Affectionately known as the “Happy Camper” C.J. ranks number five in all-time Winged 360 Sprint Car wins on the red clay, having earned 25 victories in his career. He also holds the honor of being the original North vs South Civil War Series champion during the 1991 season.
The C.J. Humphreys No. 85 Sprint Car was as synonymous as any in the Placerville Speedway pit area over the years. His competitive spirit and all around good-natured attitude will be sorely missed. Russell Motorsports Inc. sends its condolences to the entire Humphreys family.
Promoter Scott Russell spoke about the loss.
“Losing C.J. Humphreys is a tough one for the entire Placerville Speedway community. He was always one of the real good guys in our sport and one of the biggest supporters of our track over the years. I used to race against C.J. during my driving career and after becoming Promoter, he was always a guy in our corner. We are going to miss him immensely.”
Former long-time Placerville Speedway Announcer/ Director Communications Bill Sullivan also shared his thoughts on the Happy Camper.
“One of the nicest humans I have ever crossed paths with many, many years ago,” he stated. “As a driver, C.J. had great respect for others and a fierce competitive spirit but his generosity and huge heart for his community towered far beyond what he could do in a race car. He was always smiling, always making others laugh and always willing to help anyone in need. He’s going to be so missed by the community he loved as much as they loved him.”
Sullivan continued. “Back when I took on promotions for the speedway I could always count on C.J. to come through for the car shows, autograph signings and more. Not just because he was a friend doing a favor, because he loved the fans and his community so much.”
RIP C.J. Humphreys.
Russell Motorsports Inc.
It is with a very heavy heart that we update you all about CJ Humphreys.
CJ Humphreys, a true legend on and off the race track.
The family would like to let the Racing community know that CJ suffered a severe heart attack on Friday, February 3rd, and unfortunately, CJ was not able to recover. On Wednesday the family made their final walk down the hallways of the hospital with CJ by their side. CJ was an organ donor just as fellow driver Brian Clauson was, and the family and staff completed a walk of honor for CJ as he will give life to others in thanks to his organ donation. CJ was also a huge supporter of Rich Santana’s, The "Live On, Drive On!" Scott Santana Memorial and Scholarship Foundation.
CJ’s Friends and family would like to express their gratitude to the Racing community for all of their prayers and concern for CJ. It means a lot to everyone involved.
At this time, the family is still requesting privacy while dealing with a difficult situation.
If you would like to send cards or gifts to the family, please send them to this address.
Attn: CJ Humphreys
6166 Enterprise Dr Ste C
Diamond Springs CA 95619
CJ will be missed terribly by all of us.