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LATE MODEL racer Tom Tilford will be among the many competitors in action Saturday as point racing returns to Placerville Speedway for Mountain Democrat Kid's Night. Photo by Donna Peter


Kid’s Night kicks off big weekend

By From page A11 | August 16, 2013

Grab the bikes and bring the tikes to the Placerville Speedway Saturday.

That’s when the “Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night” is taking place. This event is the biggest night for the littlest of race fans annually and marks the first of two big days of family fun at the speedway, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Saturday will feature the return of Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires Championship point racing at the Speedway. The winged sprint cars return to action along with the Limited Late Models and the Pure Stocks. Joining the three track regulars are the colorful coupes of the Nor Cal Dwarf Car Association.

Saturday also marks the annual night at the Speedway 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.

Kids 11 and under are admitted for free at the Speedway. Additionally, the young fans receive complimentary popcorn and soda on this evening as well as a free ticket to the 40th Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby that takes place Sunday at 3 p.m.

Youngsters are encouraged to participate in the bicycle races at intermission on Saturday. Races will be broken up into various age groups with the distance of the competition being adjusted accordingly. The top three finishers of each age group will be awarded trophies 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.

Saturday marks the first of three point races remaining at Placerville Speedway for the 2013 Red Hawk Casino Championship Season. With four divisions on hand and the championship battles heating up, this is a night surely not to be missed.

The gates of the speedway open at 5 p.m. with qualifying starting up at 6:30.

Adult tickets will be $14, juniors and seniors will be $12 and those 11 and under will be free.

Raffle tickets for the BMX bicycle will be presented to every youngster coming in the front gate along with a coupon for free popcorn and soda.

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Bill Sullivan

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