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PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY is is preparing for the Nor-Cal Modified Challenge Series, which will bring the best drivers in Northern California to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Courtesy photo


Nor-Cal Dirt modifieds headlines five-division program

By From page A6 | August 22, 2014

On Saturday night, Placerville Speedway will pack the pit area of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for a giant five-division racing program for the 15th Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship event of the season.

While four divisions make return visits, the evening will welcome the excitement of Dirt modified back to the quarter-mile track, with the Nor-Cal IMCA Dirt Modified Challenge Series make its Placerville Speedway debut. In addition, the BCRA Midgets, the weekly Late Models and Pure Stocks, as well as the Nor-Cal Dwarf Cars races will take place.

The Nor-Cal Modified Challenge Series is in its second year of operation and consists of seven races at five different California tracks. The Saturday night race will mark the second to last leg of the 2014 traveling series that has seen record car counts at nearly all of its events this season. The series has averaged nearly 30 cars at every event, which boasts $1,000 to the winner and accumulative points toward the series crown.

Ryan McDaniel is the defending Nor-Cal Challenge Series Champion, and comes into Placerville leading the way in the series point standings. McDaniel has been a regular contender at Placerville this season in the competitive Limited Late Model Division, where he has captured five wins. Drivers expected to join McDaniel include Kellen Chadwick, Nick DeCarlo, Freddie Plourde, Brian Cass, Richard Papenhousen and more.

As the BCRA Midgets make their return to Placerville Speedway, Chad Nichols will be looking to maintain his series point lead over Gary Conterno. Veteran Floyd Alvis is third in the ranks over JR Williams. Nick Chivello rounds out the top five in this division, which always provides an action-packed night of open wheel excitement on the Placerville bullring.

In the Limited Late Models, Matt Micheli will look to continue his pursuit of the his second championship, as he enters these final weeks. Micheli is 15 points ahead of Ray Trimble. Defending Champion Tom Tilford is 57 points out of the lead. Former champion Dan Brown Jr. rounds out the top five.

Scott Grunert leads the Pure Stock division, 23-points out in front. Eddie Gardner is second, followed by Rick Grunert. Tim Mack of Diamond Springs is fourth, and Placerville’s Danielle Clauson rounds out the top five.

A full field of Nor Cal Dwarf Cars is expected for the second straight week at Placerville. Look for Shawn Jones to aim for a second consecutive win, along with the company of all the division favorites in this traveling class.

The grandstands open at 5 p.m. Adults are $15, seniors $13 and juniors $12, children $5 and those 5 and under are free.

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Bill Sullivan

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