Carrick wins first Forni Classic
Blake Carrick, Jake Morgan, Jason Palmer and Mike Miller claim Mark Forni Classic wins By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA - July 25, 2020…After making the move under Andy Gregg on lap six Lincoln’s Blake Carrick went on to lead the remaining distance in the feature to grab his first career Mark Forni Classic victory at the Placerville Speedway.
Sharing victory lane with Carrick at the 15th annual showcase was Jake Morgan, who captured a thrilling Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour main event, Jason Palmer with the Pure Stocks and Mike Miller with the Mini Trucks.
The 2013 winner of the Forni Classic Andy Gregg had a great night going by setting fast time, winning his heat race and then charging into the lead at the waving of the green flag in the feature. Gregg held command for the initial six laps before getting bound up on the cushion, which allowed Carrick to drive under him for the top spot. After that, the 16-year-old did a fabulous job working the cushion and drove off to claim the big triumph.
By winning from the pole Carrick also took home the Ken Nassi Tribute “Full Commitment Award” presented by the Gold Cup BBQ Crew. The award was worth an extra $675. Gregg hung strong to cap an impressive night in second, followed by Andy Forsberg, Shane Golobic and Colby Johnson rounding out the top-five. It was a very impressive run for Johnson who diced it up with several drivers up front. A total of 45 Winged Sprint Cars competed at the annual Forni Classic.
Winged 360 Sprints A-main (30 Laps): 1. 38B-Blake Carrick; 2. 16X-Andy Gregg; 3. X1-Andy Forsberg; 4. 17W-Shane Golobic; 5. 38-Colby Johnson; 6. 88N-DJ Netto; 7. 83T-Tanner Carrick; 8. 7Z-Zane Blanchard; 9. 83V-Jodie Robinson; 10. 34-Ryan Bernal; 11. 42X-Tim Kaeding; 12. 9L-Cody Lamar; 13. 94X-Kyle Hirst; 14. 14W-Ryan Robinson; 15. 7C-Justyn Cox; 16. 5C-Colby Copeland; 17. 2-JJ Ringo; 18. 21-Shane Hopkins; 19. 2X-Chase Majdic; 20. 17X-Justin Sanders; 21. 37-Mitchell Faccinto; 22. 01-Mitchel Moles; 23. 5V-Sean Becker; 24. 56-Willie Croft
In the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Tour portion of the night Jake Morgan had his way with things for much of the contest, but Tim Sherman and Bradley Terrell closed the gap towards the end. Multi-groove racing was seen for the non wingers and with a just a handful of laps left the fans watching at home were treated to excellent competition. Tim Sherman gave it everything he had but Morgan hit his marks and picked up yet another Placerville Speedway triumph.
Hunt Wingless A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 1J-Jake Morgan; 2. 1JR-Tim Sherman Jr; 3. 11-Bradley Terrell; 4. 33-Matt Stewart; 5. 33DJ-DJ Johnson; 6. 33B-Dylan Bloomfield; 7. 14-Shawn Jones; 8. 6K-Daniel Whitley; 9. 22-Boy Moniz; 10. 551-Angelique Bell; 11. 9-Shayna Sylvia; 12. 7EJ-Josh Young; 13. 3-Nick Robfogel; 14. 3FT-David Lindt; 15. 1-Terry Shank; 16. 50-Tony Bernard; 17. 69-Ron Laplant; 18. 60-Scott Clough; 19. 1C-Jimmy Christian; 20. 73C-Cody Fendley
With the Pure Stocks it was Jason Palmer who battled his way to the victory. It marked his first win of the 2020 season. Last week’s winner Les Friend certainly kept him honest but Palmer was able to hold him off at the checkered flag. Nick Baldwin, Clarence Holbrook and Dan Jinkerson comprised the top-five.
In the Mini Truck division it was Mike Miller who made it three for three on the 2020 campaign. Miller dominated the feature for the victory over Tom Stanwood, Kevin Tremblay, Howard Miller and Michael Murphy.
Full results from the Mark Forni Classic can be viewed at https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1785673?fbclid=IwAR2d1Mj-PQedxkmQe8_4jQNEb46HVq_p1BlrHiaP1AcFZjqTPuZC1WGQ2Nw
Image courtesy of Devin M Photography