Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DeCaires looking to extend win streak

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ELK GROVE'S Greg DeCaires competes Saturday night aboard the Tribute to Stephen Allard Sprint Car owned by local contractor Dale Miller of Placerville. Photo by Donna Peter

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 along with Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks for a full racing program.

Although he doesn’t top the point standings, Greg DeCaires has been the driver to beat in the Sprint Car division. Last Saturday night, DeCaires drove his Tribute to Stephen Allard No. 4SA Sprint Car to victory lane for the second straight week at the quarter-mile bullring. One week earlier, the veteran driver captured a $4,000 victory in the Tiner Classic Civil War Series.

The recent success for DeCaires comes after changing teams. The driver known as “The Cat Fish” to his counterparts strapped into the seat of a car owned by local plumbing contractor Dale Miller that was built as a tribute to the late Stephen Allard, a local driver who wowed fans for much of the 2012 racing season.

DeCaires, a longtime friend and colleague of Allard’s has suddenly found himself bringing a new era of “Allard Mania” back to Placerville Speedway.

“I just can’t believe how well this team has come together,” DeCaires said. “I can’t thank Dale Miller enough for not only putting this car together in honor of Stephen, but for giving me the opportunity to drive it. I know Stephen has something to do with our success lately. He was an amazing driver that could always do things 10 times better than I could.”

Despite being unable to make all of the championship point races this season due to his transition between teams, DeCaires has moved into the top five of the current championship point standings, 100-points behind the leader. This Saturday, he will look to continue his recent win streak, one that is being envied by many of his colleagues but loved the majority of Placerville’s fans who watched the late Allard do much the same last season.

Currently topping the point standings is defending four-time track champion Andy Forsberg while Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli has moved into the bridesmaid position. Thirty five points separate the top two drivers.

Placerville’s Andy Gregg was unable to transfer into last week’s feature event after a scuffle in traffic of the B main. The setback has placed Gregg into third place in the standings where he is eight points behind Trulli. Mike Benson of Calistoga is fourth in the ranks, 55-points from the lead position.

In the Limited Late Model division, the battle for the title is heating up between Matt Micheli, the defending track champion, and Tom Tilford who are locked in a dead heat.

Ken Micheli is third in the standings, 320-points behind his son in the lead. Placerville’s Ted Ahart is 30 points back in the fourth position while Sheridan’s John Ohnmacht rounds out the top five.

In the paint-trading competitive Pure Stock division, Les Friend continues to dominate the point lead. After winning his sixth feature event of the season last Saturday, Friend continues toward his longtime goal of winning a championship in holding a 37-point lead over second place Scott Grunert who is now tied for the bridesmaid position with Chris VanRoekel. Tim Mack of Placerville is fourth in the ranks followed by veteran driver Dennis Armstrong of El Dorado.

The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. Saturday with ADCO Driveline Qualifying starting at 6:30. Tickets will be available at that time. Adult tickets will be $14, juniors and seniors will be $12 and children, $6.

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