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Mark Mackay

05/13/02 Mackay Re-Refined Oil sprint car to be featured in Placerville car show PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA - Some 1000 spectators attend the events at Placerville Speedway weekly during the racing season but for many the opportunity to get a closer look or even touch a full-size sprint car may be limited unless you visit the track's pit area following the races. On Thursday, May 16, those wishing to get a closer look at the winged warriors that compete weekly at the El Dorado County Fairground will have their chance to do so at the Annual Hangtown Customs and Classics Car Show taking place on historic Main Street in Placerville.

Local racer Marc Mackay of Shingle Springs and his team will be on hand displaying his sprint car that competes weekly at Placerville Speedway and various events throughout California. While more than 30 cars of this type compete at dirt tracks throughout the nation, Mackay's family owned #86 car is unique in the fact that it utilizes Re-refined oil in representation of the El Dorado County Environmental Management Department. For the second consecutive year, the El Dorado County EMD is a key sponsor of Mackay's sprint car team, a top contender in the campaign for the 2002 track championship. Mackay's racing motor runs on re-refined motor oil, which is made from base stock that is reclaimed from used oil collected at Used Oil Certified centers throughout the state.

Like most competitors, the engine alone in Mackay's race car can cost as much at $20,000. With such high dollar equipment at stake, lubrication is of the utmost importance for Mackay's high performance motor and for the past year and a half the product has both exceeded the teams expectations and proves to be competitive while costing the same as virgin motor oil.

Last season, Marc Mackay finished fifth in the season point standings at Placerville Speedway with five top five finishes and seven finishes in the top ten. This season he has the 2002 track championship in his sights as he currently ranks second in the championship point standings at Placerville Speedway. Out of the 46 different drivers that have competed in the point racing season so far at Placerville, Mackay is one of just four drivers with multiple top five finishes in the four events that have taken place. After placing second in the feature event last Saturday Mackay already has three top five finishes, four top ten finishes and now sits just three points behind point leader Greg DeCaires. Mackay is a native of El Dorado County and a 1998 graduate of Humboldt University. After racing modified midgets, he advanced to sprint cars in 1994 and was voted the Placerville Speedway Rookie of the Year that season. In 1997 he was voted the most improved driver at the speedway.

Mackay's car can be viewed at Thursday's Hangtown Customs and Classics Car Show between 6 and 9 p.m. on historic main street in Placerville. Additionally you can see his car and many more like it in action this Saturday at Placerville Speedway for the fourth championship point race of the season which begins at 6:30 p.m. For any further information on the car show please call (530) 626-9586. For information regarding racing at Placerville Speedway call the track office at (916) 969-7484 or log on to