Scott Russell pulled to the front stretch of Placerville Speedway during intermission last Saturday night. As he unstrapped himself from his popular No. 14r sprint car, a crowd of youngsters pressed up against the grandstand fence screaming and waving in anticipation.
Russell approached the large group of energized young fans and randomly picked a young man from the group who was ushered down to the track to join the driver in the victory celebration. Although this win was a mere three-lap grudge race against arch rival Andy Forsberg, it was much more to the youngster that stood beside him proudly holding the trophy and the victory sign for a very special photo with a standing room only crowd cheering them on.
When the brief festivities ended, the young man reached up to return the trophy to Russell and much to his surprise learned it was his to keep. His trophy was accompanied by a Placerville Speedway tee shirt and a memory of a lifetime.
This special event Saturday was the inaugural Riebes Auto Parts Kids Dash at Placerville Speedway and proved quiet successful by the level of excitement apparent on the faces of the many youngsters. Russell and Forsberg raced wheel-to-wheel for the quick affair, while it was one of the shortest races for them it became one of the biggest for a young fan known only by the name of “Dillon” which he belted out on the infield microphone.
“This is what it’s all about, the fans,” said promoter Alan Handy. “This sport was built on family involvement and we’re bringing that back to the program more than ever at Placerville Speedway this year.”
The Kids Dash will continue to take place regularly at Placerville Speedway among all three of its weekly divisions. Two different drivers will sign up to go head-to-head in the event and each is compensated for their efforts. All the fanfare and hardware goes out to one lucky child each week.
The season continues this Saturday. For more information visit placervillespeedway.com.