PETERSEN MEDIA- Getting in three races over the last week, Shane Hopkins would sandwich a tough Friday night in between a second place run at Marysville Raceway on Wednesday night and a seventh place run on Saturday night at the Nor*Cal Posse Shootout.
“It was a really busy week for us, and I have to thank all my guys for working really hard,” Hopkins said. “Friday night we had engine issues and I have to thank the Van Dyke Motorsports team for letting us use their trailer to make a swap before the ‘B’.”
Kicking the busy stretch off on Wednesday night at Marysville Raceway, Hopkins would time the High Sierra Industries/Interstate Oil Company/C&H Motor Parts backed No. 21 machine in 12th fastest in time trials.
Racing to a win in his heat race, Hopkins would advance into the redraw where the two-pill put him on the front row of the 25-lap feature event.
Getting the jump on the initial start, the yellow would fly and his early advantage would be wiped away. Slipping to second during the second start, Hopkins would hold his own as he kept pace with Shane Golobic before hooking up in an intense battle with Andy Forsberg.
Exchanging position with Forsberg numerous times, Hopkins would ultimately get the advantage and would mount a charge on Golobic in heavy traffic before a brake issue made things tricky for him.
A late caution would give the leaders clear track, and this would allow Golobic to get away, as Hopkins would hold the second spot at the checkered.
Returning to Placerville Speedway on Friday night for the first of two nights at the Nor*Cal Posse Shootout, engine issues during time trials would see the team go to work.
Missing their heat race as they continued to figure out the issue, the team opted to switch out their power plant. Able to make the switch with ample time left for the semi, Hopkins would line up at the tail end of the field as he took the green from the 15th starting position.
Working his way forward, Hopkins would need a yellow or two to help his cause but that didn’t happen as he capped his night with an eighth place finish.
Back in action on Saturday night, Hopkins would time in second fastest in his qualifying group before picking gup a second place finish in his heat race.
Just narrowly missing out on a spot in the Dash, Hopkins would take the green flag from the ninth starting position for the 40-lap feature event.
When the race came to life, Hopkins would continue to have a strong night as he began working his way forward.
Racing his way up to fifth, Hopkins would actually make a nice move to overtake the third position, but a caution would negate his move.
Slipping back to sixth on the restart, Hopkins would continue to hold down the sixth position, until Kyle Hirst was able to sneak past him on the race’s final lap.
“We had a great night on Saturday, and I think we had a Top-5 car,” Hopkins said. “A couple of mistakes, and an untimely yellow hurt, but still very thankful to be surrounded by great people.”
Hopkins would like to thank High Sierra Industries, Interstate Oil Company, C&H Motor Parts, ARP, ADCO, Anrak, C&H Veteran Enterprises, Brian Sperry Racing, Capitol ACE Hardware, King’s Meats, LRB, Gary Morgan Graphics, Jake Morgan Racing, Johnson Motorsports, Joe Hunt Magnetos, Image Salon and Spa, PT Shocks, Tiner Hirst Enterprise, Kyle Johnson Racing, and Petersen Media for their support in 2020.
2020 BY THE NUMBERS- Starts-10, Wins-1, Top-5’s-4, Top 10’s-6
ON TAP- Hopkins will be back in action on Saturday night at Placerville Speedway.
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