For the second time in three months, Alan Handy has had to cancel a race at Placerville Speedway because of nearby fires. Handy, the promoter of the quarter-mile dirt oval n the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, was to host a Civil War Sprint Car Series event Saturday. But with the Placerville fairgrounds being used to stage crews battling the King fire just a few miles east on Highway 50, the race was moved to Petaluma Speedway.
“I took this Civil War race because there was a problem with the track in Hanford,” Handy said. “With the cancellation, I’ll take a loss in the five-figure range, but I’m not thinking about that. I’m thinking about businesses and people living near the fire. It’s prime time for Apple Hill, and while they’re open for business, it has to be affecting them.”
In late July, the track’s regular-season points races also were canceled while the fairgrounds were used by fire personnel and equipment storage during the Sand fire on the border of El Dorado and Amador counties.
Handy may recoup some or all of the lost money in early 2015 because, he said, he’s close to securing the return of the World of Outlaws to Placerville Speedway. It would be the first time sprint car racing’s top organization has raced in Placerville since 1991. The race likely would be in March. That’s when the Outlaws annually race atChico’s Silver Dollar Speedway for the Mini Gold Cup.
When it was learned the fairgrounds would not host Saturday’s race, Civil War Series promoter John Prentice and his organization found an alternate site within 24 hours.
“With the severity of the fire near Placerville, we send all of our thoughts and prayers to the residents and the safety workers, and hope they can get that contained ASAP,” Prentice said in a release.
Fremont’s Shane Golobic has a 93-point lead heading into the last two races of the season. Roseville’s Sean Becker, the 2013 series champion, is second. Justin Sanders of Watsonville is third, while local drivers Andy Forsberg (Auburn) and Matt Peterson (Wilton) round out the top five.
For more information, go to www.civilwarsprints.com.
Lodi Cycle Bowl – Saturday’s 16th Annual Toby Jorgensen Memorial at the Lodi Cycle Bowl has drawn AMA pro riders Mikey Martin and Stevie Bonsey to compete for the $3,000 purse. Martin was born in Lodi and lives in nearby Acampo. Bonsey is from Salinas. The 25-lap, 100cc Minicycle National TT also will be run that night. Racing starts at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, go to www.lodicyclebowl.com.
Gold Cup finale – Chico’s Jonathan Allard secured his first World of Outlaws win on the final corner of the final lap Sept. 6 at the Gold Cup Race of Champions at his hometown’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Roseville’s Sean Becker finished second after leading the first 24 of 40 laps.
Elk Grove native Paul McMahan, who finished 10th in the Gold Cup finale, is third in the Outlaws championship points chase behind Daryn Pittman and series leader Donny Schatz. McMahan has five victories and 41 top-five finishes.
NASCAR tickets on sale – Tickets are still available but going fast for the Toyota/Napa Auto Parts 150 on Oct. 11 at Roseville’s All American Speedway. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Placer Breast Cancer Endowment.
NASCAR star Michael Waltrip is scheduled to compete, and a win for Wilton’s Dylan Lupton could put him in the lead for the K&N Pro Series West championship title. He’s currently in second, 15 points behind Greg Pursley with two races remaining. Brandon McReynolds, who drives for Roseville’s Bill McAnally Racing is third, 14 points in back of Lupton.
For more information on the Toyota/Napa Auto Parts 150, go to bit.ly/1BMNuWq.
Mark Billingsley covers local motor sports for The Bee. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @editorwriter001.