Saturday’s Racing to Benefit Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County

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Nor Cal Dwarf Cars return this Saturday night as Placerville Speedway’s 11th Jackson Rancheria Casino Points Race Benefits the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County. Photo by Donna Peter

PLACERVILLE, CA (7-8-14) – Racing resumes at Placerville Speedway this Saturday night with the 11th points race of the season presented by the New Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. 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.

While Saturday’s event brings a great deal of racing action and family entertainment for all ages, the event will have an even bigger impact as it benefits one of the area’s most popular non-profit organizations, the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County. This will mark the second race of the year that will benefit the charity that has been neighboring Placerville Speedway for many years. 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 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.”

Following Saturday’s event, 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. 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!

How can race fans help make Saturday’s race a success for the Boys and Girls Club? It’s pretty simple, just come to the races as every ticket purchased will result in a monetary donation to the Boys and Girls Club. Race fans, teams and speedway community partners who wish to find additional ways to get involved with the Boys and Girls Club can learn more about the great organization at www.bgce.org.

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Jake Morgan (45) is a top five runner in the Sprint Car season point standings entering Saturday night. Photo by Donna Peter

In racing action Saturday night, look for the action to be hotter than ever as the battle for the 2014 Jackson Rancheria Championship is already past its halfway point. In the winged sprint car division, Shane Golobic of Fremont held off point leader Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove last week for a big victory in the July Fourth Spectacular. The two open wheel greats swapped the lead several times during the 25-lap feature with the likes of defending champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn and Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli.

In the division point standings, DeCaires leads the field with a strong 55-point lead over fellow three time winner Justin Sanders of Prunedale. Forsberg is a mere three points behind Sanders and rapidly working his way up the point ladder as he is well known for. Trulli is fourth in the hunt while Fair Oaks’ Jake Morgan is having an outstanding season, sitting in the fifth position.

In Limited Late Model Action, 2012 Champion Matt Micheli of Live Oak continues to lead the ranks. Although victory lane has eluded him thus far this season, Micheli is still ahead of two of the year’s previous winners. Auburn’s Ray Trimble is second in the ranks after four wins this year. Last Saturday night, Trimble raced his way to victory before a capacity crowd on the holiday race. Early season feature winner and defending champion Tom Tilford is third in the standings. While mechanical woes prevented him from taking the green flag on one night this season, Tilford has had used consistency and the skills that run deep in the family remain in the hunt with top finishes each night. Jay Norton of Shingle Springs has worked his way up to fourth in the standings and is another driver with a history of successful racing in his family, piloting a car fielded by former multi-time super stock champion Dennis Ahart.

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Former champions Dan Brown Jr. (5x) and Tom Tilford (92) will look to close in on the Late Model point lead Saturday. Photo by Donna Peter

Sitting in fifth is another driver that has long been a top runner at Placerville, Dan Brown Jr of Rocklin. Following in the footsteps of his father, Brown was a 2008 Pro Stock Champion, the same year he earned the track record for the most wins in a season with 13 trophies. In 2010 he backed up his first career title with a championship in the Late Model Division.

The Pure Stock division this season has seen some of the greatest finishes in recent history at Placerville Speedway. Last Saturday was no exception as former champion Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights charged his way from deep in the field and overcame a heated battle with Sacramento’s Eddie Gardner to take the checkered flag. The July Fourth effort became a heartbreaker for Tilford as Mother Nature struck the #92 during the final lap when his exhaust system was torn lose on the traditional fast but dry July Fourth weathered track surface. Gardner ended up with his first win of the season.

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Scott Grunert (14) of Woodland leads the Pure Stock standings entering Saturday night. Photo by Donna Peter.

In the division standings, two time winner Scott Grunert of Woodland leads the numbers with a 19 point advantage over 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 will open at 5 p.m. Saturday night with qualifying at 6:30 p.m. Adults are $15, Seniors $13, Juniors are $12, Children $5 and those 5 and under are free. Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive and is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort who offers $25 in free play to every race fan this Saturday night. Additional sponsors include The Mountain Democrat, Thompson’s Toyota, ADCO Drive Lines, Hoosier Racing Tires and Riebes Auto Parts of El Dorado County.

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