PLACERVILLE, Calif. – Tanner Thorson claimed his first Thompson’s Auto winged 360 sprint car triumph at Placerville Speedway during the track’s Independence Day spectacular on Wednesday.
In other racing action, Clay Daly took his first limited late model victory and Dan Jinkerson captured the win in an exciting Pure Stock feature.
The 25-lap Thompson’s Auto Group Winged 360 Sprint Car feature awarded $2,500 to the winner thanks to extra money from Placerville Speedway and High Sierra Industries.
Steven Tiner and Thorson shared the front row for the sixth point race of the season, with Thorson charging into the lead at the waving of Ron Stahl’s green flag.
Tony Gualda immediately showed his muscle and came after Tiner for the second position, before an exciting pass off turn two on lap four.
Gualda then closed in on Thorson and made it a battle for the lead on lap nine. The top-two raced close together through lapped traffic, as Gualda searched for his first winged sprint car win after three runner-up efforts already this season.
On lap 16, Gualda and a lapped car came together off the second corner and allowed Tiner the chance to get under him for second.
A caution flag with seven circuits remaining then brought things to a halt. After that it was all Thorson up front, who put together flawless laps on the cushion to race off and snag his first ever Placerville Speedway victory.
The driver of the Tri-C Manufacturing No. 3C also became the sixth different winner in six races this season.
Tiner crossed the stripe in second, while Shane Golobic made a late charge to claim third. Gualda and Andy Forsberg completed the top five.
Tanner Carrick finished sixth ahead of Justin Sanders, Sean Becker, Andy Gregg and Shane Hopkins.
Tanner Thorson, Steven Tiner, Shane Golobic, Tony Gualda, Andy Forsberg, Tanner Carrick, Justin Sanders, Sean Becker, Andy Gregg, Shane Hopkins, Mike Benson, Jodie Robinson, Justin Henry, Bobby Butler, Blake Carrick, Mike Cook, Justin Johnson, C.J. Humphreys, Jared Van Bebber, Jimmy Trulli.