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ANDY GREGG, No. 53, and Shane Golobic race side-by-side in the Winged Sprint Car Division. Photo by Donna Peter


Points racing returns to action

By From page A11 | June 07, 2013

After a two-week hiatus, four divisions of auto racing return to Placerville Speedway Saturday night for the sixth round of the 2013 Red Hawk Casino – Hoosier Racing Tires – Coors Light Championship racing season.

Winged sprint cars, late models and pure stocks will resume their battles for the championship crown, joined by the Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association for Saturday’s event that will begin much earlier in the day with a huge race car show and live music at Red Hawk Casino.

As the track regulars converge in the final event before the annual break for the county fair, the championship point standings are starting to form another close title war sure to come down to the final weeks of the season.

In the winged sprint car division, defending track champion Andy Forsberg sits just eight points ahead of Placerville Andy Gregg who has won two feature events this season. Jimmy Trulli of Placerville is third in the ranks and is just 21-points out of the lead while Mason Moore and Mike Benson round out the top five ahead of Shingle Springs’ Justin Johnson.

In the limited late model division, defending track champion Matt Micheli of Live Oak continues to lead the standings, just six points ahead of 2012 Rookie of the Year Tom Tilford. Doug Grandboise is third overall, 25 points back, Ken Micheli fourth and Duane Zeider is fifth in this division.

In pure stock action, Les Friend continues his quest for his first division championship with a 21-point lead over Chris VanRoekel. Scotty Grunert of Woodland is third followed by Tim Mack of El Dorado and Dennis Armstrong of El Dorado.

The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday night with qualifying starting at 6:30. Tickets will be available at that time Adult tickets will be $14, juniors, seniors, $12, and children, $6.

Prior to Saturday’s racing, Red Hawk host’s a giant race car display in the main valet entrance from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., featuring cars from all of Placerville Speedway’s divisions. Members of their teams will be on hand to greet fans, sign autographs and give out various goodies to fans of all ages. In addition, a select number of dwarf cars and wingless sprint cars have also signed up to strut their stuff.

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Bill Sullivan

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