Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Winged sprints make points-racing return

After a two-week hiatus, the 360 cubic inch powered winged sprint cars will make their much anticipated return to Placerville Speedway this Saturday night. This week’s event will mark the fourth championship point race of the season.

For the last two weeks, the winged 360 sprint cars have not been in regular competition at Placerville Speedway to allow for a pair of special events. Although the last two weeks of action at Placerville has been action packed and superior, nothing is more exciting to the fans as the regular court of championship drivers that grace the roster of Placerville Speedway’s championship campaign.

Joining the winged warriors will be the Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks and the exciting Nor Cal Dwarf Cars that will make their third appearance of the season here.

As he returns to the track he calls home this week, defending track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn will look to score his first home track win of the season. Forsberg currently leads the championship point standings by three digits over Prunedale’s Justin Sanders, one of Placerville Speedway’s newest weekly contenders who now leads the standings in the traveling Civil War Series and sits second in the weekly ranks at the foothill quarter-mile.

Local favorite Andy Gregg is third in the standings following his recent victory here three weeks ago. Gregg is just 7 points behind Forsberg as he contends for a hometown title this year. Another local that has been hot all season is Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli who is fourth in the ranks, just 15 points out of the lead. Brett Rollag of Rohnert Park rounds out the top five in the standings. This is Rollag’s first regular fulltime effort in championship point racing . Rollag is just one point ahead of veteran driver Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove.

In the Limited Late Models, look for the new found rivalry between defending track champion Matt Micheli of Live Oak and 2012 Rookie of the Year Tom Tilford to continue. These two drivers have been back and forth for the point lead and tied for the position throughout the season already. Duane Zeider of Paradise is in the top three positions ahead of Jackson’s Doug Grandboise and veteran driver Ken Micheli.

In the Pure Stock division, Galt’s Les Friend will be looking to score his third win of the season this week. After suffering mechanical woes in last week’s special event at Placerville, Friend will be looking to ad digits towards his potential first track championship. Chris Van Roekel of Grass Valley will be looking to carry his momentum of last week’s win into the championship race this Saturday night as well.

Matt Tilford of Orangevale is this division’s other feature winner this year, Tilford is graduating to the Late Model Division and has said to not be contending for the division title in the Pure Stock class. Scotty Grunert will be in action on Saturday night with the likes of veteran Dennis Armstrong of El Dorado, Tim Mack of El Dorado and more.

In the Nor Cal Dwarf Car division, look for opening night winner Shawn Jones to return with the likes of second Placerville race winner Ryan Winner along with Mike Grenert, Kevin Bender and associated along with Travis Dutra, Dan Gooder, Brian Quilty, Ray Smith, Doug Martin, Cameron Beard and more.

The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. Saturday with qualifying starting at 6:30. Tickets will be available at that time Adult tickets will be $14, Juniors and Seniors will be $12, Children $6. A special pre-sale of grandstand tickets will take place at 3 p.m. at the track concession center to help alleviate long lines when the gates open.

Saturday’s event will consist of qualifying followed by heat races and main events for all divisions. This week will mark the return of the Kids Dash as well. This week, two of Placerville’s top sprint car drivers will be randomly chosen to go head to in another three lap dash and one lucky youngster will be picked by the race winner to celebrate with them in victory lane and take home the big trophy.

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