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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Author Archive: Bill Sullivan

Sanders breaks through with race victory

The grandstands were packed once again at Placerville Speedway Saturday night for the second Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season presented by Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light and the Mountain Democrat. Four divisions were on tap for the event that brought four new faces to victory lane, celebrating their first successes of […]

Four divisions Saturday

Placerville Speedway gears up for another big night of championship point racing tomorrow night with four divisions competing. In the Sprint Car division, Andy Forsberg leads while Steven Tiner is four points behind, Andy Gregg is third tied with Matt Peterson and Willie Croft is fifth. The early point standings in the Limited Late Model division […]

Race opener draws capacity crowd

The new racing season opened in big way Saturday night at Placerville Speedway located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. A standing room only crowd packed the grandstands and one of the largest car counts for a weekly point race in recent history filled every available space in the pit area to build a spectacular […]

Speedway: 2014 race season fires up tomorrow

The 2014 racing season begins Saturday at Placerville Speedway. The opening of the new Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort-Hoosier Racing Tires Championship season presented by the Mountain Democrat and Coors Light at the quarter-mile clay oval kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with qualifying followed by racing. Front gates open at 5 p.m. Tomorrow’s opener will include […]

Speedway changes title sponsor

Placerville Speedway is proud to announce that the new Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort has officially signed with Placerville Speedway to become the premier sponsor for the exciting season ahead at the 46 year-old speedway located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. “We at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort are excited to begin a new […]

Speedway: Kaeding wins 10th Tribute to Al Hinds Civil War

Becker takes the title The 2013 Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Sprint Car Series championship season came to a close in weeknight fashion, as Placerville Speedway hosted a special Wild Winged Wednesday to make up for the Sept. 21 wash out. The event was the 10th annual Tribute to Al Hinds, sponsored by Thompson’s Auto […]

Tribute to Al Hinds rescheduled for Wednesday

Note: Placerville Speedway has informed the Democrat that threats from Mother Nature has forced this event to move to Wednesday, Sept. 25. Race fans from El Dorado County and the surrounding communities are gearing up for one of the biggest nights of open wheel racing in the sierra foothills as Placerville Speedway pays homage to […]

Tilford clinches Late Model title in final race

Forsberg officially crowned Sprint champion; Friend claims Pure Stock title Saturday night Placerville Speedway closed the chapter on one of the most successful and memorable season’s in recent history at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. With a capacity crowd packing the grandstands and lining the perimeter of the pit area, there was plenty of action […]

Speedway season concludes Saturday

The 2013 racing season at the Placerville Speedway has been one of the strongest in recent years marked by huge crowds, solid car counts and great racing action. Saturday, the final points race of the year, should be no different. As the track once known as “Old Hangtown” puts another title bout in its history […]

Wild night of racing at Placerville track

The night was filled with door-to-door racing action, hot tempers and plenty of thrills and spills Saturday night at Placerville Speedway — indicators that the 2013 championship season is nearing its completion. With only one remaining points race on the schedule next week, Andy Forsberg poised himself for his fifth track championship after his fifth […]

Four divisions on tap for penultimate championship point race

The championship racing season is winding down to its final two events of the year beginning Saturday at Placerville Speedway. Four divisions of racing will grace the quarter-mile clay oval at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks will all be contending for the championship. The three track regulars […]

Forsberg returns to victory lane

Mountain Democrat host Kids Night In 1983, Andy Forsberg tasted life in the victory lane.He stood on the front stretch holding a precious trophy after winning the Kid’s Night bicycle races with his father Richard by his side. On Saturday night, the younger Forsberg exercised his nostalgic ways, driving to victory at Placerville Speedway before […]

Kid’s Night kicks off big weekend

Grab the bikes and bring the tikes to the Placerville Speedway Saturday. That’s when the “Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night” is taking place. This event is the biggest night for the littlest of race fans annually and marks the first of two big days of family fun at the speedway, located on the El Dorado County […]

40th Hangtown Destruction Derby

The sounds of smashing metal, roar of smoking engines and cheering spectators collide as the 40th annual Placerville Police Officer’s Association Hangtown Destruction Derby, one of El Dorado County’s oldest charitable events, takes place Sunday at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Populated by men and women representing law enforcement and public safety agencies and various area businesses, […]

Gregg becomes first local to win Forni Classic

Since it’s inception eight years ago, The Mark Forni Classic is the biggest race of the year at Placerville Speedway that had never been claimed by a local driver. Until Saturday night. After years of trying, Placerville driver Andy Gregg and car owner Scott Russell won this prestigious race Saturday, claiming the $5,000 victory in […]

