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Hinds tribute rescheduled for Sept. 25

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Mother Nature forces Tribute to Al Hinds into weeknight affair

After unkind threats from Mother Nature, Placerville Speedway has moved one of it’s biggest events of the year to Wednesday Night, September 25. Wild Winged Wednesday returns to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds with the Civil War Sprint Cars and the Midget Lites in the 10th annual Thompsons Auto Centers Tribute to Al Hinds.

This special weeknight event will officially conclude the 2013 racing season at Placerville Speedway and will crown the Civil War Series Champion at the conclusion of the evening following a championship battle that will undoubtedly come down to the final checkered flag of the night.

In years past when such high profile races were moved to a Wild Winged Wednesday format they lived up to their name with roster full of packed talent as many drivers from other racing campaigns join in the action due to their open schedules. It is also expected that the event will draw some new faces from out of state as teams are rolling into California for the upcoming Fall Nationals next weekend in Chico.

“We were faced with a tough decision on this event and the weather forecast,” said Placerville Speedway promoter Alan Handy. “With a close championship on the line we couldn’t risk having an event become shortened in any way. So Wild Winged Wednesday is back.

It’s not secret that Saturday’s event will feature the fire-breathing sprint cars of the Civil War Sprint Car Series in a season ending racing that will pay tribute to the late Al Hinds, a patriarch in the motor sports industry who’s hand in the early days of Placerville Speedway helped form the track into the successful venue it is today. Hinds was a huge advocate in the community, bringing the automotive industry and the sport of auto racing together with the community. Today, long time El Dorado County resident and auto dealer Ron Thompson continues that tradition in El Dorado County.

For years Thompson’s Auto Centers has supported Placerville Speedway in grand fashion with the sponsorship of many special events, like the Tribute to Al Hinds race, sponsorship of cars, event promotion and more. Race fans themselves, Ron and Jeff Thompson are frequent spectators at Placerville Speedway, which is home to El Dorado County’s only professional spectator sport. Their contribution to the sport is appreciated by the racing community.

Although this year’s big car show and bbq was washed out due to Mother Nature, Wednesday’s event is sure to be a race to remember with great drivers, a great sponsor and great fans. Plans are already underway for Placerville Speedway and Thompsons to present a grand race car show and race car show at the beginning of 2014 to celebrate the grand opening of their newly remodeled Toyota dealership.

Wednesday’s race will now be the final Civil War Series event to take place under the promotion of Handy Racing Promotions. Beginning in 2014, John Prentice of Ocean Speedway will assume the management of the traveling series and Handy will act as a consultant for the year to come.

The event also marks the final race of the year at Placerville Speedway which will go dark until April of 2014 when action will resume under the promotion of Handy who has recently signed a new three year contract with the El Dorado County Fairgrounds to continue the operation of the racing facility that opened in 1965.

In addition to the Civil War Sprint Cars, the Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association will be in competition Wednesday night to insure an action packed night of open wheel racing.

Tickets will go on sale at the speedway starting at 5 p.m. Adult tickets will be $16, seniors $14 juniors $12 and children $6. Those under six will be admitted for free. Admission to the Thompsons Car Show and BBQ event is free for all ages. For further information visit the Placerville Speedway website at or join us on Facebook.

Democrat Staff


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