Familiar faces occupy victory lane at Placerville Speedway on Sunday
By Gary Thomas
Images courtesy of Tim Holland
Placerville, CA – May 23, 2021…Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox, Placerville’s Tyler Lightfoot, Oakley’s Nick Baldwin and Galt’s Ryan Winter picked up wins in their respective divisions last night during the special “Sunday Funday” event at Placerville Speedway.
Cox started from the outside of the front row in the 25-lap Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Car feature and blasted into the lead at the waving of the green flag. The two-time Forni Classic winner carved his way through lapped traffic like a hot knife through butter and held a sizable advantage for much of the contest. Aromas, CA’s Justin Sanders began to cut away at the lead however as the laps ticked off and certainly kept fans on the edge of their seats. A late restart gave Sanders a closer shot and he attempted a couple of moves to steal the lead away, but Cox was mistake free on the high-side of the speedway and accepted the Ron Stahl checkered flag for his ninth career Winged 360 triumph at the track. Sanders brought home yet another consistent finish in second, followed by Lincoln’s Tanner Carrick in third, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi in fourth and Mather’s Kalib Henry in fifth. Rounding out the top-10 were Joel Myers Jr., Andy Forsberg, Willie Croft, Kaleb Montgomery and Bud Kaeding.
Roseville’s Sean Becker captured the B-main, while Penngrove’s Colby Johnson won the C-main. Four eight-lap heat races were held and went to Justyn Cox, Kaleb Montgomery, Tanner Carrick and Justin Sanders. Andy Gregg paced the field in ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust Qualifying by touring the quarter-mile in 10.583 seconds. A strong field of 36 Winged Sprint Cars competed at the special Sunday show.
Winged 360 results: 1. 7C-Justyn Cox; 2. 35M-Justin Sanders; 3. 83T-Tanner Carrick; 4. 41-Dominic Scelzi; 5. 5J-Kalib Henry; 6. 46JR-Joel Myers Jr; 7. X1-Andy Forsberg; 8. 29-Willie Croft; 9. 93-Kaleb Montgomery; 10. 69-Bud Kaeding; 11. 16X-Andy Gregg; 12. 21-Shane Hopkins; 13. 88A-Joey Ancona; 14. 83V-Sean Becker; 15. 38B-Blake Carrick; 16. 34-Landon Brooks; 17. 83SA-Isaiah Vasquez; 18. 2X-Max Mittry; 19. 22X-Tyler Thompson; 20. 21X-Michael Ing
One week after winning his first main event of the season Tyler Lightfoot came back to do it once again in the Ltd. Late Model feature on Sunday. During the early stages Lightfoot had to fend off Auburn’s Ray Trimble but as the race wore on he found his groove and pulled away to claim the checkered flag. Trimble crossed the stripe in second, followed by Orangevale’s Tom Tilford, Yuba City’s Rod Oliver and Diamond Springs’ Dan Jinkerson. Jinkerson and Trimble won the night’s heat races.
Ltd. Late Model results: 1. 23J-Tyler Lightfoot; 2. 37-Ray Trimble; 3. 23T-Tom Tilford; 4. 57-Rod Oliver; 5. 23-Dan Jinkerson; 6. 22G-Paul Gugliomoni; 7. 95-Max Mcafee; 8. 3-Eddie Gardner; 9. 66-George Magenheimer
Nick Baldwin continued his torrid pace to the start of the season as well on Sunday and drove to his fourth victory of the 2021 campaign. The Oakley competitor started from the outside of the front row and never looked back en route to his 12th career triumph at the Placerville bullring. Diamond Springs’ Kevin Jinkerson claimed the runner up spot over El Dorado’s Bill O’Neal, John Evans and Placerville youngster Jonny Walsh. Baldwin also won the evening’s heat race.
Pure Stock results: 1. 17-Nick Baldwin; 2. 30-Kevin Jinkerson; 3. 23-Bill O'Neal; 4. 48-John Evans; 5. 4-Jonny Walsh; 6. 23S-Stephanie Hanson; 7. 93-Mel Byers; 8. 83-Ryan Peter; 9. 77T-Jason Armstrong
The battle up front in the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association was an excellent one but in the end it was the legend Ryan Winter who picked up another Placerville Speedway victory. Winter felt heavy pressure from Colfax driver Ben Wiesz over much of the contest. Several times it looked as if Wiesz would get under him for the lead, but at the end he had to settle for second over Fairfield’s Mike Grenert, who also hounded the top-two during much of the feature.
Camino’s Shawn Whitney and French Camp’s Brandon Shaw completed the top-five. Dan Geil, Brian Quilty, Wade Ehrlich, John Williams and Dylun Shrum rounded out the top-10. Heat race wins were picked off by Winter, Shaw and Wiesz. A total of 23 cars competed on Sunday night.
Dwarf Car results: 1. 4N-Ryan Winter; 2. 57N-Ben Wiesz; 3. 12N-Mike Grenert; 4. 15N-Shawn Whitney; 5. 28N-Brandon Shaw; 6. 32N-Dan Geil; 7. 16N-Brian Quilty; 8. 53N-Wade Ehrlich; 9. 777N-John Williams; 10. 31N-Dylan Shrum; 11. 2N-Hailey Wiesz; 12. 70-Larry Bell; 13. 36N-Jameson Sole; 14. 99N-gage meyers; 15. 59N-Austin Struthers; 16. 29N-Corey Eaton; 17. 6N-Austin Quilty; 18. 616N-Tyler Quilty; 19. 7N-Jace Badecker; 20. 42N-Isaak Geil; 21. 919N-Zach Armstrong
The Placerville Speedway will be dark for Memorial Day weekend before resuming action on June 5th.