Forsberg Collects Win No. 61 At Placerville

Andy Forsberg in victory lane at Placerville Speedway. (Cleveland Digital Imaging photo)

PLACERVILLE, Calif. – One week after claiming his 60th career Placerville Speedway victory, Andy Forsberg returned on Saturday and added another win during an exciting 25-lap Thompson’s Family of Dealerships winged 360 sprint car main event.

Also picking up wins at the Carnett Clash were Ray Trimble in Limited Late Models, Dan Jinkerson in Pure Stocks, Mike Miller in Mini Trucks and Dave Mackey in Vintage Hard Tops.

The 25-lap 360 sprint car feature came to life with recent Bradway Memorial winner Justin Sanders and 16-year-old Jodie Robinson sharing the front row. The initial start was all for naught though, as points runner-up Kalib Henry spun to bring out the yellow.

It forced Henry to the rear of the field where point leader going into the night, Tony Gualda, was lined up after not getting a qualifying time to begin the evening.

Sanders shot into the lead on the next attempt but encountered problems and slowed to a stop on lap one, ultimately ending his night. Justin Johnson then inherited the top spot, but after going back green Robinson found the high side of the speedway to her liking.

Robinson charged past Johnson to take over the lead prior to a caution on lap four. On the ensuing restart, Forsberg showed his muscle and stayed close to Robinson, eventually carving his way under her to put the F&F Racing No. X1 out front.

For the second straight week, track prep took place prior to the A-main, and it paid off by giving drivers multiple lines to use on the quarter-mile. Great side-by-side racing was seen all throughout the field, with numerous competitors battling their way forward.

A couple of red flag periods were seen, one on lap seven for Kenny Wanderstadt and then again at lap 14 for Shane Golobic. Both drivers were okay, but their nights came to an end.

With 11 laps remaining all eyes were on Henry, who had rocketed through the pack and restarted in fourth.

When going back green, Forsberg had his way out front and was never seriously challenged en route to taking the Ron Stahl-waved checkered flag for his second consecutive victory.

Henry was able to pick off a couple more spots and got by Robinson late to score an impressive runner-up finish aboard the Jensen Motorsports No. 5. The son of former track champion Mike Henry has now claimed three consecutive podium finishes at Placerville.

For Robinson, it marked her maiden podium effort at the track and came aboard the Rick Spencer-owned No. 34 machine.

Bobby McMahan looked solid in the feature once again and snagged a fourth-place finish for the second straight week. The 1982 Placerville Speedway Rookie of the Year raced as high as second in the main event at one point.

Johnson completed the top five, followed by C.J. Humphreys, Gualda, Shane Hopkins, Mike Benson and Chris Masters.

Three heat races were held during the night and went to Bubba Decaires, Sanders and Robinson. Forsberg began the night by earning the ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust Fast Time Award with a lap of 10.651 seconds over the 22-car field.

The finish:

Andy Forsberg, Kalib Henry, Jodie Robinson, Bobby McMahan, Justin Johnson, C.J. Humphreys, Tony Gualda, Shane Hopkins, Mike Benson, Chris Masters, Jimmy Trulli, Blake Carrick, Jarrett Soares, Jacob Tuttle, Mike Cook, Greg DeCaires, Shane Golobic, Justyn Cox, Kenny Wanderstadt, Jared Van Bebber, Justin Sanders.