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Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards announces updates to the 2017 schedule
Petaluma Speedway added to the slate

Placerville, CA – January 5, 2017…With the new year now upon us the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards is pleased to announce a couple of revisions to the previously released 2017 schedule of events.

The first year Winged 360 Sprint Car series would like to welcome the always hooked up & exciting Petaluma Speedway to the inaugural slate of races. The Sonoma-Marin County Fairgrounds based 3/8 mile clay oval will host SCCT dates on Saturday April 29 and a special Monday showcase on July 3. The familiar adobe oval has become a favorite for fans over the years and is a great addition for the tour.

"Winged 360 Sprint Cars have been an integral part of the Petaluma Speedway menu for nearly 30 years. We're very proud of our weekly Pit Stop USA Series and feel that the design template and backing of the new Sprint Car Challenge Tour will help to enhance our program," stated Rick Faeth Petaluma Speedway Promoter.

To make room for the new additions to the schedule Placerville Speedway will now hold the Nor Cal Posse Shootout in September as a non-sanctioned race, separate from the series. In addition to that the previously released May 6 date at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds bullring will shift to Friday August 25. The modifications will allow the series to stay at a manageable 12-race schedule for the initial season.

“We’re definitely happy to have Rick Faeth and Petaluma Speedway on board with the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards this season,” said Scott Russell, promoter of Placerville Speedway and one of the principals with SCCT. “We hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas & New Year’s holiday with their family & loved ones. Now that 2017 is here I know that we are all really excited to get the season underway in April.”

The 2017 Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards championship-finale at the Stockton Dirt Track on November 4 will also have a slight twist that's sure to please fans. That night will find SCCT & the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series co-sanctioning the Winged 360 portion of the event. For point & payout purposes, drivers must declare which series they are competing under during sign-in. The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will also be competing that night, meaning that Northern California will crown three individual champions in one huge evening of competition.

Thanks to generous support from Matt Wood of Elk Grove Ford and David Abreu of Abreu Vineyards the initial champion of the series will be awarded $10,000 of an over $60,000 point fund. The top 15 teams following the series will also participate in the substantial year-end point fund.

Basic purse payouts will see $2,500-to-win the A-main, and thanks to John Bianchi of Bianchi Farms, $400-to-start the feature event. No matter the car count, every team entered will be taking home a share of the monetary awards. NASCAR star and open wheel enthusiast Kyle Larson has also offered a $500 bonus to any full-time team who wins a feature event, allowing the winner’s share to potentially grow to $3,000.

The tour will debut with a substantial contingency package that will provide over $20,000 in certificates and cash to racers that display the sponsor decals over the course of the 12 race season. Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services will also provide a $1,000 prize to the series Rookie of the Year.

The rulebook for the new series will be available on the SCCT website in the next couple of weeks. In addition to that the format will also be finalized in the weeks ahead.

The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards will kick-off its inaugural season on Saturday April 1 at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, CA. It will mark the first California-based traveling Winged Sprint Car series event at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds facility since 2013. More info on the event will be out in the coming weeks.

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is proudly sponsored by Elk Grove Ford, Abreu Vineyards, Bianchi Farms, All Star Performance, ART, BR Motorsports, Bullard Construction, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services, Jocko’s Sprint Parts, King Racing Products, LRB Race Products, MW Metal Works, Pit Stop USA, RacePartsTrader.com, CRV Carbon Solutions, Chris Kenner Racing Specialties/ Security Race Products & Auto Meter.

More information on the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards can be found at our official website http://www.sprintcarchallengetour.com – Be sure to also like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sprintcarchallengetour & follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/360SCCT for the latest breaking news regarding SCCT.

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Revised 2017 Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards Schedule

Saturday April 1: Antioch Speedway
Saturday April 15: Placerville Speedway
Saturday April 29: Petaluma Speedway
Saturday May 27: Stockton Dirt Track
Saturday June 17: Antioch Speedway
Saturday June 24: Calistoga Speedway (Wine Country Classic)
Sunday July 2: Stockton Dirt Track (Jimmy Sills Classic)
Monday July 3: Petaluma Speedway
Saturday July 29: Fernley 95A Speedway
Friday August 25: Placerville Speedway
Saturday August 26: Stockton Dirt Track (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)
Saturday November 4: Stockton Dirt Track (34th annual Tribute to Gary Patterson)

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Russell Motorsports Inc. releases 2017 schedule of events for the always action-packed Placerville Speedway

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – January 5, 2017…Entering its second year under the Russell Motorsports Inc. banner the El Dorado County Fairgrounds based Placerville Speedway has released its tentative schedule of events for the upcoming 52nd season of competition.

Since opening in 1965 the Placerville Speedway has been a favorite among fans throughout Northern California. Well known for its steep banks, distinctive red clay, loyal fan base and extremely close action, the track is located just 40-minutes up the hill from the capital city of Sacramento.

“We’re definitely looking forward to our second season of being at the helm of Placerville Speedway,” commented track promoter Scott Russell. “Kami (Arnold) and I certainly learned a lot during our first season last year and will no doubt use that to our advantage as we enter year two. We believe the schedule came out well and the fans are really going to enjoy the year ahead. After a test & tune on March 18 it will then be full speed ahead following that.”

