PETERSEN MEDIA: If you have not been paying attention to Justin Sanders thus far in 2015, it just might be time you start. Sanders picked up his fourth and fifth wins of the season over the weekend as he won at the Ocean Speedway on Friday night for the second consecutive week, before charging from 14th on Saturday to pick up his third win of the year at the Marysville Raceway.
“To dedicate this season to Nick Lancaster after his tragic passing this winter, and come out and have the year we are having so far is surreal,” Sanders said.
Friday night, Sanders was aboard his JSR no. 17 machine at the Ocean Speedway and got his night started off by timing in fourth fastest.
Lining up in the second row of his heat race, Sanders would finish in the fourth spot, but would stay eligible for the redraw, as he would pull the six-pill, and line up in the third row for the night’s feature event.
On an extremely racy Ocean Speedway, Sanders would quickly hustle his way to third spot by the time the caution flew on the ninth lap. The ensuing double file restart saw Sanders drop a position.
Getting back to Brad Furr’s bumper, Sanders would slide his way into the third spot, before sliding up in front of Tommy Tarlton to take the second spot. Chasing after sprint car legend, Brent Kaeding, Sanders would see his opportunity on the 21st lap, as he slid in front of him for the position, and went on to leave the field behind as he took his second straight win at the speedway as he extended his point lead.
Saturday night, Sanders and his F&W Racing team returned to action at the Marysville Raceway. Looking to also add to his point lead at ‘The Action Track of the West”, Sanders would get off to a slower start that he would have liked as he timed the Rudy Warrington owned No. 18 machine in 14th fastest.
Lining up fifth in his heat, Sanders would finish in the fourth spot, and move into the feature event, but he would find himself starting in the 14th spot of the feature event.
With his work cut out for him, Sanders would take any opening he could get as he worked his way through the field. With cautions slowing the pace, Sanders would take advantage of restarts, as he found himself inside the top-three with just a few laps remaining.
In lapped traffic, Sanders would steal the second position, as he then went after the race leader with three laps to go. In extremely heavy traffic, Sanders would surge to the lead, only to see the favor returned to him.
With two laps to go, Sanders would get the leader and a couple of lapped cars, as he took the lead for good, and finished his weekend off in victory lane.
“I don’t know what to say, really,” Sanders said. “Everything is clicking right now on both cars, and I am thankful for all of the great people who help me out, and support these two great teams.”
ON TAP: Justin Sanders will be back in action on Friday night at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA, before returning to the Marysville Raceway on Saturday night.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-17, Wins-5, Top-5’s-14, Top-10’s-16
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Justin Sanders by visiting his website, www.teamsandersmotorsports.com.
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