Placerville Hopes to Run Opener April 17

Placerville Speedway hopes to get 99 season underway this Saturday, April 17 "Thunder in the Foothills" championship campaign to kick off for four divisions PLACERVILLE, CA (4-17-99)- With no precipitation in the forcast for a change, it is...

Placerville Speedway hopes to get 99 season underway this Saturday, April 17

"Thunder in the Foothills" championship campaign to kick off for four divisions

PLACERVILLE, CA (4-17-99)- With no precipitation in the forcast for a change, it is expected that the 1999 championship racing season will begin at Alan Padjen's Placerville Speedway this Saturday, April 17 with a four division program on the El Dorado County Fairground track. Sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tires/Budweiser/ Coors Light and RC Cola, the already rain-affected race season will now consist of 24 total events with 19 of those dates reserved for the championship campaign for the Pacific Sprint, Pro Stock and Pure Stock divisions. All three divisions will compete on a weekly basis for accumulative points and will be joined each week by a different guest venue. Saturday's season opener will feature the four cyclinder sprint cars of the Sprint 100's Racing Association. Topping the entrant list for Saturday's event in the Hoosier Tires Pacific Sprint division will be Sacramento driver David Robinson Jr the defending division champion. Joining Robinson this season will be two-time track champion Billy Sellers of Sacramento along with Calistoga driver Mike Benson who finished third last season and was named the division's most improved driver Damion Gardner of Concord, the 1998 division Rookie of the Year will be a contender this season. Gardner, aboard his own 1999 Hurricane will be a likely contender for the season title as he brings Group Manufacturing Services of Arizona aboard as a lead sponsor this year. Another driver that will more than likely be a top runner this season will be Placerville's Dave Angus, the 1997 division Rookie of the Year will team up with veteran car owner Ron Brooke of Loomis and will spend the next six months aboard the Thompson's Auto and Truck Center 1B machine formerly driven by three-time track champion Ray Rust. Additional contenders expected in this division Saturday night include Gary Morgan, Shauna Hogg, C.J. Humphreys, Guy Morrison, Alan Bradway, Roger Crockett and many more. In the Pro Stock division, Mike Moran of Rancho Cordova will return to defend his 1998 track championship. It is expected Moran will be joined this year by Citrus Height's Mike Chandler. Last season, Chandler closed in on Moran's point lead late in the season with six feature event wins which placed him just 13-points behind Moran. Mike Nuss of Pollock Pines finished third overall last season and is expected to return this year along with fourth place driver Dennis Armstrong of El Dorado, Randy Rigdon Jr. of Cameron Park. Shingle Springs resident Larry Burton, Jeff Gavard of Placerville, Paul Spencer of El Dorado and Alex Hansen of Placerville are all expected to return in this locally dominated division. In the Pure Stock division, two-time track champion Eric Hansard of Orangevale will top the entry list. Hansard will be joined by Neil Webster of Placerville, runner up to the 1998 championship. Third place driver Bobby Bankson will return to this division. Bankson will also pilot an NCMA modified when the guest division visits Placerville Speedway. Additional Pure Stock contenders include Matt Keeler of Placerville, Dan Farrington, Rick Grunert, David Castro, Will Fanning and many more. Action is set to begin Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with qualifying for the sprint cars. The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. and tickets will be available at that time adult tickets are $9, juniors and seniors $6, children $3 and under six will be admitted for free. For any further information contact the track business office at (916) 969-7484 or on the internet at


WHAT: 1999 championship season opener featuring Pacific Sprint Cars, Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks and the Sprint 100's Racing Association.

WHERE: Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairground, Placerville

WHEN: Saturday, April 17, 1999. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing at 6:30

TICKETS: Adults $9, Juniors and Seniors $6, Children $3, under six free

EVENT SPONSOR(S): Hoosier Racing Tires, Budweiser, Coors Light, RC Cola FURTHER INFORMATION: Track office: (916) 969-7484 Track: (530) 626-3680 Internet:

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Damion Gardner , David Robinson , Roger Crockett