PLACERVILLE, CA (7-13-13) - Since the beginning of the season, the weekly Kids Dash sponsored by Riebes Auto Parts has been a success at Placerville Speedway, putting smiles on the faces of young race fans every week as they join a driver in victory lane. Last Saturday, this weekly event brought emotion to an all time high for one local family to be.
When longtime Placerville driver Mike Lightfoot climbed from his Late Model Stock Car in victory circle Saturday night he was greeted by full grandstand of cheering fans, many of them youngsters looking to be selected to join him in the victory celebrations and take home the special trophy. Lightfoot carefully perused the many youngsters and selected a young lady from the fence line to come down to the front stretch of the racetrack.
As four year old Addison Kronlund approached Lightfoot with a smile from ear to ear her big night at Placerville Speedway suddenly became even bigger when the event took a whole new twist. Addison was accompanied by her Mother, Laura, down to the track and Laura quickly learned that this night would long be remembered by both she and her family.
Georgetown resident Nathan Bellamy, Laura’s longtime boyfriend, approached them in front of the crowd and requested the cordless microphone. It was then that he took out a ring, got down on his knee and requested her hand in marriage. The event ended in celebration as the response was an emotional “yes” and the couple to be joined Addison in her victory lane photo.
The young lady proudly returned to the grandstands with her tearful bride to be mother to enjoy the rest of the night they will long remember. The couple lives in Georgetown with their older daughter, five year old Evylin Bellamy.
Saturday’s surprise event was organized by longtime track volunteer Jason Atkinson who is friends with Bellamy. Atkinson and Bellamy coordinated the event with Lightfoot and fellow racer Ted Ahart prior to the Kids Dash. The act was a prime example of the great family friendly atmosphere spanning from drivers to fans that Placerville Speedway continues to provide in its 48th year of operation at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
The eight point race of the season concluded on Saturday with Elk Grove’s Greg DeCaires winning his second feature of the year in the Sprint Car Division. Les Friend of Galt won the Pure Stock feature event while Ryan McDaniel took home the win in Late Models and Ryan Winter won the Nor Cal Dwarf Car feature.
Racing returns to Placerville Speedway this Saturday night, July 20 with Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing Tires championship Point Racing.
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