Placerville On Tap For KWS Sprinters
PLACERVILLE, Calif. – Famous for its steep banks, distinctive red clay and extremely close action, Placerville Speedway is also known for having some of the most loyal fans in Northern California racing.
This Saturday night the King of the West Sprint Car Series will hit the quarter-mile for round number two of the 2013 season. Saturday will mark the first of two season appearances by KWS with the other occurring later in the summer on June 29.
“The fans at Placerville are always great and really get into the racing,” said King of the West Series Operations Manager George Hague. “They all have their local favorites and it’s a lot of fun to see so many people that love sprint car racing. The track itself is as action-packed as it gets. Any time you are turning low 10-second laps you know it’s going to be wild. We like to call it jet fighters in a gymnasium.”
Willie Croft leads the King of the West Series standings going into Saturday on the strength of his win last weekend at the Antioch Speedway aboard his Clyde & Marion Lamar owned No. 3c sprinter. Placerville Speedway is also a home game for Croft and the Tri-C Machine team, as both call the Sacramento area home.
Last season the former Mini Gold Cup winner brought home a pair of top-five finishes in the two Placerville events, including a podium in April.
Croft also recently scored a weekly main event win at the Placerville Speedway on April 13 and at the Silver Dollar Speedway this past Friday. With three wins in his last three starts the Sacramento wheel-man will look to keep up his hot streak on Saturday. By winning last week Croft tied Kyle Hirst, Peter Murphy, Andy Forsberg, Chuck Miller and Darrell Hanestad on the all-time Golden State/ King of the West win list with four triumphs.
Last June Brent Kaeding broke a long winless streak with the King of the West series by picking up a thrilling victory at the Placerville Speedway. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer that night battled toe to toe with Kyle Hirst over the final laps of the feature and kept the packed house on the edge of their seats. “BK” also tallied a runner up finish at the track last April after charging from the 12th starting spot. Kaeding is coming off a sixth place effort at the KWS opener in Antioch.