classes featured entertaining racing during the night and over 60 kids went home with brand new bikes thanks to the generosity of several companies and individuals.
The Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Car main event came to the line with Hollister’s Tony Gualda and Shane Hopkins sharing the front row. At the waving of the green flag the action was fast and furious as Hopkins jumped out to the lead. The Placerville racer found the high-side of the speedway to his liking and ran it to perfection keeping the field at bay. Auburn’s Andy Forsberg then moved past Gualda into second and hounded the rear tail tank of Hopkins’ machine.
Working lapped traffic, the leaders went high and low to get around the slower cars until a caution came out on lap 13. Billy Butler had spun in turn four and Forsberg had nowhere to go, contacting the stalled car. He was able to keep going but fourth running Gualda suffered a flat tire that forced him to the work area. When going back green Hopkins got a great restart and gapped the field, as Forsberg, Kalib Henry and past track champ Steven Tiner went at it for the runner up spot. With five laps left however, Henry got into a spin that forced him to the rear of the field.