Placerville Speedway

PLACERVILLE'S CJ Humphreys takes a wild ride last week. Photo by Chris Cleveland


More thrills and spills

By From page A9 | April 19, 2013

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 youngsters the opportunity to get up close and personal with their high-speed heroes. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., all members of the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association will have their cars on display near the fairgrounds at the Thompson Auto Center building at 126 Forni Road.

Later, when the speedway gates open at 5 p.m., veteran driver Andy Gregg of Placerville will have his No. 53 Sprint Car on display by the main grandstands, available for autographs and photos. Gregg is the first of several drivers to meet fans prior to the races each Saturday.

“Without the fans we wouldn’t be able to do this,” said Gregg. “It’s the race fans coming out and supporting us and cheering us on every week that help us do this.”

Sprint car point leader Andy Forsberg enters the night sitting seven points over Justin Sanders. Willie Croft is third in the ranks after his win last Saturday while Gregg is fourth following by Placerville;s Jimmy Trulli and Brett Rollag.

In the limited late model division, 2012 Rookie of the Year Tom Tilford has moved into the point lead, two points ahead of defending track champion Matt Micheli while Doug Grandbois is third followed by Duane Zeider and Matt Davis.

In pure stock racing, Les Friend has taken the point lead from defending champion Matt Tilford. Chris VanRoekel is tied with Scott Grunert for fourth over El Dorado’s Tim Mack.

In the Nor Cal Dwarf Car division, look for opening night winner Shawn Jones to return with the likes of Mike Grenert, Ryan Winter, Kevin Bender, Travis Dutra, Dan Gooder, Brian Quilty and Cameron Beard.

The grandstands open at 5 p.m. with qualifying starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at that time: adult tickets will be $14, juniors and seniors will be $12 and children $6. A special  pre-sale of grandstand tickets will take place at 3 p.m. at the track concession center to help alleviate long lines when the gates open.

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Bill Sullivan

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