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HEAT IS ON — Placerville's Jimmy Trulli, No. 33, brings the crowd to its feet at Placerville Speedway last summer with a wild crash on the front stretch during heat racing. Photo by Donna Peter

Sports

Gregg takes Civil War; denies Golobic dual wins

By From page A8 | June 03, 2013

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 and the tour’s first appearance. The win marked Gregg’s first victory in the series and his third overall at Placerville this season.

Gregg started the 30-lap feature in the seventh position and wasted no time in working his way into the top three at the waving of the green flag where he began to mix it up with early race leader Justin Johnson of Shingle Springs, Greg DeCaires and Billy Butler.

DeCaires and Johnson traded the top spot back-and-fourth for the first few laps. It was after a yellow flag with seven laps complete that Gregg made his move. As he drove to the inside of Johnson in the second turn the two drivers made contact and Gregg took the lead while Johnson fell back two positions and then suffered a flat tire.

Once in front, Gregg was challenged for the remaining laps of the race by Golobic. Prior to the 30-lap sprint car feature, Golobic drove his way to victory in a caution-plagued, 30-lap Midget feature event and was attempting to become a duel-winner Saturday.

When the checkered flag waved, it was Gregg picking up the win over Golobic, Sean Becker, Butler and Andy Forsberg, who rounded out the top five.

As Gregg parked himself further on the infield area, unbelted himself from the cockpit and removed his helmet, his mood was not a typical jubilant celebration at his hometown track and he explained why.

“I’m not celebrating this win here tonight because of the way I won it,” said Gregg. “Justin (Johnson) and I were racing for the lead and I got into him over there and that was not my intention and I feel really bad about it. That’s not how I want to win races, I know he’s pretty upset with me and for good reason I would be too,” Gregg said

Golobic joined Gregg and after driving well over 100 laps was visibly exhausted and suffering leg cramps as he stood on the front stretch to celebrate his second place finish as well as win in the midget feature.

“We gave it everything we had tonight and I am pretty worn out,” Golobic said. “I want to thank these guys for putting me in these cars tonight. I thought maybe I was going to be able to win both here tonight but we just didn’t have enough to catch up with Andy. In the midget feature I was lucky to get out in front early and stay out of trouble for that whole race and get the win.”

In the midget feature, Golobic was followed across the line by Sean Dodenhoff, USAC point leader Ronnie Gardner. Matt Streeter finished in fourth over Jake Swanson.

Next Saturday, championship point racing returns to Placerville Speedway in a big way as title sponsor Red Hawk Casino presents Placerville Speedway Day. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Red Hawk Casino will be hosting a giant race car display in the covered main entrance.

The event will offer autographs for fans and many goodies for the kids from the drivers as well as photographs. Live music will be performed by singer song writer Cynthia Renee and guitarist Chris Kawelo and the event is free to the public.

Later that day, the championship points racing features sprint cars, late models, pure stocks and midget lites. For more information visit placervillespeedway.com.

Bill Sullivan

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