Justin Sanders Third During Return to Dale Miller Motorsports
PETERSEN MEDIA- Getting back in the seat of the potent Dale Miller Motorsports No. 4SA over the weekend, Justin Sanders raced to a third-place finish on Friday night at Silver Dollar Speedway before a rare miscue during Saturday’s feature at Placerville Speedway resulted in him getting upside down.
“It felt great to get back in the Dale Miller Motorsports car over the weekend,” Justin Sanders said. “We had good speed both nights, and then I just made a mistake and misjudged the curb on Saturday and tore a really good car up.”
A total of 45 cars made their way to Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday night for a Gold Cup tune up, and Sanders did not miss a beat despite being out of the 4SA for nearly a month as he timed the Thompson’s Buick-GMC/Thompson’s Jeep-Ram/Dale Miller Septic backed entry in fastest in his qualifying group.
With heat race line ups straight up from qualifying results, the Aromas, CA driver lined up on the pole of his heat race and cruised to the win. Advancing into the Bike Race Dash that was in play on ‘Kid’s Bike Night’, Sanders ended up third in the unique event and that placed him in the third row of the 30-lap feature event.
Jumping into second as the race came to life, Sanders began battling with Tony Gomes for the race’s top spot. As he chased after Gomes, Sanders then felt pressure from Dominic Scelzi who began the fight with him for the second spot.
Slipping back to third on the fourth lap of the 30-lap affair, Sanders would continue to run very well as he then felt pressure from Shane Golobic. Amidst a battle with Golobic, Golobic was able to get by Sanders, but both drivers were able to clear Gomes and Sanders continued to run in third.
Running close quarters, three of the best in NorCal put on a show in the closing laps and when the race came to an end, Sanders picked up a third-place finish.
Saturday night, Sanders and Dale Miller Motorsports made their way back to Placerville Speedway where they looked to keep up their impressive 2022 winning streak.
44 cars checked in for the track’s final points race of the season and Sanders timed the North County Plastering/Hangtown Billiards/24 Hour Roadside Service entry in 13th fastest overall and seventh overall in his qualifying group.
Lining up on the pole of his heat race for the second consecutive night, Sanders again didn’t waste the prime starting position as he picked up the win and proceeded the pull the two-pill in the nightly redraw.
On the slick surface, Sanders once again found himself in a torrid battle between Scelzi and Golobic just as he did one night prior. Running inside the Top-three, Sanders would slip back to fourth at the race’s half point.
Still running inside the Top-Five, Sanders would continue to work the cushion as he looked to get his way back to the front pack. After briefly falling to fifth, the Aromas, CA driver was able to power into fourth on the 17th lap, but a lap 18 miscue resulted in him getting upside down in turn two and his night came to an end.
“I was disappointed in myself, and I hate it for Dale and Tara Miller,” Sanders said. “It was great to get back racing with them, and I am hopeful we can get the car back together and run this weekend at the Shootout.”
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, Absolute Auto Glass, Frank’s Body Shop, Champion Brands Racing Oil, Rider Racing Engines, 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- 12, Wins- 5, Top-5’s-9, Top-10’s-11
ON TAP: Dale Miller Motorsports and Justin Sanders are tentatively scheduled to take part in Saturday and Sunday’s NorCal Posse Shootout at Placerville Speedway.
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