By Bill Sullivan, Handy Racing Promotions Media Relations
PLACERVILLE, CA (7-6-10) – Saturday night marks the return of the Red Hawk Casino Championship Season to Placerville Speedway with four action packed divisions on the action packed bullring located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The event is presented in part by Hoosier Racing Tires, Coors Light, Riebes Auto Parts and Pepsi Cola and features the fire breathing Winged 360 Sprint cars along with the Dirt Solutions Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks and the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars.
After a week of special holiday events that had its share of diverse track conditions, it’s back to business this Saturday night as the championship point standings continue to be close in all three of the tracks regular divisions. The Nor Cal Dwarf Cars will surely heat up the night as well in their traveling championship campaign.
In the Sprint Car division, former track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn continues to lead the point standings. Despite being winless on the season, Forsberg increased his lead slightly over last week. He now holds a 21-point advantage over Placerville’s Scott Russell this Saturday as this division enters its ninth segment of the 2010 championship season.
Forsberg has five top five finishes so far this season and will continue his quest to find his way to victory lane once again this Saturday night. Throughout the year the driver known as Mr. Excitement has contested for the lead multiple times but has only finished as high as second place when the checkered flag waved.
Russell is also looking for his first feature win of the year with fourt top five finishes to his name. Former track champion Mike Henry of Sacramento is also winless this year at Placerville but ranks third in the point standing. The two drivers who have claimed feature wins round out the top five. Recent winner Shane Golobic of Fremont is fourth followed by Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli, both drivers have a single feature win to their name.
Saturday night marks the final opportunity for drivers to qualify for the upcoming Forni Classic on Saturday, July 17. To race in this event a driver must race a total of six events at Placerville Speedway including point races and Civil War events at Placerville.
At this time 27 drivers are locked into the Forni Classic and two remaining drivers could make the cut this Saturday night. Drivers that are just one race short of being eligible include Jamie Phillips of Aroboga and Scott Hall of Lincoln.
In the Dirt Solutions Limited Late Models Dan Brown Jr. of Grass Valley leads the point standings by 21-points over Jay Norton of Cameron Park. Last week Brown posted his third win of the year to improve his point lead entering the final stretch of the season. Norton is followed by Doug Grandboise of Jackson while two time winner Matt Davis of Auburn is fourth. Les Friend of Galt is currently fifth overall in the standings of this exciting division that brings door to door racing to the red clay bullring.
In the Pure Stock division, Chris Curtiss of Placerville continues to stack up the digits in the point lead. Curtiss will be absent in an upcoming point race and still has his sights set on the track championship if all goes as planned. Currently Dennis Armstrong of El Dorado is second ahead of Sacramento’s Eddie Gardner, Michelle McClure of Sacramento and Danielle Clauson of Placerville.
In the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars look for Placerville’s most recent winner Brian Quilty to return along with the likes of Ryan Winter, Kevin Bender, Daniel and Patrick Wegar, Josh Hiatt, Doug Martin, and many more. The Nor Cal Dwarf Cars are a sheer delight at Placerville Speedway when they visit and their competitive antics are entertaining to race fans of all ages.
The grandstands will open at 5 p.m on Saturday night. All seating at Placerville Speedway is general admission and no spectators will be admitted prior to 5 p.m. Qualifying will begin at 6:30 followed by racing at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $12, Juniors and Seniors $10, Children $5 and under six will be admitted for free. Watch for further information on this event in the coming days. For more information visit www.placervillespeedway.com.