Weekly race series opens in Placerville SaturdayBy: Gary Thomas
On the heels of two successful events to help launch the 2017 campaign Placerville Speedway is preparing to kick-off the Red Hawk Casino championship season Saturday, April 22, with picture perfect weather on tap.
The previous attempt to open the weekly racing season on April 8 fell victim to rain, but early weather reports show 80 degree temperatures forecasted for Saturday.
Headlining the night of racing will be the Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars, along with the Ltd. Late Models, Pure Stocks, BCRA Midget Lites and Vintage Hard Tops. This Saturday marks the first of what will now be 15 championship events at the quarter-mile clay oval in 2017.
“After the rain out on April 8, I know that we are definitely eager to get the Red Hawk Casino championship season underway this Saturday,” said Scott Russell, track promoter. “All the local teams are chomping at the bit to open the point season and we look forward to doing so this weekend.”
Princeton’s Mason Moore captured a trio of wins en route to his first career title with the Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Cars last season. Four-time track champion Greg Decaires ran second in the championship chase last year and looks to get back atop the hill in 2017. The Elk Grove veteran is always one of the drivers to beat at the helm of the Dale Miller Plumbing No. 4sa mount.
Additional drivers looking to start off the season in victory lane will include Placerville’s Andy Gregg, Jimmy Trulli and CJ Humphreys, Shingle Springs’ Justin Johnson, Calistoga’s Mike Benson, Fair Oaks’ Jake Morgan, Sacramento’s DJ Freitas, Sutter’s Tyler Seavey and more.
Last year’s Ltd. Late Model title was brought home by Eddie Gardner over Mike and Tyler Lightfoot, Ryan Peter and Ray Trimble. The Pure Stock championship went to Nick Baldwin by a narrow margin over Dan Jinkerson. At season’s end, Baldwin earned the gold by just four-points. Scott Grunert, Travis Emery and Orville Owens rounded out the top-five in the standings. The Ltd. Late Models and Pure Stocks are a great compliment to the Winged Sprints during the Red Hawk Casino championship season.
The BCRA Midget Lites will be a common site at the Placerville Speedway and always provide exciting competition. The Midget Lites are scheduled to be on hand seven times this season. The Vintage Hard Tops round out the card for opening night on Saturday.
Adult tickets for the Red Hawk Casino championship opener are $15, while seniors over 62 years old and juniors ages 12-15 will be $13, children ages 6-11 are $6 and those under the age of 6 will be free. The pit gate will open at 2 p.m., with the front grandstand gate opening at 3 p.m.
The Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto placervillespeedway.com.