Forsberg wins again; Forni Classic next

Auburn’s Andy Forsberg won his third feature race of the season at Placerville Speedway with his second consecutive win at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds Saturday night during the 11th championship race. Forsberg’s streak is timely as he’ll look to carry his new-found momentum into the biggest race of the year next weekend, the $5,000-to-win Mark […]

BCRA Midgets join Sprint Cars tomorrow

If you’re an open wheel race fan, these next two weeks are definitely races you won’t want to miss at Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. On Saturday, the mighty Midgets and Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association will join the winged Sprint Cars at the speedway, as the 2013 Red […]

Forsberg breaks Decaires’ win streak

Greg DeCaires was poised to make a record fourth consecutive win Saturday at Placerville Speedway before defending track champion Andy Forsberg put an end to his win streak, scoring a long overdue victory on the track he calls home. “It’s been awhile since we’ve been here,” said Forsberg, who last won at Placerville on June […]

Championship battles heating up as season winds down

As the 2013 Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires Championship Season treks toward its final weeks, the bout for the division championships continues to heat up in three divisions at the Placerville Speedway on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds Saturday. In the Winged 360 Sprint Car division, much of the track talk as of late surrounds […]

DeCaires hooks third straight victory

Sprint Car driver Greg DeCaires continued his winning ways at Placerville Speedway, winning his third consecutive feature event of the season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds Saturday night. Since he took to the cockpit of the popular Tribute to Stephen Allard #4sa sprint car, the veteran wheelman still became emotional in victory lane as […]

DeCaires looking to extend win streak

As temperatures heat up, so has the championship point racing battle at Placerville Speedway as the 2013 Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires season enters its final eight-week stretch at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Tomorrow, three exciting divisions return for the 9th championship event of the season featuring winged 360 cubic inch powered sprint cars […]

DeCaires tops the list of repeat winners in 8th points race

The Red Hawk Casino Championship point racing season returned to Placerville Speedway Saturday with four repeat drivers celebrating in victory lane: Greg DeCaires scored his second win here in the Sprint Car Division; Les Friend captured his sixth win in Pure Stocks; Ryan McDaniel won the Limited Late Model feature event; and in the visiting […]

Points racing resumes tomorrow night

After a long hiatus to allow for special events, the heart beat of Placerville Speedway returns to action this Saturday night as the Red Hawk Casino, Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light Fast and Furious Championship Series roars back into action at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Four divisions will pack the house to resume their […]

DeCaires earns Tiner Classic victory

Winning on the Fourth of July is always something special for a driver at any time of their career. Elk Grove’s Greg DeCaires is no stranger to thrill of victory lane before the large patriotic crowd at Placerville Speedway. Thursday night, however, DeCaires celebrated one of his most emotional wins at Placerville Speedway in the […]

Famed racetrack turns 48

Lyndon Johnson was president, Sonny and Cher had the hit song “I Got You Babe” and a gallon of gasoline was 31 cents. The year was 1965 and the sport of auto racing had come to the small town of Placerville. This week Placerville Speedway celebrates its 48th year of operation this season as one of […]

Second half of season begins

Four divisions of auto racing return to Placerville Speedway Saturday night for the seventh round of the 2013 Red Hawk Casino – Hoosier Racing Tires – Coors Light Championship racing season. Winged sprint cars, late models and pure stocks resume their battles for the championship crown, joined by the Wingless Sprint Cars of the Hunt […]

Gregg continues dominance with 4th win

The temperatures soared well beyond the triple digit mark in El Dorado County Saturday afternoon for the sixth championship point race at Placerville Speedway. One thing proved hotter though: Placerville’s own Andy Gregg picked up his third win in the Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires Championship series and fourth overall victory at the track he […]

Points racing returns to action

After a two-week hiatus, four divisions of auto racing return to Placerville Speedway Saturday night for the sixth round of the 2013 Red Hawk Casino – Hoosier Racing Tires – Coors Light Championship racing season. Winged sprint cars, late models and pure stocks will resume their battles for the championship crown, joined by the Midget […]

Placerville Speedway Day Saturday

Placerville Speedway is proud to announce the first-ever “Placerville Speedway Day” prior to the night of championship auto racing, an event designed to bring the local racing community together for a day of fun for race fans and future fans of all ages. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Red Hawk Casino will host a […]

Gregg takes Civil War; denies Golobic dual wins

Before a capacity crowd in the grandstands at Speedway Saturday, Placerville’s Andy Gregg drove his way to victory in the Civil War Sprint Car Series event. Gregg shared victory lane with Shane Golobic, winner of the USAC/BCRA Western Midget feature event. Saturday’s event was the fifth round of the traveling Civil War Sprint Car Series […]

