CHICO, Calif. – Sean Becker waited until the last two laps to make his move on leader Justin Sanders to win the 30-lap Civil War Sprint Car Series feature at Silver Dollar Speedway on Wednesday night.
Becker started from the pole after winning the six-lap dash earlier in the evening. The Roseville, Calif., driver explained in victory lane that the race came down to tire management.
“He was checking my tires, I was checking his tires, to see how the track was wearing,” said Becker. “It was conserve mode for me as I felt my tires chattering on around lap six or seven but towards the end of the race you really don’t care when you see that leader ahead of you you get up on the wheel more and more. His tire was gone, it was going away so I decided to go for it.”
Both of Sanders’ rear tires were bald after the race. A slip coming off turn four allowed Kyle Hirst to claim the runner up spot in his Roth Motorsports No. 83jr. The unsponsored white No. 18 of Sander’s was able to hold on to the third spot after leading 28 laps from his outside pole starting spot.
Andy Gregg finished fourth followed by Dominic Scelzi, who was making his return to racing after suffering a back injury.
The feature race on the quarter-mile high banked clay oval was slowed twice. Jake Morgan stopped on the track in turn one on lap seven to bring out the first yellow. On lap 16, Colby Copeland spun his car also in turn one.
The 25 lap Joe Hunt Wingless feature was won by Austin Liggett.