PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
Ray Trimble

FOUR-TIME Limited Late Model winner Ray Trimble, No. 37, will be one of many drivers Saturday night racing to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County. Photo by Donna Peter

Sports

Saturday’s race benefits Boys and Girls Club

By From page A9 | July 11, 2014

Racing resumes at Placerville Speedway this Saturday night with the 11th points race of the season. Winged Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks will all return to compete for the season crown with the addition of the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars.

Saturday’s event benefits one of the area’s most popular non-profit organizations, the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County, marking the second race of the year to benefit the charity that neighbors Placerville Speedway.

The first event back in May drew a great deal of attendance and in turn produced a healthy monetary donation to the club. This Saturday the outreach is expected to be even more successful with four divisions in competition and heated title battles at stake.

“The Boys and Girls Club is thrilled to be able to partner with Placerville Speedway again for the second of three benefit races that occur this summer. Special thanks to Alan and Diane (Handy) and the entire team at the track for their help with the first race, the support we received went 100 percent into our summer program fund,” said Sean McCartney, Executive Director for the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County. “We are serving over 170 kids each day at our Placerville Club this summer and could not do it without the support of our amazing community.”

The third and final Boys and Girls Club benefit race will come in August on one of the speedway’s biggest nights of the year, Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night, an evening that takes place annually and draws hundreds of children to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds all in conjunction with the Placerville Police Department’s Annual Hangtown Destruction Derby, which also benefits local charity. McCartney looks forward to the finale in which he will personally be involved in the night’s festivities.

“We are creating positive memories for hundreds of kids daily and truly appreciate the support we receive in making this possible, he said. “Proceeds from this upcoming race will also benefit our summer programming and we are hoping for a big turnout at the track. Great futures start here at the club … see you at the races!”

ns can help make Saturday’s race a success for the Boys and Girls Club as every ticket purchased results in a monetary donation. Those who wish to get involved with the Boys and Girls Club can learn more about the organization at bgce.org.

On the track in the Winged Sprint Car division, Greg DeCaires leads the field with a strong 55-point lead over fellow three-time winner Justin Sanders. Andy Forsberg is a mere three points behind while Jimmy Trulli is fourth ahead of  Jake Morgan, who’s having an outstanding season, in the fifth position.

In Limited Late Model action, Matt Micheli continues to lead the ranks. Ray Trimble, with four wins, is second, Tom Tilford is third, Jay Norton of Shingle Springs has worked his way to fourth and sitting in fifth is Dan Brown Jr.

In the Pure Stock division, two-time winner Scott Grunert of Woodland leads the numbers with a 19 point advantage over Eddie Gardner. Rick Grunert is two positions behind his son, 38-points out. Tim Mack of Diamond Springs is fourth followed by Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley who rounds out the top five.

The grandstands open at 5 p.m. with qualifying at 6:30 p.m. Adults are $15, seniors $13, juniors are $12, children $5 and those 5 and under are free. The official track Website is placervillespeedway.com.

Bill Sullivan

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