Elk Grove Ford Midgets Join Outlaws At Placerville


PLACERVILLE, Calif. — The Elk Grove Ford Midgets will join the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at Placerville Speedway on Saturday, March 23.

The Elk Grove Ford Midgets will battle for a $2,000 payout on March 23, giving Golden State sprint car and midget fans twice the reason to check out Placerville.

“Combining the World of Outlaws and midgets on the same night at Placerville is going to make for an unbelievable show,” said Brad Sweet, the event promoter who also drives the No. 49 NAPA Auto Parts sprint car for Kasey Kahne Racing. “When we were able to move the race to Saturday night we were afraid we weren’t going to be able to include Midgets as part of the program, but Matt Wood at Elk Grove Ford stepped up to help make it possible. It’s going to be a big night, for sure.”

Sweet and Rico Abreu, along with 2017 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Sheldon Haudenschild, battled for supremacy in last year’s 49er Gold Rush Classic at Placerville. The trio dueled for the race lead throughout the 50-lap feature, with Sweet coming out on top for his first Outlaw win at Placerville.

Sweet is coming off two top-five finishes at the season-opening races DIRTcar Nationals in Florida, leaving him tied for third in points with 10-time series champion Donny Schatz.

Leading everybody is Daryn Pittman, the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals champion who has been hooked up in his new Roth Motorsports ride. Pittman started the year by winning the two season-opening races, but he’s never won an Outlaw race at Placerville and will no doubt be focused on repeating his early success for California car owners Dennis and Teresa Roth.

Schatz found victory once at Placerville in 2015, taking the lead with just eight laps to go. He is poised to be a threat, yet again, also starting off the season strong with two top-five finishes.

Carson Macedo, a native of Lemoore, Calif., is looking for his first Outlaw victory since winning at Silver Dollar Speedway in 2014. Macedo joined forces with Kyle Larson Racing this season to make a run at the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title. Macedo has had an impressive start to the season with two top-10 finishes and two Heat wins.