PETERSEN MEDIA: Looking for his fourth consecutive win at the Ocean Speedway on Friday night, Justin Sanders bid would come up short after a torrid battle with Shane Golobic.
“We had a really good car on Friday night and me and Shane Golobic had a pretty good battle going,” Sanders said. “Unfortunately we made a little contact and our night came to a close.”
18 cars checked into the Ocean Speedway located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds and Sanders got his night started off by timing his JSR No. 17 machine in seventh fastest in qualifying time trials.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, the Watsonville, CA pilot was hard on the throttle as he jumped into the lead, and went on to win the heat race, and earn a spot in the night’s redraw.
Leading the field to green via the one-pill, Sanders would slip into the second spot as fellow front row starter, Shane Golobic, would race his way into the early lead. With a couple of stoppages keeping lapped traffic out of the equation, the 15th lap saw Sanders slide up in front of Golobic to take the top spot.
As Golobic turned his machine back under to counter Sanders’ move, Sanders would come in contact with Golobic, and damage to his front end would bring his night to a close.
“It was unfortunate the way it happened, but it was awesome to have a car that was bad fast again,” Sanders added.
Saturday night, Sanders hopped back in the Rudy and Bev Warrington No. 18 machine to take on the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster at the Placerville Speedway.
With 18 cars on hand, Sanders would again time in seventh quickest, and like Friday night he was able to race his way to a heat race win and earn a berth in the six-lap dash.
Starting sixth in the dash, Sanders would get off to a great start as he worked his way up to the third spot, putting him in the second row for the feature event.
The extremely slick track would prove tricky for Sanders as his car was simply was too loose at the drop of the green flag. Trying what he could to make traction, Sanders would hang inside the Top-10 all night, but would cross the finish line with a seventh place finish.
“It was a tough weekend overall, but we are fortunate to have not really had any of those in the season, so we will take it for what it is and move on,” Sanders added. “My guys have been so great all season long, and I have to continue to thank them for all they do.”
ON TAP: With Ocean Speedway and Marysville Raceway both dark this weekend, Sanders will take his JSR No. 17 machine to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-23, Wins-6, Top-5’s-16, Top-10’s-21
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Justin Sanders by visiting his website, www.teamsandersmotorsports.com.
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