PETERSEN MEDIA- Returning to the seat of Dale Miller’s No. 4SA over the Holiday weekend after returning home from a Dirt Cup triumph, Justin Sanders performed well as he kept the team atop the Sprint Car Challenge owner’s points with a third place finish at Antioch Speedway on Saturday night before rallying from the tail of the field to finish fifth at Placerville Speedway on Tuesday night.
“Saturday night we really fought an engine that didn’t want to take off or run the bottom,” Justin Sanders said. “We led early, but restarts hindered us and I was glad to keep it on the podium for the Dale Miller Motorsports team.”
On a day where the region saw record setting heat, Sanders got the night kicked off by timing the Thompson’s Buick-GMC/Thompson’s Jeep-Ram/Dale Miller Septic Inc. backed No. 4SA in second fastest in his qualifying group.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Sanders set a torrid pace on a very fast surface that stayed hooked up despite the weather conditions. Picking up the win, Sanders moved into the High Sierra Industries Dash where he picked up the win there as well to earn the pole for the 35-lap feature event.
When the race came to life, Sanders got the jump as he paced the field early but an early stoppage set up a restart. The ensuing restart saw Chase Johnson blast around Sanders and take the race lead as Sanders was under attack as he fought to stay inside the Top-Five.
Searching all around the Antioch Speedway trying to make speed and keep his momentum built, Sanders was able to slowly gain a couple of positions back. When the checkered flag flew on the event, Sanders rounded out the podium with a third place finish.
Tuesday night the team checked in at Placerville Speedway for the annual Fourth of July Spectacular. Laying down a blistering lap in time trials, Sanders earned quick time honors and then powered his way to a heat race win from the second row.
Looking for a clean sweep on the night, Sanders took the green flag from the sixth starting position.
The initial start turned into a bad dream for Sanders and company. Exiting turn four, contact sent Sanders sideways, and he endured severe contact from several cars and was forced into the work area.
With a lengthy delay due to the severity of the multi car pile up, the Dale Miller Motorsports team was able to make a ton of repairs and get Sanders back on track as he restarted form the tail end of the field.
On the slick Placerville Speedway surface, Sanders had his elbows up as he put on a show from the tail end of the field. Working all over the famed red clay, Sanders was able to fight back forward.
Using restarts to his advantage, Sanders clawed his way back to a fifth-place finish when the 25-lapper came to a close.
“Saturday night went a little better for us, but we still have some work to do to get back to how we want it,” Sanders added. “Thanks to everyone that helped get us back on track after the wreck on Tuesday night.”
The Dale Miller Motorsports team would like to thank Thompson’s Buick-GMC, Thompson’s Jeep-Ram, Dale Miller Septic Inc., North County Plastering, Hangtown Billiards, Anrak Corporation, Smith Titanium, Frank’s Body Shop, Fisher Racing Engines, Low Voltage Experts Inc., Walker Performance Filtration, Factory Kahne Shocks, Vortex Wings, TJ Forged Wheels, FK Rod Ends, Triple X Race Co., King Racing Products, and A.R.T. Speed Equipment for their support.
BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 10, Wins- 2, Top-5’s-9, Top-10’s-10
ON TAP: Dale Miller Motorsports and Justin Sanders return to action at Silver Dollar Speedway later this month for the Tyler Wolf Memorial.
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