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Justin Sanders Claims Placerville Opener


Justin Sanders, Jake Morgan, Kevin Jinkerson and Wyatt Lakin claim Placerville Speedway wins


By Gary Thomas

Images courtesy of Devin M Photography


Placerville, CA – April 3, 2021…Aromas, California’s Justin Sanders has been on a tear to start the season in California and continued his hot pace on Saturday at Placerville Speedway, racing to victory in the 25-lap Thompson’s Family of Dealerships Winged 360 Sprint Cars feature.


For Sanders it gave him a sweep of the weekend in the Golden State after also winning at Ocean Speedway the previous night. In total the 28-year-old has now captured five victories in the early California season, to go along with a triumph in Arizona. It also marked his third win in four starts aboard the potent Dale Miller Septic/ Thompson’s Auto and Truck Center No. 4SA machine.


Sharing victory lane with Sanders at the “Easter Eggstravaganza” were Jake Morgan with the Joe Hunt Magnetos Wingless Sprints, Kevin Jinkerson with the Pure Stocks and young Wyatt Lakin in the Mini Trucks.


Sanders started from the outside of the front row in the 25-lap Thompson’s Auto Winged 360 Sprint Car finale, but things got off to a rough start when pole sitter John Clark looped it in front of the field. The incident also collected Michael Faccinto and Justyn Cox. When things finally got underway Sanders set the pace and was dogged by Placerville’s own Andy Gregg over much of the early distance. Cautions on lap 13 and 17 slowed the contest, but after that things clicked off nicely.


The lap 17 restart was one filled with some drama, as officials deemed Sanders to have started prior to the Anrak Corp. fire-off zone, which penalized him one position. It moved Lincoln’s Blake Carrick up to the lead for the double file restart and created the most excitement of the race, with Sanders and the 16-year-old upstart battling back and forth up front. Sanders came out on top of the entertaining tussle and drove away to accept the Ron Stahl checkered flag for his 14th career Winged 360 triumph at the track.


Blake Carrick crossed the stripe in second, with Redding’s Chase Majdic having another impressive run to finish third for the second straight week. Fremont’s Shane Golobic carved his way from 14th to fourth, while Andy Gregg rounded out the top-five. The remainder of the top-10 was comprised of Tanner Carrick, Joey Ancona, 19th starter Chase Johnson, 20th starter Ryan Robinson and Andy Forsberg.


Ancona won the nights B-main, with the C-main going to Michael Ing. Heat race wins went to Justin Sanders, Jake Morgan, John Clark and Tanner Carrick. Michael Faccinto began the night by pacing the healthy 37-car field in qualifying with a lap of 10.905 to earn the ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust Fast Time Award.