Placerville Speedway loses valiant fight against Mother Nature

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By Bill Sullivan

Promoter thanks fans and teams for support in event stopped due to snow and rain

PLACERVILLE, CA – The sun shined throughout the day and radar forecasted that the expected showers would slightly miss the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Saturday night. With blue skies over Placerville Speedway all day long, Handy Racing Promotions rolled the dice to present the seventh Red Hawk Casino Championship point race Saturday night. On this particular night, those dice didn’t produce a seven and Mother Nature cashed in.

A total of 27 sprint cars came to Placerville Speedway Saturday night along with 17 pure stocks and 7 late models to compete in the event presented by Hoosier Tires, Riebes Auto Parts, Coors Light and Pepsi Cola. After the completion of the sprint car and late model heat races a storm cell moved off it’s projected path, dumping a mixture of rain and snow on the quarter-mile clay oval.

Although the shower was short lived, it soaked the clay racing surface beyond repair in the time allowed prior to the 11 p.m. curfew and the event was officially called off shortly after 7:30 p.m. Rain checks were issued to all of the teams and race fans who attended the event and further information on the cancellation and results will be determined in the coming days.

Handy Racing Promotions Incorporated would like to thank all of the spectators who patiently waited the storm out Saturday night in hopes of seeing a great night of competition. A sincere thanks goes to all of the race teams, push vehicles and support staff for their dedication and commitment to doing everything possible to get the show in. It is this great dedication by all of you that inspires Handy Racing Promotions to do all we can to produce a great night of family entertainment every week at Placerville and we are sorry that this time Mother Nature just couldn’t be defeated.

In the sprint car division Herman Klein was the fast qualifier Saturday with a 10:401. Heat races were claimed by Placerville’s James Sweeney, Chad Compton of Fair Oaks and Stephen Allard of Chico. The late model heat race was won by Jay Norton. All scheduled events thereafter were claimed by Mother Nature.

Racing returns to Placerville Speedway Saturday night June 5th with the Golden State Challenge Series and BCRA Midgets. The front gates will open at 5 p.m. with qualifying starting at 6 p.m. For further information visit the track website at