PETERSEN MEDIA: one week after scoring his ninth and 10th wins of the 2015 season, Justin Sanders flirted with picking up two more, though he would come up short as he finished third at the Ocean Speedway on Friday night and second at the Marysville Raceway on Saturday night.
“We were in contention for the win late on Saturday night, but Golobic was really good on Friday night, and kicked everyone’s behind,” Sanders said.
Returning to the Ocean Speedway one week after winning the Howard Kaeding Classic, Justin Sanders was in action aboard his Justin Sanders Racing No. 17 machine. Timing in second fastest during qualifying time trials, Sanders would work his way to second during his heat race.
By ways of his heat race finish and his qualifying time, Sanders would advance into the Dash, where he drew the four pill, putting him in the second row of the shootout. Getting upside down in the Dash and finishing seventh, Sanders’ crew would go to work and do what they could to get the Lancaster Locksmith backed entry on the track for the A Main.
As the crowd at the Ocean Speedway has become accustomed to, Sanders worked his way forward as he picked his way through traffic at will. Chasing after Carson Macedo and Shane Golobic as he ran in the third spot, Sanders would be unable to reel in the lead duo as he settled for the show position on Friday night.
Heading to the Marysville Raceway on Saturday night aboard the F&W Racing No. 18 machine, Sanders would again get his night off to a strong start as he timed in second fastest for the second consecutive night.
Finishing second in his heat, Sanders would find himself with the five-pill during the redraw, putting himself in the third row for the feature event on an extremely rough and heavy Marysville Raceway surface.
Quickly working his way into the second spot, Sanders would race into the race lead on the 9th lap, as he looked primed to pick up his 11th win of the season. Though lapped traffic was tough on this night, Sanders would get bottled up on lap 15, and fall back to the second spot.
A caution on the 19th lap gave the leaders open track, and though he challenged the leader in traffic with just a few laps to go, Sanders would come up short and pick up his 23rd Top-Five finish of the season.
“Overall it was another really good weekend for both cars,” Justin Sanders said. “I really have to thank everyone who got the 17 back together on Friday and everyone on the 18 car for giving me another car that was good enough to win.”
ON TAP: Sanders will be back at the Ocean Speedway on Friday night and at the Marysville Raceway on Saturday night as he will try to extend both point leads.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-31, Wins-10, Top-5’s-23, Top-10’s-29
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Justin Sanders by visiting his website, www.teamsandersmotorsports.com.
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