The 2017 season fires-off with the national traveling World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series making their annual appearance on Wednesday March 29 for the Placerville Short Track Outlaws Showdown presented by Brad Sweet. Also on hand that night will be the USAC Western States Midgets. Tickets for the event are available at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp…

A total of 16 point races will be held throughout the season, with weekly divisions comprised of Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models & Pure Stocks. Last season saw Mason Moore, Eddie Gardner and Nick Baldwin bring home track championships in their respective classes. The weekly action will open up on Saturday April 8 and conclude on Saturday September 16.

A number of traveling divisions will also be a part of weekly events at various points of the year including the Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets, BCRA Midget Lites, the Nor Cal Dwarf Car Association, Wingless Spec Sprints and new for this season, Mini Trucks.

After being plagued by Mother Nature this past season the Nor Cal Posse Shootout returns this year with an added twist, as the event morphs into a three-night showcase. The much anticipated weekend will begin on Thursday September 21 with injected Wingless 360 Sprint Cars and the C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour taking to the track. Following that the Winged 360 Sprint Cars will take center stage alongside the BCRA Midget Lites on Friday & Saturday September 22 & 23. More info on the lucrative event will be out as the season progresses.

The brand new Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards will be in action at the Placerville Speedway on a pair of occasions this season, with those dates being Saturday April 15 and a special Friday show on August 25. The C&H Veteran Ent. presents Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour will be on hand April 15, August 25 and September 21.

The King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series will also be on hand for a night of high-speed action during a special Mother’s Day weekend event on Saturday May 13. It will be your lone chance this season in Placerville to catch the traveling Winged 410 Sprint Car series that’s been in existence since 1986.

Other special events that dot the schedule include Thompsons Auto Center Fan Appreciation Day on May 20, Big Trophy Night on June 10, the annual 4th of July spectacular on Tuesday July 4, Mountain Democrat Kids Bike Night on July 8, the 14th annual Tribute to Al Hinds on August 5, the 12th annual $5,000-to-win Mark Forni Classic on August 19 and the season-ending Tilford Tribute on September 30.

“We’re excited to host the new Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards on a couple of occasions. That’s going to be big deal for years to come and this season is just the start. We’re also thrilled to bring back the Nor Cal Posse Shootout and with a September date that should definitely help with the weather. Bringing the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series in on Mother’s Day weekend will also be a real treat for the fans. All in all it’s going to be great year with a number of special nights. We can’t wait to see everyone come late-March.”

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto http://www.placervillespeedway.com

Join nearly 8200 followers of Placerville Speedway on Facebook, where you can keep abreast of updates for the 2017 season. You can also find Placerville Speedway on Twitter by following us https://twitter.com/pvillespeedway - In addition, Placerville Speedway is also on Instagram. Please follow us @PvilleSpeedway.

The Placerville Speedway is operated by Russell Motorsports Incorporated, which can be reached at the track business office at 530-344-7592. Contact Kami Arnold or Scott Russell directly for 2017 sponsorship opportunities at the office.

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Tentative 2017 Placerville Speedway Race Schedule

3/18 - Test & Tune

3/29 World of Outlaws - Brad Sweet Presents the Placerville Short Track Outlaws Showdown | USAC Western Midgets

4/8 Pts. Race #1 Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | NEW Mini Truck | BCRA Midget Lites

4/15 Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards | C&H Veteran Ent. presents the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour | Vintage Hard Tops

4/22 Pts. Race #2 Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | BCRA Midget Lites

4/29 Pts. Race #3 Open Show Spec Sprints | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | NCDCA Dwarf Cars

5/6 Pts. Race #4 Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | BCRA Midget Lites | Mini Trucks

5/13 King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series

5/20 Pts. Race #5 Thompsons Auto Center Fan Appreciation Day: Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | NCDCA Dwarf Cars (car show at Thompsons dealership across from EDC Fairgrounds entrance prior to track opening)

6/3 Pts. Race #6 Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | BCRA Midget Lites

6/10 Pts. Race #7 Big Trophy Night: Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | Mini Trucks | NCDCA Dwarf Cars

7/1 Pts. Race #8 Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | BCRA Midgets

7/4 Pts. Race #9 Freedom Fireworks: Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | Mini Trucks

7/8 Pts. Race #10 Mountain Democrat Kids Bike Night: Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | BCRA Midget Lites (under 12 free entry)

7/15 Pts. Race #11 Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | Mini Trucks | NCDCA Dwarf Cars

7/22 Pts. Race #12 Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | Open Show Spec. Sprints | Vintage Hard Tops

8/5 Pts. Race #13 Tribute to Al Hinds: Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | BCRA Midget Lites

8/12 Pts. Race #14 Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | Mini Trucks |

8/19 Pts. Race #15 Forni Classic $5k to Win: Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | NCDCA Dwarf Cars

8/25 (Fri) Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards | C&H Veteran Ent. presents the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour

9/16 Pts. Race #16 Winged 360 Sprint Cars | Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | NCDCA Dwarf Cars

9/21 (Thu) Nor Cal Posse Shootout: C&H Veteran Ent. presents the Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour | Non-Wing 360 Sprint Cars
9/22 (Fri) Nor Cal Posse Shootout: Winged 360 Sprint Cars | BCRA Midget Lites
9/23 (Sat) Nor Cal Posse Shootout: Winged 360 Sprint Cars | BCRA Midget Lites

9/30 Tilford Tribute Open Show: Ltd. Late Models | Pure Stocks | Sport Mods | Mini Trucks

11/18 Champions Night Awards Banquet

12/16 Annual Racers Swap Meet

Last edited on Friday Jan 6th, 2017 07:09 AM by Gary Thomas



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