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Championship point race number 11 on tap for Placerville Speedway this Saturday

Placerville, CA – This weekend the Placerville Speedway is geared up to host another exciting Summertime Saturday night racing program with championship point race number 11 set to take place.

Featured divisions this Saturday July 20th will include the Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Cars, the Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stocks, Mini Trucks, BCRA Midget Lites and the always fun Vintage Hard Tops. It will also be the final tune-up for Winged 360 teams prior to next week’s $5,000-to-win “Mark Forni Classic” on July 27th.

Live music will be performed in the grandstand midway on Saturday by the Tommy Odetto Band from 4pm-6pm. Coors Light Happy Hour will also occur at that same time and driver autographs featuring CJ Humphreys, Chris Curtiss, Terry Bergstrom and Brandon Leedy will take place from 4pm-5.

“We look forward to hosting another great night of championship auto racing this Saturday at Placerville Speedway,” said Russell Motorsports Inc. President and track promoter Scott Russell. “Our fan support and team support has been really solid all season long, so we can’t thank everyone enough. This weekends event should be a good final shake down for teams heading into the Mark Forni Classic. We invite everyone to come out early and enjoy live music as always in the grandstands.”

This Saturday’s event will be the 10th point race for the Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Cars and marks the start of five races to go in the season. Auburn’s Andy Forsberg fought through adversity last week to maintain a 36-point advantage at the top of the standings over second place Kalib Henry. Forsberg continues his search for a seventh Placerville Speedway track title as the campaign reaches five to go.

“Last week we definitely had the cards stacked against us with some engine gremlins early and then getting involved in an opening lap incident in the A-main,” commented Forsberg, who also doubles as a part-time goat farmer in the hills of Auburn, California. “Everyone on this team hung tough though and we luckily salvaged a top-10 out of the night. The competition has been really good here this season with a lot of young talent but still some of us old guys mixed in that can get the job done as well.”

Henry last week started from the front row and brought home yet another top-five finish in the feature. The son of former track champion Mike Henry has finished among the top-five in all but two events this season and will be gunning to add a victory this Saturday.

Elk Grove veteran Bobby McMahan has also put together a consistent year while being a common sight towards the front of the field each week. The 1982 Placerville Speedway Rookie of the Year sits third in points, with Hollister’s Tony Gualda and Roseville’s Jodie Robinson continuing to round out the top-five in the standings. Both Gualda and Robinson have been knocking on the door at times this season and will look to claim their first ever wins at the track respectively this weekend.

Completing the top-10 in the Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Car standings heading into Saturday are Calistoga’s Mike Benson, Placerville’s Shane Hopkins, Elk Grove’s Bubba Decaires, Napa’s Chris Masters and Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli.