Five Have a Shot at Placerville Speedway Sprint title By Bill Sullivan - PLACERVILLE, CA (8 17-02)- The 2002 Hoosier Racing Tires championship season is down to just three remaining races and the division title is far from decided as five different drivers vie for the title in the Pacific Sprint division in one of the tightest point races in recent track history. This Saturday night the battle begins with the first of three remaining rounds of championship point racing with the 13th event of the season. Leading the field of drivers contesting for the championship title is Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove. Jimmy Trulli, Mike Henry, David Robinson Jr., and Vern Morrison are also alive in the quest for the title. (read the whole deal)
A former top runner with the Northern Auto Racing Club who won a championship at Silver Dollar Speedway back in 1987. DeCaires is amidst his first full year of racing the winged cars again after taking several seasons off to explore other venues. Aboard his #94 John Boy owned by Placerville's Lee Lindgren, DeCaires has garnered seven top five finishes and ten top ten finishes in feature event action including one main event victory. In preliminary action, a total of four heat race wins have contributed to this consistent drivers point tally which now stands at 470 points, just one point ahead of Placerville driver Jimmy Trulli.
Also a former regular with the NARC circuit, Trulli has focused on action on his hometown track for the past two seasons and has rapidly closed in on the point lead with four top five finishes, nine top ten's, one feature win, three heat race wins and one fast time award. Much like DeCaires, Trulli has performed well in consistent fashion all season long and been amongst the top five ranks much of the season before advancing to second place last week with a fourth place finish in the feature while DeCaires placed 15th after cutting a tire while leading the early laps.
After placing his first win of the season last week, Mike Henry of Sacramento is very much in the championship hunt as well. Henry, has five top five finishes and nine top tens as well as three fast time awards to his name. Following last week's win, Henry moved into the third position and now trails Trulli by only three points. Auburn driver David Robinson Jr. suffered his share of bad luck last Saturday night which ended with a roll-over in the feature event. Robinson, who was second in the standings before the 12th point race, now holds the fourth position but is still s contender for the title and he trails Henry by only six digits. Robinson has eight top tens and seven top five's on the season including two feature wins as well as four fast times.
Rounding out the top five in the standings in previous point leader Vern Morrison who is experiencing his best racing season of his career. The third generation Morrison trails Robinson by a mere point has been a top runner throughout the year with nine top ten finishes, six top five and three heat race victories. Morrison sits 65-points in front of Marc Mackay of Shingle Springs. With only 11-points between first and fifth place in the standings, the division title is up for grabs in the coming weeks at Placerville Speedway and top notch championship style racing is expected to be on tap for the next three weeks to see who will where the champion ship crown for 2002. In addition to the sprint car division, Saturday's event will include Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks and Dwarf Cars with action starting at 6:30. Adult tickets will be $9, juniors and seniors will be $7, children $4 and those under six will be admitted for free.
Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Placerville drive. For any further information please contact the track office at (916) 969-7484 or at www.johnpadjenmotorsports.com.
PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY PACIFIC SPRINT CAR POINTS (top ten) THROUGH POINT RACE #12