Placerville Set For A Sprint Car Twinbill

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The King of the West-NARC Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series and the Sprint Car Challenge Tour will both invade Placerville Speedway on Saturday. (Troy White Photo)
The King of the West-NARC Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series and the Sprint Car Challenge Tour will both invade Placerville Speedway on Saturday. (Troy White Photo)

PLACERVILLE, Calif. – When it comes to single-night events that Northern California fans have marked on their calendars, they don’t come much bigger than the one scheduled for Saturday at Placerville Speedway.

The King of the West-NARC Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series and the Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Elk Grove Ford and Abreu Vineyards will both converge on Placerville Speedway this Saturday for the Marcel Cassulo Classic.

“We are excited about this Saturday’s Marcel Cassulo Classic at Placerville Speedway,” said track promoter Scott Russell. “If you’re a Winged Sprint Car enthusiast in California this is the place to be at and if you’ve never been to Placerville, we encourage everyone to come check it out. It has been a long time but Winged 410’s and 360’s used to run here weekly so it’s almost like a blast from the past. Last year’s King of the West and Sprint Car Challenge Tour event was a barn-burner and we expect it to be the same on Saturday.”

D.J. Netto brings the King of the West-NARC point lead into Placerville on Saturday and will be searching for his first win on the red clay. Dominic Scelzi and Ryan Bernal are currently tied for second in the King of the West standings, with Willie Croft and Bud Kaeding completing the top-five going into the seventh race of the season for the tour. It will be the first of two appearances on the year at Placerville Speedway, with the next coming on Aug. 21.

On the Sprint Car Challenge Tour side of things, two-time and defending champion Kyle Hirst has moved atop the standings heading into Placerville Speedway. The Paradise, Calif., racer is always a favorite on the tight bullring.

Tim Kaeding, Tony Gualda, Sean Becker and Willie Croft round out the top-five in the SCCT standings. The event on Saturday is part of a doubleheader weekend for SCCT, which finds the series in action the following night at Petaluma Speedway.

A full program for each series will be held this Saturday including qualifying for the King of the West-NARC Sprint Cars and Quick Time Mortgage/ADCO Driveline qualifying for the Sprint Car Challenge Tour, along with heat races, dashes, B-mains and a pair of A-mains to conclude the night.

Adult tickets (ages 18-61) cost $40; seniors 62 and over, juniors 12-17 and military cost $35 and kids 6-11 will be $10. Children five and under are free. Seating is general admission except for the reserved seats marked for season ticket holders.

The pit gate at Placerville Speedway will open at 2 p.m., with the front grandstand gate opening at 3 p.m. A happy hour is offered from 4 to 6 p.m. in the grandstands featuring discounted Coors Light and Coors Original at the beer stand. Drivers meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m., with cars on track for wheel packing at 5 p.m. Hot laps, qualifying and racing will follow. Live music will be performed from 4 to 6 p.m. in the grandstand midway.