Golobic claims Mother's Day Madness in Placerville
Shane Golobic, Dan Jinkerson, Austin Struthers and Craig Holsted capture Mother’s Day Madness wins at Placerville
By Gary Thomas
Placerville, CA – May 8, 2021…Fremont, California’s Shane Golobic put on a clinic through lapped traffic en route to a clean sweep of the night during the “Mother’s Day Madness” showcase at Placerville Speedway on Saturday.
Sharing victory lane with Golobic at the event were Dan Jinkerson with the Pure Stocks, Austin Struthers in the Mini Trucks and Craig Holsted with the BCRA Lightning Sprints. A total of 64-cars were on hand in the pit area for another night of championship auto racing in “Old Hangtown.”
Golobic drew the pole position for the 25-lap Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 feature and never looked back during the contest. Following a red flag on the start a long green flag run was then seen and Golobic impressively pulled away from the field. At times, the reigning “Nor*Cal Posse Shootout” winner was able to put five lapped cars between himself and the rest of the pack. The racing for second on back remained fast and furious however, as Colfax driver Willie Croft jumped into the runner spot.
A caution finally waved with 19-laps complete and during the ensuing restart all eyes were on Justyn Cox, who blasted to the outside of the speedway. Cox made an exciting move around Andy Forsberg and Croft to grab second, only to suffer a rear end issue which ended his race on lap 21. After that yellow flag period the final four circuits clicked off without incident and Golobic drove away to record his 10th career Winged 360 victory at the track.
It capped off a stout night for the Matt Wood Racing/ Elk Grove Ford No. 17w team, as Golobic also earned the ADCO Driveline Fast Time Award and captured his heat race. Croft put together a strong outing on Saturday by qualifying second overall to begin the evening, before bringing home a runner up finish at the checkered.
Aromas, California’s Justin Sanders originally lined up 12th and was a man on a mission during the last restart, thrilling the crowd by running the high-scary side of the bullring. Sanders came from seventh with four-laps remaining and challenged Croft P2 on the final corner but had to settle for third at the stripe. Forsberg and Templeton’s Kaleb Montgomery completed the top-five in the feature. Rounding out the top-10 were 13th starting Tanner Carrick, Blake Carrick, Joel Myers Jr., Michael Faccinto and Andy Gregg. Montgomery won the B-main, while heat race victories went to Golobic, Gregg, Blake Carrick and Myers Jr.
The Pure Stock division yet again provided thrills for the fans in the stands and put on an excellent 20-lap feature that went right down to the wire. Diamond Springs wheel-man Dan Jinkerson held the lead but felt intense pressure from two-time track champion Nick Baldwin for much