PETERSEN MEDIA- Running eighth on Thursday night before using Friday as his throw away night following a heat race flip, Justin Sanders would lock into Saturday’s Trophy Cup finale and finish sixth in the race and eighth in the overall standings.
“We had a pretty good run at Trophy Cup,” Justin Sanders said. “I don’t have a ton of laps at the Thunderbowl, so to compete like we did is pretty cool.”
Thursday night opened the prestigious race up with the Aromas, CA driver timing the Thompson’s Buick-GMC/Thompson’s Jeep-Ram/Dale Miller Septic, Inc. backed No. 4sa entry in 12th fastest in time trials.
Lining up in the second row of his heat race, Sanders would finish in the third position which would transfer him into the night’s ‘B’ Main with only the heat winner and the highest in points transferring to the ‘A’.
In a hard fought ‘B’ on Thursday night, Sanders would fight his way forward and get into a transfer position late in the 20-lap affair. Finishing third, Sanders would transfer into the ‘A’, where he would take the green flag from the 15th starting position.
With the track getting racy in the 30-lap ‘A’, Sanders would race his way into the Top-10 as each position was more valuable than the last with points being the name of the game at this event.
Racing his way well into the Top-10, Sanders would cap his night off with an eighth-place finish.
Getting upside down in his Friday night heat race, Sanders and the Dale Miller Motorsports team would opt to call it a night as they would take their Thursday night points with them into the Saturday night finale.
Lining up sixth in his Saturday night heat race, Sanders would finish in the fourth position which would lock him directly into the 50-lap feature event.
Sitting 15th in points after heat races, Sanders would line up fifth on the starting grid for the final feature event of the weekend.
Getting into third early in the ‘A’, Sanders would actually unofficially lead the Trophy Cup with the higher point earners still mired deep in the field with the track extremely fast to open the race up.
Battling with the likes of Tanner Carrick, Colby Copeland, and DJ Netto, Sanders would continue to run inside the Top-5 as the race scooted along in a very fast pace.
A couple of late yellows would allow eventual Trophy Cup Champion, Buddy Kofoid, to get by Sanders, as Sanders would slip back to sixth.
Chasing after Kofoid and Netto in the closing laps, Sanders would close his Trophy Cup out with a sixth place finish as he ended eighth in the final standings.
“Big thanks to the Dale Miller Motorsports team and everyone who supports us,” Sanders said. “We would have liked to be battling for the points title, but to battle up front and come away with Top-10’s in both the race and standings is still a soldi weekend.”
The Dale Miller Motorsports team would like to thank Thompson’s Buick-GMC, Thompson’s Jeep-Ram, Dale Miller Septic, Inc., North County Plastering, Nail-It Roofing, Anrak Corporation, Frank’s Body Shop, Rider Racing Engines, Walker Performance Filtration, Factory Kahne Shocks, Smith Titanium, FK Rod Ends, Triple X Race Co., King Racing Products, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, Black Out Fight Gear, and 24 Hour Road Side Service for their support.
BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 16, Wins- 6, Top-5’s-10, Top-10’s-12
ON TAP: Sanders will return to 410ci racing this weekend as he is slated for two nights of action starting in Hanford, CA on Friday and Bakersfield, CA on Saturday.
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