Prestigious $5,000-to-win Mark Forni Classic invades Placerville Speedway this Saturday
Placerville, CA – The El Dorado County Fairgrounds based Placerville Speedway is geared up for one of its biggest nights of the season with the 14th annual Mark Forni Classic set to take place on the famed red clay this Saturday July 27th.
The Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Car feature at the Mark Forni Classic will once again hand out $5,000 to the winner, making it the highest paying weekly event of the season at the quarter-mile. Along with the Sprint Cars also competing on Saturday will be the Ltd. Late Models, the Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stocks and for the second straight week the BCRA Midget Lites.
The Forni family has a great history in El Dorado County, with deep ties to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and much of the land on which it sits. Much like his forefathers, Mark Forni had a great passion for the county fair and its attributes, especially the racetrack.
From the time he was a young child and the days when Placerville Speedway was known as “Old Hangtown Speedway,” Mark was actively involved with the weekly auto races, always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need involved with the sport he loved.
Later in life, Mark continued his contributions to local auto racing, sponsoring many race teams with his business, Forni’s Trucking. He later became a member of the El Dorado County Fair Board and focused on the issues regarding the future of the fair and the speedway. Mark Forni believed in working relationships. He understood the importance of race promoters, sponsorships and the one key element for every event to be successful, the spectator.
In November of 2004, Mark was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. During his final months, Mark had the opportunity to say goodbye to friends and family and spend some special moments with his wife and children, a bittersweet time for those who knew and loved him so much. In the summer of 2005, Mark passed away at the early age of 45.
“Mark was the guy who got it done no matter what,” said former long-time Placerville Speedway promoter Alan Handy, who we hope to have in attendance on Saturday. “It didn’t matter how big of a problem we may have had. He would call me up see what it would take to fix it. He didn’t just provide the resources either. Mark would be right there lending a hand right down to his final days. I miss him, I think everyone here misses him, he was a great guy.”
Auburn, California racers Andy Forsberg and Ray Trimble, along with Oakley’s Nick Baldwin continue to sit atop the Winged 360 Sprint Car, Ltd. Late Model and Pure Stock standings respectively heading into the Mark Forni Classic. Roseville’s Sean Becker is the all-time leader in Forni Classic victories, having captured the event on three separate occasions. After winning at Placerville Speedway a couple weeks ago with the Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360’s the “Shark” will be favorite on Saturday to add a fourth.
Adult tickets this Saturday will cost $15, while seniors 62 plus, military and juniors 12-17 will be $13, children 6-11 are $6, kids five and under are free! Tickets can also be purchased online by clicking https://www.universe.com/events/2019-placerville-speedway-championship-pts-race-12-forni-classic-tickets-placerville-WRK7L8
The pit gate at Placerville Speedway will open at 2pm, with the front grandstand gate opening at 3pm. A happy hour is offered from 4pm-6pm in the grandstands featuring discounted Coors Light and Coors Original at the beer stand. Drivers meeting will be held at 4:30pm, with cars on track for wheel packing at 5. Hot laps, ADCO Driveline & Custom Exhaust qualifying and racing will follow. Live music will be performed from 4-6 in the grandstand midway.
Including this Saturday’s event there are just four championship point races remaining in the 2019 season at Placerville Speedway. Following the Mark Forni Classic the track will then get ready to host “Legends Night” on August 10th, followed by “Student Night” on August 17th.