PETERSEN MEDIA- Andy Forsberg and the C&M Motorsports team had a very strong showing at the Fall Nationals in Chico, CA. After seemingly being in the right place at the right time late in Friday’s feature, Forsberg would get passed on the final laps, only to come back on Saturday and win a hard fought feature event.
“Friday was an interesting night,” Forsberg said. “We were going to run second to Kyle Hirst, and then he had some bad luck. We had a really good car, but got beat on the last lap, and Saturday night it was a great race, and we were able to win this thing for the second year in-a-row.”
With 42 cars checked into the opening night of the Fall Nationals Tribute to Stephen Allard, Forsberg would time the PitStopUSA/Autism Awareness/PT Shocks No. 7c in fastest in time trials and establish a new 360ci track record at the Silver Dollar Speedway.
On a very hooked up track early in the night, Forsberg would advance one spot during his heat race to give himself a third place finish and punch his ticket into the Dash.
With the track continuing to get better and widen out as the night went on, Forsberg would awe the crowd during the Dash as he was able to charge from his eighth starting spot to finish in the third position which would line him up in the second row of the feature event.
When the 25-lapper came to life, Forsberg would jump into the second spot as he began his pursuit of Kyle Hirst. With a couple of early cautions lining the field back up for restarts, Forsberg would give Hirst a couple of early fits but Forsberg would be unable to strike.
Continuing to run in the second spot, Forsberg would be see trouble strike the leader with just two-laps left in the race and now found himself in the race lead.
With Dominic Scelzi now behind him, the duo would put on a great show during the race’s final lap. Scelzi pulled alongside Forsberg down the backstretch and would go on to win the race with Forsberg settling for second.
Back in action on Saturday night for Championship night, Forsberg would again lay down a great lap during time trials as he timed in second fastest in his flight with 52 cars checked into the pit area.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Forsberg would pick up the win before winning the Dash and finding himself on the front row of the feature event. When the 40-lap Tribute To SA feature event went green, Forsberg jumped out to the early lead, but on this night p1 was a tough spot to keep.
Leading the opening laps, Forsberg would soon have his hands full with 2014 Fall Nationals Champion, Sean Becker. With the race’s last two winners duking it out, Forsberg would find himself back in the third spot as Kyle Hirst was able to sneak past Becker and himself.
With the track allowing for some great racing, Forsberg would find a way to get back by the duo and reclaim his spot in front of the field.
As the laps clicked down, Forsberg would feel pressure form another young gun. DJ Netto would begin challenging Forsberg for the race win, but the Auburn, CA driver was having none of it on this night as he was able to fend off the challenge and score his second consecutive Fall Nationals Tribute to SA Championship, giving him three titles over the course of his storied career.
“It was really an awesome weekend for our team, and to win this race or the second year in-a-row is really cool,” Forsberg said. “This race is a special one to win, and thanks to the Allard’s and everyone who goes out of their way to keep SA’s memory alive.”
The C&M Motorsports team would like to thank PitStopUSA, Autism Awareness, Pacific Highway Rentals, PT Shocks, Swartz Diesel, and Velocity Race Gear and all of their product sponsors for their continued support.
ON TAP: The C&M Motorsports team will be in action this Saturday night at the Petaluma Speedway for the Adobe Cup.
2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-34, Wins-12, Top 5’s-27, Top 10’s-30.
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