PLACERVILLE — After a week off for a special event, the excitement of Weekly Points Racing resumes this Saturday night in the Jackson Rancheria Championship Season at Placerville Speedway. Four divisions will be on the menu this week in an action packed event that will benefit one of the area’s well known charitable organizations, the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County.
Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks will return to action on the quarter mile in the battle for the 2014 track championship presented by the New Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Hoosier Tires, The Mountain Democrat and Thompson’s Auto and Truck Centers. The three anchor divisions will be joined by the Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association.
At the start of the racing season, track promoters Alan Handy hand selected the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County as his charity of choice for the new season at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds’ facility that has seen one of it’s strongest seasons so far this year in the way of spectator attendance and competitor participation. This Saturday night will mark the first of three big nights of racing in the months to come in which the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County will benefit from ticket sales of Saturday’s event.
” The Boys & Girls Club is thrilled to be able to partner with Placerville Speedway in 2014. The support provided at these races will help us help the children of El Dorado County to Be Great in all they do,” said Sean McCartney, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County.”
Earlier this year, the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County announced plans to build a brand new facility, much larger and more efficient than their currently location that is located at the Placerville Armory, adjacent to Placerville Speedway. The project is huge under taking for the area non-profit and Placerville Speedway looks forward to joining in their fundraising efforts with three events and other fundraising campaigns during year, all of which were specially selected as they are key races which are expected to yield high attendance.
So far this season, the grandstands at Placerville Speedway have hosted near capacity crowds each and every night. The boost in interest is attributed in part to an improved economy over last season combined with sponsorship and marketing partnerships with Jackson Rancheria Casino, the Mountain Democrat/Life Newspaper Group and Foothill 7 Television coverage sponsored by Thompson’s Auto Centers and the Toyota Corporation. Such collaboration is bringing the Placerville Speedway brand to the mailboxes, doorsteps and into the living rooms of nearly every El Dorado County home as well as into the nearby Amador Wine County and throughout the Sacramento Valley.
Saturday will be the first benefit race of the year for the Boys and Girls Club with additional events to follow on July 12 and Aug. 16. The final benefit race will place on a big weekend at Placerville Speedway that includes the annual Mountain Democrat Kid’s Night on Saturday night followed by the Placerville Police Officers Destruction Derby on Sunday and is one of the most anticipated weekends of the year by area youngster and families.
“The Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County serves over 300 kids each and every day at our three locations in Placerville, Pollock Pines and Georgetown,” said McCartney. “The Club provides our kids with a safe and fun place to learn and grow — a place where they can do their homework, eat a healthy snack and participate in a variety of activities led by a caring and dedicated staff. Great futures start here at the club. See you at the races!”
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 younger are free. Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive and encourages all of our fans to bring their friends and neighbors this Saturday as every spectator makes a difference in the fundraising efforts for the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County.
Greg DeCaires leads the point standings in Placerville Speedway’s Sprint Car Division entering Saturday night. Matt Micheli of Live Oak leads the popular Limited Late Model division in the standings while Scott Grunert of Woodland leads the ranks in the Pure Stocks division. Saturday’s race will include the return of the Riebes Auto Parts Kids Dash in addition to heat races and main events for all divisions.
Complete information about Placerville Speedway can be found at placervillespeedway.com.