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.
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For Gregg, Saturday’s races started off strong in his Coors Light #53 wrenched by Brian Cannon. The local favorite claimed the fastest lap in qualifying to earn the ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust $100 bonus. He then finished fourth in his heat race to secure an eighth place starting spot for the 25-lap feature.
Seven laps into the race, point leader Andy Forsberg powered his way into the second position and set his sights on Gregg while Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli dueled with Joey Magaruh for the third position. For the remainder of the race, Gregg maintained his healthy lead to score his second win of the year. Forsberg finished second while Trulli claimed the third position over Magaruh and Sean Becker.
“First of all I want to wish all the Mothers that came here tonight a happy Mother’s Day, its great to see another big crowd,” said Gregg. “I just really have to thank my sponsors and my crew for everything.”
Earlier in the night the Riebes Auto Parts Kids Dash returned to the program. Charlie Cagle and Justin Johnson of Shingle Springs were the two drivers selected to duel. Cagle won the event and selected an excited young lady from the grandstands to join him in victory lane before he gave her the trophy and the complimentary speedway T-shirt and a gift certificate for Kids Quest Arcade.
In the Limited Late Model feature, veteran driver Ken Micheli took the initial lead. Doug Grandboise started in second place until Ken Micheli overtook the bridesmaid position. The second generation Micheli, who leads the point standings at Placerville Speedway, raced bumper to bumper with his Father until the fourth lap when he passed him for the lead on the back stretch.
Once in front, Matt Micheli maintained the lead to the finish line where he was followed by Ken Micheli, Tom Tilford, Grandboise and Duane Zeider.
“When you’re out there racing with your Dad you have to be careful,” said Micheli. “First of all he’s good and second of all the last thing you want to happen is end up wrecking him and we have to fix both cars during the week.”
The Nor Cal Dwarf Cars started their night off with a car show in the grandstand area of the speedway that was a big hit with the families and children entering the gates. Youngsters had the chance to sit in the cars and get autographs and pictures from the drivers.
When it came to action on the track, Ryan Winter drove his way to another Placerville win. Winter started third in the field and battled with Mike Grenert, Scott Dahlgren and Shawn Jones for the lead in a race that saw great side by side action. At the finish line Winter was followed by Jones, Grenert, Kevin Bender and Dahlgren.