Thompson’s Auto Group Sprints return to Placerville Speedway Saturday

By: Gary Thomas
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The Red Hawk Casino championship season marches on this Saturday, May 6, with another action-packed five division program at the Placerville Speedway, which includes the second race of the season for the Winged 360 Sprint Cars.

Also in competition on Saturday will be the Ltd. Late Models, Pure Stocks, the Bay Cities Racing Association Midget Lites and the brand new Mini Truck division. 

The Thompson’s Auto Group Winged Sprint Cars opened the season on April 22, before taking last week off for the Sprint Car Challenge Tour event in Petaluma. The weekly teams are now amped up for the second point race of the campaign on Saturday, with beautiful weather on tap for the occasion.
Opening night saw Clarksburg’s Justyn Cox complete a clean sweep of the evening, setting the ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust fast time, followed by winning his heat race and the 25-lap feature event. 

Visalia’s Steven Tiner also showed a lot of speed at the opener and came home in second after a great late-race battle with Elk Grove’s Greg Decaires, who is one of the favorites to bring home the track title. The four-time Thompson’s Auto Group Winged Sprint Car champion would love nothing more than to add number five. 

After a dominating drive last week, Matt Micheli will look to make it back-to-back with the Ltd. Late Models on Saturday. A non-stop main event last weekend saw Micheli win by over eight-seconds to earn his first win of the season after running second at the opener. Ray Trimble, Mike Lightfoot, Tyler Lightfoot and Tom Tilford rounded out the top-five last Saturday. Opening night, on April 22, was picked off by Ryan McDaniel. 

Last week’s Pure Stock main event went to Trimble, following an entertaining race that saw him pass Folsom’s Jay Bryant early the race followed by a fight for the lead with Scott Grunert. Nick Baldwin, Dan Jinkersen and Jason Palmer completed the top-five in the feature. Jinkersen was the winner on opening night and came back to earn another solid finish last Saturday. 

Following a rainout of their scheduled opener on April 8, the new Mini Trucks will make their debut this weekend. The new class is built with the hope to provide an economic and fun division to get involved in dirt track racing. 

Adult tickets this Saturday will cost $15, while seniors ages 62 and older, and juniors ages 12-15 will be $13, children ages 6-11 are $6 and those under the age of six will be free. 

The Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. 

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