PETERSEN MEDIA: Making a rare appearance at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA on Friday night, Andy Forsberg battled from 12th to seventh, before issues on Saturday with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour forced him to cut his feature event short.
“Friday night we got off to a bit of a tough start as we blew a power steering line for qualifying, and I did all I could manhandling it,” Forsberg said. “We played with some things for the feature and worked our way forward a few spots.”
Checking in for the first time all year at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA, Forsberg fought those aforementioned power steering issues in time trials as he timed in 12th fastest aboard the Meridian Cameras/Pacific Highway Rentals/Wilkie Masonry backed No. 92.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, the Auburn, CA driver didn’t get the jump he needed as a heat race win would have made him dash eligible. Slipping back to third on the slick surface, Forsberg went on to finish there and that placed him in the sixth row of the 30-lap feature event.
Making some changes before the feature to adapt to the slick surface, Forsberg worked his way forward as he quickly raced into sixth. Looking for a way into the top five in the race’s closing laps, a late restart gave him one final opportunity to make something happen.
Dropping back to eighth when the race came back to life, Forsberg was able to pick up one of his lost spots as he got back to seventh where he went on to finish.
Making the trip home post-race to make a car swap for Saturday’s SCCT event in Petaluma, CA, Forsberg’s frustrating Saturday night started off with him timing in fourth fastest in his qualifying group.
Chasing gremlins under the hood all night, Forsberg’s third place finish in his heat lined him up 12th in the feature event.
Taking the green flag and making a few laps in the feature, Forsberg made the decision to pull into the infield early and call it a night with things still not quite where they needed to be under the hood of the PHR No. 92.
“Saturday night we had one of those nights where the hood was off the car more than it was on the car and nothing seemed to help,” Forsberg said. “It was a frustrating night, and I think were to the point someone a little smarter than us will have to help us figure it out because it has been an issue on a few different occasions.”
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-16, Wins-2, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-8
ON TAP: Forsberg is now slated for the David Tarter Memorial in Chico, CA on Friday night and a trip to Marysville Raceway on Saturday night.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with Andy Forsberg by ‘Liking’ him on facebook at www.facebook.com/andyforsbergracing or by following him on Twitter at @AForsberg92.
You can also keep up with Andy and his popular post race VLOG, ‘Shark Tales with Andy’ at www.facebook.com/sharktaleswithandy.
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