(PETERSEN MEDIA- Placerville, CA)- Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway, Steven Tiner had a little bit of luck on his side to put him in position to dominate the 30-lap Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster feature event, and qualify for the Johnny Key Classic that is set for August 20th at the Ocean Speedway.
Lining up on the front of the feature event, Tiner would lead the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster field to green as he jumped to the early lead over Chase Majdic and Greg DeCaires before the first yellow flag of the night flew on the second lap.
On the extremely slick Placerville Speedway, Tiner would continue to lead the way as DeCaires moved into the second spot. With the lead duo breaking away from the pack, Colby Copeland, Andy Forsberg, and Mason Moore jockeyed for position in the top-five, while Jonathan Allard began working his way through the pack.
As the leaders got into traffic, the yellow would again fly on the 11th circuit and give Tiner a clear track, but would restack the field for another double file restart.
With a yellow on the ensuing restart, a single file restart would see Tiner leave the field in his wake as DeCaires continued to chase after. With Forsberg taking over the third spot, Kyle Hirst and Jonathan Allard would move into the Top-Five as the race settled into an extended green flag run.
Tiner looked to be well on his way to his first Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster win of the season, but a yellow on the 27th lap would turn the race into a three-lap shootout with the track champion on his tail.
The initial restart saw Hirst hop the cushion and bring the yellow back out, but the race’s final restart would see Tiner fend off DeCaires’ challenge as he picked up the win and earned a berth into the Johnny Key Classic.
“I had someone looking over me tonight,” a jubilated Steven Tiner said. “We missed the inversion in time trials, but had some luck on our side and ended up on the front row of our heat and were able to win. Then a little girl pulled us the two pill for the Dash and we ended up on the front row of the feature and the rest his history. I have to thank my Uncle Tom for his help because we ran Hanford Friday night and got home at 4:30am. It’s great to get a win at Placerville Speedway.”
DeCaires would finish in the second spot, and Mason Moore would earn the last spot on the Podium. Forsberg would finish fourth, Allard fifth from 16th, Copeland sixth, Mike Benson seventh, Logan Seavey eighth, Justyn Cox ninth, and Chase Majdic would round out the Top-10.
Saturday night saw a total of 32 cars check into the pit area with Oregon driver, Jarred Ridge earning quick time honors.
A four-heat race program was in place and wins went to Moore, DeCaires, Copeland, and Tiner. Chase Majdic would win the Dash, and Kyle Hirst would come back from a heat race flip to win the B and transfer to the feature event along with Allard, Ridge, Terrell, Seavey, and Geoff Ensign.
June 18th– Petaluma Speedway
July 15th– Ocean Speedway (Howard Kaeding Classic)
August 6th– Placerville Speedway (Mark Forni Classic)
August 20th– Ocean Speedway (Johnny Key Classic)
September 7th– Silver Dollar Speedway (Gold Cup)
September 17th– Marysville Raceway
September 24th– Petaluma Speedway
November 5th– Stockton Dirt Track (Tribute To GP)
ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will now head to the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday night.
WINNERS: Willie Croft (March 25th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 28th, Marysville Raceway), Cory Eliason (May 29th, Silver Dollar Speedway), Steven Tiner (June 11th, Placerville Speedway)
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CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2016, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 12 events at 6 different tracks around California.