The 2012 Fast and Furious Championship racing season presented by Red Hawk Casino and Hoosier Racing Tires resumed last Saturday night at Placerville Speedway for the 11th event of the year.
Former Civil War Series Champion Sean Becker of Roseville drove to his first Placerville win since joining his new team two weeks ago owned by Dan Monhoff and M&M Structures.
“I can’t thank Dan Monhoff and everyone on this team enough,” Becker said. “They are all a great group of guys and they know what they’re doing on this car, I have the easy job.”
Becker started on the outside of the front row next to pole sitter Charlie Cagle and shot into the lead over Cagle while Stephen Allard and Andy Forsberg worked their way toward the front.
As Allard closed in on the lead with Greg DeCaires in tow, Forsberg made it past a fast-moving Jimmy Trulli on the eighth lap.
While Becker distanced himself from the pack, Allard finally advanced past Cagle with the slide job of the century on lap 13 to set his sights on Becker and enter into a three-way dogfight for the lead with Forsberg.
“That was wild tonight with Stephen getting underneath me so many times,” Becker said. “When I started racing sprint cars Stephen Allard was one of the crew members on the team I was on. I have so much respect for that guy, he is one of the best and it was great racing with him and Andy like this tonight. I hope the crowd liked it because from my seat it looked like one of the best races all year.”
At the finish line Becker was officially trailed by Allard, Forsberg, DeCaires and Trulli. Local favorite Justin Johnson of Shingle Springs finished one spot out of the top five in the sixth position.
In the Pure Stock race, Chris Van Roekel scored his first victory of his three-year career in this division. At the finish of the 20-lap feature, he was followed by Tom Tilford, Les Friend, Clarence Holbrrok III and Chris Curtiss of Placerville.
“I knew they were right there the whole time,” said Van Roekel. “When you’re racing against a car that has won almost every race and won with three different drivers in it you know you have your work cut out for you.”
In the visiting Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprint Car Series, Matt Streeter led every lap of the 25-lap feature event to post the win over Billy Wallace, Cody Smith, Scott Hall and Terry Schank Jr..
“The car was fast up high but there were a few guys that gave me run on that low line tonight,” Streeter said.
Next Saturday the quarter mile clay oval will be packed with action as the USAC Western Classic Sprint Cars roll into town along with the BCRA Midgets and Midget Lites and the Dwarf Cars for a huge night of racing.
For further information visit placervillespeedway.com or contact the track office at 916-969-7484.