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Forsberg scores Placerville win number 60 on Saturday

Andy Forsberg, Ryan McDaniel, Dan Jinkerson and Dakota Albright pick off Big Trophy Night wins at Placerville Speedway

Placerville, CA – May 4, 2019…It was a history making night at Placerville Speedway on Saturday as six-time track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn became the first driver to reach 60 career Winged 360 Sprint Car wins at the quarter-mile.

Also claiming victories on Big Trophy Night were Ryan McDaniel with the Ltd. Late Models, Dan Jinkerson with the Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stocks and Dakota Albright with the BCRA Midget Lites.

The 25-lap Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Car feature came to the line with Hollister’s Tony Gualda and Roseville’s Jodie Robinson sharing the front row. Gualda earlier in the night had set his fourth ADCO Driveline & Custom Exhaust Fast Time in four events this season and blasted into the lead at the waving of the green flag. Track prep had gone on prior to the feature and made for some fantastic racing on the Placerville bullring.

Gualda paced the field out front while drivers raced hard for position behind him. On lap eight Mather’s Kalib Henry climbed up to the second position before a red flag for Jacob Tuttle, who emerged from the car okay. Up to that point Henry, Placerville’s Jimmy Trulli, J. Robinson, Elk Grove’s Bobby McMahan and Andy Forsberg were putting on a show racing high and low on the speedway. When going back green Forsberg showed his muscle by making several daring moves to power his way up to second by lap 15.

A restart with just five circuits left then set up the winning move. Gualda had continued to have his way out front but Forsberg was able to carve his way by to snag the lead that he would never relinquish. The veteran driver went on to cross the checkered flag to earn career win number 60 at the Placerville Speedway. Gualda came across the line just 0.590 seconds behind Forsberg to earn a runner up finish and take over the point lead.

Henry came home in third to secure his second podium in as many starts for the McColloch family at the track, while McMahan and Trulli also had fine runs to finish fourth and fifth respectively. Completing the top-10 were Calistoga’s Mike Benson, Robinson, hard charger award winner Billy Butler of Sacramento, Escalon’s Cody Hodgson and Cameron Park’s Shane Hopkins. All drivers should be commended for putting on an exciting display of dirt track racing in the feature.

A trio of heat races were held during the night for the Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Cars and were snagged by Jodie Robinson, Andy Forsberg and Kalib Henry. As noted, Tony Gualda continued to be a qualifying machine to start the evening with his lap of 10.757 topping the 21-car field.

The Ltd. Late Models competed in their third point race of the season on Saturday night and saw the third different winner in as many races with Ryan McDaniel coming out on top. McDaniel jumped into the lead at the waving of the green flag and never looked back en route to his 33rd career Ltd. Late Model triumph at Placerville Speedway. The top-five was rounded out by Jay Norton, Ray Trimble, Dan Brown Jr. and Tyler Lightfoot. The night’s lone heat race was claimed by Trimble.

The Jay’s Mobile Welding & Fabricating Pure Stocks took par