The 2014 Civil War Sprint Car Series has been highly competitive as Saturday night Greg DeCaires became the seventh winner in seven events this season — picking up his second career Mark Forni classic victory and the $5,000 that came with it.
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With Andy Forsberg and DeCaires leading the field to green, it was Auburn’s Forsberg jumping out to the early lead of the 30-lap feature event, while Elk Grove native DeCaires sat in the catbird’s seat.
Forsberg held a strong command of the race with DeCaires, Colby Wiesz, and Shane Golobic chasing after him. But a spinning car on lap 13 forced Forsberg to take evasive action. In doing so, he made contact with the stalled car to end his night with rear-end damage and hand the lead over to DeCaires.
After the open red following the incident, DeCaires worked the bottom of the speedway to perfection as he broke away from the field, but behind him the action was intense. Jonathan Allard had worked his way into the third spot as a torrid battle broke out between Allard, Golobic, DeCaires, and Steven Tiner.
With the yellow waiving on the 22nd lap, the field was re-stacked in double file formation, and with DeCaires getting away, the race within the top-five kept the fans on the edge of their seats as cars used every piece of Placerville Speedway real estate looking to reel in the leader.
Golobic ran strong in the second spot as he fended off advances from Allard, but Colby Wiesz kept the duo in striking distance as Tiner, and Justin Sanders applied the pressure on him until the red flew on the 27th circuit for Alissa Geving, who walked way from a hard crash.
With three laps to go, DeCaires continued to use the bottom of the speedway and the race for the final podium spot picked up as Wiesz finally got some breathing room as he cleared Allard who had his hands full with the charging duo of Sanders and Tiner.
As the white flag flew the crowd got on their feet as Golobic closed in on the race leader, and though Golobic gave it his all during the final circuit, it was DeCaires crossing the stripe first, claiming his second career Mark Forni Classic, and earning a feature event spot in the upcoming Johnny Key Classic at the Ocean Speedway.
“I got a gift from Andy Forsberg early in the race, but we will take it,” a jubilant DeCaires said. “I am worn out after that one, and have to thank everyone on this team for working so hard, and getting us in a great spot all night.”
Though he finished in the second spot, Golobic, locked in as the series’ point-leader, was pleased with his run.
“Congrats to Greg DeCaires and his team on this win,” Golobic said. “I gave it everything I had, and I wish we would have had less cautions and raced with traffic, because I wanted to see what we had. This car has been great all year, and I can’t thank this entire team for continuing to give me a competitive machine.”
After a torrid battle during the 30-lap feature event, Wiesz took the final spot on the podium.
“These double file restarts were intense, especially racing someone like Jonathan Allard,” he said. “Allard raced us hard and clean, and we are pleased to finish third in a hard-fought race”
Following the top three across the stripe was 13th starting Allard, Sanders, Tiner, Cory Eliason, 16th starting Kyle Hirst, 18th starting Carson Macedo, and 14th starting Herman Klein rounding out the top-10.
In B-Main action, pole sitter, Jimmy Trulli, took command from the front row and went on to win the 15-lap showdown as he held off Geving, Sean Becker, Adam Walters, Jake Morgan, and Justyn Cox who all transferred to the feature event.
In the night’s Dash, Forsberg won from the pole, while heat race wins went to Tiner, Forsberg, Wiesz, and Golobic.
With 34 cars on hand for the 9th Annual Mark Forni Classic, Brad Furr stopped the clocks with the quickest lap while Forsberg, Eliason, Trulli, and Sanders rounded out the top five.
The Civil War Sprint Car Series will take this week off before returning to action on August 23 for the 54th Johnny Key Classic at the Ocean Speedway. Keep up with the Civil War Series at racepmg.com.
Note: Results of the NorCal Dwarf Car race was not made available to the Democrat.