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Placerville Speedway brings thrills with Racing and Fireworks on Independence Day

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA…The annual “Freedom Fireworks” event on Independence Day is routinely one of the largest all season at Placerville Speedway and this coming Monday that tradition continues, with another championship point race converging at the quarter-mile.

This year’s Fourth of July spectacular features three divisions in competition including the Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Cars, the Mtn. Democrat Ltd. Late Models and the Red Hawk Casino Pure Stocks. The evening will be capped with a huge fireworks show to commemorate the holiday.

All kids 11 and under are also admitted free in the grandstands for the Freedom Fireworks event. Online tickets can be purchased at

Happy Hour is offered until 6pm in the grandstands featuring discounted Coors Light and Coors Original at the beer booth. Live music will be performed by ‘The Mix’ pre-race from 4-6 in the shaded entertainment zone behind the stands.

“The Freedom Fireworks event is always a night that fans and race teams look forward to,” said Placerville Speedway Promoter Scott Russell. “We invite everyone to come out, grab a cold beverage of your choice and take in a great night of racing, followed by a large fireworks display. Motorsports and Independence Day have always gone hand in hand and Placerville Speedway is excited to continue that ritual Monday. All kids 11 and under also receive free admission during the night, so make sure to bring out the youngsters.”

Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, Diamond Springs’ Dan Jinkerson and Oakley’s Nick Baldwin bring the Winged Sprint Car, Ltd. Late Model and Pure Stock point leads respectively into this coming Monday. The fight for the track titles heat up over the Summer with several events coming up.

The Fourth of July spectacle opens a busy week that also sees the Placerville Speedway in action this Saturday July 9th with Red Hawk Casino Night at the races. A four-division ‘Thunder in the Foothills’ championship program presented by Hoosier Tires will be on tap at the show.

Adult tickets for the Freedom Fireworks event on Monday July 4th cost $20 while seniors 62+, military and juniors 12-17 will be $18. As noted, all kids 11 and under are free. Purchase tickets online at or at the gate on race day.

Grandstand seating is general admission at each event, except for the reserved seats marked for season ticket holders. Please note if patrons sit in a reserved seat, they may be asked to move. Pit passes can be purchased at the pit gate or on Pit Pay to take advantage of the expanded seating area on the hill.

The pit gate will open at noon, with the front grandstand gate opening at 3pm. Happy Hour is offered when the gates open until 6pm in the grandstands featuring live music along with discounted Coors Light and Coors Original at the beer booth. The pit meeting will be held at 4:30pm with cars on track at 5:15. Hot laps, ADCO Driveline qualifying and racing will follow.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto

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Upcoming events at Placerville Speedway:

Monday July 4: Thompson’s Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Mtn. Democrat Ltd. Late Models and Red Hawk Casino Pure Stocks | Freedom Fireworks

Saturday July 9: Thompson’s Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Red Hawk Casino Pure Stocks, Mtn. Democrat Mini Trucks and BCRA Lightning Sprints | Red Hawk Casino Night

Image courtesy of Tim Holland