Forsberg started Saturday’s feature event in the sixth place starting position. The early laps of the event saw Mason Moore of Princeton power past pole sitter Justin Johnson to take the lead where he was soon joined by Placerville’s Andy Gregg. As the two dueled for position their battle proved fateful for both with nine laps down as they collided in the first turn to draw a yellow flag.
Meanwhile, Forsberg was busy working his way to the front of the field. When the two leaders crashed, the four time track champion had worked his way into the top four. He passed Prunedale’s Justin Sanders for the fourth position as the yellow flag flew for the leaders and converted his fourth place into second.
Both Humphreys and Forsberg battled for the lead, racing side by side for a series of laps until Forsberg slipped below the leader at the halfway mark. Once in front, Forsberg worked his way into lapped traffic with Sanders and Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove in his wake. At the finish Forsberg was trailed by Sanders, DeCaires, Humphreys and Mike Benson of Calistoga.
“You know a lot of things take place in a sprint car race between lap one and lap 25,” explained a philosophical Forsberg in victory lane. “I had worked so hard to get past that 18 car (Sanders) and got passed him just as the two leaders decided to run over one another so it put us in a good position for the restart. That’s just one example, but a lot of things take place during one of these races. Sometimes they work for you, sometimes they don’t”
In the Bay Cities Racing Association Midgets on Saturday, Scott Pierovich of Alamo took home a hard earned win. Pierovich was the victor in an exciting race that raised the Placerville crowd into the final laps as he rallied his way back to the front in the closing laps to win a battle of rivalry between he and race leader Pete Davis of Pleasanton.
In the early laps, Pierovich was racing in the second position and had spent several laps trying to pass Davis only to have his efforts blocked on several occasions as the two became involved in a serious dog fight for the lead. Pierovich decided he had enough of Davis’ moves on the ninth lap when he sent the leader into a near spin in the third and fourth turns. Both drivers would fall back as Sean Becker of Roseville took the lead.
Becker later fell to fifth after he slid sideways and nearly stalled in the first turn. Before the end of the 30-lap affair Davis and Pierovich were back at the front resuming their battle. On lap 27, Pierovich made a Hale Mary pass as he exited the fourth turn outside of Davis. At the finish line it was Pierovich followed by Davis. Shannon McQueen drove her way to third followed by Gregg Bragg of Visalia and Galt’s Matt Streeter.
“He (Davis) was really driving me dirty out there not matter how clean I kept things on my end,” said Pierovich. “So I eventually had to let him know I didn’t like it. It cost me a couple of position but we got back up here to get the win. It’s always a pleasure to come to Placerville and race in front of this big crowd. I hope everyone liked that tonight and thank all of them for coming out.”
In the BCRA Midget Lite division the close racing action was just as extreme. Richard Hoover of Elk Grove maintained the lead of the 20 lap event from start to finish. However, for Hoover, the race was far from any cake walk.
Hoover drove his way to a lead of several car lengths in the opening laps of the race but was then challenged by previous Placerville winner Brad Dillard of Oakdale and Marcus Smith of Tracy. Dillard and Hoover raced side by side several times throughout the race with Hoover maintaining his lead in all those battles. At the finish line it was Hoover with the win followed by Dillard, Brian Corso of Ripon, Dakota Albright of Oakdale and Scott Kinney of Citrus Heights.
“I knew they were right there behind me and had to just give it everything I had and hold my line,” said Hoover, who celebrated the win with his Grandfather Rick Hoover, who fields cars for both of his grandsons in the division. “Brad got next to me a couple times and I thought he was going to get me but my car was perfect tonight. I love racing at this place without the wings.”
Placerville Speedway will be working hard in the coming days to prepare for next Saturday’s Mark Forni Classic. This event features the sprint cars of the Civil War Series in the highest paying event of the season with $5000 to win. California’s best drivers are expected as well as competitors from the Pacific Northwest and parts of Nevada. Gates will open at 5 p.m.