PLACERVILLE, CA (9-22-12) - The grandstands at Placerville
Speedway were packed full on Saturday night as the speedway officially closed
its 2012 racing season by honoring its late managing promoter with the
Thompsons' Auto Center Tribute to Al Hinds featuring the competitive Civil War
Sprint Car Series in its championship finale along with the Midget Lites of the
Bay Cities Racing Association.
Elverta's Steven Tiner took home the exaggerated winnings in the 9th Annual
Tribute to Al Hinds. Tiner shared in the final celebration of the year with
Midget Lite winner Cameron Beard of Turlock and Andy Forsberg of Auburn who
claimed his seventh Civil War Series Championship at the end of the night. Scott
Kinney of Citrus Heights claimed the season championship for the traveling BCRA
Midget Lites at the end of the night.
Al Hinds was the second promoter of Placerville Speedway. He took operation
of the track from its founder, Bruno Romani, in 1968, three years after it first
opened when the facility was built around an existing community football field.
Since that time, Placerville Speedway has become one of the top auto racing
venues in Northern California, much due to the efforts of Hinds, who brought the
community together with what was known as a rough and tumble facet of the sport
back in the day.
From the day he set foot on the red clay at Placerville Speedway to the very
last race he attended, Hinds continued to display his true love for auto racing
and the community in which he brought it to. Even in his final years he
continued to help young drivers, entertain fans with his great wisdom. When
Hinds spoke, anyone who cared remotely about the future of the sport would sit
down and listen.
Saturday night Steven Tiner of Elverta celebrated in victory lane with more
than $3000 in his hands courtesy of the event payout combined with the bonus
funds presented by Ron Thompson and Brian Veerkamp. The Tiner came is rooted
deep into the history of Placerville Speedway and it was the forefathers of the
latest generation of talent that turned many laps back in the days with Hinds
operated the facility and was one of the best known engine builders in the
nation. Tiner took a moment to honor Hinds from victory lane.
"Earlier this year I tried my hand at being a race promoter when we put on
the Tiner Classic here on July Fourth and I learned really fast what it takes to
try and do this," said Tiner. "It takes a lot of hard work and its because of Al
Hinds this place is here today. He was an awesome guy in this sport and a true
fan and we appreciate what he did for racing."
Tiner assumed the pole position Saturday night after original pole sitter
Zach Zimmerly of Ritchfield was penalized for jumping the original start. From
the opening green flag and through numerous caution flags, Tiner maintained the
lead position for the entire 30-lap affair while 11th place starter Kyle Hirst
of Elk Grove advanced into the top running. Hirst was the second driver bringing
the Tiner name to the forefront, driving a competitive car fielded by Rodney
Tiner for the night.
When the checkered flag waved Tiner picked up the win followed by Hirst and
Shane Golobic of Freemont who completed the podium with a third place finish.
Tiner's win was redemption for the Fourth of July when he was favored to win his
family's event but struck with ill luck in the feature event.
"This is great to come here tonight and have the Tiner's finish one and two,"
said Tiner. "I was still kicking my self for the July Fourth race so this makes
up for that. It's always great to come here and see this great crowd that comes
out for this race. Alan Handy put together a great race track and everyone here
tonight really did a great job. "
Entering Saturday's race, Forsberg maintained a point lead of 50 points over
Colby Wiesz of Colfax for the Civil War Series Championship. Although he ended
his night a distance from the podium with a 16th place finish with motor woes,
the recently crowned Placerville Speedway champion claimed his seventh Civil War
Series crown when the green flag waved in the feature event.
"Seven championships is a feat but like the old saying goes, records are made
to be broken so I am sure one day somebody will overtake this," said Forsberg.
"There are so many really good young drivers out here like Brad Sweet and Kyle
Larson but the problem is they are so good they quickly end up going back east
and leave us. I'm not quite as good as those younger guys so I'm afraid you fans
are stuck with me out here and I'm good with that."
Earlier in the night Forsberg appeared to be a strong contender in qualifying
and heat racing. It wasn't until the feature event that the F&F Racing x1
came to a stop on the track to bring out a yellow flag. Forsberg and the team
were relieved they started the evening with a healthy point lead.
"I'm really relieved we came into this night with a big point lead," said
Forsberg. "This is exactly why you want to race hard all season long to work
your way up to one. If it would have tight going into tonight we wouldn't be
standing here. We've had some motor bugs going on lately that we are still
trying to figure out and they showed up again tonight. I can't thank this team
enough for everything they give me. Now we need to head to Chico and the Fall
In the Midget Lites division, Cameron Beard of Turlock led all 20 laps of the
feature event. Beard was followed across the line by Brian Corso, Scott Kinney,
Dakota Albright and Marcus Smith. Kinney claimed the division championship for
the traveling BCRA division driving for Placerville area car owner Tony
Placerville Speedway will know turn out the lights on the 2012
racing season and its 47th year of operation at the El Dorado County
Fairgrounds. Handy Racing Promotions wishes to thank all of the dedicated fans,
sponsors and teams that supported this most recent year and offer an extended
thank you to those who continue to support the annual Tribute to Al Hinds such
as Thompson's Auto Center, ADCO Driveline and Brian Veerkamp. For complete
results of Saturday's race visit www.placervillespeedway.com.