PLACERVILLE — As the 2014 racing season approaches the green flag, Placerville Speedway is gearing up for a much anticipated championship season ahead. Adding to the already action packed Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship schedule, the 48-year-old quarter-mile dirt track has announced that several events in the months to come will benefit a popular local charity.
The Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County has been named as the charitable organization of choice this season at Placerville Speedway. Track promoter Alan Handy has announced a trio of special events during the year which will raise funds for the organization through ticket sales at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds venue.
“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.
Recently, 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 during year which are expected to yield high attendance.
The first benefit race of the year will take place on June 7 with additional events to follow in the three months thereafter including 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, who looks forward to participating with the promotion of the events during the year and is expected to co announce some of the events.
“The club provides our kids with a safe and fun place to learn and grow,” he added. “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. See you at the races!”
Placerville Speedway will open on Saturday night, April 5. The 2014 season promises great action for a number of divisions that will racing under the sponsorship of Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort along with Hoosier Racing Tires, Mountain Democrat and Life Newspapers, Riebes Auto Parts, Thompson’s Auto Centers, Coors Light and more.
The quarter-mile track will be roaring with action every Saturday night following the opener through September with weekly championship point racing along with high profile special events such as the King of the West Sprint Cars, one of which will be televised nationally on MAV TV this season. Additional special nights include the Civil War Sprint Car Series, a new regional Dirt Modified events, the aforementioned Kid’s Night, the Placerville Police Destruction Derby and more.
Weekly divisions that will compete for the 2014 season championship include winged 360 sprint cars along with Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks. The three track anchors will be joined by guest divisions, producing night events consisting of four divisions or more each week. Among the special divisions will be the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars, the Midgets and Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association, the Wingless Sprints of the Hunt Magnetos Series along with Vintage Hardtops and more.
Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Visit the track website, placervillespeedway.com, for details on the season to come including ticket prices and current specials on season passes for 2014.
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