Kid’s Night kicks off big weekend

By From page A11 | August 15, 2014

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KID'S have a chance to race their bikes on the racetrack during intermission Saturday. Photo by Donna Peter

Kids are free this Saturday night at Placerville Speedway

Grab the bikes and bring the tikes for tomorrow’s “Mountain Democrat Kids’ Night” at Speedway, benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County.

This big night for the littlest of race fans marks the first of two days of family fun at the racetrack, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Saturday night features the return of Jackson Rancheria Casino Championship point racing at Placerville Speedway. The winged sprint cars along with the Limited Late Models, Pure StocksĀ andĀ the colorful coupes of the Nor Cal Dwarf Car Association are expected to provide a fun and exciting evening of racing for all ages.

Tomorrow night is about much more than high dollar motors, the perfect tire and the perfect set up. Saturday marks the annual night where families come together to give the true fans of this sport the opportunity to shine with the help of their racing heroes.

On Kid’s Night, youngsters get their turn to compete on the race track in numerous bicycle races during intermission with the help and support of their local racing heroes cheering them on.

“This is what it’s all about, families and kids coming together at the track for a special night,” defending sprint champion Andy Forsberg said. Like many, Forsberg remembers his time in the stands at Placerville watching his heroes duel it out. Along with the memories of seeing his father race wheel-to-wheel with names like Gene Gillihan, Doug Gandy, Brian Crockett and more, Forsberg remembers what it was like on the one night he had the opportunity to be on the other side of the fence.

“If you’re a kid and love the races, there is nothing more meaningful then having the chance to be on the track with your favorite drivers and all the fans cheering you on. I remember back in those days, it was a lot of fun and now its even better be a driver helping these kids on Kid’s Night. This is a great event, every family in the county should come out and check it out.”

Forsberg is just one of many of today’s drivers that raced for the first time in the two-wheeled fashion as youngsters at Placerville Speedway. Other notables behind the wheel today that dueled for their first trophies on the red clay include the Tilford brothers along with names like Justin Sanders, Andy Gregg, Jimmy Trulli, Justin Johnson, Cody Spencer, Danielle Clauson and many more.

All kids 11 and under are admitted for free Saturday. Additionally, the young fans receive complimentary popcorn and soda on this evening as well as a free ticket to Sunday’s 41th Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby courtesy of the Placerville Police Officers Association.

Youngsters are encouraged to participate in the bicycle races at intermission on Saturday night. Races will be broken up into various age groups with the distance of the competition adjusted accordingly. The top three finishers of each age group will be awarded trophies presented by the Mountain Democrat and everyone who competes is awarded participation ribbons.

Placerville Speedway will provide a secure parking area for the children’s bicycles during the evening. Following the bicycle races, a brand new BMX Bicycle sponsored by the Mountain Democrat will be raffled off to a lucky youngster in the grandstands. Additionally, the Democrat has once again generously sponsored a great deal of advertising for the event to make it a huge success.

Saturday night the gates of Placerville Speedway will open at 5 p.m. with qualifying starting up at 6:30. Adult tickets will be $15, seniors $13, juniors are $12 and those 11 and under will be free for the evening.

Raffle tickets for the BMX Bicycle will be presented to every youngster at the front gate along with a coupon for free popcorn and soda and a complimentary ticket to the destruction derby. Additional prizes will be raffled off in several surprise additions to the drawing on race night.

For additional information visit the track website at


Bill Sullivan

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