Spectacular racing and stunning fireworks highlight Independence Day show at Placerville Speedway By Gary Thomas
Images courtesy of Devin M Photography
Placerville, CA…One of the largest crowds in recent memory at Placerville Speedway were treated to an outstanding Winged 360 Sprint Car main event to cap the night, which ultimately saw Tanner Carrick perform a clean sweep for his second straight win at the track.
One year after hosting nobody in the stands on Fourth of July the fans returned in a big way and created an exquisite atmosphere, singing along to the patriotic music and were treated to some excellent racing on the quarter-mile.
Also picking up big wins at the Freedom Fireworks showcase were Placerville Speedway studs Dan Jinkerson in the Ltd. Late Models and Nick Baldwin with the Pure Stocks. A total of 62 cars competed amongst the three divisions on Sunday evening.
The 25-lap Thompson’s Family of Dealerships main event put forth some of the most exciting racing of the season and began with rookie Landon Brooks jumping into the lead. The driver of the Spencer Motorsports 34 looked impressive all night and held command in the feature until 14-year-old Oklahoman Ryan Timms began to challenge for the top-spot. The pair traded the lead in thrilling fashion as the crowd roared their approval.
Behind them things were hot and heavy as well, with multiple slide jobs and close competition occurring. Brooks eventually pulled back out to the lead as Timms got bound up on the cushion and dropped spots. As the race progressed Tanner Carrick put himself solidly in second and had a shot at the end reminiscent of last week. Carrick then battled with Brooks before scooping up the top-spot around lap 19, while bringing Shane Golobic along shortly after.
Golobic had moved forward from his 10th starting spot and closed on Carrick over the final five laps, but the 19-year-old from Lincoln hit his marks and crossed the checkered for his third victory of the season at Placerville Speedway. Golobic ended up second with Sean Becker putting on an excellent charge from 17th to third. The “Shark” was a joy to watch over the final laps and was nice to see him have a superb run in the Vertullo Racing 83v.
Ryan Robinson looked good again and came home fourth with Brooks rounding out the top-five. The evening’s B-main went to Golobic, with the four eight-laps heat races captured by Tanner Carrick, Ryan Timms, Justyn Cox and Justin Sanders. As noted, Carrick earned a clean sweep of the night by also earning his third ADCO Driveline Fast Time Award of the year with a lap of 10.802. A total of 32 Sprint Cars competed on Sunday.
Winged 360 Sprint Car finish: 1. 83T-Tanner Carrick; 2. 17W-Shane Golobic; 3. 83V-Sean Becker; 4. 14W-Ryan Robinson; 5. 34-Landon Brooks; 6. 7C-Justyn Cox; 7. 2SB-Jake Morgan; 8. X1-Andy Forsberg; 9. 5T-Ryan Timms; 10. 46JR-Joel Myers Jr; 11. 33T-Jimmy Trulli; 12. 4-Jodie Robinson; 13. 88A-Joey Ancona; 14. 93-Stephen Ingraham; 15. 11-Dominic Gorden; 16. 4SA-Justin Sanders; 17. 41-Corey Day; 18. 31C-Kaleb Montgomery; 19. 16X-Andy Gregg; 20. 21-Shane Hopkins
Diamond Springs racer Dan Jinkerson not only claimed victory in the Ltd. Late Model main event, but he also overtook the Placerville Speedway point lead on Sunday. The “Diamond Dynamite” had his way out front for much of the contest but did have to deal with a fast moving Jay Norton at one point, followed by Wayne Trimble who carved his way forward in exciting fashion.
Several movers and shakers were seen but after 20-laps of competition it was Jinkerson who took the Ron Stahl checkered flag for his first Ltd. Late Model triumph of the year. Wayne Trimble came home in second followed by Dan Brown Jr., first time Late Model competitor Andrew Pearce and Ray Trimble in the top-five. Heat race wins were picked off by Jay Norton and Tyler Lightfoot.
Ltd. Late Model finish: 1. 23-Dan Jinkerson; 2. 71-Wayne Trimble; 3. 15-Dan Brown Jr; 4. 22G-Andrew Pearce; 5. 37-Ray Trimble; 6. 3-Eddie Gardner; 7. 15J-Jay Norton; 8. 23J-Tyler Lightfoot; 9. 23T-Tom Tilford; 10. 98-Kiely Ricardo; 11. 95-Max Mcafee
Oakley’s Nick Baldwin has had a fantastic season up to this point at Placerville Speedway and that continued on Sunday evening. The pilot of the Baldwin Racing 17 machine sat in 12th at one point, but kept his nose clean and progressively moved forward in the 20-lapper. Early on it was Chris McGinnis leading the field as drivers tried to find the preferred groove around the bullring.
Once Baldwin maneuvered his way to the front however, he built up a steady advantage en route to his fifth victory of the season.
McGinnis put together a fantastic run to finish second over Ken Bernstein, who also had a fine run on Independence Day. Jason Armstrong and youngster Jonny Walsh completed the top-five. Rounding out the top-10 were Cody Rickard, 16th starter Michael Murphy, Brad Myers, Kenneth Robles and Jimmy Bobbie. Pure Stock finish: 1. 17-Nick Baldwin; 2. 22-Chris Mcginnis; 3. 43-Kenny Bernstein; 4. 77T-Jason Armstrong; 5. 4-Jonny Walsh; 6. 5-Cody Rickard; 7. 47-Michael Murphy; 8. 33-Brad Myers; 9. 78K-Kenneth Robles; 10. 01-Jimmy Bobbie; 11. 87-Jason Poppert; 12. 25-Oroville Owens; 13. 83-Ryan Peter; 14. 4L-Lonnie Leonard; 15. 54-Vigna Anthony; 16. 93-Mel Byers; 17. 30-Kevin Jinkerson; 18. 68E-Jimmy Wall; 19. X86-David Silvia
Placerville Speedway is right back at it this Saturday July 10th with the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars, USAC Western States Midgets and Wingless BCRA Lightning Sprints. Tickets are available online at https://www.universe.com/embed2/events/2021-usac-west-coast-midgets-360s-gold-dust-fever-tickets-placerville-0S1597 or at the gate on race day.