PETERSEN MEDIA- Justin Sanders and Dale Miller Motorsports are proving themselves to be formidable competition at any track they check in and race at. Travelling more in 2023, Sanders had another strong weekend in the No. 4SA as he finished third on Friday night with the Kings of Thunder and second on Saturday night with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour during a doubleheader at Kings Speedway in Hanford, CA.
“I am really proud of the effort we put in over the weekend with the Dale Miller No. 4sa,” Justin Sanders said. “We actually lost a lot of water and got the engine really hot on Friday night, but our engine builder told us it was fine to run on Saturday. We lost a little power I think at the end of the night, but Corey Day was exceptionally fast both nights.”
Kicking his weekend off on Friday night at ‘The King of Dirt Tracks’, Sanders timed the Thompson’s Buick-GMC/Thompson’s Jeep-Ram/Dale Miller Septic Inc. entry in 2nd fastest in qualifying time trials.
Lining up in the second row of his heat race, Sanders got a nice jump as he settled into third as the field filtered out around the 3/8 mile oval. Finishing third, Sanders moved into the 30-lap feature event where he took the green flag from the third starting position.
Slipping back to fifth when the race came to life, Sanders was able to race his way back into third by the sixth lap but was hooked up in a battle for the final spot on the podium with Dominic Scelzi.
Clearing Scelzi on the 13th lap, Sanders settled into third as he began to chase after Shane Golobic. Running in third, Sanders’ car would lose a ton of water during a red flag period, and when he returned to speed temp built up quickly but he was able to finish on the podium.
Going through the powerplant on Saturday, the team got the okay to run it form their engine builder, and Sanders was set for another strong night as Saturday was ran under Sprint Car Challenge Tour sanction.
Timing in fourth quickest in his qualifying group, Sanders took the green flag from the second row in heat race competition. Finishing second, Sanders transferred to the feature event and was set to take the green flag from the ninth starting position.
On a freshly manicured racing surface, Sanders jumped into sixth on the first lap, and looked very strong as he raced into fourth by the race’s 10th marker. Working his way around Kings Speedway, Sanders made a move to overtake third on the 10th lap, but looked for more as time was quickly running out on him. Getting by Mitcehll Faccinto on the 27th lap, Sanders had a tall order of tracking down Corey Day who had a sizeable lead built up over the field.
Cutting into his advantage in the final laps, Sanders had no time to track him down and capped the weekend off with a second-place finish.
“I won the ‘normal race’” Sanders joked in regards to running second to Corey Day who had won all three feature events on the weekend at the time of the 360ci podium interview. “We had a lot of speed, and we did fight some things with our engine late in the race, but we were still good. We haven’t travelled much with this car, and to be fast at Placerville, Merced, and now Hanford is a good feeling.”
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, 24 Hour Road Side Service, 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- 5, Wins- 2, Top-5’s-5, Top-10’s-5
ON TAP: Dale Miller Motorsports and Justin Sanders return to racing action on June 2nd at Placerville Speedway to open the Dave Bradway Jr Memorial with the SCCT.
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