After an unexpected cancellation last Saturday due to the area wildfire support, racing action is back tomorrow night at Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
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Five divisions will be on the race lineup as the championship point battles wind toward the final chapter of the season in all three of the weekly divisions, joined by all of the venues from the popular Bay Cities Racing Association.
Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks return to action on the quarter-mile along with the BCRA’s traditional Midgets with the Midget Lites as well as an appearance by the association’s Vintage Midget Class.
The large presence of the BCRA teams will be part of their annual Jack London Bash Hall of Fame Picnic that takes place earlier in the day at the Fairgrounds. This annual event brings racers of the past and present together as inductees to the Hall of Fame are announced during an afternoon of great food, socializing and more prior to the night’s big race.
Saturday’s race is being presented in part by Steve Stymeist Auto Body Collision Centers.
Entering Saturday’s event, the battle for the Championship is winding its way into its final chapter in all three divisions as the crowning of the season champions is now less than seven weeks away.
In the Sprint Car division, Greg DeCaires remains at the top of the standings with local car owner Dale Miller. DeCaires is currently ahead by 52 points over five-time champion Andy Forsberg who has rapidly recovered from a slow season start into a championship contender once again in the competitive F&F Racing Team ride.
Sitting in the third position is Justin Sanders who is 78 points out of the lead while Jimmy Trulli of Placerville is fourth, just 20 points back. Jake Morgan rounds out the top five in this division entering Saturday’s race.
The Limited Late Model division continues to be led by former champion Matt Micheli. Four-time winner Ray Trimble continues to stalk Micheli’s lead position, trailing him by just 11 points. Defending champion Tom Tilford is third in the ranks, 45 points from the lead. Former track champion Dan Brown Jr. is fourth, 63-points from the top while Jay Norton of Shingle Springs rounds out the top five, 89-points from the leader.
Scott Grunert of Woodland continued his quest toward his first career championship in the Pure Stock division. A two-time winner this season, Grunert is 19 points ahead of Eddie Gardner. Rick Grunert is third in the ranks, 36 points out of the lead. Tim Mack of Diamond Springs is fourth while Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley rounds out the top five.
In the BCRA Midgets, the Wayne Albright Memorial Race will bring a stellar field together. Chad Nichols leads the championship standings over Gary Conterno, Floyd Alvis and JR Williams. Nick Chivello rounds out the top five in the division standings.
In the visiting Midget Lites, Brian Corso is the point leader over Marcus Smith. Hunter Kinney is third overall with Craig Holsted in fourth and Logan Seavey rounding out the top five. For complete information on the BCRA divisions or the Jack London Bash Picnic that begins at 10 a.m. visit bcraracing.com.
The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. Saturday with qualifying at 6:30 p.m. Adults are $15, seniors $13, juniors are $12, children $5 and those 5 and under are free. Visit the official track website at placervillespeedway.com.