Auburn’s Andy Forsberg won his third feature race of the season at Placerville Speedway with his second consecutive win at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds Saturday night during the 11th championship race.
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Forsberg’s streak is timely as he’ll look to carry his new-found momentum into the biggest race of the year next weekend, the $5,000-to-win Mark Forni Classic Civil War.
“You could look at this two different ways,” Forsberg said. “Our good luck could continue or we may be using it up these past two weeks. All I know is I have won the Forni Classic two years in a row and this team has won it three years in a row so we will be trying to make it three and four next week.”
Forsberg started Saturday’s feature event in sixth place as the early laps saw Mason Moore power past pole sitter Justin Johnson where he was soon joined by Placerville’s Andy Gregg. As the two dueled for position, they collided in the first turn to draw a yellow flag.
Meanwhile, Forsberg worked his way into the top four. He passed Justin Sanders for the fourth position as the yellow flag flew (for the leaders) and converted his fourth place to second.
Both CJ Humphreys and Forsberg battled for the lead, racing side-by-side for a series of laps until Forsberg slipped below the leader at the halfway mark. Once in front, Forsberg worked his way into lapped traffic with Sanders and Greg DeCaires in his wake. At the finish Forsberg was trailed by Sanders, DeCaires, Humphreys and Mike Benson of Calistoga.
“You know a lot of things take place in a sprint car race between lap one and lap 25,” explained a philosophical Forsberg in victory lane. “I had worked so hard to get past that 18 car (Sanders) and got passed him just as the two leaders decided to run over one another so it put us in a good position for the restart.”
In the Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets, Scott Pierovich took home a hard-earned victory after an exciting race, rallying his way back to the front in the closing laps to win a battle with race leader Pete Davis.
In the early laps, Pierovich and Davis were involved in a serious dog fight. On lap 27, Pierovich made a Hale Mary pass as he exited the fourth turn outside of Davis. At the finish line it was Pierovich followed by Davis, Shannon McQueen, Gregg Bragg and Matt Streeter.
“He (Davis) was really driving me dirty out there no matter how clean I kept things on my end,” Pierovich said. “So I eventually had to let him know I didn’t like it.”
In the BCRA Midget Lite division, the close racing action was just as extreme. While Richard Hoover maintained the lead of the 20 lap event from start to finish, the race was far from a cake walk.
Hoover was challenged by previous Placerville winner Brad Dillard and Marcus Smith. Dillard and Hoover raced side-by-side several times throughout the race but at the finish line it was Hoover followed by Dillard, Brian Corso, Dakota Albright and Scott Kinney.
“I knew they were right there behind me and had to just give it everything I had and hold my line,” said Hoover, who celebrated the win with his Grandfather Rick Hoover, who fields cars for both of his grandsons in the division.
Next Saturday’s Mark Forni Classic features the sprint cars of the Civil War Series in the highest paying event of the season. California’s best drivers are expected as well as competitors from the Pacific Northwest and parts of Nevada. Gates will open at 5 p.m. Visit placervillespeedway.com for further information.