Speedway season features full schedule

By From page A11 | February 15, 2013

Handy Racing Promotions has officially released the tentative racing schedule for the 2013 championship racing season at Placerville Speedway, consisting of 25 total events spanning March through September at the high banked quarter-mile clay oval at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Under the title sponsorship of the Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires-Coors Light and Pepsi Cola, the 2013 racing season begins March 30 for a test and tune event for all divisions.

“I am really looking forward to this racing season,” said Alan Handy, Placerville Speedway promoter. “I feel this is one of the best schedules we have had in a long time with some great events. I’m grateful for the support the fans and drivers continue to offer at Placerville and for my staff who continues to work hard at this. We’re looking forward to strong year. Let’s go racing.”

The Fast and Furious Dirt Track Racing Championship campaign begins April 6 for 360 cubic inch powered sprint cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks. All three divisions will compete in 14 hard-fought events towards the coveted championship title. The three track regulars will routinely be joined throughout the year by a variety of guest divisions.

The popular Nor Cal Dwarf Cars will join in the action on opening night and will compete in a total of six events at Placerville. The Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association are here on five different dates while the traditional BCRA Midgets pays two visits. Also, look for cameo appearances by the USAC Western Classic Series, the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series along with the vintage hardtops that will appear during the BCRA Hall of Fame night on August 3.

Headliners include two events by the fire-breathing sprint cars of the King of the West Sprint Car Series that are slated for April 27 and June 29. The Civil War Sprint Car Series will make four appearances starting with June 1 when the winged warriors share the track with the BCRA Midgets.

On Thursday, July 4, the Civil War tour returns for the second annual ‘Tiner Family Classic” with a fireworks show in celebration of Independence Day. This season, the annual Mark Forni Classic will be a Civil War Series event on August 10 to include the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars.

The Civil War campaign will wrap up and officially close the season at Placerville Speedway on September 21 with the annual Tribute to Al Hinds sponsored by Thompson’s Auto and Truck Centers.

The Lucas Oil National Sprint Car Series will return for its third straight year with the Bullring Nationals on July 24 when the top drivers of the Nation go up against California’s best in a classic Wild Winged Wednesday fashion.

Mountain Democrat Kids Night returns on August 18 in conjunction with the Placerville Police Officers Association Destruction Derby. The Kids Night festivities takes place Saturday night while the 40th anniversary derby is the next day.

The second annual Race for Hunger that will benefit the Food Bank of El Dorado County is slated for  August 24. The following week will mark Big Pepsi Trophy Night at the speedway.

To keep up with all the information on the season, visit




Jerry Heinzer

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