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PETERSEN MEDIA: After a turbulent start to his 2023 campaign at Placerville Speedway, Andy Forsberg and his PHR Racing team had a solid outing at the track on Saturday night at Forsberg picked up a third place finish.
“We had a pretty decent night overall compared to the last few weeks, but we are still fighting some things on the engine that we have been running,” Andy Forsberg said. “We were able to win our heat race and make the redraw, and had a couple of chances for the lead but we just couldn’t quite make it happen.”
With 35 cars on hand for the track’s Easter Eggstravaganza, Forsberg would go out towards the end of the qualifying session as he timed the Meridian Cameras/Pacific Highway Rentals/Wilkie Masonry backed No. 92 in 11th fastest.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race based on his qualifying effort, Forsberg was able to put his right-rear on the cushion and jump out to the lead. Keeping the field at bay, “Mr. Excitement” went on to pick up the win and earn a berth in the nightly redraw.
Pulling the unceremonious seven, Forsberg would line up in the fourth row of the 25-lapper. When the race came to life, Forsberg was hard on the loud pedal and he wasted no time forging his way towards the front of the field.
Racing his way into fourth on the sixth lap, Forsberg used a lap eight restart to work his way into second as he turned his attention to the race leader, Tony Gomes. With a couple of stoppages halting the process with AF in second, he would close in on Gomes once the action picked up as he would pressure for the lead until contact with the infield berm got him out of shape and sent him back to third.
Now chasing after Landon Brooks who ran ahead of him in second, Forsberg would continue to work the cushion at Placerville as the leaders ran through traffic. A last handful of laps got a little chaotic as caution flags flew often and led to several late restarts, one of which saw Forsberg slip back to fourth.
The final restart of the night came with five to go, and Forsberg was able to make a move to get around Brooks to get into third, and that is where he would go on to finish when the race came to a close.
“We had a shot at Gomes I thought, and with him running the top I tried the bottom and he happened to run the bottom as well and it kind of threw me off,” Forsberg said. “He did nothing wrong, but I got into the berm and lost some momentum and was hanging on to third. We had pretty good speed, but just could not get back up to challenge for the win.”
Andy Forsberg and PHR Racing would like to thank Meridian Cameras, Pacific Highway Rentals, Wilkie Masonry, PitStopUSA, Red Line Oil, Autism Awareness, Parking and Transportation Group, Western Featherlite, GP Development, 1st Vanguard, Highway Specialty Co., and KBJ Catering for their continued support.
BY THE NUMBERS: Races-4, Wins-0, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-3
ON TAP: Forsberg returns to action on Saturday night back up at Placerville Speedway.
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