Placerville On Tap For KWS Sprinters
Rico Abreu had a solid outing at the opener in Antioch and goes into Placerville Speedway looking to claim his third career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series win. The 21-year-old finished second at Antioch and had a great run going in weekly action at Placerville on April 6, until a spin in traffic while chasing down leader Kyle Larson relegated him to the rear. The hard charging driver from St. Helena is always worth the price of admission and will be fun to watch on the high banks this Saturday.
KWS competitor Doug Gandy was a fixture at Placerville Speedway in his day and claimed a trio of track title’s in the 1970’s.
“I have some great memories at Placerville,” Gandy has said. “I’m not quite sure what we would have done as a family back then if they hadn’t built it. It’s a special place to me and I look forward to coming back. I will always appreciate those days racing there and all the great fans.”
This Saturday night Gandy will join Jason Statler and Chad Compton in the pre-race King of the West autograph session at 5 p.m. when the front gate opens.
The always consistent Evan Suggs ranks third in the King of the West points after finishing fifth in the main event at Antioch during the opener. The 26-year-old Scotts Valley native shares the Placerville Speedway 410 track record with Tim Kaeding at a blazing fast 9.913 seconds. In August of 2010 Suggs led all but three laps in the main event at Placerville, eventually scoring a second place finish to Tim Kaeding.
A tie for the fourth spot in points is currently seen between Kyle Hirst and Bobby McMahan. Hirst last week was the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger coming from 11th to third in the 30-lapper. The 25-year-old also routinely runs strong at the Placerville Speedway and has multiple wins at the track in his career. Hirst last year ran second to Brent Kaeding in the June event at Placerville aboard his Roth Enterprises No. 83jr.