PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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THE CIVIL WAR Sprint Series makes its second appearance at Speedway tomorrow. Photo courtesy of Civil War Sprint Car Series

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Tomorrow’s racing honors Mark Forni

By From page A9 | August 08, 2014

Past Forni Classic winners

2013- Andy Gregg
2012- Andy Forsberg
2011- Andy Forsberg
2010- Mason Moore
2009- Sean Becker
2008- Sean Becker
2007- Greg DeCaires
2006- Kyle Hirst

This Saturday will be the richest night of the season at Placerville Speedway as the evening will pay tribute to the late Mark Forni.

At the end of the night a member of the Sprint Car division will proudly hoist the prestigious trophy and cash in on a $5,000 payday in the 9th annual Mark Forni Classic.

In addition to the victory, a $500 bonus will be paid to the fast qualifier from the collaborative businesses that have stepped forth to make this race the richest of the year.

With the added bounty, top drivers from throughout California and the Pacific Northwest are expected to pay homage to the late Mark Forni, a friend of the sport who lost his life far too young in the summer of 2005. The event is a high-caliber Civil War Sprint Car Series event and also includes the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars for a night of racing that will not be forgotten.

The Forni family has a great history in El Dorado County, and deep ties to the El Dorado County Fairground and much of the land on which it sits. Much like his forefathers, Mark Forni had a great passion for the county fair and its attributes, especially the race track. From the time he was a young child, and the days when Placerville Speedway was known as “Old Hangtown Speedway,” Mark was actively involved with the weekly auto races, always willing to lend a helping hand.

Later in life, Forni continued his contributions to local auto racing, sponsoring many race teams with his business, Forni’s Trucking. He later became a member of the El Dorado County Fair Board and focused on the issues regarding the future of the fair and the speedway. Forni believed in working relationships. He understood the importance of race promoters, sponsorships and the one key element for every event to be successful, the spectator.

In November 2004, Mark was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. During his final months, He had the opportunity to say goodbye to friends and family and spend some special moments with his wife and children, a bittersweet time for those who knew and loved him so much.

It is with great honor that Placerville Speedway and a group of community businesses continue to honor his legacy. Saturday’s added bounty comes courtesy of a number of community businesses including: Doug Veerkamp General Engineering Inc., Hunt and Sons Petroleum, Pape’ Machinery of Sacramento, John Deere Equipment Sales, Les Schwab Tires, Armond’s Giant Tire Service, MRO Incorporated, Mike and Jessica Poderick of Placerville, Arnold’s for Awards, Riebes Auto Parts, Steve Gomoluh and the Sept Family.

Gates at the speedway will open at 5 p.m., and an early arrival to the speedway is suggested to insure seating. Adult tickets are $17, seniors $15, juniors $12, children are $6 and six and under are free.

The Civil War Sprint Cars will be joined by the visiting Vintage Hardtop division, the second time for this unique division that brings the cars of yesteryear back to the likes of competition. El Dorado’s Jason Armstrong leads the roster as he looks to defend his Placerville win earlier this year.

Bill Sullivan

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