By: P.J. Petersen
Placerville, CA (August 6)…In 2015, Sean Becker looked to be well on his way to claiming his third career Mark Forni Classic triumph until a late race brake issue dashed those hopes. Saturday night, Becker returned to the Placerville Speedway with the Civil War Series looking for redemption, and found it as he claimed the 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic.
A very technical Placerville Speedway surface greeted the field for the 30-lap contest, and in the early goings it was pole sitter, Kyle Hirst, leading the way aboard the Josh Ford Motorsports No. 73 entry.
Hirst, the most recent Civil War Series winner, set a very nice pace early as he fended off Sean Becker who had moved into the second spot after starting the race in the fourth spot.
As the leaders got into traffic, Becker closed in on the race lead and made his move on the ninth lap before the caution flag waived on the tenth circuit.
The ensuing restart saw Hirst take the top spot back, but the caution waived for Justyn Cox and the move was negated, as Becker remained the race leader.
Becker got the jump when the race came back to life, while the battle for third and fourth was just as entertaining as the battle for the lead, with the two lead championship contenders, Mason Moore and Andy Forsberg, battling lap after lap.
A 10-lap green flag run saw Becker open up a sizeable lead over Hirst, only to see his advantage shrink in traffic. With laps clicking off, Hirst pulled up on Becker’s rear bumper and brought the crowd to their feet only to see his progress halted on the 23rd lap when the red flag flew for Matt Peterson. Peterson made contact with the turn four wall, and got his machine over on its side. Fortunately, he was uninjured.
The final five laps saw Becker open up a nice lead as he raced on to score his third career Mark Forni Classic win, while Hirst settled for second with Mason Moore rounding out the podium. Forsberg finished in the fourth spot, Jake Morgan fifth, Greg DeCaires sixth, Steven Tiner seventh, Kalib Henry eighth, Michael Kofoid ninth, and Andy Gregg rounded out the Top-10.
With 27 cars on hand Saturday night, the action would get kicked off with Kyle Hirst setting quick time during qualifications while the three heat races went to Justin Johnson, Becker, and Moore. The 12-lap B Main was won by Steven Tiner, who rebounded to make the feature after flipping in heat race action.
In the companion BCRA Midget Lite program, Kyle Offill and Scott Kinney led the field to the green in the 20 lap feature. On the start, third place starter Tim Kinser made contact with Kinney’s left rear sending Kinser up the race track, collecting Hunter Kinney and Charlie Caraccilo.
On the restart, the 25 of Scott Kinney lost power while running second, ending his night. As the race went on, Offill built up a straightaway lead until the yellow lights flashed for Scotty Males.
Offill was never seriously challenged and led every lap on his way to victory, his third of the year at Placerville. Second went to Craig Dillard followed by Hunter Kinney,
who rebounded after his early race incident. Fourth went to Danika Jo Parker, while Logan Seavy made his return to a Midget Lite to score a top 5 finish. The two heat race wins went to Charlie Caraccilo and Hunter Kinney.
Placerville Speedway returns next Saturday with the final “Placerville Posse” series event for the Thompson’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, the Domco Plumbing Limited Late Models, and the Jay’s Mobile Welding and Fabrication Pure Stocks. In addition, the annual “Kid’s Night” bicycle races will be held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Pit gates will open at 2PM with the front gates opening at 3PM. Racing begins at 7PM.
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Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The racing facility is operated by Russell Motorsports Incorporated, which can be reached at the track business office at 530-344-7592.