Matt Tilford

LIVE OAK'S Matt Micheli is expected to return in defense of his championship in the Late Model division. Photo by Donna Peter


2013 racing season set to open tomorrow

By From page A9 | April 05, 2013

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 Red Hawk Casino, the 2013 racing season opens with an action-packed four division program including winged 360 sprint cars, limited late models, pure stocks and the colorful coupes of the Nor Cal Dwarf Car Association.

“This season has one of the best schedules we have had in a long time with some great events,” said Alan Handy, Placerville Speedway Promoter.

This season, all three regular divisions will compete in 14 hard-fought events toward the coveted championship title. The three track regulars will routinely be joined throughout the year by a variety of guest divisions.

Headliner events at the foothill bullring will include two events by the firebreathing sprint cars of the King of the West Sprint Car Series; four appearances by the Civil War Sprint Car Series including one, July 4, the second annual ‘Tiner Family Classic;” the annual Mark Forni Classic Aug. 10; Mountain Democrat Kids Night in conjunction with the Placerville Police Officers Association Destruction Derby the weekend of Aug. 18; the second annual Race for Hunger Aug. 24; Big Pepsi Trophy Night Aug. 31; and the annual Tribute to Al Hinds Sept. 21.

Headlining the roster tomorrow is Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, the defending three-time Placerville Speedway track champion. Forsberg returns this season once again behind the wheel of the competitive F&F Racing No. X1 sprint car. Forsberg will be joined by nearly 30 of California’s top teams looking to get an early run at the driver that has dominated the Placerville clay for so long.

Late Model Champion Matt Micheli of Live Oak is expected to return in defense of his championship in this division. In the Pure Stock division, look for 2013 champion Matt Tilford to move to the Late Model Division. Runner up to the title Chris Curtiss is expected to return on a part-time basis in this division along with a large group of local weekend warriors that will set their sights on the season title.

The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets will be available at that time. Adult tickets are $14, juniors and seniors, $12, and children, $6. An early arrival to the speedway is suggested as this opening night event is expected to be well-attended.

To keep up with all the information on the season to come, visit Additionally, join with over 3,000 others and like Placerville Speedway on Facebook where you can interact with other fans, drivers and staff and follow them on twitter to keep up to date on events to come.

Bill Sullivan

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