PETERSEN MEDIA: Truck issues threw Justin Sanders and his team a curveball on Friday night as they tried to tow to the Stockton Dirt Track, but with the team being forced to stay in the Watsonville area, they decided to take on the King of the West 410 sprint cars with their 360ci engine and the end result was an eighth place finish.
“We had every intention of racing at the Stockton Dirt Track, but we had truck issues, and then decided to see what we could do against the 410’s with our 360, and I think we did alright,” Sanders said.
Timing in 12th fastest in group qualifying aboard his North County Plastering/G&N Construction/STS Trucking No. 17 machine, Sanders picked up a third place finish in heat race action, to safely transfer into the evening’s 30-lap main event.
Lining up in the sixth row, Sanders held his own, on a track that was very fast in the early stages.
Not shying away with his underpowered machine, Sanders got up to as high as the seventh spot, but a wild wreck broke out on the last lap as cars were coming to the checkered flag, and he got through the melee and was scored in the eighth spot.
Saturday night saw the Prunedale, CA driver head to the Placerville Speedway to return to the seat of the Rudy Warrington No. 18 machine after a week off due to the El Dorado County Fair.
Timing in ninth fastest, Sanders started on the front row of his heat race, and took advantage of the position as he raced his way to the win, and put himself in the Top-Eight redraw.
Pulling a three for the feature event, Sanders lined the No. 18 machine up in the second row on what was an extremely slick surface.
Getting into the third spot when things got underway, the track began taking rubber, and Sanders found the rubber, and stayed in line as he raced his way to a third place finish.
“Overall I think it was a great weekend,” he said. “We did pretty well with the King of the West Series, and we are all pretty happy with a podium at Placerville. Both the KWS and the guys at Placerville are top notch competition so it’s great to run well.”
Justin Sanders would like to thank North County Plastering, G&N Construction, STS Trucking, Lancaster Locksmith, Village Glass. Lufos Kustom Designs, Taco Bravo, LRB Race Products, Petersen Media, Fire Protection Management, Dirt Solution, Bob Tweedy, Ron Gravelle. Keener Auto Body, and Dave Haver Racing Engines for their continued support.
ON TAP: This weekend will be a light weekend for Sanders as he will solely be in action on Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-21, Wins-3, Top-5’s-9, Top-10’s-14
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Justin Sanders by visiting his website, www.teamsandersmotorsports.com.
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