Folsom Telegraph Motoring

$5000 to win this Saturday at Placerville Speedway

By: Gary Thomas
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The El Dorado County Fairgrounds based Placerville Speedway is geared up to hold one of the biggest nights in the 2017 season with the 12th annual Mark Forni Classic on deck this Saturday August 19.

The Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Car feature at the Mark Forni Classic will pay a solid $5,000-to-win and is expected to bring a stout field of cars.  Also in competition Saturday will be the Limited  Late Models, Pure Stocks and the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association.

Following the races a pit party will be held with live music performed by the local all girl band Auburn Road.

The Forni family has a great history in El Dorado County, with deep ties to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and much of the land on which it sits. Much like his forefathers, Mark Forni had a great passion for the county fair and its attributes, especially the race track.

In November of 2004, Forni was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.  In the summer of 2005, Forni passed away at the early age of 45. This Saturday, those he supported honor him with one of the richest races of the year.

Current point leader Steven Tiner from Visalia will lead the field Saturday and is coming off his third win of the season It matched Roseville’s Sean Becker for the most wins this year in the division. Becker also happens to be the reigning Forni Classic winner and has the most triumphs at the event with three to his credit.

Other past Mark Forni Classic champions expected on Saturday will include two-time winners Andy Forsberg of Auburn and Greg Decaires of Elk Grove, along with single-time victors Kyle Hirst of Paradise, Andy Gregg of Placerville and Mason Moore of Princeton.

The Ltd. Late Model division has been all about Live Oak racer Matt Micheli, who picked up his eighth win of 2017 last week. Other winners this year have included Ryan McDaniel and Ray Trimble. Jason Palmer brings the Pure Stock point lead into Saturday and will be going after his fourth win of the season following a runner up finish to last year’s champ Nick Baldwin this past week. Orville Owens and Dan Jinkerson are tied with Palmer for the most victories this season.

The grandstands open at 3pm Saturday for happy hour. Qualifying scheduled to begin around 5:30pm . The Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, For more information log on to