PETERSEN MEDIA- Following the King of the West Series and the Sprint Car Challenge Tour to Tulare, CA on Friday and Saturday night to take part in the Peter Murphy Classic, Becker would flirt with victory with the Challenge tour before mechanical issues prevented him from starting Saturday’s KWS event.
“Friday night, Dan and the team gave me an amazing car to drive all night long,” Sean Becker said. “Unfortunately with about five laps to go, I just got out drove by a great racecar driver and we lost a heartbreaker.”
Friday night saw Becker time the Mike’s Hard Lemonade/Cherry Street Mini Storage/Menne Ranch Hay, Inc. backed No. 75 machine in second fastest in his group, which lined him up in the third starting spot of his heat race.
Finishing in the third spot in heat race action, Becker would lock himself into the night’s 35-lap feature event but would also earn a spot in the Pole Shuffle due to his overall qualifying effort.
Pulling the one pill, Becker would be guaranteed a starting spot on the front row and would proceed to edge out Ryan Bernal in their match race and earn the right to lead the field to green.
On an extremely slick Thunderbowl Raceway surface, Becker would shoot out to the early lead as he was fond of the low groove on this night. Becker would be in cruise control as the race went 11 rounds before the first caution of the night flew.
With stoppages following on laps 20, 22, and 25, Becker would continue to lead a tough group of challengers led by Rico Abreu and Kyle Hirst behind him during each restart.
During the race’s closing laps, Abreu would begin trying to make the high-side work while Becker remained glued to the bottom. On the 31st lap, Becker would see Abreu get around him and drop ‘The Shark’ back to second with just four laps to go in the race.
Giving it a valiant effort, Becker would take the checkered flag in the second spot.
Returning to Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday night to take on the King of the West Fujitsu Series, Becker would have some trouble in his qualifying session and end of 14th fastest in qualifying group ‘B’.
Gridding the field from the seventh starting spot in his heat race, Becker would have a couple of spirited battles to finally get into the fourth and final transfer spot and lock into the feature event.
Scheduled to take the green flag in 18th starting spot, the Menne Motorsports entry would lose power just before the field began to line up. Working feverishly in the work area, the team was given added time to rectify issue as red flag flew on the race’s initial start. Despite efforts from numerous teams, Becker and company would be unable to make the call.
“I messed up qualifying again on Saturday night and caused our team to work hard to get us back out for the heat,” Becker added. “We got into the feature, but unfortunately issues just before the green flag did us in.”
Becker would like to thank Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Cherry Street Mini Storage, Menne Ranch Hay Inc., Astro Titanium, Ponybracket.com, Hunt’s Race World, Molecule, Shaver Racing Engines, FK Rod Ends, K&N, Pioneer Auto Body, and The Joie of Seating for their support in 2017.
2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 9, Wins- 1, Top 5’s- 6, Top 10’s- 8
ON TAP: Becker and Menne Motorsports are scheduled to compete at Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday night before making the tow to Petaluma Speedway on Saturday night for the fourth SCCT event.
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