Big race show on tap tomorrow

Placerville Speedway hosts its most anticipated race of the season Saturday night as the Civil War Sprint Car Series makes its first appearance. While the winged warriors bring the best talent in California, they’ll be joined for the first time by the Western Midgets of the United States Auto Club (USAC) in a co-sanctioned event […]

Family friendly outreach gains popularity

The crowds have been strong in numbers and consistent throughout the first five weeks of the season as more than ever, Placerville Speedway’s efforts to reach out to its fans and the community is paying dividends. In today’s day and age, operating a motor sports venue on a weekly basis is a tough challenge. It […]

Golobic wins thriller

From the very first flag of the night, Saturday’s races had its share of thrills, spills and action. Before the race program had reached the main events, four different drivers had gone upside down in the sprint car divisions. One who dodged the misfortune/mayhem was Shane Golobic who drove his way to his third Speedway […]

Championship battles heat up

Four divisions take to the red clay bullring for the fifth championship event of the season tomorrow. The winged sprint cars return with the limited late models, pure stocks and the visiting midget lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association. This event marks the final night of regular championship action following a break for the […]

Gregg starts strong for second victory

Placerville’s Andy Gregg celebrated his second victory of the year before a packed grandstand of spectators who turned out at Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Saturday night for the fourth Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires Championship event of the season. For Gregg, Saturday’s races started off strong in his Coors Light […]

Winged sprints make points-racing return

After a two-week hiatus, the 360 cubic inch powered winged sprint cars will make their much anticipated return to Placerville Speedway this Saturday night. This week’s event will mark the fourth championship point race of the season. For the last two weeks, the winged 360 sprint cars have not been in regular competition at Placerville […]

Bernal dominates Placerville bullring in sole USAC Sprint appearance

Despite the track regulars having the week off from championship competition, a solid crowd turned out at Placerville Speedway on Saturday night to witness the United States Auto Club Western Classic Series Sprint Cars assault the quarter-mile clay oval at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The traveling series brought 15 entries to the roster, including […]

Sole appearance for USAC Sprints

The United States Auto Club (USAC) Western Classic Series enters the Speedway bullring tomorrow night joined by many of Placerville’s regular open wheel drivers for a night of competitive racing without the top wings. Look for longtime fan favorite Shauna Hogg of Fair Oaks to return to the track she used to call home. In […]

Andy Gregg takes the 3rd race

Over the past month, record crowds have been common place at Placerville Speedway since the opening of the racing season. This Saturday night, that large crowd was more vocal than ever as they cheered one of their locals to victory at the El Dorado County Faigrounds. Placerville’s Andy Gregg muscled his way to his first […]

More thrills and spills

Like the first two, Saturday’s third points race at the Placerville Speedway is sure to be another action-packed night of racing. Tomorrow night, four divisions headline the evening following a number of fan-friendly activities throughout the day before the exciting winged sprint cars, fire-breathing late models, pure stocks and the Nor-Cal Dwarf Cars take to the track. Several pre-race activities give families and […]

Victory lane welcomes three new faces

For the second consecutive week, the grandstands at Placerville Speedway were packed for the second round of the 2013 Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires Championship Racing Season. Three divisions formed a night of great racing entertainment with three new faces in victory lane. Willie Croft won the 25-lap feature event in the winged sprint car […]

Big night of racing in store

Championship auto racing returns for a night of entertainment tomorrow that’s sure to be nothing short of spectacular for spectators of all ages. Saturday’s event features three headliner racing divisions: the 700-horsepower winged sprint cars, the fire breathing late model stock cars and the wild paint trading pure stocks. Last week marked the largest turnout for a season-opening […]

Kids Dash a hit

Scott Russell pulled to the front stretch of Placerville Speedway during intermission last Saturday night. As he unstrapped himself from his popular No. 14r sprint car, a crowd of youngsters pressed up against the grandstand fence screaming and waving in anticipation. Russell approached the large group of energized young fans and randomly picked a young […]

NASCAR’s Larsen wins opener before capacity crowd

It was just a few years ago that Elk Grove native Kyle Larson stood in victory lane of Placerville Speedway as the youngest sprint car driver (age 14) to ever win a main event here and said, “I want to go to NASCAR someday.” Now, as one of the newest competitors in the NASCAR Nationwide […]

2013 racing season set to open tomorrow

The dents have been removed, the wings have been freshly painted and driver uniforms are back from the cleaners. Race fans, it’s time to go racing in El Dorado County as one of the most anticipated racing season’s in recent years is set to get underway tomorrow at Placerville Speedway. Under the title sponsorship of […]

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