PETERSEN MEDIA: Heading to Skagit Speedway last week to take part in Dirt Cup Festivities, Justin Sanders had a solid week that saw him pick up a pair of Top-5’s as well as four total Top-10’s during his four nights of action.
“I really want to thank everyone involved with Mittry Motorsports for their hard work, and support to get up and take part in Dirt Cup,” Justin Sanders said. “We were really good all week long, but unfortunately we made a mistake during the scheduled open red and it cost us a handful of positions at the end of the feature.”
Dating back to last Monday, the festivities came to life with the Dirt Cup Tune Up event. Getting some 410ci laps on Skagit Speedway, Sanders showed the same speed he has showed in years past in 360ci competition, as he tallied a third-place finish and made his presence felt for the big week that was on the horizon.
Thursday night the curtain officially raised for the 50th Dirt Cup, and Sanders kicked the party off by timing the Farmers Brewing/Mittry Construction/North County Plastering backed No. 2x in 13th fastest in qualifying time trials.
Racing to a win in his heat race, the Aromas, CA driver was solidly locked into the opening night feature event where he took the green flag from the 10th starting position.
On a very racy Skagit Speedway, Sanders was able to add to his already strong point total as he raced his way forward on the Skagit Speedway cushion. Vying for a second consecutive podium at the track, Sanders capped his night off with a fourth-place finish.
Back in action on Friday night for another prelim night to tabulate more points towards Saturday’s program, Sanders upped his game in time trials as he ended up timing in seventh fastest of the 42 cars that were back for the second night.
A monster heat race was just what he needed to enhance his position as he raced from seventh to a second-place finish, which put him 5th in event points heading into Friday’s 40-lap feature event.
A 20-car inversion on this night put Sanders in the 16th starting spot on a track that was very slick. Working his way forward, passing would be a tick tougher on this night, but he was able to power his way into the Top-10. A late red saw track staff cut laps off the feature, so when the 37-lap feature ended, Sanders finished eight but more importantly sat second in points heading into Saturday’s 50,000$-to-win feature event.
Losing his battle in the pole shuffle, Sanders ultimately took the green flag from the third starting position and maintained his position for the first 14 laps until slipping back to fourth on lap 15.
Continuing to run in fourth, Sanders would close in on the trio of Kerry Madsen, Dominic Scelzi, and Tyler Courtney but it was to no avail. While running fourth, trouble struck on the 48th lap, as Sanders began to lose power as he ran low on fuel.
Dropping to the bottom of the speedway, Sanders would do all he could in the final two laps to stay afloat as he was able to coast home with a 10th place finish.
“It was an honest mistake we made during the stoppage, and we didn’t get enough fuel back in the car for the final 15-laps or so,” Sanders said. “We win as a team, and we lose as a team, so we will learn from it, and do what we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again if the situation presents itself. Thanks to everyone who made the trip up and helped us out all week long.”
Justin and his team would like to thank Farmers Brewing, Mittry Construction, North County Plastering, Alkaline88, Andy’s Construction, Roadside 24hr Service, Wicked Cushion, Roger’s Diner, Factory Kahne, BG Labels and Tee’s, Walker Performance Filtration, Dixon and Son Tires, Ernie’s Service Center, East Lake Village, FK Rod Ends, Triple X Race Co., DMI, Keizer Wheels, Wings Unlimited, Ti64 Titanium, AIS Heating and Sheet Metal, Fred Lint and Family, JonSan Racing, Sandblast Service, G&N Construction, Steitz Towing, Durden Construction, Ernie’s Service Center, and Steve Duppman Racing for their continued support in 2022.
ON TAP: Sanders will return to the seat of Dale Miller’s No. 4SA on Monday night in Placerville, CA.
BY THE NUMBERS: Races-32, Wins-6, Top 5’s-22, Top-10’s-28
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Justin Sanders by visiting his website, www.teamsandersmotorsports.com.
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