Forsberg drives to second season victory in fifth Placerville points race
PLACERVILLE, CA (5-19-12) - Defending three time Placerville
Speedway track champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn lived up to his Mr. Excitement
likeness Saturday night during the fifth Red Hawk Casino-Hoosier Racing
Tires-Coors Light championship points race of the Fast and Furious Championship
racing series at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds Forsberg lead flag to flag to
post his second season victory and shared in celebration with Pure Stock winner
Matt Tilford and Ken Micheli of Live Oak, who won the the Late Model feature
In the sprint car feature, the 25-lap event started off with fast qualifier
CJ Humphreys on the pole position until Forsberg powered out of his second place
starting spot to take the lead in the first and second turn. Once in front,
Forsberg distanced himself and when undaunted for the entire race while the
battle for second place heated up with several drivers challenging
While Forsberg played in his own sandbox several car lengths out, Humphreys
was battling with Princeton's Mason Moore for the early laps of the race until
Stephen Tiner of Visalia moved into the action and made it a three way battle.
Placerville's Jimmy Trulli was also amongst the top five shuffle in the early
and later laps of the race.
In the closing circuits, Forsberg had a near miss in lapped traffic coming
out of the fourth turn that caused the shock to break on his F&F Racing #X1
sprint car. The mishap didn't daunt the leader for long as he gathered himself
up to secure his line while Humphreys continued to hold the second place
position and Tiner ran the third spot strong. Coming up through the field was
Cameron Park's Jonathan Allard who started 13th in the field. t the finish line
Forsberg picked up the win over Humphreys, Tiner, Allard and Moore. Trulli
finished one position out of the top five.
"I thought I was in trouble when that lapped car got into my right rear,"
said Forsberg. "A lot of different things can go wrong in these cars when you
get hit at that angle and I was lucky it was just a shock that got broken. We
broke a shock here the last time we won too ironically. I really want to thank
everyone at F&F for a great car to drive. We're looking forward to the Civil
War events this weekend up north, we do well at both tracks so I think it will
be a good weekend for us."
the Limited Late Model division, the battle for the win came down to Father and
son at Placerville Saturday night. 74 year old Ken Micheli started on the
outside of the front row for Saturday's 20-lap race and took the lead at the
green flag that he would never relinquish.
In the early laps, Micheli did battle with last week's winner Matt Davis of
Auburn. On this night he found himself holding off the driver whom he taught the
tricks of the trade to, his own son and point leader Matt Micheli. Entering the
final laps the family duo raced bumper to bumper for the win and at the line the
veteran Micheli proved he still had a few tricks up his sleeve to outwit his son
at the line.
"I think maybe I taught him too much, " said Micheli. "Its always nice to
finish first and second, it makes the drive home together good too. I'm pushing
75 years old so it's nice to get a win like this and have the chance to race
with my son to do it."
In the Pure Stock division, Tilford mania continues at Placerville. On this
night, the race to the front was far from a cake walk for Matt Tilford but in
the end he remained undefeated in victories at Placerville for the season and
tied his brother, Tom Tilford in their family record of five consecutive
Tilford started the feature event on the outside of the front row and
worked his way around Kyle Grunert of Woodland after the waving of the green
flag. Once in front Tilford had his hands full in his drive to the win as former
champion Jason Englund of Citrus Heights returned driving the #66 car locally
owned by John Hollow Hornbear.
For much of the race Englund pressured Tilford for the lead along with third
place starter Dominic Stone of Folsom and Placerville's Chris Curtiss until a
collision with the grandstands wall snuffed his effort with a flat tire.
Entering the final lap of the race Stone had taken second place from Englund and
was closing in on Tilford for the lead.
As the two drivers came into the final turn lapped traffic slowed Tilford and
forced him to swerve low towards the infield where he and Stone locked doors and
drive side by side toward the finish line sideways, sparks flying and the crowd
on their feet. In the end Tilford secured the win over Stone followed by
Englund, Scott Grunert of Woodland and Curtiss who recovered to finish
"That was one crazy race," said Tilford. "You would think it would get easer
each week but its getting harder. Everyone is getting faster and more
competitive each week. I knew Dominic was behind me in those final laps, I could
hear him closing in. In that final turn I had to turn down low and I didn't know
he was coming up on the inside like that and we got together. It made for a wild
finish for the fans and we came out of it out. Now I just have to come back and
beat my brother's record of five straight wins."
Placerville Speedway will go
dark for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Racing returns to the quarter mile
bullring on Saturday, June 2 when the BCRA Midgets join the regular divisions.
Watch www.placervillespeedway.com for all of the information on that upcoming