Justin Sanders, Dan Jinkerson, Wyatt Lakin and Craig Holsted claim Placerville Speedway wins on Saturday
By Gary Thomas
Images courtesy of Devin M Photography
Placerville, CA – April 17, 2021…The impressive early season dominance of Justin Sanders continued Saturday at Placerville Speedway, as the Aromas driver captured his third triumph in as many races with the Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Cars.
Sharing victory lane on Saturday night with Sanders were Dan Jinkerson in the Pure Stocks, Wyatt Lakin in the Mini Trucks and Craig Holsted with the BCRA Lightning Sprints. Year-long speedway partner ANRAK Corp. also added in $500 that was sprinkled throughout the Sprint Car, Pure Stock and Mini Truck divisions.
The 25-lap Thompson’s Winged Sprint Car finale came to the line with Fremont’s Shane Golobic and Lincoln’s Tanner Carrick on the front row. When the green flag waved it was Carrick who shot to the lead with Justin Sanders quickly slicing his way up to second. A caution on lap-nine set up a restart that saw Sanders make his move for the top spot. The wheelman of the Dale Miller Septic No. 4SA stayed glued to Carrick’s rear bumper and executed a picture perfect slider in turn four to grab the lead on lap 11.
After that Sanders had his way with things out front for the most part, but the action behind him remained hot and heavy. Carrick and Golobic delighted the solid crowd on hand with an entertaining back and forth duel for the runner up spot. The final stoppage of the race occurred with four laps remaining and during it Sanders once again checked out with ease to snag the Ron Stahl checkered flag for his 16th career Winged 360 win at the Placerville bullring. It marked his ninth overall victory of the 2021 campaign.
Golobic, Carrick and Hollister’s Ryan Bernal showcased a torrid three-car battle over the final laps, which saw Golobic finish second ahead of 13th starter Bernal, Carrick and Roseville’s Jodie Robinson in the top-five.
Rounding out the top-10 were Chase Majdic, 17th starter Michael Faccinto, Andy Gregg, Joel Myers Jr. and Caden Sarale. Majdic won the evening’s B-main while heat race wins went to Michael Ing, Andy Gregg, Justin Sanders and Kyle Offill. Majdic earned the ADCO Driveline Fast Time Award to begin the night by clocking a 10.770. House of Hard Tops also added in $50 to all the first non-transfer cars in the heats during the event.
The Pure Stock feature was all about the Jinkerson brothers on Saturday. Kevin Jinkerson started from the outside of the front row and quickly jumped into the lead but soon felt pressure in the form of brother Dan, who would assume the top-spot on lap four. The duo proceeded to race closely for several laps and kept the crowd on the edge of their seats. Following a caution on lap 11 though Dan kicked it into overdrive and charged away from the field in the closing stages.
Dan Jinkerson crossed under the checkered to record his 32nd career Pure Stock victory at the Placerville Speedway over Kevin Jinkerson, Jason Palmer, Nick Baldwin and Russ Murphy. The Pure Stocks continue to put on exceptional races week after week on the tight bullring. Dan Jinkerson and Palmer brought home the two heat races held at the event.
Rookie driver Wyatt Lakin of Diamond Springs returned to the Placerville Speedway and claimed his second Mini Truck win of the season on Saturday. Howard Miller led the opening lap of the main event but Lakin quickly asserted himself as a favorite and charged to the point one lap later. A caution waved on lap four and during the restart Mike Miller was able to carve his way by for the lead in exciting fashion. Lakin returned the favor on lap seven however, and went on to take the checkered flag over Miller, Thomas Jenson, Tim Stanwood and Aaron Rupley.
The traveling BCRA Lightning Sprints provided a solid 20-lap feature on Saturday. Placerville’s own Terry Bergstrom led the field from the pole but as they rounded turn four to click off the opening lap it was Rancho Cordova racer Craig Holsted who shot to the lead. Hunter Kinney then moved into second and hounded the rear of Holsted’s machine for several laps, prior to a caution on the ninth circuit. H. Kinney’s bid at victory then came to an end when he spun around with four laps remaining.
Throughout the race Terry Bergstrom found a little higher line to his liking and kept Holsted within sight, but at the finish it was Holsted coming out on top over Bergstrom, Scott Kinney, Josef Ferolito and Hunter Kinney. The father-son duo of Scott and Hunter Kinney captured the two heat races held respectively. Full results can be found at https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1849321?fbclid=IwAR3W85K8-u1PqbvhzIfTOjnV4XIArLUiWOtWhRZ0GJFC-vN4pkCySRK7lic
Placerville Speedway returns to action this coming Saturday April 24th with the annual Donnie Tilford Tribute.