PETERSEN MEDIA: Saturday night at Placerville Speedway, Andy Forsberg was involved in one of the best battles for the lead all season as he searched after his second Placerville Speedway win of the year, but unfortunately his efforts fell short and his night came to an end on the 17th lap as he lost the handle and endured contact in turns three and four.
“The track ended up really racy at the end of the night, but we timed in ninth fastest and it put on the front row of our heat, but we want to find some more speed early in the night,” Forsberg said. “We did win our heat, and that did put us in the redraw for the feature.”
With 27 cars checked into pit area, Forsberg timed the Meridian Cameras/Pacific Highway Rentals/Wilkie Masonry backed No. 92 in ninth fastest in qualifying in time trials.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Forsberg took care of business and raced his way to the win. With the win, Forsberg secured a spot in the nightly redraw, and the six-pill put him in the third row of the feature event.
Jumping into fourth as the race came to life, Forsberg had his elbows up as he flew around the Placerville Speedway in pursuit of the lead duo of Justyn Cox and Shane Hopkins.
Using a lap 10 restart to his advantage, Forsberg powered into second and chased after Cox as they worked on the thick cushion that had built up around the speedway. A restart on lap 15 saw Forsberg hang with Cox and move into the race lead, but this battle was far from over.
Forsberg and Cox hooked up in a knockout, drag out battle for the ages that saw the duo swap the top spot numerous times as the ripped around the high banked bullring.
Working the cushion, sliding around, the duo entertained on lookers for three laps, until Forsberg tipped the cushion on the 18th lap and got his machine sideways in front of the field and endured contact.
While the incident brought his night to an end, Forsberg was able to find some positives in the disappointing finish as he and his team ready for a return trip to speedway on Saturday night.
“We had a car that was definitely worthy of winning a race, but unfortunately we didn’t win,” Forsberg said. “We had a wild battle for the lead for a few laps, and I made a few mistakes that I need to clean up. We had another issue free night in the pits with our car which is good, now hopefully we can put a complete night together and pick off another 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-24, Wins-4, Top 5’s-10, Top 10’s-14
ON TAP: Forsberg returns to action on Saturday night at Placerville Speedway.
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