Placerville Speedway hosts Mtn. Democrat Kids Bike Night this Saturday
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – June 18, 2019…After taking a break for the El Dorado County Fair last weekend the Placerville Speedway is locked and loaded to launch a busy stretch of racing with its annual Mountain Democrat Kids Bike Night this Saturday June 22nd.
The evening also doubles as Sierra Child & Family Services Night at the speedway. The company will have a booth set up in the grandstands during the event to talk about the services they offer with race fans. All kids 11 and under receive free admission this Saturday night and as always, children in attendance are invited to race their bikes on the track following heat race competition.
Divisions that will tackle the Placerville Speedway on Saturday include the Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Ltd. Late Models, the Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stocks and the popular Mini Trucks.
An autograph session featuring some of the young guns in competition including Jodie Robinson, Jesse “The Savage” Bryant and Bubba Decaires will take place pre-race, along with live music and Coors Light Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm. We are still accepting donations if you or your company would like to donate a bicycle or anything else for the kids during the night. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any donations.
“This is always a great show for the kids and all the families to come out and enjoy a night of racing at Placerville Speedway,” commented Russell Motorsports Inc. President and track promoter Scott Russell. “Kids Bike Night has been one of the long-standing events here and we’re happy to allow those 11 and under into the races for free on Saturday. When it comes to the future of our sport the younger generation is what it’s all about so we hope everyone can bring their kids and maybe even some of their friends this weekend.”
This Saturday marks the seventh point race of the year for the Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Cars. Going into it Auburn’s Andy Forsberg holds a 21-point advantage over Mather’s Kalib Henry. Forsberg is in search of an unprecedented seventh Winged 360 title at Placerville Speedway and has already gathered three victories to his credit. Rounding out the top-10 going into Kids Bike Night are Tony Gualda, Bobby McMahan, Jodie Robinson, Mike Benson, Shane Hopkins, Chris Masters, Bubba Decaires and Justin Johnson.
The Ltd. Late Models return to competition on Saturday after being idle the previous event. Ray Trimble has been the man to beat so far this season and holds onto a nine-point lead over Tyler Lightfoot at the top of the standings. Dan Brown Jr. is still within striking distance sitting third and has shown lots of speed in recent weeks. Ryan McDaniel and Jay Norton complete the top-five.
The Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stocks have had a great season so far with close action at each event. It remains a close fight at the top of the points with Nick Baldwin leading Kevin Jinkerson by just six slim digits. Jason Palmer, Mel Byers and Scott Grunert round out the top-five. The remainder of the top-10 is comprised of John Ewing, Jesse Bryant, Jason Leonard, Stephanie Hanson and Dave Silva.
On the Mini Truck side of things there is currently a three-way tie atop the ladder between Ryan Murphy, Aaron Rupley and John LittleJohn. Tom Stanwood and Thomas Jensen rank fourth and fifth heading into Saturday. The Mini Truck car counts have grown this season with the division showcasing some exciting and close racing.
Adult tickets this Saturday will cost $15, while seniors 62 plus, military and juniors 12-17 will be $13 and as noted kids 11 and under are free! Tickets can be purchased online by clicking https://www.universe.com/events/2019-placerville-speedway-championship-pts-race-8-mtn-democrat-bike-nite-tickets-placerville-KX8H29
The pit gate will open at 2pm, with the front grandstand gate opening at 3pm. A happy hour will be offered from 4pm-6pm in the grandstands featuring discounted Coors Light and Coors Original at the beer stand. Drivers meeting will be held at 4:30pm, with cars on track for wheel packing at 5. Hot laps, ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust qualifying and racing will follow. Live music will be performed from 4-6 in the grandstand midway.
The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto http://www.placervillespeedway.com
The Placerville Speedway would like to thank all of its partners for their support this season including Red Hawk Casino, Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light, Thompson’s Family of Dealerships, Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating, Absolute Auto Glass, ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust, Bear Republic Brewing, Capitol ACE Hardware, Carbon Copy, Carol Russell Bookkeeping Service, Crystal Basin Construction, Doug Veerkamp General Engineering Inc., El Dorado Hills Landscaping, Hangtown Hardwood Floors, High Sierra Industries, Les Schwab Tires, the Paint Spot, The Critter Getter, Mountain Democrat, Windfall Media, Arnolds for Awards, Sierra Child and Family Services, Sierra Landscape Materials, Sierra Arbor Worx, SuperClean Xpress Car Wash and Taylor Hirst, Navigate Realty.
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The quarter-mile clay oval is operated by Russell Motorsports Incorporated, which can be reached at the track business office at 530-344-7592. Contact Kami Arnold or Scott Russell directly for 2019 sponsorship opportunities at the office.
Upcoming events at Placerville Speedway:
Saturday June 22: Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Ltd. Late Models, Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stocks, Mini Trucks | Mtn. Democrat Kids Bike Night/ Sierra Child & Family Services Night
Saturday June 29: King of the West-NARC Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series and Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Elk Grove Ford and Abreu Vineyards | Summertime Sprint Salute/ Marcel Cassulo Classic
Thursday July 4: Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Ltd. Late Models and Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stocks | 4th of July Freedom Fireworks
Image courtesy of Jason Tucker Photos