Crockett wins second $3000 tribute to Al Hinds
Al Hinds was the promoter of Placerville Speedway from 1968 to 1973 and was known for his involvement with the speedway and the community for much of his life. After passing away last year, Family Chevrolet of Shingle Springs sponsored a $1000 bonus to the winner to make it one of the richest Civil War events of the season in Hinds honor. After his victory, Crockett is now a two-time winner of this very special race at the El Dorado County Fairground.
“It feels really good to win this special race two years in a row,” said Crockett. “My biggest thanks goes out to all the fans out here tonight. Its still really cold up here at night and we have a packed house cheering the whole time. “
After qualifying sixth and finishing third in his heat race earlier in the evening, Crockett originally started in the ninth position. On the opening lap of the race a melee broke out in the second turn that involved several cars drew the yellow flag and sent Brad Furr of Pleasanton and Camino’s Shawn Whitney to the pit area for the night with damage.
The dismissal of both front runners caused an adjustment in the starting
line up, moving Crockett to the second position for the green flag outside of
Following the lead taking pass, Crockett continued to drive the high
line on the track aboard the always fast
Saturday’s event went nearly non-stop with the second caution coming out
just prior to the checkered flag when Rocklin’s
“Paul Silva prepared one heck of a car for me tonight, it was absolutely perfect, “ said Crockett “Going without a yellow flag for so long actually helped me out because I got in a rhythm out there and was just able to switch high and low to get around the lapped cars. It got interesting a couple times our there in lapped traffic.”
At the checkered flag, Crockett went into undefeated status in the
annual Hinds Tribute event. For Crockett, the win was one of many at the track
“I credit alot of my success at this place to my dad who ran so well here,” said Crockett. “I use to sit in the stands when I was five years old and watch him race around this place. I learned a lot from watching him and since then I have been blessed with good race cars to drive.”
Statler finished in the second position. On the final lap Henry kept the crowd at the edge of their seats when he battled Civil War point leader Chad Riolo of Roseville.
After being passed by Riolo and racing side by side for half of the final lap, Henry earned the third position at the line ahead of Riolo, Colby Weisz of Colfax, Sean Becker of Oroville, Billy Wallace of Grass Valley.Garden Valley’s Ray Rust, Stan Yockey of Fresno and Placerville’s Scott Russell completed the top ten in the finishing order.
In preliminary events Saturday, the B-main event was won by
The first heat race was won by
Saturday’s event drew a total of 55 cars Saturday night and preliminary events saw their share of incidents. Chuck Gurney Jr., Jimmy Siebert and Herman Klein were all roll over victims early in the night. Jade Parker of Placerville rolled over during his second lap in qualifying but was able to keep driving and return later in the night. Former Civil War champion Andy Forsberg had a brush with the turn two wall which ended his night.
Racing continues at Placerville Speedway this Wednesday night, May 11 with the fire breathing sprint cars of the Golden State Challenge Series in a special weeknight event. The grandstand opens at with qualifying at . For further information log on to www.johnpadjenmotorsports.com. or call (916) 969-7484