Media Release from Handy Racing Promotions Inc.
PLACERVILLE, CA (8-28-10) – The season is winding down and the action is heating up at Placerville Speedway. This Saturday night will host three divisions in the penultimate Red Hawk Casino championship race of the season. Winged 360 sprint cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks will form the race card for the evening in the event presented by Hoosier Tires, Coors Light, Riebes Auto Parts and the Mountain Democrat.
As the season enters it’s final two weeks of action, the championship titles in all three divisions remain mathematically up for grabs. This Saturday night it will be win it or wear it for many drivers that are within striking distance of the coveted titles. It’s this Saturday that a championship could very well become a “sure thing” or quite the opposite depending which direction that luck, both good and bad, shall blow.
In the winged sprint car division, former champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn continues to lead the point standings. For Forsberg, the 2010 racing season has been one of great consistency, yet it has not been one of lucrative victories on the track that earned him the knickname “Mr. Excitement” nearly a decade ago.
Forsberg leads the championship standings entering Saturday’s event by 24-digits over Placerville’s own Scott Russell. So far this season Forsberg has one victory to his name and 8 top ten finishes. Russell is seeking his first win of the season in these final weeks and will look to pressure Forsberg in the closing events for the title war.
Shane Golobic of Fremont is third overall, 42-points out of the lead. The one time winner this season drives for the championship John Taylor Motorsports team. Golobic is trailed by former champion Mike Henry of Sacramento. Mason Moore of Princeton is fifth.
In the Pure Stock division, Placerville’s Chris Curtiss continues to lead the point standings. Curtiss is 37-points ahead of Grass Valley’s Michelle McClure entering Saturday’s event. In this division, look for the title battle to really heat up as Curtiss is not expected Saturday night as he remains on his honeymoon. The team will field the car for owner points and Curtiss will return to the seat for the final point race in two weeks in hopes of maintaining the point lead and the track championship.
McClure, however, has different ideas. The 21-year old Grass Valley resident has been a force to contend with in the closing weeks. Should McClure has a perfect night of racing, she could very well take over the point lead with just one event left on the season schedule. If McClure could grasp the championship title she would become the first woman in history to win a championship at Placerville Speedway since in opening in 1965.
Eddie Gardner of Sacramento is third in the standings and very much in striking distance as well with just 42-points between he and the point leader. Dennis Armstrong of El Dorado is fourth followed by Placerville’s Danielle Clauson who continues to round out the top five.
In the Dirt Solutions Limited Late Models, former champion Dan Brown Jr. of Grass Valley maintains the point lead. Brown, who won the title back in 2008, sits 38-points ahead of Jay Norton of Shingle Springs. Brown has four victories to his name, Norton has 10 top five finishes with his season best finish of second place. Thomas Arbogast has moved back up to third in the standings over Matt Davis of Auburn and James Boss of El Dorado.
The grandstands at Placerville Speedway will open at 5 p.m Saturday night Qualifying starts at 6;30 followed by racing at 7. Adult tickets will be $12, juniors and seniors $10, children $5 and under six will be admitted for additional information visit www.placervillespeedway.com and www.handyracingpromotons.com.